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Ah, floppy disks. Remember them? Before CDs and USB drives many of us stored our valuable data (term papers, research papers, Oregon Trail game copies) on the floppy disk.

Well it seems that the floppy disk has gone the way of the cassette and 8-track. Sony announced today it will stop producing the disks by March 2011. The company had stopped most of its overseas sales of floppy disks, but they were still being manufactured and sold in Japan.

The days of the 3.5-inch floppy disk are now officially numbered. Sony, which boasts 70 percent of the anemic market, announced Friday that it would end Japanese sales of the ancient storage medium in March 2011, according to a report in the Mainichi Daily newspaper. Source: Cnet.com

This farewell to floppies shouldn't be a surprise to many, floppy disks are capable of storing only 1.44MB of space. Compare that to the variety of USB drives capable of several gigs that most places give away for free these days.

However, with that said, I'm a little sad to see it go. I recall the many times these disks helped me boot up a computer that was on the brink of death or when I used floppy disks to perform flash upgrades on computers before Y2K. Good times.