The first floppy, introduced by IBM in 1971, was a 20cm disk holding just 100kb of data. Ten years later, Sony introduced the standard 3.5" floppy which held 1.44 Mb of data. Unfortunately, that data is now little more than a high resolution picture or a few dozen word-only documents. It is smaller than a standard song (for those of you who use Window$ of course...:D)
Floppies were once about the most vital accessories to computer users and offices worldwide for holding data in an easy-to-store format, which could easily be transferred between PCs. In 1998, 2billion were sold around the world and every computer had a drive to handle them. They were the all-important backup in case computers crashed.
Now that has changed. Memory cards, CDs, DVDs and flash drives may hold up to 1,000 times as much data. 98 per cent of PCs no longer have a floppy drive. According to one source: 'The floppy looks increasingly quaint and simply can't compete.'After 36 years and billions of sales, the floppy disk is to join the video player, cassette deck and film camera on technology's scrapheap. PC World has announced that it would stop selling the disks once current stocks run out.
Meantime is anyone interested in Vista? I have copies for sale, cheaper than what Micro$oft is offering...
Meanwhile, after a terrible start (they lost to Cameroon, and I am still coming to terms with that!) the Flying Eagles have reached the final of the African Youth Championship. Good luck to them, but I won't forgive the Cameroonian loss.
Is Obasanjo on crack?
I have a serious problem with Nigeria playing Big Brother Africa while all is not well at home. I am sick of it. Remember that back in the seventies we paid the salaries of civil servants in Haiti for months while not putting in place strategies to ensure sustainable growth back home.
Power cuts are the norm rather than an exception and no one complains. The power supply and distribution in Nigeria leaves more than a lot to be desired. The government of Nigeria is fully aware that the energy passing through the national grid is woefully inadequate.
Instead of finding ways and means of generating more electricity so Nigerians can have a much more stable supply of electricity, we are dashing some of it to Ghana??? Abi dem Ghana boys put winch for mouth?
Gigi Buffon has insisted that he is not interested in a move to Inter after underlining that his future is with us. Read more here.