the beginning of the end for floppies
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Thu Apr 29 17:12:34 CDT 2010
On 29 Apr 2010 at 22:19, Andrew Burton wrote:
> Perhaps someone (no I'm *not* volunteering!) should look in to
> documenting how floppy discs are made? I have a general idea, but how
> they actually make and coat the media should be preserved for future
> generations now, before it gets forgotten. For example, how do they
> attach the metal slider with that tiny spring inside? In 10 (or 20)
> years that sort of information would probably be lost or very hard to
I ascribe the decline in floppy media at least in part to a similar
decline in consumer video tape, mostly VHS. ISTR that 360K 5.25"
floppies use approximately the same coating formulation and thickness
as VHS tape. Instead of cutting the substrate into long strips, you
cut it into round "cookies'.
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