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Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by securespark, 8 Apr 2021.

  1. EddieM

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    oh ok. fair enough.
     
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    I remember asking 'Me Mam' to pick up some 1.44 floppies on her Saturday shopping expedition. She paid a small fortune in Boots The Chemists & moaned for weeks about how many shops she had to try . . . .

    Cost me about half a weeks wages, but they camed in a high quality plastic storage case.

    On one of those floppies I stored the code for my purchase of £10's worth of Bitcoin in the first week of it's release. How much is that worth today then?

    Ask me where that floppy disk is . . . I dare you.
     
  4. EddieM

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    Anyway 3.5" floppies weren't floppies at all. Where I worked they were correctly known as stiffies.
     
  5. DL you don't have to suffer in silence - there's a blue pill the gp will prescribe that will take care of that issue
     
  6. EddieM

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    you don't need a prescription anymore ;)
     
  7. That's interesting I didn't know that
     
  8. bernardgreen

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    I preferred the 8 inch floppies, much more fun when used as a HiTech Frizzby ( 80 kBytes )
     
  9. Harry Bloomfield

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    They were the very first 8 inch ones, they progressed eventually to a commercial version with a capacity of around 570Kb formatted, though I heard of another format which achieved maybe 1.2Mb. I was toying with ideas of buying into 8" or HDD's at that time.
     
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  11. When would you say that floppies started to be in widespread use?
     
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    You have to ask for them and answer a few questions from the pharmacist, so my friend tells me
     
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  13. Do you mean external HDD Harry? What was a "Zip" drive? Was that just a drive that turned it into a zip file?
     
  14. EddieM

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    Depends on which size. 70's thru mid 90's
     
  15. Harry Bloomfield

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    I would guess at the late 1980's/ early 1990's, when the PC's took off.
     
  16. So around the time IBM compatibles were about
     
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    I used to have, maybe still have it around a zip drive. It was a plug in portable floppy drive. The zip file was just a bit of software (still used) which zips up and compacts a a file or files, into one much smaller file, sometimes password protected. It was important that files were as small as possible in the days of dial-up internet.
     
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