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While searching my mother's desk for something the other day, I came upon a pile of floppy disks. A virtual stronghold of bygone computer days, never to be used or loved again. I think the last time I used a floppy disk was in the 90's, when Bill Clinton was still considered a "family man" and dinosaurs roamed the earth. Of course, in this high-tech, futuristic digital age, my laptop doesn't even have a floppy drive. Much like stone tablets and another ancient form of data storage known as the "book," these brightly colored plastic squares are now useless for their intended purpose.

Now, I could simply dispose of them, but that would be unbefitting of their memory (and only add to the growing trash problem across the nation). So I pose this question to you, readers of the cesspit I call my journal: What should I do with these things?

Date: 2010-07-16 01:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mergana.livejournal.com
Hahaha. We found a huge stack of floppies the other day. We're gonna give them to a friend to use for target practice.

Date: 2010-07-16 06:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tomoyoichijouji.livejournal.com
I actually still have working computers that can read floppy drives (yeah, we're hoarders). After asking about this, I'm thinking I really want to preserve them so we still have an avenue to actually look at that kind of stuff. I used to use those "useless" floppy disks as precious back-ups for my personally significant writing. ;_; (All right, read: Tutu fanfic. That one. Yeah, that's right.) You can see why I'm hesitant to toss it away like some garbage myself, nor use them without respect.

Are they new ones, or might they have some wondrous artifacts buried within? If they in fact may have stuff on them still, shot in the dark, perhaps there are some computers at a local library that might still have floppy drives?

Date: 2010-07-16 06:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tomoyoichijouji.livejournal.com
BTW, apparently they still sell floppy drives today; I spy a USB one that can retrofit a modern computer ;D

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/category/category_slc.asp?CatId=287&name=Floppy%20Disk%20Drives

...Why I care so much I dunno. Childhood sentimentality I suppose.

Date: 2010-07-16 03:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] odangoatama.livejournal.com
Make a purse out of them!

Yes, that is genuinely my suggestion XD

~*~Me

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