BBC Magazine readers give 40 ways we still use floppies Answered
This fun article from the BBC website showcases readers' responses to Sony ceasing production of floppy disks. There are 40 picked responses, many of which just talk about legacy hardware that still uses them for data storage, but some of them are easily 'ible-worthy. Highlights:
1. I regularly buy floppy disks. I own a pub with a retro theme and I use them as beer mats.
4. Not as much a user as an owner of a great many floppies, I was planning to tile the roof of my shed with them (using the two existing corner holes to take the nails) until my wife forbade it.
13. I put handles on them and sell them as spatulas. I sell thousands of them a year.
18. I've always used an old floppy disk as an ice scraper for the car, just the right combination of rigidity and flexibility. Just don't use the side with the metal sleeve on. They last about a year before they need replacing from my endless pile from the 1990s.
28. Floppy disks are ideal "floppy table" stabilisers, whether in the dining room or on the patio. They are also good for wedges filling in gaps where wood has to be cut. I have also embossed them in a cement pathway in a splendid "talked about feature" as they are of no use whatsoever for storage.