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[4]: Good riddance
by darknexus on Thu 29th Apr 2010 08:52 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Good riddance"
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Not really no. Depends a lot on the hardware as well. My Asus M2A-VM motherboard is supposed to support booting and what not from USB but it doesn't. This is particularly annoying in regard to bios updates. Only way in reality to update bios is to use floppies, since it won't recognize files on a usb stick (tried several different ways and none worked).

It's not one of those odd motherboards that only support loading firmware from a FAT16 filesystem per chance? Also, keep in mind that USB boot does not always mean it will read files off the USB stick. Sometimes that just means it will transfer control of the boot process over to a valid boot record on the USB media. USB BIOS upgrade usually isn't the same as boot from USB. As with anything PC, there's going to be years of legacy floppy-only boot systems yet. Floppies themselves are hardly a loss though in the grand scheme of things, and most new boards support USB BIOS flash and boot off USB both. The writing's been on the wall for a decade, so if some motherboard manufacturers haven't gotten with the times that's their fault. Not that it makes anything easier if you've got one of those boards of course.
As for Windows Server 2003, well you brought that pain on yourself. ;)

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