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Floppy disk
Floppy disk - the back peels away for ease of data reading and writing
“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 on the warring factions of diskettes
“Diskettes were invented by computers to help us, like how cows invented milk.”
~ Strong Bad on floppy disks

A floppy disk is a box with a disk inside, the come like the condoms or burguers in several sizes.


  • HD = large
  • DD = Xtra large
  • 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 pens.

History

In 1873, after much research by a team of 12 welsh miners, IBM released the floppy disk. Floppy disks, also known as 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

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 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

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 floppies.

Reasons To Use

  • It will delete your entire school report because the floppy finds that enjoyable
  • It can barely contain the movie trilogy Lord of the Rings
  • 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]

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