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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Still alive and kicking!
by RavinRay on Tue 27th Apr 2010 12:55 UTC
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Years ago Verbatim made a selling point of marketing fungus-resistant floppies in tropical countries where humidity is high, and fungal growth has cause the death of many a disk. (I remember one article saying that for 5.25" floppies, carefully cut open the jacket, slip out the disk, wash gently with a none-abrasive solution, air dry, then insert back into the jacket, and then into the drive to backup the contents onto another floppy.) Those Memorex and Imation-branded floppies are very much on sale here in the Philippines, and I still buy them! So many utilities (PartitionMagic, memtest86+, NTFSDOS etc.) can be installed on bootable floppies, and unlike many USB drives they can be write-protected. BIOSes today still support booting from them.

It's not just in PCs that floppies still have a use. Yahama made keyboards with floppy drives that read FAT floppies. That's one reason why I still buy them: our church organ can play MIDI files off floppies.

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