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#a83 :: Floppy disk

May 6, 2008

ENLARGEA mix of no-nonsense design and obsolescence incarnate, symptoms this is a perfectly made object lesson in hubris:

The 3.5-inch floppy was designed to last for decades – and outstripped within a mere few years by bigger, page faster, even-more-durable flash memory.

What are they good for now? Coasters. Table-levelers. Impromptu office Frisbees. And speculations on what the dot-com boom of the late 1990s would have been without the ability to carry a sheaf of documents or photos around on a lightweight, plastic facsimile of your computer hard-drive that fit into your shirt pocket.

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