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A '''floppy disk''' is a box with a disk inside. Its original function was a gambling game, where the prize was your data actually being stored accurately. The popularity of the floppy disk diminished once people realized that no one ever won this game. Meanwhile, [[smart]] people always bet against the floppy disk preserving creations, becoming [[rich]] enough to invent the [[flash flood|flash drive]].
   
{{Q|I prefer these big ones (5 1/2") because they hold more memory. Although you have to fold them up to fit them into these new computers |Strong Bad| the warring factions of diskettes}}
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==History==
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In 1973, after much research by a team of 12 [[Welsh]] miners, [[IBM]] released the floppy disk. It was used to distribute software, transfer data between computers, and create small backups.
   
{{Q|Diskettes were invented by computers to help us, like how cows invented milk.|Strong Bad|floppy disks}}
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Before hard drives were invented, floppy disks also stored reliable operating systems unreliably. This trend faded with the introduction of [[Windows]] and [[BSoD|Blue Screens of Death]], in which the unreliability is incorporated into the operating system.
   
A '''floppy disk''' is a box with a disk inside, the come like the condoms or burguers in several sizes.
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===Other names===
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Floppy disks are also known as [[penis|floppies]], a name chosen to deter [[N00b|amateur computer enthusiasts]] in the late '70s, as computers were seen as industrial in nature and not for home use; and sometimes '''stiffies''' because of their rigid housing. The Chinese junior assistant who was present on all programming projects (yes, the code Coolie) referred to them as '''froppies'''.
   
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===Earlier versions===
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Floppy disks used to come in other sizes:
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*The 8-inch version
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*The 5¼-inch version.
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Unlike modern floppy disks, these early versions were not stiffies but actually floppy. These floppy disks must be folded to fit in the slots of modern computers. Fortunately, doing so does not affect their reliability.
   
*HD = large
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===Storage capacity===
*DD = Xtra large
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During their introduction, the formatted capacity of the floppies was originally the round number (when expressed in binary) of 6.66 MB. For mass production, this value was changed to 1.44 MB (acquired by dividing 6660 by X) apparently because the manufacturers "got the willies" due to the number’s association with the [[Devil]]. This change suited IBM’s ultimate goal of covertly collecting users' information, as the unused 5.22 MB contained a pre-installed command line to capture keystrokes.<ref>Declassified 1968 IBM action plan (Due to a government cover-up, this file has been stolen by the CIA.)</ref>
*ED = XXX Large
 
*QD = King size
 
*HiFD = Hiper iPod Floppy Durability (see [[IPod Floppy]] not be confused with [[Floppy Ipod]])
 
   
Floppy disks can be read and written on with [[binary fountain pen|binary fountain pens]].
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==Further evolution==
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In the late 1990s, Donkey Kong became the first computer program larger than 1.44 MB. This threw the computer industry into panic, and marketeers developed plans to convince users not to expect such complexity. One campaign, in which customers who wanted higher capacities were told to "Zip it up," resulted in a new variety of storage devices, and a system of American postal codes.
   
==History==
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Eventually, 2.88 MB floppies were developed. There was just one problem: No one's computer could read them. (The suggestion that everyone discard their computers and buy all-new gear was not as persuasive back then as it has become today when someone invents something.)
In 1873, after much research by a team of 12 [[welsh]] miners, [[IBM]] released the floppy disk. Floppy disks, also known as [[penis|floppies]] (a name chosen in order to deter amateur computer enthusiasts in the late 70s, as computers were seen as industrial in nature and not for home use), were used to distribute software, transfer data between computers, and create small backups. Before hard drives were invented floppy disks were also used to store reliable operating systems, a trend that has diminished with the introduction of [[windows]] and CD-ROMs.
 
