So the modern world is rapidly changing, especially when it comes to IT and technology

Every week brings news of a new device or piece of tech that is going to change the way we do business digitally. However, this doesn’t always mean that the old technology and equipment is ineffective.

The US nuclear weapons force proved that this week as a government report revealed that they still use a 1970s-era computer system and 8-inch floppy disks.

What exactly is a floppy disk?

  • Also called diskette or disk, it became popular in the 1970s
  • A standard 8in (200 mm) floppy disk had 237.25kB of storage space, enough for 15 seconds of audio
  • You would need more than 130,000 8-inch floppy disks to store 32GB of information – the size of an average memory stick
  • In the 1990s, the 3.5in floppy became the norm, with a 1.44MB of memory
  • Dell stopped making computers with inbuilt floppy disks in 2003. Very few manufacturers still make them
  • They are still in use in some 1990s technical equipment too valuable to scrap

What does this say about IT and business?

If you have found a way that works for your business, whether it’s using the latest technology or a retro IT approach, then that’s great. However, it’s worth considering how time and cost effective this method is. As technology is SO advanced now, it may be that there is a system that could work better for you and we’re happy to advise you.

But, if floppy disk are working for you and they’re not costing your business money in time, then i suppose there is still a place for them in the modern world of technology.