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6:22 am on Jul 31, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Linus Torvalds has articulated what much of the world has known for some time, with a merge marking the Linux floppy driver as "orphaned".

The issue is that while there are plenty of USB floppy drives out there, actual PC hardware is becoming a thing of the past thanks to motherboard makers ditching the relevant chippery and connectors in favour of space and dollars. And because very few people use the things anymore.

[theregister.co.uk...]

While floppies might be dead in coming builds, one can still play with the USB versions of same ... if still using them (why?).

Odd thing ... I still have a few of these legacy critters ... and a USB floppy drive to read them. The data was long ago migrated to other (current) media ... but still hang on to these for old time's sake.

RIP Floppy, in all your incarnations!
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The last time I used floppy disks, was in 1996... and I still have ALL my floppy disks since the mid 80's. They are carefully packed in boxes , you know, this kind : [qualitasdistribution.com...] with the lock so that no one could steal your disks :)
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I think I finally threw mine away--yup, same kind of lockable box--after checking with a computer store to make sure there wasn't some honorable recycling option. They're fatter than CDs, so you can't really do creative things like coating in shellac and then using them as bathroom floor tiles. And most of them had the default black case, which would be pretty overwhelming if used as shower tiles (the only other use I could think of).
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Computer buddy of mine, back in early 2000, let his wife have all of his old floppies (3.5"). She turned them into "bead" curtains for two windows in his "man cave". Rather clever. With the many colors these disks came in she created designs that were pleasing to the eye. That's what I call "recycling".

I also suspect there was an unintended insulation r factor as well.
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She turned them into "bead" curtains for two windows in his "man cave"

Sounds cool :)
 

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