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Monday, November 28, 2005

Die Floppy, Die!

The floopy disk, comming directly from the medieval time of information technology, is still alive today. Even with all the new technologies that came out to replace it, it survives. Pretty surprising for something invented by Sony :).

From ocmodshop.com:

"Originally designed by Sony, it quickly became a standard feature on IBM-compatible PCs (remember when they were called that?). The 3.5" floppy drive was brand new on 286 computers in 1987, and is the only component that still remains in use today, practically unchanged in its 18 years of service. It has a 1.44MB capacity and runs at 360 rpm and offers a transfer rate of 34 kB/s. Let's put that in perspective with regard to today's world: Transferring a file to your computer from a server that is 10,000 miles away on another continent is three times or faster than copying it from your internal floppy drive. And yet the floppy lives."

Have merci god, if you are reading this, just obliterate all these floppy drives so we can forget about them! (This line is comming directly from my daily bedtime prayer)

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