I noticed local discount store PAMIDA had put 3.5 inch floppy diskettes on clearance for $1.00 per 10 diskettes. I bought all twelve packs remaining. With a few computers using the floppies and a camera that writes to them, the diskettes are still useful to me. They are at the end of their product cycle however. Recently notices of factory shutdowns for the diskettes has hit the news.
Data sitting on old storage devices is a problem. A couple links are historical tours of data devices.
The nearly inevitable march of technology can bite. Businesses and institutions may want to do some serious analysis of the options for long-term data and information storage. Plain old acid-free white paper may still be one of the best options ironically. Here is a link on CD data storage with many links to industry and government standards, etc. Also some suggestions and caveats. X-Labs on "archival" CD's .
And, just for the fun of it, a link to an almost really neat bit of old technology applied in a new way for another kind of storage.... those bags for folding chairs, etc. The "etc" in this case is a roll-up folding aluminum table. It is one of those things I really didn't need, but I was just impressed with neatness of the idea and am interested in using a somewhat similar idea to build not something that can be put into a bag, but at least made portable... a bigger heavier table with clunkier not-so-neat knock-down, foldup that might fit in the trunk of a car instead of a neat canvas bag. Anyway, here is a link. Table in a Bag
The site doesn't really show how easy it is to set up the table or "roll it up". Perhaps I am too easily amused... Pamida discount stores have it on sale now for $29.99.
*** Stay tuned even if you aren't easily amused --- Doug Wiken