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Thursday, November 10, 2005

When was the last time you used a floppy disk ?

Earlier today, Raymond Chen asked when was the last time you formatted a floppy disk. As far as I'm concerned, it's been longer than I can remember. Most likely more than 10 years ago.

But when was the last time you _used_ a floppy ?

Me ? Well... The 2 or 3 times I wanted to use a floppy during the last 5 years, I discovered each time that the floppy drive no longer worked :-( When I bought the computer which is now my work station (it was in summer 2003), I bought the parts and assembled it myself. I decided not to spend 10 or 15 Euros for a floppy drive. The only time I needed to read a floppy since then was when I installed Win98 in a virtual machine to test appTranslator. (appTranslator is of course a Unicode app but it's linked to the MSLU to provide minimum support for Win9x).

Windows 98 CDs were not bootable so I needed a floppy to boot the virtual machine. I decided to take it as a challenge: It was (early) 2005 and I-WAS-NOT going to put a floppy drive in my computer ! I eventually managed to find an image of the boot floppy (they are .img or .vfd files, not .iso files) that could be read by Virtual PC, which did the trick.

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