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#1 phresnel   Members   -  Reputation: 945

Posted 10 January 2011 - 11:30 AM

... if the answer to the following question is obvious to you: http://superuser.com...drives-used-for .

Have you taken your medicine already?

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#2 owl   Banned   -  Reputation: 364

Posted 10 January 2011 - 11:52 AM

heh
I like the Walrus best.

#3 Sirisian   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 1626

Posted 10 January 2011 - 11:55 AM

heh in my teaching manual for a class it mentions floppy drives as a storage medium. This material is from 2008 which makes it hilarious. It's like they append a new date without paying attention to if the material is horribly out of date. I feel like keeping a floppy drive just to shock people. "Sorry I'm late for the presentation! Yeah I brought the powerpoint. It was large so I chained 6 floppies together. Problem?"

Also I don't know about your guys but I didn't hear about a zip drive until like the beginning of university when I got a job and found a zip drive reader in the back of a utility closet. "What is this piece of archaic technology?" My boss: "You see this was a form of data storage like the floppy disk. The university never really supported them. It could store a few 100 MB..." Apparently they never caught on in my high school since I never saw them.

#4 Antheus   Members   -  Reputation: 2389

Posted 10 January 2011 - 12:32 PM

Floppys are bound to make a comeback.

Put 5 of them in RAID and they can stream a single mp3 file in real time.

#5 Kayzaks   Members   -  Reputation: 137

Posted 10 January 2011 - 12:36 PM

Hehe, nice one Posted Image

#6 irreversible   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 1179

Posted 10 January 2011 - 12:47 PM

I'm feeling this topic. I'm also feeling its gravity as a self-sustaining flash of nostalgia.

#7 The Communist Duck   Members   -  Reputation: 154

Posted 10 January 2011 - 12:54 PM

I should be scared. I'm literally just 16 and knew this instantly and have done since I was about 5. D:


#8 Nathan Handley   Members   -  Reputation: 792

Posted 10 January 2011 - 01:02 PM

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#9 InvalidPointer   Members   -  Reputation: 1352

Posted 10 January 2011 - 01:07 PM

In the immortal words of wez in the linked StackOverflow topic, who is general failure, and why is he reading my disk?!
clb: At the end of 2012, the positions of jupiter, saturn, mercury, and deimos are aligned so as to cause a denormalized flush-to-zero bug when computing earth's gravitational force, slinging it to the sun.

#10 Evil Steve   Members   -  Reputation: 1955

Posted 10 January 2011 - 01:40 PM

I feel old because I had an A: and a B: drive. And I approve of every post in this thread.

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#11 Pete Michaud   Members   -  Reputation: 137

Posted 10 January 2011 - 01:50 PM

Yeah, I had a couple computers before there was such a thing as a hard drive in a home computer. You had whatever floppy, and the working memory, that's all. Oh, and the floppies were definitely NOT 3.5".

#12 mind in a box   Members   -  Reputation: 545

Posted 10 January 2011 - 02:02 PM

I am 17 and I know that. We had a computer which such drives when I remember it right. A:\ is for 3.5" Floppys and the B: was for somewhat bigger ones ;)

#13 Antheus   Members   -  Reputation: 2389

Posted 10 January 2011 - 02:05 PM

I feel old because I had an A: and a B: drive. And I approve of every post in this thread.


Luxury. We could only dream of having letters for our drives. Or colons. We did a LOAD "",8 and we were grateful for it.

#14 phresnel   Members   -  Reputation: 945

Posted 10 January 2011 - 02:16 PM

I feel old because I had an A: and a B: drive. And I approve of every post in this thread.


I had only an A: drive, therefore I am just half as old. Otoh, I know this:

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Oh yeah.


Us talking about floppy disks must be like when the bearded ones talk about punchcards et al, zomg.

#15 farcodev   Members   -  Reputation: 160

Posted 10 January 2011 - 02:24 PM

cassettes hmmm, it remember me my Amstrad era :lol:
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#16 Quasimojo   Members   -  Reputation: 220

Posted 10 January 2011 - 02:33 PM

I can't believe we are quite that far along yet. The poster *must* have been asking rhetorically....surely......please?..... :o

@phresnel: Gotcha beat. I (still) have the cassette *and* the floppy drive (which cost more than the computer) for my C-64. I loved that machine.

#17 Mihulik   Members   -  Reputation: 124

Posted 10 January 2011 - 03:20 PM

Haha - I'm only 19 years old but I used to use floppy drivers quite a bit.

I can remember the noise my 5.25" driver made while the PC was booting.

I hated that noise especially early mornings when I didn't want to wake my parents up since they would force me to turn the PC off and go to bed again.:-D

#18 Sirisian   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 1626

Posted 10 January 2011 - 04:28 PM

I hated that noise especially early mornings when I didn't want to wake my parents up since they would force me to turn the PC off and go to bed again.:-D

Reminds me of the 56k modem. Whoever thought that not putting a volume control on those things was a good idea should die. I ended up ripping the speaker off. Still worked.

#19 dwarfsoft   Moderators   -  Reputation: 1209

Posted 10 January 2011 - 05:53 PM

Yeah, well ... I'm old .... but YOU'RE FAT! *runs off to have a cry in the corner*

#20 Starnick   Members   -  Reputation: 1132

Posted 10 January 2011 - 08:05 PM

When I built my current computer about 3 years ago now, I bought a new floppy drive (~5 bucks) for aesthetics. I'm so used it I couldn't let go :/

Consequently, I have yet to use it for anything heh.




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