April 11, 2007

Who uses floppy disks?

This article with regard to former astronaut Lisa Nowak is amusing and thought-provoking.

That she likes bondage is kind of fun. However, the fact that these images were stored on a standard floppy disk is kind of retro. I actually have a floppy drive on my desktop, although not sure I have used it. And I bought the USB floppy for my Dell Laptop a few years back and have never actually plugged it in. One wonders how crappy the resolution of the images was to fit 16 of 'em on a floppy.

Then again, NASA was flying the shuttle with the CPU power of a old 8086 for a bunch of years, so perhaps having access to and using nearly obsolete technologies is part of the astronaut training.....

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