• [LINK] We Spoke With the Last Person Standing in the Floppy Disk Business

    From not@not@telling.you.invalid (Computer Nerd Kev) to comp.misc on Tue Sep 20 09:11:16 2022
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    We Spoke With the Last Person Standing in the Floppy Disk Business
    by Niek Hilkmann & Thomas Walskaar, September 12th 2022
    - https://eyeondesign.aiga.org/we-spoke-with-the-last-person-standing-in-the-floppy-disk-business/

    "Tom Persky is the self-proclaimed "last man standing in the floppy
    disk business." He is the time-honored founder of floppydisk.com, a
    US-based company dedicated to the selling and recycling of floppy
    disks. Other services include disk transfers, a recycling program,
    and selling used and/or broken floppy disks to artists around the
    world. All of this makes floppydisk.com a key player in the small
    yet profitable contemporary floppy scene.

    While putting together the manuscript for our new book, Floppy Disk
    Fever: The Curious Afterlives of a Flexible Medium, we met with Tom
    to discuss the current state of the floppy disk industry and the
    perks and challenges of running a business like his in the 2020s.
    What has changed in this era, and what remains the same? " ...
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  • From Zachary Fetters@hi@zachfette.rs to comp.misc on Mon Sep 19 19:28:50 2022
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    On 9/19/22 7:11 PM, Computer Nerd Kev wrote:
    We Spoke With the Last Person Standing in the Floppy Disk Business
    by Niek Hilkmann & Thomas Walskaar, September 12th 2022
    - https://eyeondesign.aiga.org/we-spoke-with-the-last-person-standing-in-the-floppy-disk-business/

    "Tom Persky is the self-proclaimed "last man standing in the floppy
    disk business." He is the time-honored founder of floppydisk.com, a
    US-based company dedicated to the selling and recycling of floppy
    disks. Other services include disk transfers, a recycling program,
    and selling used and/or broken floppy disks to artists around the
    world. All of this makes floppydisk.com a key player in the small
    yet profitable contemporary floppy scene.

    While putting together the manuscript for our new book, Floppy Disk
    Fever: The Curious Afterlives of a Flexible Medium, we met with Tom
    to discuss the current state of the floppy disk industry and the
    perks and challenges of running a business like his in the 2020s.
    What has changed in this era, and what remains the same? " ...

    I think that for as long as retro computer enthusiasts and content
    creators live, Mr. Persky should have plentiful business. We need more
    people like him to help keep the art of software archival alive.

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  • From Marco Moock@mo01@posteo.de to comp.misc on Tue Sep 20 09:53:18 2022
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    Am 20. September 2022, um 09:11:16 Uhr schrieb Computer Nerd Kev:

    "Tom Persky is the self-proclaimed "last man standing in the floppy
    disk business." He is the time-honored founder of floppydisk.com, a
    US-based company dedicated to the selling and recycling of floppy
    disks. Other services include disk transfers, a recycling program,
    and selling used and/or broken floppy disks to artists around the
    world. All of this makes floppydisk.com a key player in the small
    yet profitable contemporary floppy scene.

    There are countries like Japan that still use floppies in their
    government, so small market is still there.

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  • From Spiros Bousbouras@spibou@gmail.com to comp.misc on Tue Sep 20 08:21:17 2022
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    On Tue, 20 Sep 2022 09:53:18 +0200
    Marco Moock <mo01@posteo.de> wrote:
    Am 20. September 2022, um 09:11:16 Uhr schrieb Computer Nerd Kev:

    For reference , interview link is https://eyeondesign.aiga.org/we-spoke-with-the-last-person-standing-in-the-floppy-disk-business/

    "Tom Persky is the self-proclaimed "last man standing in the floppy
    disk business." He is the time-honored founder of floppydisk.com, a
    US-based company dedicated to the selling and recycling of floppy
    disks. Other services include disk transfers, a recycling program,
    and selling used and/or broken floppy disks to artists around the
    world. All of this makes floppydisk.com a key player in the small
    yet profitable contemporary floppy scene.

    There are countries like Japan that still use floppies in their
    government, so small market is still there.

    And amazon sells them so there must be still manufacturers although the interview doesn't say. Persky says he uses stock he bought years ago to
    supply floppies.
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  • From scott@scott@alfter.diespammersdie.us to comp.misc on Tue Sep 20 16:45:52 2022
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    Marco Moock <mo01@posteo.de> wrote:
    There are countries like Japan that still use floppies in their
    government, so small market is still there.

    It's funny that you should mention Japan and floppies, as this got posted
    just a week ago:

    https://hackaday.com/2022/09/13/floppy-disk-sings-im-big-in-japan/
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  • From The Real Bev@bashley101@gmail.com to comp.misc on Tue Sep 20 11:18:11 2022
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    At least a decade ago a friend told us to buy every USR 1200baud modem
    we found at yard sales. They go for a big premium on ebay because some
    older home alarm systems require them to communicate with the security company. Never did find any, but we gave him our old ones.

    I wonder if that's still true.
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  • From Mike Spencer@mds@bogus.nodomain.nowhere to comp.misc on Wed Sep 21 00:03:24 2022
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    not@telling.you.invalid (Computer Nerd Kev) writes:

    We Spoke With the Last Person Standing in the Floppy Disk Business
    by Niek Hilkmann & Thomas Walskaar, September 12th 2022
    - https://eyeondesign.aiga.org/we-spoke-with-the-last-person-standing-in-the-floppy-disk-business/

    "Tom Persky is the self-proclaimed "last man standing in the floppy
    disk business.
    [snip]

    Digressing substantially here, you may have missed that there's a
    similar situation in the match business. All the match companies in
    North America -- the brands that you grew up with -- have either closed
    or sold out to the one remaing match manufacturer, D. D. Bean [1] in the
    little town of Jaffrey, NH.

    First butane lighters and then precipitous decline in smoking didto
    matches what solid state media and the internet have done to floppies.

    [1] NOT L. L. Bean
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    Mike Spencer Nova Scotia, Canada
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