First off, it has been over a decade since “floppy” disks have actually been “floppy,” and several more years since they were really floppy (the 8-inch version). Yet we continue to call them “floppy disks.” I think there was an effort to call them “diskettes” there somewhere. Maybe everyone calls them that now. I still called them “floppies.”
And today I was handed my first floppy disk in about 3 years. I was amazed to find that people still used them.
And, as a Mac user, I was unable to use it. Macs, you see, haven’t had floppies for quite some time, presumably an effect of Steve Jobs waking up one morning and decided they were irrelevant.
What to do? The election is in high gear, and I’ve got to get the mail-in ballot application on the Elections PEI website.
So, down to the basement to the Linux server called “dan” (after my grandfather). It has a floppy drive.
Drop into deep Zen-like state to recall the Linux method for manually mounting a floppy disk from the command line:
mount /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy -t msdos
That works. Copy the file to dan’s hard disk, then email it to myself. Floppy paradox solved.