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Sign of the times – free floppies

Yesterday I was walking downtown and passed a big “FREE” pile that was leftover from a garage sale.  There was a case with seven boxes of 50 each 1.44 MiB floppies.  That is around 500 MiB of storage across 350 floppy disks.  At the same time, there in my pocket were two USB flash drives, a 1 GiB and a 2 GiB.  Less than ten years ago I was using a pile of floppies like that to install Debian, and today I’ve got a bootable Fedora 9 install in my watch pocket.

Though tempted to grab them anyway for an undreamed-up art project, I wisely continued on my way empty handed.