Items tagged with floppy

Hush little baby, don't say a word. And never mind that noise you heard. Unless, of course, it's an array of screaming floppy disk drives cranking out the Metallica classic Enter Sandman. Everyone is going to have soundtracks that bring forth a deluge of memories from the past. Some might consider the Star Wars theme to be the ultimate for that. For metal fans in the 90s, Enter Sandman is going to be right on up there for many. Heck, it even managed to drive Megadeth's Dave Mustaine to begin Sweating Bullets a year after its release. However, this version of Sandman, may just top that for some of you.  At HotHardware, we love the creativity behind taking old-school computer equipment and... Read more...
We hate to admit it, but where old tech is concerned - tech we grew up with - not everyone feels nostalgic about it with completely fond memories. It could be because the newer tech is just so much better, or more common sense. Take the old IDE cable interface, for example. Plugging that thing in was a true chore. So too was the need of having to manually set the dip switch at the back to treat a drive either as a slave or master. Who ever thought that was level of complexity was a good thing? While the SATA connector dramatically improved our storage's I/O connection, so too did optical media serve as a better replacement for magnetic media with floppy drives. Floppies came in all shapes... Read more...
Not long ago, the very last VHS tape was produced. It was the end of an era, for sure. Today, another era is ending, and it's one that we can't believe took this long to finally die. The floppy disc (the 3.5" one, not the ancient 5.25" one) has finally seen its natural end, years and years after they were initially introduced. It's funny to think that 1.44MB on a single disc used to be enough to hold a portfolio's worth of documents, and now some .txt files would even be too large to fit on that tiny sliver of space. According to a report stemming from Asia, Sony will kill sales of the 3.5" floppy at the end of this fiscal year, and amazingly, the company currently holds a 70% market share of... Read more...
What's new is old again, it seems. Security researchers are warning consumers to be cautious about using items like freebie flash drives that are given out as souvenirs at trade shows and similar events.  There are recent reports of malware being loaded onto removable storage devices like USB flash drives, and even digital picture frames.In mid-December, Kaspersky Lab senior virus analyst Aleks Gostev penned a blog post describing his experience with an infectious Compact Flash card for his digital camera. "We've already written more than once about viruses and worms which spread via removable storage media by launching automatically from autorun.inf," he said. "A number of users have also... Read more...
You know a technology is on its last breath when large retail chains stop supporting it. It was the case when major retailers stopped selling VHS tapes, and now it seems the floppy disk is going the same way. PC World as announced it will no longer support the format once it stock runs out, and you can expect many other retail chains to eventually follow suit. It was a good storage device, but its time has come. "In 1998, an estimated 2 billion floppy disks were sold, according to the Recording Media Industries Association of Japan. Since then global demand has fallen by around two-thirds to an estimated 700 million by 2006."... Read more...
Hurricane Katrina, the biggest of the storms to hit the U.S. this year, has arrived at New Orleans as of this morning. Most have left the city, but thousands remain, many of them piled into the Superdome which has already suffered damage. Before we bring you the news, we'd like to wish the best of luck to all of those in the city of New Orleans, and everyone who is in the path of the storm. Be safe folks! Maxtor ULTRA 16 - 300GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive Review @ Madshrimps "In the Server and Business markets redundancy is at the heart of storage matters. Most of us, however; rely on a single device for all our needs, placing all our proverbial eggs in one basket. Today we will entrust our... Read more...