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an end of an era…not quite…but sort of

“Sony is going to stop making 3.5 inch floppy disks next year. The ubiquitous disks (mailed out seemingly dozens of times per household from AOL) went into production 30 years ago, back when they represented a major uptick in storage and convenience. Crunchgear reports that demand for the discs peaked 15 years ago, but Sony kept pressing on. Hitachi and Mitsubishi stopped making floppies last year.” (from lostremote.com – full link here)

So the days of loading up a Word document through a noisy floppy disk are over. Shoot. I remember how fun it was to have your own floppy disk in 3rd grade so you could save your progress in the extremely cheesy typing program whose name eludes me since it’s been about 13 years since I used it. But basically it involved you “learning” how to properly type on a computer keyboard through virtual games hosted by some sort of stupid ghost with a high-pitched voice.

But anyway…kind of got me thinking about how portable information has become since we were kids. Instead of hauling around a floppy disk that could only hold about a hundred files (at most!) we’re using flash drives, junk drives, and, if you’re on-par with the current zenith of technology, Google Docs and other online, real-time collaboration tools. Obviously it makes journalism much more portable in written stories and still photography. For me as a sports broadcaster though, we’re still sort of locked into a linear model, especially at a place like KOMU, where unless you’ve brought a “mobile edit bay” you have to return to the station to cut video and get a story in. There’s gotta be a medium somehow that allows us to keep the high-quality video and audio we use on-air while cutting down on the time we waste in travel, converting, and importing video.

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