The floppy disk is still kickin’ - The Hustle
March 8, 2023
Once upon a time, before the cloud, flash drives, or CDs were invented to store our files, there was a humble plastic square called a floppy disk.
Released in 1971, the floppy disk (which today’s young’uns might recognize only as the “save” icon) allowed people to transfer data and programs between computers.
Although the last major manufacturer, Sony, stopped making floppy disks in 2011, there’s still some tech that relies on the remaining supply, per Wired.
Floppies were even used in the US nuclear weapons program up until 2019. And, they can be a medium for some pretty cool art.
… one man holds his ground. Tom Persky runs floppydisk.com from a California warehouse filled with hundreds of thousands of disks.
Welp, we said the word “floppy” too much and now it sounds weird. Here’s why it’s called that, BTW.