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02.Aug.2022



How I rediscovered my floppy disks
What is, among many other nice things, the advantage of having a baby? You get to know your surroundings completely new! In our bookshelf in the living room, IKEA of course ;), there are two separate compartments on the bottom floor: one is filled with magazines, hiking maps and travel books, the other with my two Amiga floppy disk boxes and quite a few boxes.
Currently, my offspring has developed two preferences: to completely clear out both shelves :) He has a favorite with the hiking maps, which are unfolded with pleasure and meanwhile don't consist of only one piece, as well as with the floppy disk boxes. There are two of them: the Verbatim "Deluxe" version, which offers a small plastic cover for each disk (like boeder) and the Profex. Here is my complete collection:


Now I don't know if it's sacrilege to keep floppy disks not in professional plastic boxes and slipcases, but just in the original cardboard boxes, but it was the start for me to dig back into old memories.

Relatively vividly and well I can remember the various rummage boxes and walls in the local electronics store, in which the disks of various suppliers were presented. And every time the question: do I take the cheap no-name parts or do I treat myself to a box of the brand suppliers - as you can see from the colorful mixture, I then gladly reached for boeder & Co and treated myself to variety. Even in the 90s one was already on sustainability, see KAO. And the no-name boxes were semi-professionally glued together and thus used as a kind of big box.

Even if one or the other may not believe it, but a considerable part of the floppy disks was equipped with software from the Aminet. Of course, I ran a modem on my Amiga 1200! First a 28.8k modem, which drove me crazy, because I never managed to get a noise-free dial-up, and later finally a 56k modem. At that time, in the middle of the 90s, I was studying and where could I get fast and free - yes, at that time dial-up at home still cost something ;) - download software from the Aminet? Of course, in the computer cabinet there. It felt like there was a new version of Voyager and Co every week and you could hardly keep up...

Are floppy disks now just an outdated greeting from times long past? I have to admit, it's been a while since I put the last floppy disk into the 1200 (but that also has to do with the current "computer offspring"). On the one hand, of course, they consume a lot of space. For the little bit that's on there...On the other hand, it's very pleasant to have an antithesis to this "WLAN/streaming/'file-shuffling' world. And even if it might seem contradictory regarding the 'wild copy times' on the Amiga: doesn't such a disk better symbolize the efforts and value behind the development of the software? In any case my curiosity is aroused and I will rummage around in the boxes... (dr)

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