the 14-inch reels were an archaic format, almost completely forgotten even at the space agency. After some sleuthing, Mackellar and his comrades discovered the one guy inside NASA who had the know-how – and the interest – to help them: *** Nafzger. He was the last of the old Apollo video engineers still employed at the space agency.Nafzger tracked down a buddy at the Data Evaluation Lab at Goddard Space Flight Center...The central treasure there was the analog recorder – a 7-foot-high gray machine with big black knobs and huge reel-to-reel spools. It looked like a prop from the '60s TV show Lost in Space, but the hulking gizmo was the only known piece of equipment that could read data from the ancient tapes.
I'll miss the old floppy but there's no denying that it's time.
I equate this to going from the 8 track going to cassette then we went from cassette to CD.
This is just another evolution in tech.
SSD's will replace hardrives this way as well.
Heh. La guy, the fact that the floppy survived so long argues against the HDD being supplanted anytime soon. SSD's are unquestionably going to take over the high-end storage market and the enthusiast/performance storage segment, but when it comes to cheap storage, hard drives have fallen below 2 cents a GB. SSDs have come down a long way, but they're still 200x more expensive.
If you're saying that SSDs are going to become more popular and show up more places, you're absolutely right--but HDDs aren't going anywhere. SSDs would have to both close the cost-per-GB and the storage density issue--as things stand, given current flash RAM densities, you can't *put* 2TB of flash in a 3.5" enclosure.
I hated those floppy's, I say it's about time
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I'll just keep a USB floppy drive handy for the time being. You never know. Hopefully USB won't go away anytime soon.
Good to see them go. They were unreliable at times and those stupid metal doors broke too often leaving stuff in the drive. So they can go the way of the Zip Drive.
Dogs are great judges of character, and if your dog doesn't like somebody being around, you shouldn't trust them.
I'm with you Neil. If that metal door was not perfect, it would be impossible to get out of the drive, I remember coming up with different ways to get a stuck floppy out of the drive.
I'm a little upset actually.
My "I have a 3.5 inch floppy in my pants" jokes won't be relevant anymore.
When were the Floppy in my pants jokes ever relevant? I am sure Bob Dole used that all the time :)
I remember them coming out with all the "Wanna see my Hard Drive jokes"? But after Viagra, those were pretty much redundant.
Those drives do bring back memories, and how long it took them to develop and reach the consumers. Although I am sure there is not anything as historical as the Moonwalk saved on a 3.5!
Oh now I remember the joke! "She is unhappy because she got a Floppy drive last night!"
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