Educational Technology

May 22, 2010

Farewell, floppy

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:30 am

by Nicolas Shump, Topeka Capital-Journal

I quickly learned to use the “floppy disks” that were the standard way to save and transfer data from one computer to another. Truthfully, by the time I began using these disks they were no longer floppy. That was from an earlier era in the 1960s, but somehow the name stuck. The disks I remember, and that I still have a fair share of, were the 3 1/2- inch disks I used to install the software on the Mac Performa my family bought back in the mid-1990s. I still have that Performa, although it is gathering dust in my office along with some LPs, cassette tapes and a nice tidy stack of floppy disks. After a 30-year run, Sony will no longer manufacture the disks, which items like CDs, DVDS and flash drives have rendered obsolete.

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