Say its' not true.. This reminds me - have any of you ghost imagers out
there gotten the boot disk to come up via cd?
> Floppy Disk Becoming Relic of the Past
> By MARK NIESSE
> Associated Press Writer
> Sep 6, 5:18 PM EDT
> ATLANTA (AP) -- Long the most common way to store letters, homework and
> other computer files, the floppy disk is going the way of the horse
> upon the arrival of the car: it'll hang around but never hold the same
> relevance in everyday life.
> And good riddance, say some home computer users. The march of
> technology must go on.
> Like the penny, the floppy drive is hardly worth the trouble, computer
> makers say.
> Dell Computer Corp. stopped including a floppy drive in new computers
> in spring 2003, and Gateway Inc. has followed suit on some models.
> Floppies are available on request for $10 to $20 extra.
> "To some customers out there, it's like a security blanket," said Dell
> spokesman Lionel Menchaca. "Every computer they've ever had has had a
> floppy, so they still feel the need to order a floppy drive."
> A few customers have complained when they found their new computers
> don't have floppy drives, but it's becoming uncommon as they realize
> the benefits of newer technologies, Menchaca said. Almost all new
> laptops don't come with a floppy.
> More and more people are willing to say goodbye to the venerable
> floppy, said Gateway spokeswoman Lisa Emard.
> "As long as we see customers request it, we'll continue to offer it,"
> she said. "We'll be happy to move off the floppy once our customers are
> ready to make that move."
> Some people may hesitate to abandon the floppy just because they're so
> comfortable with it, said Tarun Bhakta, president of Vision Computers
> outside Atlanta, one of the largest computer retailers in the South.
> At his store, the basic computer model comes with all necessary
> equipment, but no floppy.
> "People say they want a floppy drive, and then I ask them, 'When was
> the last time you used it?' A lot of the time, they say, 'Never,'"
> Bhakta said.
> But plenty of regular, everyday computer users don't want to let their
> floppies go.
> "For my children, they can work at school and at home. I think they're
> a pretty good idea," said shopper Mark Ordway.
> "I just want something simple for me and my husband to use," said Pat
> The floppy disk has several replacements, including writeable compact
> discs and keychain flash memory devices. Both can hold much more data
> and are less likely to break.
> Even so, floppies have been around since the late 1970s. People are
> used to them. They were the oldest form of removable storage still
> "There's always some nostalgia," said Scott Wills, an electrical and
> computer engineering professor at Georgia Tech who has held on to an
> old 8-inch floppy disk. "It's a technology I'm glad to be rid of. I'd
> never label them, and I never knew what any of them were until I put
> them in and looked."
> In a sense, it's amazing floppy disks have hung around for this long.
> They only hold 1.44 megabytes of space - still enough for word
> processing documents but little else. By comparison, CDs store upward
> of 700 megabytes, and the flash memory drives typically carry between
> 64 and 256 megabytes.
> And it's been a long time since floppy disks were even floppy. They
> used to come in a bendable plastic casing and were 5.25 inches wide,
> but Apple Computer Inc. pioneered the smaller, higher density disks
> with its Macintosh computers in the mid-1980s.
> Then Apple become the first mass-market computer manufacturer to stop
> including floppy drives altogether with the release of their iMac model
> in 1998.
> "It's not officially dead, but there's no question it's a slow demise,"
> said Tim Bajarin, principle analyst for Creative Strategies, a
> technology consulting firm near San Jose, Calif. "You had a few people
> ... who were screaming, but in a short time, they adjusted."
> It may not be too many years before floppy disks are joined by DVDs.
> Microsoft founder Bill Gates recently predicted the DVD would be
> obsolete within a decade.
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