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Dastardly 30 January 2007 23:22

Sky News: 3.5" floppies to be withdrawn from shelves
 
Just saw a headline on Sky News saying that PC World is to withdraw the sale of 3.5" floppy disks from shelves.

Apparently there has been a serious decline in sales of disks and "most PCs nowadays dont even come with 3.5" drives installed".

Will other retailers now follow suit?

Is it time to start buying up as many of these disks as possible for our real Amigas?

Is this the end? My only friend, the end?

killergorilla 31 January 2007 11:53

Bird of prey... flying high...

Anyways... good riddance. Floppy disks are evil. We all know it.

dreamkatcha 31 January 2007 12:38

I thought the newer HD ones (as opposed to DD) were bad news for Amiga stuff anyway. Don't they lose data very quickly?

musashi5150 31 January 2007 12:47

Apparently, but I've never had any problems. They were always good for cycloned copylocks :)

Graham Humphrey 31 January 2007 18:02

Quote:

Originally Posted by dreamkatcha
I thought the newer HD ones (as opposed to DD) were bad news for Amiga stuff anyway. Don't they lose data very quickly?

You can always put sellotape over the hole if you're worried about it. I've never had any problems with my internal drive, although my external drive doesn't read them unless you use the sellotape.

gizmomelb 01 February 2007 03:32

it's a good thing that the various hardware floppy drive emulator developers appear to be making significent headway with their hardware drive replacements (most using MMC or SD cards for storage). Otherwise when your A500/A1000 etc. floppy dies you'd have no chance of ever getting it running again (or having the media to actually copy to, which is what the thread is about :) ).

Photon 01 February 2007 03:36

This is devastating news for anyone caring for preservation of home computers, like I am. (Not just Amiga.) Let's stop making paper too, everyone uses emails and pdfs these days. B-A-H.

killergorilla 01 February 2007 10:43

why do you need NEW floppy disks for preservation? (serious question)

Paul 01 February 2007 11:47

Another news post: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16906939/

Dastardly 01 February 2007 12:21

Quote:

Hamish Thompson said the final stock of floppies will be gone "in weeks, if not days."

"It's had a good, long and productive life, but really, it's just too small to hold any real data," Thompson said of the disks. "It just doesn't make sense any more."
Love that bit about too small to hold any real data :rolleyes

Chump.

Dastardly 01 February 2007 12:26

I started this thread almost exactly a year ago.

http://eab.abime.net/showthread.php?t=21254

Ultron 01 February 2007 12:26

Fucken luddites!

The future is here!

It's only in the UK, it's not like it's coming to the civilised world :blased


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