Isn’t it insane how just over 50 years ago, we were saving our online information on the original floppy disk drive (FDD)? The FDD was invented at powerhouse @IBM
by Alan Shugart, who changed how we store and share data. And get this, it used to be as large as a water bottle. Over time though, it did get smaller and smaller, and eventually it was implemented in the first IBM Personal Computer in 1981. So why was it called “floppy”? Well, that was because the packaging was actually a very flexible plastic envelope unlike the rigid cases we still might see today. Which, let’s be honest, would be a rare sighting.
The FDD was used to transfer small files of data from one machine to another. As time went on, the FDD was replaced by CDs and flash drives. But even today, we are seeing another wave of obsoletion occur with even those pieces of hardware. What’s probably the most interesting aspect with data storage is how rapidly it’s changing. It’s 2018 and the way we store data has completely shifted to the cloud, wifi, and bluetooth. We have come a long way from the FDD and can’t wait see where the next wave of #inventors
, and #startups
will take us in the future.
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technologies, let us know in the comments below!