Goodbye my floppy, Goodbye my friend…
A friend today sent me a link to the Gaurdian.co.uk online article discussing the death of the 3.5″ floppy disk. Sony has decided that it will terminate sales of the media, 2 years after it actually stopped producing them (I guess no one had been buying them either if they’ve lasted that long.) Ironically this is also the same friend who gave me a Commodore 64 as a Christmas present, but I won’t read into that too much.
I am actually quite thankful to see the 3.5″ floppy die a graceful death, and I am eagerly awaiting the days when it’s cousin, the CD join it in the big compact storage in the sky. Physical media always seems to have the same problem, people find something new, and they stop making hardware that can utilize the media. When was the last time you saw somebody buy a new VHS player?
The nice thing about the way computers run is that all they need to be able to do is understand a certain protocol and boom, you can use that file. Very rarely is it impossible to run a file that is from an older generation of computing.
So with that I wish you to rest in peace 3.5″ floppies, I hope you enjoy your final resting place next to Internet Explorer 6, even if it continues to rise from the dead.