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Also, Zip drives, you insensitive fool.
In what way is a zip disk not a floppy disk?
Ok, but the CDs in caddies (picture no. 8) are stretching it a bit. Not that I mind...
They did seem to be different when El Jobso decided to discontinue floppy drives in Macs and replace them with Zip drives, but what would I know? I do know that trying to insert a 3.5 inch floppy disk into a Zip drive is a recipe for grief. Folding a 5.25 inch floppy in half may work, as may folding an 8 inch floppy in half twice. Would that I had known there was no difference.
I figure if 3.5" disks are considered floppy, the floodgates are open.
I guess as long as the media itself is flexible, everything counts. If bending the media causes permanent plastic deformation or cracks, it isn't floppy.
How far can you bend a laserdisc before it becomes non-viable?
Since the proper name for 3.5" disks is... "floppy disks"... then yes.
Since when do we care about official product names, especially those from IBM? There was two whole generations of properly floppy disks before Mitsumi introduced the rigid 3" QuickDisk (floppy not in the name, you'll note).
3.5" floppies are floppies because the disk inside it that the magnetic data is actually stored on is floppy.
ZOMG, when did this place turn into slashdot?
Yes, man, everybody knows this. And hard drive platters are not floppy, because they are hard. So we call them "hard drives."
OK, I remember flexible discs as different from inflexible ones. My mistake.
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I specifically didn't go SUPERSTRICT on the definition, cause there's not a lot of content for it and there's so many ambiguous floppies.
Come for the technical posts, stay for the pedantry.
Isn't there MO/minidisc on https://www.jwz.org/images/scaled/mp4/2017/tumblr_on711dhco01sm9pw2o1_500.mp4 https://www.jwz.org/images/scaled/mp4/2017/tumblr_oycywuh1gn1wfwmujo1_500.mp4 ?
Yeah, MO (and MD) were a lot more common in Japan than in the US.
Some also look like they could be a CD in a caddy, which was also once a thing - and don't look all that much different from a 5.25" MD at a first approximation.
We had CD drives that used caddies at my school. They'd glue the caddies shut so we couldn't get our grubby little mitts on the actual CDs.
I always wanted a SuperDisk. Bigger than a Zip disk (a whole 120MB!), and it could still read floppies too.
The horror. I remember owning a Fujitsu 3.5" MO drive that was a perfect storm of slow and unreliable.
Should have remembered I actually documented my own personal history with high-capacity optical and magnetic (mostly external) drives of the 80s and 90s:
It does indeed include a caddy-loaded 2x CD-ROM drive, a Fujitsu 3.5" MO drive (which actually I found perfectly reliable) and a Bernoulli!
I bet jwz misses floppy disks.
don't forget star wars disks (and how every IT operations person sees themselves getting ready to do a restore).
*I FOUND THE TAPE! I FOUND THE TAPE! I FOUND THE TAPE!
There was only one tape though - I hope that's all there was supposed to be.
I don't know. The wires were hanging out like that when I pulled it out of the tower. Maybe Cassian fucked it up when he fell down. It should still work.
Data storage in the Star Wars galaxy is extremely physical. There have been many articles about this. I'm surprised they didn't have to wear rollerblades while climbing the tower to power-cycle the wifi modem.
Are there any words that get people more excited than large-scale, long-term data storage? I fucking doubt it.
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