I finally removed the floppy disk drive from my desktop. I don’t know why it took me so long, except that it wasn’t in the way of anything. Living with a small, inquisitive child means either making hardware changes at night or keeping the work brief, and timing it so that he still has enough metaphorical spoons to keep his hands to himself.
iTunes 10 has shed the CD imagery in its new icon. And yet a floppy disk is still the universal toolbar image for “save.”
Last Days of the Floppy Disk
The last days of the floppy diskette are approaching: Sony will stop selling them in Japan next year.
No word on how long they’ll continue selling them in the US…but when was the last time you saw a new computer with a floppy disk drive?
Linkage: On Fx and SFX
VXWorld: Crossing the Uncanny Valley – on the current state of the art of photorealistic computer animation, from Final Fantasy through Polar Express to Pirates of the Caribbean and Beowulf. As pointed out, one reason that Davy Jones worked so well is that he doesn’t look human. (via Neil Gaiman)
Firefox Floppy Disks – remember when software came on 3½-inch floppy disks? Or 5¼″? Just for fun, someone split the Firefox installer across 5 disks, complete with appropriate labels… and even took it a step farther