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A Floppy Finish

"La-La-La," says the fat lady. The poor floppy disk must now face its final destiny.

By Amanda C. Kooser

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Alas, poor floppy disk, we knew thee well. You carried our textfiles and low-resolution graphics from computer to computer. Inyour prime, you held entire programs in your approximately3-inch-by-3.75-inch grasp. Now it's time to join your retiredbrethren-eight-track tapes, Apple Newtons and Rolodexes. Well,almost. Think of floppy disks as comparable to music cassettetapes. Both are still selling, but CD-RWs and CDs are slowlyreplacing them.

What will we do with our millions of floppy disks? DougPatterson, pop culture collectibles guru at, knowswhere they won't be. "I'm afraid the floppy disk lacksthe personality of a vintage record or a Pez dispenser to becomemuch of a collectible. I can't imagine holding a floppy disk upand saying, 'Wow, remember when I stored my grocery list onthis baby?'"

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