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Say Goodbye to the Floppy

Dell is finally getting rid of the floppy drive on its Dimension computers. I can't remember the last time I saw a floppy disk, let alone used one. I think the last time I used one it was to prop open a door from locking a few years ago in college.

Way to go Dell! And they say Apple isn't leading the charge? They seem to have led the charge to ditch floppies by a good number of years.

4 Responses to "Say Goodbye to the Floppy"

  1. Only half a decade or so, not a huge margin or anything. 😉

  2. I used one just yesterday, in fact ... they can still be convenient in those inopportune times when you aren't on a network. I do agree that in the world of perfect networking, you can do away with them, but we don't live in that world yet.

    --Nick

  3. I have to use one fairly regularly at work. It's the only medium[0] that we can use to get data from one network to another (if you know where I work, you'll understand why) as it has a hardware lock to prevent writing to the disk (read only zip disks are only protected by software controls).

    [0]- We can use CDRs, but it's a pain to waste an entire CD for just a file or two.

  4. I haven't used one on my PCs in about 5 or 6 years except when I had to install drivers for my capture card after which I just left the drive sitting on the inside floor of the case for about 2 years.


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