Even if you use computers on a regular basis, you probably haven’t seen a floppy disk in close to a decade. Their limited storage capacity is laughable by today’s standards, but that’s not to say floppy disks are completely useless yet. At least not if you cram one full of batteries.
In 2011, a university student in Poland named Paweł Zadrożniak hooked up two floppy disk drives and started making music. Five years later, he’s assembled a full symphony.
In Norway, doctors are clinging to older MS DOS-based electronic journals. As a result there’s a system in place that still employs floppy disks—and it works extremely well. But a blog post on Gundersen.net says the Norwegian government might be retiring the floppy disk option as soon as next year.
When was the last time you used your computer's disc drive? What about your DVD player? E-waste is all around us, but as the brilliant Instructables user behind this $60 3D printer proves, there's plenty to be done with it—if you've got some engineering chops.
Floppy disks and film negatives get a second life as the canvases for British artist Nick Gentry's portraits. While his materials may consist of obsolete technology, the results are haunting and often curiously futuristic.
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.
British artist Nick Gentry's paintings give long-forgotten floppy disks a new lease on life. They're still storage media, just in a much more literal sense.
Now this is one amazing Goodwill find: A vintage pop-up book designed to teach burgeoning nerds about the wonders of the modern computer. Floppy disks, ASCII, and the dot-matrix printer. Oh my.
The way I see it, an awesome gadget gift does not deserve to be adorned with a flowery label. I'm assuming that's why someone decided to make these floppy disk labels versions. The labels cost about a buck apiece—a bit pricey, but it would be worth it to impress that special someone with your thoughtfulness.…