Firefox Floppy Disks!
OK, so floppy disks are obsolete. (But we still love them!) These days USB flash drives can be used even on 95, NT 4, and DOS, but there is nothing quite like having software physically at your fingertips. To that end I printed up some 3.5" floppy disk labels and created a setup self extractor using Winzip to span the install file across the disks.
It took only 5 1.44 meg floppy disks! Compared to some software that
I have had to install from dozens of floppy disks, Firefox is downright
tiny. I probably could have gotten it down to 4 disks if I had formatted
them using DMF (1.6 megs).
Awesome, but what if I encounter a PC/AT with only a 5.25" 1.2 meg drive?
Well, for some sick reason I actually have a 5.25" 1.2 meg drive in my machine so I used the same self extracting setup on these disks. These disks now actually have Firefox on them!
Could I get any more sick?
Sadly my 8" drive is busted. But I did once have it hooked to a PC. (To a PC it looks and works just like a 5.25" 1.2 meg floppy drive). Weighs more than 1000 USB flash drives I think. The system the drive was from ran Microsoft XENIX! So I felt a label that looked like it was written with a typewriter was more appropriate.
(I've since bought a new 8" drive for archiving with a Kryoflux)
And for my next trick, perhaps I should try paper tape.
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