Floppy successor [was Re: [rescue] Total corporate madness]

Scott Newell newell at cei.net
Wed Jul 30 19:12:33 CDT 2003

>I don't think any truly good floppy replacement has been offered by the
>industry.  Nothing so far fills the needs that I see:
>* cheap
>* writable without burning, and very high rewrite limits
>* reliable
>* reasonably fast, though I don't care if they can run apps... just
>  1MB/sec would be fine and probably doable on the cheap.
>* platform-neutral hardware (ubiquitous)
>* a platform-neutral filesystem would be ideal
>* the ability to use it as a pure block device
>Nothing right now fits the bill.  If Zip had been reliable, it could

Flash is getting pretty close, except that you can't (yet) consider the
media disposable.  I've been happily using CF as my floppynet media for
some time, but those cute little USB flash drives look attractive too.


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