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Old 29 April 2010, 18:37   #1
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40 ways we still use floppy disks...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/8651750.stm
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Old 29 April 2010, 22:27   #2
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1. I regularly buy floppy disks. I own a pub with a retro theme and I use them as beer mats.
Shaun Garrod, Ashby de la Soul

has anyone been to this Pub!. Sounds like heaven.
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Old 29 April 2010, 22:42   #3
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I think he's jokingly referring to Ashby De La Zouche in the Midlands. Not far from where I live.
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Old 29 April 2010, 23:03   #4
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Floppies are easy to mail, cheap and easily replaceable, and somehow give the impression of document security that e-mail attachments don't.
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Old 30 April 2010, 05:06   #5
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I used them as wallpaper in my old flat, approx 4000 dead disks covering 2 walls. They are all landfill now.

=EDIT=

That article does not contain 40 different uses for them, more than half of those 40 points involve using them for their intended purpose. Storing and transferring data.

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Old 30 April 2010, 13:37   #6
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I use them to load games on my Amiga, now that is unusual, right?
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Old 12 May 2010, 14:09   #7
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Old 12 May 2010, 15:36   #8
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Looks like Fool's Gold to me.

I still use them, why I keep hassling the SPS guys for write support in Kryoflux
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Old 12 May 2010, 18:12   #9
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I still have a hoard of DSDDs unused and waiting their turn....

Not that I use many nowadays what with hard drives being cheap....
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Old 12 May 2010, 18:19   #10
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(A surprising number also enjoyed pointing out the South African term for floppies - stiffies - though let's not dwell too long on that.)
Haha, couldn't resist, stiffies, haha
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Old 12 May 2010, 22:41   #11
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I've actually used 8" disks When I was like 14 they had a clunky (oops, legacy) business system with a vector monitor (beat that!) with a dual drive. The standalone box with drives hung on rails under the desk and was about a 50 cm cube in chromelist/black/brown 70s design.

Maybe I should get some and make some kind of mobile or sculpture with'em. :P (Is 'making mobiles out of floppies on the list, btw??)

Anakirob: using them for storage = ways we still use floppy disks. At least I still think it's the best use for them

I guess I write about 30-40 new floppies per year for my A500, checkin' out megademos and stuff. It's only a hassle when it's your only option, when you can put most of the newly downloaded stuff on harddisk it's not a biggie to make a few floppies for the remainder.

Who will be the first to wear them as earrings to parties??
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Old 13 May 2010, 02:01   #12
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Old 13 May 2010, 04:26   #13
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Anakirob: using them for storage = ways we still use floppy disks. At least I still think it's the best use for them
Yes, agreed. But the article is called 40 ways we still use floppy disks, and more than half those points are basicly the same point.

DJay: Is that device real? Where can I find one?
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Old 13 May 2010, 11:31   #14
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Great to see that they are still in use!
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Old 13 May 2010, 13:18   #15
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Looks like it's a render for a planned thingamagadget, floppy with SD card and adapter electronics inside, probably.
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Old 13 May 2010, 13:24   #16
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Supposedly you can use the floppy disk magnetic disk surface (i.e. the inside of the disk) with a digital camera as an IR band pass filter

http://www.instructables.com/id/Flop...R-Camera-Hack/
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Old 18 May 2010, 10:28   #17
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We use floppies at work to backup the config of the PBX.
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Old 18 May 2010, 14:42   #18
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We still use them at work, but can't say exactly what for. Backup and logs, essentially.
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Old 18 May 2010, 15:54   #19
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Backup and logs, essentially.
That's kinda ironic, isn't it?
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Old 18 May 2010, 15:57   #20
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In a way! A lot of it is to do with securing development environments and hardwares. We have approx 18,000 blank floppies left in stock and we use about 300 a week.
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