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Cassette tape equipment sales to end in 18 months


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As reported five months ago, PC World announces the end of the floppy disk.

 

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Cassette tape equipment sales to end in 18 months.

 

"Downloads Killing Cassettes in Britain.

Electronics retailer Currys says it will no longer stock cassette tapes, and cassette equipment is also scheduled to vanish in the next 18 months."

 

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Actually the floppy and the cassette tape were written off years ago - but I can't see either going for some time yet

 

Look at all the 'dictaphone' cassette things - nobody is going to go out and buy a new piece of gear when the old one still works petrfectly.

 

After all - how many offices still use typewriters? :lol:

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Just thinking about what I went through building my new computer that has an Asus MB, and the need to copy some of the controller drivers from their included CD and place them on a floppy disc so they can be loaded by MS's operating system for an installation, one better keep your floppy disk drive and a few floppys around in your junk box. :glare:

 

I have maybe 50 blank floppys and two new floippy drives in my bin, so maybe I'll be safe for a while. :D

 

Frank...

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Just thinking about what I went through building my new computer that has an Asus MB, and the need to copy some of the controller drivers from their included CD and place them on a floppy disc so they can be loaded by MS's operating system for an installation, one better keep your floppy disk drive and a few floppys around in your junk box. :glare:

 

I have maybe 50 blank floppys and two new floippy drives in my bin, so maybe I'll be safe for a while. :D

 

Frank...

 

As long as you can find a motherboard that has the floppy connection. They are getting tougher to find, and I still use my floppy drive, so I hope I find a mobo with the connection, when I next build a computer.

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When I got the WinXP a couple years ago, the shop pretty strongly suggested I get a floppy.

 

The only time I recall using it was after installing Norton Partition Magic, which insisted on making a floppy in order to do an emergency boot.

 

I've never had to use it. And since the only partition I made was in an external drive, I don't know if the floppy wd be needed anyway (be interested if anyone has any experience with such a setup).

 

However, there's going to have to be some kind of utility written and marketed to update old software that assumes floppys if they get eliminated from the MoBo.

 

Lynn

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Talk about old---I still have an old "QUANTEX" (Who ever bought them out anyway ??) laptop that came with an external floppy drive that you plugged into the back of the computer. That and an external CD-r drive as well.

 

I think you are right Bruce about mobos getting harder to find that have a connection for a floppy drive and ribbon cable.

 

Frank...

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"....new mobo, dual core CPU and SATA connections (no IDEs at akll)..."

 

Which means daithi, one would have to have a PATA CD and DVD drives. So far most of the Asus MB's I looked at still have aconnection for IDE CD and DVD drives.

 

Frank...

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"....new mobo, dual core CPU and SATA connections (no IDEs at akll)..."

 

Which means daithi, one would have to have a PATA CD and DVD drives. So far most of the Asus MB's I looked at still have aconnection for IDE CD and DVD drives.

 

Frank...

 

I won't use anything but Asus. Maybe in the future I will change, but the only non-Asus mobo, that I used in a computer that I built, was a Tyan Trinity, a number of years ago. It was good for the times, until the BIOS croaked, on its own.

 

Tyan fixed it, and it is still in the box on the shelf. :)

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As reported five months ago, PC World announces the end of the floppy disk.

 

floppy

 

Cassette tape equipment sales to end in 18 months.

 

"Downloads Killing Cassettes in Britain.

Electronics retailer Currys says it will no longer stock cassette tapes, and cassette equipment is also scheduled to vanish in the next 18 months."

 

Article

 

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your text talks about cassettes (I thought audio cassettes) but the article is about floppy disks. Are they both going away?

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When I got the WinXP a couple years ago, the shop pretty strongly suggested I get a floppy.

 

The only time I recall using it was after installing Norton Partition Magic, which insisted on making a floppy in order to do an emergency boot.

 

I've never had to use it. And since the only partition I made was in an external drive, I don't know if the floppy wd be needed anyway (be interested if anyone has any experience with such a setup).

 

However, there's going to have to be some kind of utility written and marketed to update old software that assumes floppys if they get eliminated from the MoBo.

 

Lynn

I never did get a floppy drive in my current system, but I did buy a USB diskette drive, which can be booted from with the right settings in the BIOS. That sees occasional use on both my tower and laptop machines. I'd be more tempted to buy a second USB diskette drive myself.

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I'd say its been about a couple of years since I've used my floppy, it kinda became redundant to me when the OS and other software started coming in CD version and the tomb stone was laid when USB and thumbdrives came.

 

I wonder what we will be using after dvd's cd's and sticks etc... :rolleyes:

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