No matter what the size—eight-inch, 5 1/4-inch, 3 1/2-inch—floppy disks are the most iconic symbols of old-school computing. But how do they actually work? The 8-Bit Guy spends 15 minutes breaking down what makes floppy disks so cool, despite being obsolete.
101 Weapons for Women is probably a lovely book with plenty of great suggestions as to what can be used as an improvised weapon in case of danger, but I really don't think a floppy disk belongs among those things.
Freecom's CLS external hard drive series take an aesthetic page from cassettes and floppies of our already distant memory. Each 2.5" drive is minimal, durable, and can be hand-labeled for quick reference to its contents.
Thirty years ago, it would have been obscene to think a PC could fit into a case the size of the Apple II's floppy drive. Now Charles Mangin's Mac Mini lives in one.
No... not that kind of floppy...a disk-type one. Why is this useful? Apparently some BIOS updates still need you to jam in a floppy disk, despite the fact that many a PC nowadays ships without a drive for you to jam the disk into. So HP's floppy-emulating USB flash drive gizmo is more a sysadmin's friend, rather than…
Designer Thomas O'Connor has come up with a concept to join the legions of goofy USB flash drives with this charming USB Floppy Drive. Take one of those floppy disks granpappy's always going on about, hollow it out, stuff it with some flash storage and a USB dongle and you've got a "sustainable" and nostalgic USB…
Pop this USB 2.0-connected gadget into a spare drive bay in your PC and you will be able to read Smart Media, Compact Flash, Memory Stick, Secure Digital, MultiMedia Card, MicroDrive memory cards and... 3.5-inch floppy disks? You will have to spend $39 to discover if those 1987 backups still have any data. [RedFerret]