You know you have some floppy disks in a box somewhere…do you know what is on them? In the case of obsolescent formats, we focus our attention not on the media, but on the information. Migration to another format is usually the most cost effective strategy. For “born-digital” records that come to the National Archives we have ERA, which is now being used by Federal Agencies.
Image description: In January 1984, Apple Inc. introduced a graphic user interface to its new computers. The idea had originated at Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center in the 1970s, but Xerox was slow to commercialize it. Apple proved far more successful when it introduced the Macintosh with a splashy television advertisement during Super Bowl XVIII. The original price was around $2,500.
Learn more about Apple’s “Classic” Macintosh computer.
Photo from the National Museum of American History
I know what’s on them! they’re the BIG floppy disks! and LOOM is on them xD