Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Time for a new “save” icon?

Sony have stopped producing 3.5” Floppy discs.

A spokesman for Sony in Britain said: “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.” the firm - which claims to have produced the first 3.5in (9cm) disks in 1981 - has decided to halt sales completely faced with competition from online storage and portable USB drives.

I know a number of people that still use floppy discs. They find them convenient for archiving, as there is a lot more space to write on than on a memory stick.

I still have an attachment to paper (Mylar) tape. I used to be able to run it though my fingers, and get a fair idea of what was on the tape, and there is something of permanence to it that digital media do not have. There is a bit more of that sort of thing in a Guardian article HERE.
More for the Telegraph HERE

Floppies are still available from Verbatim, Imation (3M), and Maxell.

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