Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 23rd Aug 2012 12:48 UTC
In the News "We all know about the gadgets that get showered with constant praise - the icons, the segment leaders, and the game changers. Tech history will never forget the Altair 8800, the Walkman, the BlackBerry, and the iPhone. But people do forget - and quickly - about the devices that failed to change the world: the great ideas doomed by mediocre execution, the gadgets that arrived before the market was really ready, or the technologies that found their stride just as the world was pivoting to something else." I was a heavy user of BeOS, Zip drives, and MiniDisc (I was an MD user up until about 2 years ago). I'm starting to see a pattern here.
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Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Thu 23rd Aug 2012 18:34 UTC
MOS6510
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2011-05-12

If you liked floppies Zip disks were great.

There was a time when all my files would fit on a 1.44 MB floppy, so a 100 MB Zip drive was like an empty room that was so huge that the walls were beyond the horizon.

I think I should have at least 2 external Zip drives, maybe even 3. Maybe I should look them up and see what I can do with them.

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RE: Comment by MOS6510
by zima on Thu 23rd Aug 2012 23:09 in reply to "Comment by MOS6510"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Transfer/salvage largish amounts of data (for whatever reason...) to/from old machines, which don't have USB nor Ethernet, but do have parallel port? (or SCSI) Coincidentally, you supposedly have quite a scrapyard over there. ;)
I don't really see any other scenario, nowadays.

If you liked floppies Zip disks were great.

I don't know... floppies, for all their faults, had one indisputable redeeming quality: they were disposable-inexpensive. Not so with Zip disks, in the times when they could be relevant (plus, apart from size, they took the faults of floppies to new heights - I'm really not sure how a "Here, we celebrate the best products that are sliding slowly into the memory hole" article can open with Zip disks O_o )

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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Fri 24th Aug 2012 06:25 in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

I think the were great, it's just they came too late for some (writable CDs coming) and were too expensive for others.

For some strange reason the 2.88 MB floppy also flopped, while to me it would be great to have a disk with double the usual amount.

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