Garage Band, Pro Tools, Logic, sequencers on tablets and phones—anyone can create music these days with zero programming knowledge. But Diode Milliampere shows you how it was done with MS-DOS. Yes, that command line inputting, C-drive accessing MS-DOS from 30 years ago. It turned out pretty well!
Can you imagine the conversation you would have with a child, hell, a tween, about this coffee table? "You see, son. Before the cloud and usb sticks. Before hard drives and iPhones and Androids. Before the iPod and even before the CD player, there was something called the floppy disk. And it stored 1.44MB. Yeah, I…
The other night, a friend and I happened upon a rather old, beat up photo booth. I love a photo booth. I will never not shell out a few bucks for a strip of pictures, when there's a photo booth near by. So you can imagine my frustration upon seeing the above pictured text on the old, graffitied-over screen.
When it dropped, OK Computer sounded exactly like our computerized future. Nevermind that Kid A better captured the clicks and whirs of life inside a server room, Radiohead's third album was an instant classic that dropped just as we fully entered the digital age.
To help visualize the difference between kilobytes, megabytes and other bytes the people at IBM Systems Magazine decided to find out how much "weight" our storage tools could hold if bytes were grams.
It really speaks to our youthful naivety when we could imagine ourselves shrilling, "ooh, the Internet is all in this awesome, pocketable floppy disk. We have arrived"! Though I guess some of our parents and even un-techsavvy friends would still believe such a thing. [Unplggd]
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.
It's tough to think about inventors without remembering dear Dr. NakaMats. He claims to have invented over 3,000 items—frequently while almost drowning himself—and basically thinks Thomas Edison's an uneducated wimp who quit at 1,093 inventions.
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.
When Apple breaks with a technology—like, say, Flash—where does it go to live out the rest of its days? Looks like a nice little purgatory, actually! I think in this scenario, HyperCard is Gilligan. [Joy of Tech]
What, wait? Sony's been churning out floppy disks all these years? And 12m were sold last year in Japan alone? I guess that's not enough though—as Sony Japan will cease selling them March 2011. [Akihabara News]
Making pleasing noises your ears will appreciate, and looking like dinosaur bones that have been strung up together by a crafter, this is a 21st century version (or should that be 20th century?) version of the traditional kokiriko instrument.
Your wife may be leaning towards the fired damasco renaissance tiles, but you know better. You know to shop around before heading down to Tiles Etc. You know to look at Gizmodo—your friendly floppy disk tiles purveyor.
This man says he invented over 3,000 things including floppies and springy-shoes—frequently while diving underwater until he almost died. He basically thinks Thomas Edison's an uneducated wimp who quit at 1,093 inventions. Sounds ridiculous? Watch this:
This infographic makes me so glad that we came up with storage methods other than floppy disks. Imagine replacing your 2TB hard drive with 1,422,222 floppies. No thank you. Update:
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…