Are you kidding? How did we ever use this primitive technology for so long? And why are some people still using it? Every Thursday, CTS will highlight the good, the bad, and the ugly of technology from days gone by in our #TBT Technology blog. Enjoy reliving the good old days!
When they were invented: 1967
Purpose: Data storage
Who still uses them: The U.S. military
Why they’re still used: “It still works,” Valerie Henderson, a defense department spokesperson, told CNBC. The military still uses 8-inch floppy disks for the Strategic Automated Command and Control System, a communication system. A nice perk of using an outdated technology like floppies is that they’re hard to hack because they don’t have any fancy connectivity features—a boon to super secretive organizations like the Pentagon. — Popular Mechanics