Monthly Archives: April 2010

Sony to stop manufacturing Floppy discs after 30 years

The end of an era!  I still have a box of 10″ (or so) floppy disks from way back a long time ago.

Remember Floppy discs? In case you haven’t noticed (like I didn’t), Sony is actually still making and selling those discs. But soon it’s time to say goodbye, as the company now said [JP] it will stop production in March next year. Sony rolled out the world’s first 3.5-inch floppy disc back in 1981. And believe it or not, even in 2008, the company could still sell 8.5 million units in Japan alone.

Not too surprisingly, Sony cites rapidly plunging demand as the reason (demand apparently peaked in 1995 and has shrunk more than 90% since). Hitachi Maxell and Mitsubishi Kagaku Media, two other major makers, withdrew from floppy disc sales as early as in the spring of last year.

Quietly, Sony wrapped up international sales of floppy discs last month, with the exception of India and a few other parts of the world. The company already stopped producing floppy disc drives last September.

via Sony to stop manufacturing Floppy discs after 30 years.

Seattle cyber sleuth proves cops to be liars

Every once in a while, I’ll read a few stories on Photography is Not a Crime just to get myself all worked up and worried about my next encounter.

How frequently have police abused their position before it started being caught on tape?

The more technology advances, the more we learn the truth about cops.

That they lie through their teeth.

The latest evidence comes to us from Seattle where a cyber sleuth named Eric Rachner proved that his local police department not only violated his civil rights by arresting him for refusing to identify himself, but that they were lying sacks of [lies] when it came to providing video and audio of his arrest, which is public record.

via Seattle cyber sleuth proves cops to be liars | Photography is Not a Crime.