1971-Floppy Diskette

They were selling this on Shirt.Woot a couple hours ago :frowning:

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1971-Floppy Diskette
Price: $10
Shipping Options:: $0 Standard OR $5 Standard International
Shipping Estimates: Ships by 10/20… Hey, these things take time. (Wednesday, Sep 24 to Thursday, Sep 25) + transit
Condition: New


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Previous Similar Sales (May not be exact model)
8/14/2014 - $10.00 (Woot-off) - Click To See Discussion (1 comments)

6/20/2014 - $12.00 (Woot Plus)
4/25/2014 - $12.00 (Woot Plus)
5/10/2013 - $15.00 (Woot Plus)

They must have turned it over to some interns cuz this was on shit woot not two hours ago.

Yeah, I bought one an hour ago for $5 more than this…

Is this how the WootOff is gonna end? Kinda retro…

Floppy disks were, and are still not, “read only”.

Floppy disks also were, and still are not a viable replacement for a timecard. It’s a joke. Read only storage is obviously an oxymoron. Again… joke.

or maybe they were referencing this wiki article
History of the Floppy Disk

Floppy disks were capable of being made read only. The concept was just like making VHS tapes read only. Once you have written your data, you simply use a special punch to notch the side of the disk, which tells the drive it can’t be written to. If you found that you wanted to write to it again, you simply taped the notch. This was, of course, only pertaining to 8" and 5.25" disks. More modern 3.5" disks had a sliding switch that was used to switch them to read only mode.

It actually isn’t a joke. When they mention “punch cards,” they don’t mean time cards for a time clock. Punch cards used to be a form of computer media. You would have to punch holes into cards to store your programs and data. When one card filled up, you had to replace it with a blank card to keep coding. Once you were finished, you had to be sure your cards were kept in order, else your data winds up “scrambled,” as they had to be reloaded in sequence.