Monday, April 26th, 2010

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!

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The greatest day of my life, to that point, was when my computer nerd friend made me copies of all of his Apple IIe games on 5-1/4" floppy disks (<–they were actually "floppy"). He could do it because he had TWO DISK DRIVES because he was a rich, only child.

How about those enormous Sony digital cameras that actually took a 3-1/2" floppy disk for memory?

Also, I still use paper sleeves for 5-1/4" disks for CD/DVD sleeves.

I have seen small record labels that have actually used the gutted carcasses of 5 1/4" discs as sleeves for their CDs!

Matt (#26)

@Maura — YES! This is so cute!!! Every time a band hands me a demo in one of these, I will actually make a point of listening to it.

ow that hurt (#3,919)

I have one of those cameras, and I'm proud of it.

NinetyNine (#98)

Cue Gruber's comment about how much nicer the vestigial OSX save icon is than the vestigial System 7 save icon.

David R. (#391)

We'll always have Zip drives…

garge (#736)

And minidisc players!

Flashman (#418)

Argh. The entire output of my architectural studies is locked inside a corrupted Zip disc. Not that's such a great tragedy; some of that juvenalia is best forgotten.

Aargh indeed. I have a stack of these too, all dating from grad school. I want to just throw them away, but not before checking to see what's on them. After much searching, I finally found someone who had an old zip drive lying around, but now I can't find anyone who has a computer with the right port to plug it in.

egad (#1,355)

Ha ha. My early architectural studies too. Every time I move house I pack the zip disks up dutifully. I am sure that even if I could read them, the software packages that I would have used would be vastly outdated. But still…

(And I suppose I should have added that I'm trying to do this without spending any money. I know I could probably just go to ebay and buy a port adapter or a drive with a compatible port or whatever.)

KarenUhOh (#19)

My entire Nineties are on those discs. I have no slot to stick my 40's into.

petejayhawk (#1,249)

I still prefer a nice big 8" floppy disk, myself.

That is not a horrifying euphemism.

Flashman (#418)

A crucifix?

Freddie (#4,189)

But where will I store all my ASCII porn?

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Freddie (#4,189)

Yeah, the odds of that working were about 100 to 1. Bang up job, Freddie.

KarenUhOh (#19)

I dunno. I needed a cigarette.

Flashman (#418)

Needs a NSFW tag!

riggssm (#760)

I don't understand, is that Ann Coulter? Giant head, huge Adam's apple, flabby everything else?

keisertroll (#1,117)

I think I see a sailboat.

bshep (#746)

It's a boa constrictor digesting an elephant. Or it's a hat.

It's OK; you're in good company (assuming you consider my company "good," and although mine would've been SFW).

You can kind of see it in the page source.

ow that hurt (#3,919)

Without floppy disks, how are they going to launch the next Space Shuttle?

Mindpowered (#948)

I feel like a part of me just died.

Flashman (#418)

Maybe you just stood too close to a magnet?

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