   
==Storage capacity==
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Independently, however, swarthy foreigners were developing high-capacity media that were not floppy at all. They reflected light in pleasing colors, which is captivating when you are high, first CDs, then DVDs. Now, flash drives hold not only MB but GB and TB, though they just sit there like turds, they don't glitter, have no moving parts, and never give you challenging "bad sector" errors. Scientists are working to solve these problems and restore the tactile feedback and participation for drugged-out users that storage devices used to have in the days of the floppy, punched cards, and paper tape. In a few years, ultra-modern mass storage devices may again jam in the reader.
During their introduction, the formatted capacity of the floppies was originally the binary prefix value of 6660 KiB, or 6.66 MB. This value was apparently changed to 1.44 MB (acquired by dividing 6660 by X), and dividing it by 1,000) because the manufactures ‘got the willies’ due to the number’s association with [[devil|the devil]]. This change suited IBM’s ultimate goal at the time of covertly collecting users information, as the extra space on the floppies (5.22MB) was never available for standard use. Instead, a command line program was pre-installed on the system area of the disk at production, with the sole purpose of recording user inputs. [1]
 
   
==Decline to Flacidness==
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TV science-fiction tells us that, by the year 2250, interplanetary starships will stop using the higher-capacity media and revert to using floppy disks. Desks and tables will have a slot for floppies, along with a single, Radio-Shack-style pushbutton that does whatever you intended. However, users will refer to these floppies as "tapes." No one will worry about replacing all the furniture when something better comes along.
However, by the late 1890s, the increasing size of software meant that many programs were distributed on CD, and the floppies met their demise as they could not compete with the harder ROMs. Newer floppy versions have since been realised, boasting upward of 1GB per disk. Bur people like their 4.44 GB CD's and their 8 GB flash drives. These ‘second generation’ floppies are gaining popularity with computer users, and [[Apple]] have shown interest in them for further development of their [[IPod Floppy|iPod floppies]].
 
   
==Reasons To Use==
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==Reasons to use==
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*Its name contradicts itself.
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*Its balky metal shutter ensures you won't drool on it, and gives you an excuse not to recycle it.
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*It can be a [[Ninja|Ninja star]] in a pinch (but the only person you are going to harm is you, by making your target mad).
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*It may [[a splode]] for no reason at all.
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*It can be taken apart and some pieces put back together as a model Starship Enterprise.<ref>[http://www.asciipr0n.com/archive/0013/bonnie/craft/ Make a Starship Enterprise out of a floppy]</ref>
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*If you accumulate enough of them, they make a unique wallpaper.
   
*It will delete your entire school report because the floppy finds that enjoyable
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;Reader experiment
*It can barely contain the movie trilogy [[Lord of the Rings]]
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Save your term paper to a floppy disk so that you can print it and hand it in at school. Then place a really strong magnet on the case and leave it overnight. You will be surprised at the results.
*Its name contradicts itself
 
*The [[devil]] himself recommends them for use
 
*[[John Travolta]] uses them
 
*You can make a model starship enterprise with it
 
*You touch yourself at night
 
*I got these cheese burgers man
 
*If you mom complians to use a coaster you can just use a floppy
 
*If your to cheap to buy ninja stars you can use of of these
 
 
==Trivia==
 
*In some places, the 3½-inch floppy disks have commonly been called stiffies or stiffy disks, because of their "stiff" (rigid) cases.
 
*The hardy 3.5-inch floppy diskette also makes a wonderful work of art. It can be taken apart and some pieces put back together as a model Starship Enterprise.[2]
 
*Floppy disk is foreign-speak for the loser of the [[Penis Game]]
 
   
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
 
* [[IPod Floppy]]
 
* [[IPod Floppy]]
* [[Disk space]]
 
   
 
==References==
 
==References==
*1. Declasified 1968 IBM action plan (due to a goverment cover up this file has been stolen by the CIA
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*2. [http://www.asciipr0n.com/archive/0013/bonnie/craft/ Make a starship enterprise out of a floppy]
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{{Old computing}}
   
 
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[[Category:Computers and Technology]]

Latest revision as of 10:58, December 5, 2014

Floppy disk

The back of a floppy disk peels away for ease of data reading and writing

A floppy disk is a box with a disk inside. Its original function was a gambling game, where the prize was your data actually being stored accurately. The popularity of the floppy disk diminished once people realized that no one ever won this game. Meanwhile, smart people always bet against the floppy disk preserving creations, becoming rich enough to invent the flash drive.

edit History

In 1973, after much research by a team of 12 Welsh miners, IBM released the floppy disk. It was used to distribute software, transfer data between computers, and create small backups.

