5" floppy?.

Christian Corti cc at informatik.uni-stuttgart.de
Tue Nov 25 04:39:06 CST 2008


On Mon, 24 Nov 2008, Jules Richardson wrote:
> Chuck Guzis wrote:
>> Why don't those metrificated folks outside of the US talk about 133 mm, 89 
>> mm and 203 mm floppies? 
>
> Heh... because it'd be incredibly confusing?

In fact, the EC dictates to use metric sizes (and thus 8,89cm and 13,34cm 
floppies/hard drives and so on, not to forget the 38,1cm or 43,18cm 
computer monitors). But it has never been accepted in the IT sector, 
neither by professionals nor by individuals.
But I remember the Ads from that time of the style "box of 10 8,89cm 
(3,5") disks" or "new 43,18cm (17") monitor with brilliant colors".
The "inches" have never been dropped because although you could only buy 
e.g. 48cm TVs (and everyone knew what size that TV set is), nobody 
knew what a 43cm monitor would be...

> What I want to know is when the US and Canada will get with the program and 
> start using ISO paper sizes like everyone else :-)

As soon as they start using screws with metric threads ;-)

Christian



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