Floppy disks still not completely extinct

As an ancient storage device popular in the 1980s and 1990s, floppy disks have long faded out of the sight of ordinary computer users, but some industries are still interested in this storage device. In his new book, Floppy Disk Fever, Tom Persky, founder of floppydisk.com, a website that sells and recycles floppy disks, says the airline industry is one of his biggest customers. It is reported that Persky regularly repairs, recycles, and sells floppy disks to customers who still rely on the old technology, and even the style of its website is still stuck in the 1990s-early 2000s.

In an interview last week, Persky said: " My biggest customers, and the source of most of my revenue, are industrial users who use floppy disks as devices to store and read the information in and out. Imagine it's 1990 and you're building A large industrial machine. You designed it to last for 50 years, with the best technology available. Who would have thought the world could change so quickly?"

Persky added: "Take the aviation industry as an example. Today, probably half of the world's fleet is over 20 years old and still uses floppy disks in some avionics. This is a huge consumer group for floppy disks."

The medical sector also still uses floppy disks, Persky said, and there are "hobbyists" who occasionally buy dozens of floppy disks from the site.

Floppy disks also made the most of the media news last month after Japan's digital minister Taro Kono announced a "war" against the device, tweeting earlier this month that Japan's digital agency Regulations requiring businesses to use floppy disks and CD-ROMs will be changed to online services.

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