Floppy disk, anywhere from the giant 8 inch versions to the nearly extinct 3.5 inch versions most machines still come with even if the drive may never be used.
I was surprised today when I overheard my wife, who certainly is far less than a tech maven, telling her sister "Nobody uses floppies anymore - I'm not even sure my machine has a drive for it - I'll ask Tony".
Well, her machine still does have a drive, though I wouldn't want to bet too much on it working reliably.
The nice thing about floppy disks is that you could carry the darn thing in your pocket. CD and DVD's are too big: you need a coat pocket. My ideal media would be the size of a 3.5 inch disk (no need to be smaller; in fact smaller gets lost too easily), and would hold 100GB. Cost would only be important if the media wears out: I don't mind paying $12 for DVD-RAM media because it effectively will last a lifetime.
I wonder how long I'll have to wait?
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