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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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  • +1

    What's a floppy disk?

    • +145

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

    • +8

      I'll PM you. Brace yourself.

    • +4

      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.

      • +2

        The name is related to the internals of the disk.

        • +2

          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.

          • +8

            @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.

      • +2

        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

      So you've never been incredibly drunk?

      Impressed!

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

  • +15

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

    • +5

      ehhhh 5-1/4" it still boots, apple II plus, I keep it as a novelty for people who think that computing started with the Internet ….

      • +1

        I skipped the line and thought it was real floppy disks

    • What is shipping?

      • +27

        It’s when you send something from one place to another. Typically via ship or aircraft. Colloquially via postage service.

    • Amstrad PC-20 sitting in the shed.. complete with CGA monitor. Bring on Roger Wilco 1.44mb at a time

  • +23

    Let’s be realistic here, the postage is exorbitant

    • +2

      sales wont be so smooth here then ?

    • +54

      Postage is flat rate - so you can buy 1 thing or many and it won't change the Metro shipping rate.
      Unfortunately, while AusPost are giving out Cartier Watches to their staff, small businesses are still price gouged :(

      • Do you ship with Australia Post?

        • +6

          Please, don’t suggest Fastway.

        • We use multiple carriers - Australia Post is one of them.

      • +1

        +1 for ultra topical. I'm in on the Breaking Bad haul.

      • Can't you send them via Large Letter? It should be super cheap though you don't get tracking numbers

        • Unfortunately, we have minimum quotas to meet for AusPost.
          Everything we send is tracked to ensure that people's packages turn up.
          If we send untracked packages and it gets lost, and customers complain, then that becomes a headache.

  • +5

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

    • +9

      Unfortunately, not - how many of those have you broken fidgeting with them??

      • +5

        Missed opportunity I reckon, they do make for a good fidget toy, certainly broke a fair few 😅

        • +1

          Do you remember the floppies before these, with the cardboard cover and the paper sleeve it slid into. Heard a, probably, apocryphal story that someone was asked to hand in floppies with the sleeve off so they ripped off the cardboard cover and handed over the bare floppy.

      • That damn spring…

    • That's the shutter!

    • +5

      Why not just buy a box of 50 floppy discs for 20 cents on ebay and use them as coasters.

      • a lot of ppl would still have them shoved in the back of the cupboard

        • +3

          LIke me.

          Don't want coffee stains on King's Quest though…

          • +4

            @Freezies: Don't want any stains on the Leisure Suit Larry Floppies either XD

            • +3

              @Sammyboy: I'm sure there are already plenty of stains on many LLL floppies around the world. Just not coffee.

  • How many mb capacity?

    • +23

      1.44 MB (Mug Beverage)

    • I recall the single density disks. I think a Mac Classic was 800k, and PC/Atari was 720k

      • They were only about 180k when launched and then 360k came soon after or was that the 5&1/4 ones???

      • Amiga 880k FTW

      • +1

        I use to punch holes in the corner to double the capacity

  • +5

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

    • +1

      bro i need the samples, espesh big cat roaring

      • +1

        Ooh ooh AH AH AH

  • +8

    I was keen until I saw postage. Ouch!

    • +2

      Yeah was tempted but kills it.

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

    • +3

      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

    Good o times when these games are the AAA titles:

    • Monkey Island
    • King’s Quest
    • Leisure Suit Larry
    • Myst
    • 11th Hour
    • +10

      • One Must Fall
      • Mortal Kombat
      • Street Fighter II
      • Doom II
      • Wolfenstein
      • Prince of Persia
      • Cool Edit (not a game but was awesome!)

      • +3

        I have original boxed floppies of Wolfenstein, Doom II, Prince of Persia and Myst in mint condition ;) Such classic games.

        • +4

          I was so bad at Prince of Persia - Those damn jumps - always end up being spiked….

          • @ArcherVice: I'll admit that even I struggled with that.

      • +2

        OMF and Xcom = my childhood floppy games.

      • Cool edit was amazing

      • I forgot:
        • Centurion: Defender of Rome

      • OMF 2097 was it. Still fave fighter to this day

    • +7

      Amiga 500 must have floppies:

      Speedball 2
      Any Dungeons & Dragons Gold Box Set
      Ports of Call
      Defender of The Crown
      Lotus Turbo Challenge
      International Karate Plus
      Turrican 2
      Populous
      Sim City
      Eye of Beholder 1 and 2

      They were the ones that took away most of my childhood, but there were many more :).

      I was the king of the neighbourhood! Everyone else was still running C64 with tape drive, and I got an A500. My life was golden… shame I peaked so early :).

      • +2

        Yes to Lotus turbo challenge!

      • +1

        Yes! My mate had x copy pro, used to copy games for me all the time, some were 10 disks big!

      • +2

        First game on my Amiga was Xenon.

        Any ports of The NewZealand Story to any modern platform? Would buy it instantly :)

      • +5

        Elite
        Lemmings
        Stunt Car Racer
        F/A-18 Interceptor

        • Instant Pavlov's dog response here upon reading the word Interceptor, I started singing "Bommmmmm… dum dum dum dum dum dar bommmmm".

      • +2

        I loved playing Speedball 2 on the amiga

        Also add to the list

        Chaos engine
        Wings

      • Didn't see elite II or hook in there…..but maybe that was just me…..also liked the blues brothers game….

      • Supercars II !!

        Check this out for a PC port

    • +1

      No Quest For Glory? Was way better than Kings Quest

      Also - Sam & Max, Day of the Tentacle, Street Rod

    • I am rubber, you are glue!

  • +5

    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.

    • +5

      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.

      • +2

        Mine was 31 floppies iirc for Win 95

        • Office 95 try installing that 40 floppies

      • +1

        Thought you guys might like some Doonsbury cartoons about Windows 95. Sorry they are a tad blurry.

        https://plentyoftasteblog.com/category/windows-95/

      • +1

        My PC was so fast I could reinstall Windows XP in 45 minutes, which is good news because I was doing it every few months (pre-sp1 was pretty nasty)

    • 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.

        • +1

          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?

          • +1

            @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.

          • @BewareOfThe Dog: The Amigas were so ahead of the game; just stunning.

            Never got into the Ataris. We did have a succession of Windows machines.

    • 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

      • +1

        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.

  • +4

    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.

    • Commander Keen was the standout.

      Keen as!

    • +2

      Keen Dreams was the bomb!

    • +4

      For a long time I thought I had played Commander Keen growing up. Turns out it was Math Rescue! Now that was amazing.

      • Good old Dataflow (c/o Broderbund?)

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