“The other day I spoke at the general meeting of the Fredericksburg PC Users’ Group. Before my talk, the group’s webmaster showed off a nifty little gadget that I had heard of but had never seen in use,” Chris Muldrow writes for The Free Lance-Star.
“The device was a little keychain-sized storage device that has a USB connector on it. You just plug the device into the USB port on your computer, and you’ve got anywhere from a few megabytes of storage to a gig or more,” Muldrow writes.
“I was surprised the next day when my wife walked in after a conference, handed me a small cardboard box and said, ‘They gave us these for attending and I though you might want it.’ It was–you guessed it–a USB storage device on a keychain,” Muldrow writes.
“Apple predicted the demise of the floppy drive a few years ago, but the drives continued to linger on in the Windows world. But the spread of devices like inexpensive digital cameras, digital video cameras and MP3 players has made it tough to transfer files using floppy disks,” Muldrow writes.
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: We had to look at the date of this article multiple times before we believed it. Apple announced the death of the floppy in May 1998 or almost 6 (six!) years ago with the introduction of the iMac. In fact, Apple was routinely lambasted for dropping the floppy from their computers at the time (and even in some dark, moldy IT corners still today). That this article is actually being published today illustrates the gap between the Wintel PC and Apple Macintosh worlds perfectly. Apple is nimble, can quickly drop old tech in order to move to more efficient methods, and the user base is willing to ride the cutting edge while the rest of the world is amazed about USB keychain drives and beginning to realize the floppy’s days are numbered in April 2004. We wonder if this article’s writer realizes that Apple’s iMac was the catalyst for the USB explosion that brought him his keychain drive in the first place? Actually, we’re kind of amazed he has a keychain at all – since when did driving a horse and buggy require keys? They must be for his barn.