Ladies, gentleman and cyber geeks; the humble 3 and a half inch floppy is no more.
In a move that will shock few and actually affect even fewer, Sony have revealed their intentions to cease production and sales of the aged storage format in Japan, effectively calling time on the floppy’s very existence. With Sony – the last major manufacturer of the 3.5″ wonder – all set to pull the trigger in March 2011, the firm’s decision to drop support for the now 30 year old diskette should officially consign the floppy to the history books. Presumably, the days of the storage-based pun will also go with it, unless somebody can think of a way to relate USB external drives or Blu-Ray to underperforming male genitalia.
Personally, I can’t remember the last time a 3 inch floppy perked my interests in terms of actual use, but I must admit that a tiny part of my inner geek died upon hearing this news. Flicking through box after box of different colored diskettes, constantly worrying about sliding across the metal bit and wiping it’s pitiful memory, was an integral part of my early computing experience. I now officially feel old.
What may surprise you more than the actual news of the floppy’s demise is the fact that Sony actually sold 12 million of them during 2009 in Japan. It’s a crazy world we live in, folks.
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