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Do you think the Floppy will go

By radiic ·
According to this article http://www.cnn.com/2003/TECH/ptech/02/07/dell.floppydisks.reut/index.html

Dell has decided to make it an option on there higher end models. And the article suggests that other companies are soon to follow.

How about it>? Do you think you could surrive with-out a floppy drive. I know you probablly have one of those pen drives that plug into the USB.

I guess when you think about it, we could get rid of them. It would be like the phase out of the cassettetape. Thousands of tapes sitting around collecting dust, not to mention the drives themselves. Well I guess it is one more thing that we use that after a while we can do without.

Well its a good thing that I still lots of floppy drives sitting around not to mention games that took 18 disks to load Sometimes for nostalgia sake, I load the games up and watch my 6 year old laugh at how funny the games were then, after about 5 minutes he asks if we can play UT. Oh well....like Elton John sings GoodBye Yellow brick road....the floppy its been a long road with one...

Rad

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This too shall pass

by road-dog In reply to Do you think the Floppy w ...

The floppy is simply out of date and will eventually go the way of the dodo. I suspect that Dell is just the first to discontinue it.

I've already burned all of my old pictures and whatnot onto CDs. Personally, I won't miss those 18 disk software loads.

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Simply NO

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to This too shall pass

NO I do not think the floopy drive will disapear after all it is the only way to boot a computer when something goes wrong and unless Del is prepared to fit CD writers to all their machines {Lets think about this for a minute a $20.00 floopy against$120.00 CD burner} I think the floopy will be around for a very long time. Just tell me which OS gives you the choice of burning a CD to create a rescue disk? Are Floops useful? Well yes they are for small programs and simple small data transfer after all who wants to burn 600K to a CD just to take a letter home to finish off. But then again I just might be biased as I still have a 10.5" Floopy disk in one of draws as a reminder.

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I'll take your hardware business

by TheChas In reply to Simply NO

Where do you shop for hardware?

I am buying new floppy drives for $9, and burners for less than $10 over standard CD drives.

Other than the storage limits, the floppy is going to go away because of the cost of media.

Why burn a 600K file toa CD?
Because the blank CD is 1/10th the cost of a blank floppy!

Even CD-RW disks are usually less expensive than a blank floppy.

Yes, IT people will still desire floppy drives for a few more years. But, I doubt that they will be standard inhome or business PCs by the end of this year.

Chas

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Chas I was talking retail

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to I'll take your hardware b ...

You are under the mistaken impression when I quoted costs I was refering to my buying price. I was not I was refering to retail prices and yes I can buy 3.5's for a few dollars and only pay about $10.00 more for a CD Burner but then it is a **** burner that almost inveratibly fails I prefer to buy the better ones as they are only a few dollars more under $20.00 than the cheeper units. I have a suggestion for you however how do you carry a CD around with only a small file {less than 1.44 MB} I find floppies fit nicely in my shirt pocket however CD's are far more diffictual to carry around without making their presence known and leaving you suspecatible to being robbed. You can't afford this if it is something sensitive that could result in a law suit against you or the company you work for. Also Tell me which OS gives you the opportinuty to create a Boot/rescue disk on CD? They simply at this point do not exist.

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TR article for that

by Cactus Pete In reply to Chas I was talking retail

http://www.techrepublic.com/article.jhtml?id=r00320020925pos01.htm&src=search

It's rather simple to make the same thing for Linux, and I think Solaris' install CD is the rescue CD, too.

Besdies, Dell is offering you the option between a USB device and the floppy. I think carrying a little USB Key is even less intrusive than a floppy.

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Where the **** do you work!?

by MallardtooXX In reply to Chas I was talking retail

" I find floppies fit nicely in my shirt pocket however CD's are far more diffictual to carry around without making their presence known and leaving you suspecatible to being robbed "

Man if I was afraid I would get mugged while I was walking down the hallway, I think I would change jobs. CD's fit in the breast pocket of most shirts BTW and if someone is going to want to take it away from me more power to them.
"You can't afford this if it is something sensitive that could result in a law suit against you or the company you work for."

I for one don't carry sensitive information outside of my workplace and if I did I think I would prolly do it on a lap top. Not to be snobbish but it just seems a little grouchy to jump chas likethat as far as sensitive information goes well if someone wants it bad enough they will get whether it is stolen in your hall way or pulled from your network so I guess that makes the question of floppy/cdr moot in your case doesn't it?

-duck

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A couple scenarios.

by mrafrohead In reply to Where the hell do you wor ...

To respond to your reply above, i'm cutting quotes...

"Man if I was afraid I would get mugged while I was walking down the hallway, I think I would change jobs. CD's fit in the breast pocket of most shirts BTW and if someone is going to want to take it away from me more power to them."

I think that he was talking more about walking down the street with the mugging... And there are some companies that deal with very strict information that CAN NOT leak to the public. For security reasons, National Security, Source Code, how Bush paid off the Florida officials etc... Just think of all of those no smoking commericals. If a computer nerd from the Tobacco companies got mugged about thirty years ago, and the information from their floppies were jacked, there probably would only be a third of the smokers there are not That would be very hazardous to the companys security.

On a serious note, there are some things that can not be taken, and you have to make the ultimate sacrifice to make sure that that doesn't happen. So having a floppy is a lot easier to conceal than a CD. Unless we're talking about MiniCD's. Those are a different story.

For the laptop, I hope it's encrypted And my last comment: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of Chronic Oh no, that's not it...

I actually can't remember what the pound is, but I think you know where I'm heading.

Mrafrohead

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we are in trouble

by TheVen In reply to A couple scenarios.

This is the most assinine post I have ever read. If these are the kind of people I'm surrounded by in my industry then we're all screwed. Why are so many techies such left-wing wackos?

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If you only knew how much trouble

by mrafrohead In reply to A couple scenarios.

mbecker,

If you only knew how much trouble you're in We wacko's are everywhere...

Hiding in the bushes and behind the trees

muwahahahahahahaah

Oh wait, shhhhhh, what's that?

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What do you put on floppies?

by dcosgrove In reply to A couple scenarios.

I still don't see the reason for floppies. I have never felt that carrying a CD made me stand out, I put them in my pocket or my tool case. More over, why would anyone carry senitive information on the least secure media available, not to mention the most likely to fail. I don't recall ever hearing a story about "sensitive floppies" missing from lab, I have heard of stolen harddrives. Bottom line, floppies ARE obsolete, it just takes a while to completely purge them from the industry.

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