Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 26th Apr 2010 18:38 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Invented by IBM, the death knell sounded by Apple. Sony has announced it is going to cease selling diskettes altogether, with the last bastion being Japan. Sales will be ceased there too, even though Sony still managed to sell 12 million of them there last year. While Memorex and Imation still produce and sell diskettes, this move by Sony surely means it won't take long for the rest of the market to vanish, too.
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RE: Bring Back the Shielding
by Doc Pain on Tue 27th Apr 2010 05:47 UTC in reply to "Bring Back the Shielding"
Doc Pain
Member since:
2006-10-08

Wouldn't CDs be better if they were encased in a plastic shield?


One word: MiniDisc.

The disc is inside a kind of caddy, and it's almost the (handy) size of a 3.5" floppy disk (in fact, it's a bit smaller, a size between the mentioned disk and a CF card). So both data carrier protection and form factor are quite intelligent.

With today's DVD drives, you really wonder why you need a drive the size of a whole computer (like a Mac Mini) to read a medium the size of a 5.25" floppy that hard unreadable when the surface (on the downside) is minimally scratched... or when it chemically or biologically dissolves into funny colours and patterns. :-)

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Nathan O. Member since:
2005-08-11

But isn't MiniDisc proprietary? Hi-MD, the new variety of the format, seems to be.

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Toonie Member since:
2007-11-19

> But isn't MiniDisc proprietary? Hi-MD, the new variety of the format, seems to be.

Yes it is. Isn't the Micro floppy, the 3.5" floppy this article is referring to also, just licensed to many companies?

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RE[2]: Bring Back the Shielding
by Zbigniew on Wed 28th Apr 2010 21:49 in reply to "RE: Bring Back the Shielding"
Zbigniew Member since:
2008-08-28

"Wouldn't CDs be better if they were encased in a plastic shield?


One word: MiniDisc.

The disc is inside a kind of caddy, and it's almost the (handy) size of a 3.5" floppy disk
"
OK, two more words: ZIP and LS - both well-protected, and of capacity over 100 MB each.

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Doc Pain Member since:
2006-10-08

OK, two more words: ZIP and LS - both well-protected, and of capacity over 100 MB each.


Oh, you mean the one with the ongoing media and drive deadjustment "hardware virus"? :-)

Still, 100 MB is a capacity that doesn't impress anyone today. Even 10 times as much - 1 GB - is considered "too few" today...

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