Saturday, 1 May 2010

Farewell. 3.5" disk

Sony has announced that it has ceased manufacturing 3.5" diskettes. Frankly, I'm surprised that they lasted so long. The early USB memory devices made an immediate 16-fold increase over the most advanced diskettes, and they have now advanced a thousand times further.

But they had a good innings. They were introduced in the mid-1980s, not only as this article says because they were more robust than the first floppy disks, but also because they could be sent through the post in Japan more cheaply than the larger 5.25" and 8" formats.

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