Kids these days will never know what it’s like to use a floppy disk. I mean, check out how these kids react to an old computer:
I mean, at this point, CD’s and DVD’s have almost become obsolete in today’s computers. With all the different storage options out there, you’ll often find laptops these days that don’t even come with a CD/DVD drive – you have to buy it separately and attach it via USB. I mean, if DVD’s (with a capacity of 4.7 GB) have become somewhat obsolete, what use would anyone have for a disk that only holds 1.44 MB?
So with all those old computers and old equipment out there without a use anymore, what are you to do? One idea that I particularly like, as a fan of music, is putting a whole bunch of them together and creating a musical floppy drive array.
I’ve touched on this in my blog before, in an entry into Patchy’s Inappropriate Instrumentals, in which someone programmed such an array to play Metallica‘s Motorbreath.
For some folks, this is a full-time hobby. Looking at all the wiring that would be involved, and the programming at work, I certainly don’t think I’d ever take this on. Then again, I’m pretty stupid when it comes to working with the insides of computers. That’s why I leave it to the experts. But I thought these videos were super cool, so I wanted to share.
Check out The Floppotron, which was created by parts from A Long, Long Time Ago, to play a song from A Long, Long Time Ago:
Perhaps The Dark Side is more your style… Don’t worry, you’re covered too:
I know what you’re thinking… What does the Hawaii 5-0 soundtrack sound like on floppy disk drives?! Well, here’s your answer:
And for something that would be quite fit for another installment of the Inappropriate Instrumentals, here’s the Floppotron playing some Nirvana!
And I think everyone loves the Super Mario theme, right?
So… If you’ve got some old computer parts hanging around, there’s an idea… And there’s even a guide that shows you how it all works HERE!