Feeds

PC World says death to floppies

How to recycle a 3.5in disk. And a PR strategy

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

PC World’s marketing department declared the death of the floppy disk yesterday, generating a wave of publicity that even rivalled Bill Gates’ touting of Vista.

The chain said it would eject floppies once it has cleared existing stock. It reckons that by the summer, none of the laptops or PCs it sells will actually include floppy drives.

A quick search of the PC superstore’s website turned up at least two brands of floppy disks. But when we tried to help out PC World by buying all that stock in a single go, it would only let us have a maximum of three boxes worth.

According to PC World’s blurb, worldwide floppy sales were 2 billion back in 1998, but are now a sickly 700 million.

Still, that does mean an awful lot of floppies are still cluttering up the planet. What are we going to do with them? Solve the homelessness crisis? Fashion them into ninja deathstars? Or melt them all down to be refashioned into iPhones?

Maybe we should ask PC World? Afterall, the company's parent, DSG International, has a talent for recycling, particularly of marketing stunts. After all, in the last year or two alone it's generated cheap publicity from declaring the death of CRTs and the VCR. ®

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
TEEN RAMPAGE: Kids in iPhone 6 'Will it bend' YouTube 'prank'
iPhones bent in Norwich? As if the place wasn't weird enough
George Clooney, WikiLeaks' lawyer wife hand out burner phones to wedding guests
Day 4: 'News'-papers STILL rammed with Clooney nuptials
iPAD-FONDLING fanboi sparks SECURITY ALERT at Sydney airport
Breaches screening rules cos Apple SCREEN ROOLZ, ok?
Crouching tiger, FAST ASLEEP dragon: Smugglers can't shift iPhone 6s
China's grey market reports 'sluggish' sales of Apple mobe
Apple's new iPhone 6 vulnerable to last year's TouchID fingerprint hack
But unsophisticated thieves need not attempt this trick
The British Museum plonks digital bricks on world of Minecraft
Institution confirms it's cool with joining the blocky universe
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.