3.5" Floppy survival (was Re: TRS-80 Model 1)

aliensrcooluk at yahoo.co.uk aliensrcooluk at yahoo.co.uk
Sun Feb 4 15:31:30 CST 2007

 --- Chuck Guzis <cclist at sydex.com> wrote: 
> On 4 Feb 2007 at 0:24, Tony Duell wrote:
> > Incidentally, I heard a news item a few days ago
> that 'PC World' (a chain 
> > of computer shops in the UK) will no longer be
> selling floppy disks once 
> > their current stocks run out. Apparently USB
> sticks store more data and 
> > are more conveneint (well, the first is true, bu
> irrelevant if you only 
> > need to store a few kilobytes, the second is
> definitely false if your 
> > machine doesn't have a USB port).
> This is bad news from a preservation standpoint.

**>> snip <<**

> Cheers,
> Chuck

Yes, that's bad news for me too.

Whilst my Amiga's are down at present, I do
fully intend to get back to them and develop
more games/software for them.
All my stuff (so far) is only usually around
200-300KB in size. Without floppy disks I'd
have to burn them to CD, or upload them onto
the 'net (and then burn them to CD's using a
laptop - which I haven been meaning to get
for 2 years now, just for that purpose).

Whilst we won't run out of 3.5" disks just yet,
I was wondering how feasible would it be for
someone (probably fairly rich) to make
home-made disks?
Or perhaps someone would spot the hole in the
market and continue to make disks for those
of us that require them? The only problem with
that is of course, would we be buying enough
regularly (200,000 a year?) to make it worth
their time/effort/money?

I have a feeling it ain't looking good....

Andrew D. Burton
aliensrcooluk at yahoo.co.uk

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