Things that make you go…

   Posted by: wkossen   in Internet, Interoperability, Standardization, Tech

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The day has come. It’s the official end of the floppy disk. Well, it isn’t just yet, but we’re really in it’s afterlife right now.  If you’re still interested in one of the more interesting floppy based projects, stack up now! 1.44 MB isn’t really relevant anymore in these days of Terabytes, yet, the floppy was a great and very successful invention. I still have hundreds laying around containing relevant data and applications. It’s just too much work to move all that stuff to Cd’s or DVDs. I just wonder if this had anything to do with it…

This however isn’t the reason I am writing this post. There’s something else. I had a very good read today that I would not want to keep to myself. It’s the 2009 year report of Euro-IX, the organisation that bring together the Internet Exchanges of Europe. You can read it here. This really is a very interesting set of data. It tells you all sorts of figures about the Internet in Europe. Yes, really, figures. Mathematicians and Statisticians, please take notice, I’m talking significant data here. If you’re into graphs and tables, grab that PDF before it goes away.

One other thing Euro-IX did was release an educational film about the workings of the Internet. It’s not like Warriors of the Net, which already was brilliant, it’s the bigger picture. I’ll embed it here, it’s that good! So if you always wanted to know what an Internet Exchange actually is and didn’t want to head over to Wikipedia, click play below!.

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I agree on the post. Discovering of the floppy disc back then is great and successful invention. As the times goes on invention means to upgrade for instance before were using the floppy disc which contain 1.44mb and now as the technology goes on we have now the terabyte.

Chris Daily
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May 4th, 2011 at 9:14

I had stressful days when I still used floppy disk. Thank God for those who invented something more sophisticated than that. And for the one who invented the floppy too, because in many things it helped me a lot.

September 20th, 2011 at 14:23

I definitely agree with what you have here. At this point of time, there are so many people who are already using the internet and for me, creation of the internet has a great effect not only to people who are looking for answers to their questions but also for people who were able to find jobs using the internet.

November 17th, 2011 at 3:36

Actually I can only remember a few things about floppy discs, it was I think 20 years ago that we use it to store our school projects.

November 17th, 2011 at 13:00

The importance of the floppy disk cannot be disregarded, they made a very important contribution when it comes to data storage. No matter how modern they can become, it all boils down to: they started from floppy disks.

June 7th, 2012 at 15:24

Without the floppy disk invention there will be no evolution of discs now. From floppy ones to cds…And I am so glad I was able to make use of those.

January 9th, 2013 at 8:10

Well I'm sure glad that those floppy days are so over. But definitely we owe a lot to it more than what we could ever imagine. I wonder what could be next in line.

May 28th, 2013 at 16:03

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