Sony Announces the Death of the Floppy Disk
Fully 12 years after the original G3 iMac dropped support for the 3.5-inch floppy disk, Sony has finally decided to stop making them. The reason is a lack of demand. The surprise is that it took so long.
If you still rely on the massive 1.44MB of space to move files quickly around between far-flung computers, donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t worry: Sony will keep the production lines running until March 2011, giving you a year to stockpile the things. You wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be alone. Apparently, Ã¢â‚¬Å“lack of demandÃ¢â‚¬Â is somewhat relative, and Sony sold a jaw-dropping 12 million floppies in Japan during 2009.
The 3.5-inch floppy has delighted giggling schoolboys with its name ever since its invention back in 1981 and subsequent Japanese launch two years later. Now it joins the cassette tape and the 8-track in fondly remembered obscurity.
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