Sony announced last Friday it will end the domestic sales of floppy discs in March 2011. Considering that Apple iMac eliminated the floppy completely in 1998, Dell dropped the floppy as standard equipment on one of its Dimension desktops in 2003, and I have not purchased floppy drives for all my desktops since 2000, I am a little surprised at this news - I thought it's gone already!
If you have never seen or used floppy disks before, or you just want to recollect your memory, here is some information about floppy disk from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Floppy_disk
Nonetheless, the news did make me think about the old days when using floppy disks. Here are some of the fun experience I can remember:
- The MS-DOS (and PC-DOS) operating system was on 2 or 3 floppy disks (about 4MB).
- I played this game called F-16 or something, which was on a single floppy disk. See it here on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pO88OZbxoA
- I used to collect student work via floppy disks; and that's a 300 student big class.
Did you use these floppy disks before? What alternatives have you used?