Sony to Discontinue Floppy Disk Sales
The end of an era is approaching. In March 2011, Sony will discontinue sales of 3.5-inch floppy disks in Japan; apart from a few niche markets, worldwide sales of floppy disks were halted in March 2010. It's not really surprising, and one friend noted in Twitter that it was more interesting to realize that Sony has still been making floppies all this time (other manufacturers have already left the market). The last Mac to support a floppy drive - the PowerBook (FireWire) via a media bay - debuted in February 2000 and was discontinued in January 2001.
I know it sounds dorky, but I had a "funeral" for the floppy disk.
I filmed the entire thing:
A reminder to folks who still use old apps and data from floppies: Go through your entire collection and create disk images of everything and keep them in permanent storage. Floppies go bad with time and gradually get tossed in the rubbish. Seeing as there essentially are no more sources for new floppies, you might as well have disk images saved that you can open on your olde Macs whenever you need them.