[xubuntu-users] Am I the only one who still uses floppies?

Rob Ward rl.ward at bigpond.com
Tue Jul 28 10:07:47 UTC 2015

They were desperate times my friend!!! :-)

*Rob Ward*

On 28/07/15 19:35, JMZ wrote:
> On 07/28/2015 12:37 AM, Eric Christopherson wrote:
>> On Mon, Jul 27, 2015, JMZ wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> Silly question: am I the only one who still uses floppies (ie. 1.44 
>>> MB HD
>>> 3.5"/90mm)?
>>> I use them to temporarily store shell scripts.  Since scripts are 
>>> usually
>>> only a few kilobytes long (if that), floppies are great for storing 
>>> works in
>>> progress.  After a week or two I make ongoing archive tarball CD 
>>> backups.
>>> The scripts don't stay on very fragile media like a floppy for a 
>>> long time.
>>> You'll be surprised that floppies are still available.  Here in the
>>> northeast USA unopened boxes of floppies can be gotten at thrift 
>>> shops, junk
>>> stores, dollar stores etc.  Heck, I even found two unopened boxes of
>>> "Macintosh formatted" floppies.  I don't remember Mac formatted 
>>> floppies
>>> even "in the day".  Weird!
>>> Jordan
>> I'm getting back into retro computing now --
> So am I.  I bought a very good condition C64 C from a fellow ham. I 
> dumpster dived a perfect CRT TV (yeah, it's easy to use a LCD TV, but 
> it's not "authentic").  A 1541 drive/clone would be great, but 5.25" 
> isn't realistic today.
>>   my drug of choice being my
>> Commodore 128 with a 1581 3.5" drive.
> <snip>
> I'll go off the xubuntu list and see if there's a way I can get a good 
> 1581 or homebrew a solution.   I'm sure someone has used an internal 
> PC HD 3.5" drive.
> Strange, years ago a few of my ham friends used to swear that 
> "notching" 3.5" SD 720K discs would "convert" them to HD.  I would 
> warn them of bad sectors, but cheap is as cheap does I suppose.
> <snip>
> Jordan

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