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Old 31 January 2007, 00:22   #1
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Sky News: 3.5" floppies to be withdrawn from shelves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?
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Old 31 January 2007, 12:53   #2
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Bird of prey... flying high...

Anyways... good riddance. Floppy disks are evil. We all know it.
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Old 31 January 2007, 13:38   #3
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I thought the newer HD ones (as opposed to DD) were bad news for Amiga stuff anyway. Don't they lose data very quickly?
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Old 31 January 2007, 13:47   #4
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Apparently, but I've never had any problems. They were always good for cycloned copylocks
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Old 31 January 2007, 19:02   #5
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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.
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Old 01 February 2007, 04:32   #6
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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 ).
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Old 01 February 2007, 04:36   #7
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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.
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Old 01 February 2007, 11:43   #8
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why do you need NEW floppy disks for preservation? (serious question)
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Old 01 February 2007, 12:47   #9
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Another news post: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16906939/
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Old 01 February 2007, 13:21   #10
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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

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Old 01 February 2007, 13:26   #11
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I started this thread almost exactly a year ago.

http://eab.abime.net/showthread.php?t=21254
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Old 01 February 2007, 13:26   #12
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Fucken luddites!

The future is here!

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