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It Wasn't Dead Yet?

April 26, 2010 0:10:00.000

Spotted in Slashdot

In a brief press release buried within Sony Japan's website, the company announced that they would be ending sales of the classic 3.5 inch floppy disk in the country in March of 2011. Sony introduced the size to the world in 1981, which saw its heyday in the 1990s. Sony has been one of the last major manufacturers to continue shipments of the disk type they helped develop, but had ended most worldwide sales in March of this year. The company's production of the 3.5 inch floppy ceased in 2009

I had no idea that you could still buy those things. On a slightly more serious note: "back in the day", lots of people did backups on floppies (I well remember the multi-disk flip operation). If you actually have data from that era that you need to access, it's well past time to fire up any old PC's you still have in working condition and transfer the data :)

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posted by James Robertson


Re: It Wasn't Dead Yet?

[W^L+] April 26, 2010 12:12:28.590

Yeah, I've really been avoiding that. And now the last floppy-equipped PC is showing its age, so I need to do it now.

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