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Floppy Disk Coasters (4 Pack) $1.85 + $7.95 Flat Rate Metro Shipping @ Smooth Sales

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Hello OzBargainers,

Let's take a ride back to the 90's with these awesome Floppy Disk drink coasters!

My fondest memory was installing Bird Vs Jordan off a floppy - man that game was great!

What better way than to remind yourself of simpler times than with these novelty coasters priced at ONLY $1.85!

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  • What's a floppy disk?

    • +145 votes

      It's just a 3D printed "Save" icon.

    • I'll PM you. Brace yourself.

    • It’s opposite of a hard disk.

    • I don't really get floppy discs. They aren't round. And they aren't floppy, they are rigid and stiff.

      • The name is related to the internals of the disk.

        • I think floppy actually refers to the whole disc since 8 and 5 inch floppies are pretty floppy. The only rigid one is 3 inch.

          • @truetypezk: No, floppy referred to the plastic medium itself. Hard disks have hard/rigid spinning platters. The spinning part in a floppy disk is floppy.

      • It’s all Legacy stuff now from the 70s and 80s.

        The disc was the interior spinning Mylar plastic layer, in a soft or hard shell to keep the dust away and to keep the magnetic material on the thin plastic disc from getting scratched or damaged in a pocket or envelope, bag, etc.

        Neither helped much.

        The 90s was all about the much better 3 & 1/2” diskettes because you could fit 1.44mb versus ~360kb on a 5 & 1/4” disk. Sure, it made Diablo 2 a real pain to download 1000+ 1.44mb sized disks worth if you didn’t have a CD-ROM drive… but it was very difficult to move large amounts of video until CD-RWs were cheap. A 1996-98 2x CD-Burner was close to having a 2080Ti for 90s kids.

        8” and 5 1/4” diskettes were floppy, as they had no shield over the magnetic media access window or the ring used to grab onto the inner media.

        They were also single-sided disc’s of iron oxide coated Mylar/polystyrene plastic inside a square plastic floppy shell/pouch. You could sometimes flip the disc over and try using it for data… which sometimes worked.

        The 3 1/2” with the single beveled corner, metal shield for the inner Mylar ‘disc’, isn’t floppy. But, the name stuck.

        Because the shell is much harder, you can make the media spin faster, much more dense (DD), double-sided, and so on, DSDD = 1.44mb) and keep the dust away if you include a paper weave sleeve inside the dust filter that stops the inner Mylar magnetic storage disc from getting scratched as it spins inside the cartridge.

    • +3 votes

      So you've never been incredibly drunk?

      Impressed!

    • 80's and 90's version of USB drive

  • the shipping killed the deal, btw, anyone has a machine for that?

  • +23 votes

    Let’s be realistic here, the postage is exorbitant

  • Does the metal sheath thing on the top slide backwards and forwards like the real ones do?

  • How many mb capacity?

  • I just use actual floppy disks full of old jungle samples and .xm files

  • I was keen until I saw postage. Ouch!

  • I'll be honest, I've been meaning to buy something exactly like this, but it's cheaper for more on AliExpress.

    • If you order two packs (8 floppies) from " smoothsales" it will cost you $11-12.
      +You won't wait 1-2 month to get it from AliExpress.

  • +12 votes

    Good o times when these games are the AAA titles:

    • Monkey Island
    • King’s Quest
    • Leisure Suit Larry
    • Myst
    • 11th Hour
  • Remember when they made the joke about “Windows 95” being an indicator of how many floppies you were going to need to install the operating system.

    • I still remember installing Windows 95 using floppy disks which we bought in the launch at Harvey Norman. Gosh that was painful… especially when one of the disks wouldn't read and had to keep retrying until it did.

      … and then when we finally bought a new PC which came with a CD rom drive and Windows 95 on CD… wow, that was impressive stuff.

    • 13-14 disks? I think OS/2 was double that.

      Then there were the people that only had a 5.25" drive (didn' sell many copies).

      I sold one of the 1st copies of Windows 95 in Australia. People lined up for @ 150-200m outside our store.

      Our company underestimated how many people would buy this on CD, not too mention how many people bought CD drives/multimedia kits as a result. The upgrade sales were also welcomed.

      A licensing deal was struck with SPC Harvard graphics, that I am sure saw the directors retire/dissolve the company comfortably. Then there was a copy of Quicken and an Ozemail disk (with 5 free hours) using a 14.4k modem. Companies like Simply Computing, Banksia, Netcomm and Maestro started raking in the dollars.

      This was the golden age of Computers.Retaillers,manufacturers and wholesalers alike were raking it in.

      • OS/2 for the PS/2.

        Half an operating system for half a machine.

        • The old PS/2. Full 32bit Microchannel. Not too many Microchannel expansion cards in those days. ;)

          Did they have a different Memory type as well?

          • @BewareOfThe Dog: Too many wines between then, and now, to remember that detail.

            We were using them as part of a project called PFTN, which was Positioning For The Nineties. We dubbed the project “Beyond 2000”.

            • @try2bhelpful: I had OS/2 running on my 32mb 486, and it struggled. I think i had a 120mb and 214mb drive in there. I ran it for about a week, as it struggled on my limited hard drive, and went back to Win/Dos @ late 1994. I recall running OS/2 and having CPU v CPU playing chess, and CPU v CPU in Ian bothams cricket in 2 seprate windows at the same time, in 2 seperate windows. Something you could not have done with Microsoft at the time. It was a really powerful OS, but compatability not so good for games/multimedia.

      • We bought one of the original Amigas; those beasties were the bomb. My man still uses a “guru meditation message” as a screen saver for his Mac. Marble madness was amazing.

        • I used to sell Amiga as well. Great machines. They were a project that Atari rejected?
          Then Atari created their own similar product and in home OS on the 520/1040 series. Microsoft were asked to develop an OS for Atari, but it would take 2-3 years? MS were struggling with bringing Windows NT 3.51 to the table, let alone Windows 3.0.

    • the joke about “Windows 95” being an indicator of how many floppies you were going to need

      😂🤦🏻 I’ve never heard this joke and I only just got it… haha

      • I ran the beta version of Windows 95 for @ 4-5 months. I kept it running for about 2 months after the final release. The only drama I had with Windows 95 beta/full was I was running a Gravis Ultrasound sound card. It provided wavetable synthesis, at a cheaper price than soundblaster were able to. Only issue was the drivers would play up, as they were built for windows 3.1.

        Then Gravis had the drivers developed for Win95. Yay! Then a friend of mine showed off his Yamaha DB50 XG expansion card. Hmm back to Soundblaster. Fortunatly I knew a tech at Playcorp who Diagnosed my Gravis card as faulty.

  • Probably have a bunch of old floppy disks at my Dad's house. Good idea to use them as coasters.

    But, I remember the 5.25" disks more and buying a massive box of Shareware games from the PC store I got our 286 from.
    Commander Keen was the standout.