Before hard drives were invented, floppy disks also stored reliable operating systems unreliably. This trend faded with the introduction of Windows and Blue Screens of Death, in which the unreliability is incorporated into the operating system.

edit Other names

Floppy disks are also known as floppies, a name chosen to deter amateur computer enthusiasts in the late '70s, as computers were seen as industrial in nature and not for home use; and sometimes stiffies because of their rigid housing. The Chinese junior assistant who was present on all programming projects (yes, the code Coolie) referred to them as froppies.

edit Earlier versions

Floppy disks used to come in other sizes:

  • The 8-inch version
  • The 5¼-inch version.

Unlike modern floppy disks, these early versions were not stiffies but actually floppy. These floppy disks must be folded to fit in the slots of modern computers. Fortunately, doing so does not affect their reliability.

edit Storage capacity

During their introduction, the formatted capacity of the floppies was originally the round number (when expressed in binary) of 6.66 MB. For mass production, this value was changed to 1.44 MB (acquired by dividing 6660 by X) apparently because the manufacturers "got the willies" due to the number’s association with the Devil. This change suited IBM’s ultimate goal of covertly collecting users' information, as the unused 5.22 MB contained a pre-installed command line to capture keystrokes.[1]

edit Further evolution

In the late 1990s, Donkey Kong became the first computer program larger than 1.44 MB. This threw the computer industry into panic, and marketeers developed plans to convince users not to expect such complexity. One campaign, in which customers who wanted higher capacities were told to "Zip it up," resulted in a new variety of storage devices, and a system of American postal codes.

Eventually, 2.88 MB floppies were developed. There was just one problem: No one's computer could read them. (The suggestion that everyone discard their computers and buy all-new gear was not as persuasive back then as it has become today when someone invents something.)

Independently, however, swarthy foreigners were developing high-capacity media that were not floppy at all. They reflected light in pleasing colors, which is captivating when you are high, first CDs, then DVDs. Now, flash drives hold not only MB but GB and TB, though they just sit there like turds, they don't glitter, have no moving parts, and never give you challenging "bad sector" errors. Scientists are working to solve these problems and restore the tactile feedback and participation for drugged-out users that storage devices used to have in the days of the floppy, punched cards, and paper tape. In a few years, ultra-modern mass storage devices may again jam in the reader.

TV science-fiction tells us that, by the year 2250, interplanetary starships will stop using the higher-capacity media and revert to using floppy disks. Desks and tables will have a slot for floppies, along with a single, Radio-Shack-style pushbutton that does whatever you intended. However, users will refer to these floppies as "tapes." No one will worry about replacing all the furniture when something better comes along.

edit Reasons to use

  • Its name contradicts itself.
  • Its balky metal shutter ensures you won't drool on it, and gives you an excuse not to recycle it.
  • It can be a Ninja star in a pinch (but the only person you are going to harm is you, by making your target mad).
  • It may a splode for no reason at all.
  • It can be taken apart and some pieces put back together as a model Starship Enterprise.[2]
  • If you accumulate enough of them, they make a unique wallpaper.
Reader experiment

Save your term paper to a floppy disk so that you can print it and hand it in at school. Then place a really strong magnet on the case and leave it overnight. You will be surprised at the results.

edit See also

edit References

  1. Declassified 1968 IBM action plan (Due to a government cover-up, this file has been stolen by the CIA.)
  2. Make a Starship Enterprise out of a floppy
EPROM Your Uncyclopedia Guide to Really Modern Computing
AssemblerCTRL-ALT-DELFloppy diskMS-UNOMS-DOSMS-TRESFORTRAN
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