by Gerald Boerner
Our hats are off to the passing of the floppy disk… We remember when we used to boot up our computers with them. I remember when a floppy disk was a giant leap over using a cassette tape to store and retrieve programs files. We moved from 125 KB to 360 KB to 1.4 MB of storage capacity. At the time, this was a major s…tep up, but it pales in the face of a 4 GB or 8GB or 16 GB USB drive! And to think that the cost of a 4GB USB is about what we used to pay for a Floppy! RIP Mr. Floppy Disk…
RIP Floppy Disk
If you’re of a certain age, you probably have a history with floppy disks. The moniker dates back to your first forays into computer games and later came to signify those multicolored, hard plastic contraptions you used to store college papers or work presentations.
It’s probably been a dog’s age since you even thought about floppy disks — let alone had a drive on your computer that could support one — but floppies are actually still popular in India and Japan. Sony is the last manufacturer of 3.5-inch floppy disks, and while the company sold more than 12 million of them in 2009, Sony has just announced it will stop making floppies as of March 2011.
“Due to dwindling demand, Sony discontinued European production of 3.5-inch floppy disks in September 2009. The last European sale of a floppy disk took place in March 2010,” a Sony spokesperson said…