Dead Media Society: 5 1/4" floppy disk

"I will be a competent French speaker, reader and writer by the end of university!" At least this is what I told myself in first year. Now in third year, I'm using Rosetta Stone French, subtitled Goddard films and a French dictionary that I won in fourth grade for being the best male French student in my class, to inch my way towards mastering the language. Fourth grade was my peak, and I've struggled with a rare case of Central Canadian guilt because, beyond the basics, I can't speak French. Rosetta Stone is what NASA and the UN use to teach the language, so it must be good.


This is evidence of my first attempt at improving my ability to parle francais (parlay fran kays?... Non?), almost fifteen years ago. I'm temped to hook up my ancient 286 clone just to give this a shot.

  • Sherrie G. 9y

    Man, do I miss floppies. Did you ever play PC games on floppy disks, and when you had to install the game, it was like 'load disc 2 of 12'
  • Theo Curmudgeon 9y

    I get nostalgic for them, but I don't miss them at all. I'll take my USB key over 250 disks any day!

    Before the days of Bittorrent, all of the nerds in my grade school used to meet by the picnic tables to trade pirated software. I remember spending an entire afternoon loading all twenty some odd disks of Wordperfect onto my best friend's computer. We got to the last disk and it was corrupt. So we had to ride our bikes an hour and a half into the next town to get a good copy of the final disk.
  • Sherrie G. 9y

    They really hurt if you threw them ninja-star-style at someone.
  • TheDamnMushroom 6y

    I still have a 5¼" drive in my computer. See?
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