Sony Landfills The Floppy Disc

last writeablesSony has announced that it will cease production of the 3.5-inch floppy disc in Japan by March 2011. Japan was one of the last markets where Sony was producing the relatively small-storage discs (they’re still for sale in the States, but an Amazon listing for a 10-pack of discs notes that the answer to the “Discontinued By Manufacturer” question is “yes”). I’d guess that the floppy serving as the preferred iconography for the “save” command is probably safe despite production ceasing, because changing that horse in mid-stream is probably more trouble than it’s worth. Plus, what would you replace the tiny disc image with? A picture of a CD? Haaaaahahahaha!