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Sony: 3.5 Inch Floppy Disk Sales To Japan Ending March 2011

     
12:59 pm on Apr 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Sony: 3.5 Inch Floppy Disk Sales To Japan Ending March 2011 [news.cnet.com]
The days of the 3.5-inch floppy disk are now officially numbered.

Sony, which boasts 70 percent of the anemic market, announced Friday that it would end Japanese sales of the ancient storage medium in March 2011, according to a report in the Mainichi Daily newspaper.

Most other floppy disk manufacturers had long since pulled out of the market, and Sony itself has already ceased sales to most of its overseas markets.
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It's time to pay last respects to the floppy disk.

[http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/194959/sony_to_end_floppy_disk_production.html]
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This is a shame, considering there are still some things you can only do (conveniently) with a floppy disk.

Installing drivers for SATA drives during Windows XP installs comes to mind - something that I have to do with some regularity, and will likely continue to have to do for at least several more years.
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ebay : the future : shortage of floppy disks results in very high prices on unopened packages of floppy disks.


is it too early to invest in a few thousand for future ebay sales? :)
5:29 am on Apr 27, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Neither my laptop, nor the family desktop have floppy drives.

The latter does not even have CD ROM drive.
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Hey, floppies are still useful [youtube.com]!
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I just built a PC for someone, and almost bought a combo floppy drive/card reader for it. Then I realized that the motherboard doesn't have floppy support. (But it has serial/parallel).