Windows 95 developed by Microsoft. Countdown events were held all over Japan at midnight on the release date. Some even said that he bought only Windows 95 even though he didn't have a computer.
The Windows 95 was on a floppy disk (FD) in the initial release version, and nine FDs had to be put in and out of the drive before the installation was completed.
"Floppy Disk Coasters" is a coaster made using nostalgic FD. It's a perfect (?) Gift for Father's Day to a dad who used to be a geek and had to put in and take out FDs many times when installing Windows 95.
"Floppy Disk Coasters" are made by wrapping real FD with vinyl. Cork material is attached to the surface that comes into contact with the table. It prevents the coaster from slipping.
In an emergency (?), You can tear the vinyl and insert it into the FD drive to use it as a recording medium! Dad should prepare only the FD drive. By the way, FD drives are still sold for 800-3,000 yen.
There are three color variations: red, black, and white. You can buy it on the US online shopping site Etsy. The price is $ 25, but a separate shipping fee of $ 17 to Japan is required. Gift wrapping is possible. It takes about 5 days from ordering to shipping. It will take a considerable number of days to arrive at home from there, so if you want to make it in time for Father's Day, we recommend ordering early.
By the way, the storage capacity of the FD is only 1.4MB. Now that the storage capacity of CDs is 700MB, DVDs are 4.7GB, and Google Drive's free capacity is 15GB, it is almost within the margin of error.
However, in fact, if you have 1.4MB, you can save 700,000 double-byte characters.
When I graduated from university, the professor gave me a FD asking me to keep a daily diary. With FD, even if you write a diary of 50 characters a day, you can save 40 years' worth of records. If you try to do the same thing with paper, you will need a lot of notebooks, and it is possible that the paper will oxidize and you will not be able to open the notebook, but with FD you do not have to worry about that. I was told to keep a daily record on the FD so that I could feel the benefits of technology closer to me (the numbers may be misremembered).
At that time, I was deeply moved by the story of the professor. But in a little over 20 years, FD has almost disappeared from the world. It seems that even the professor could not predict such a future.
And FD is now living a new life as a coaster. Even if it is different from the future you aimed for, you can succeed in a different way of life. The gift from the professor still seems to teach me that ... I feel.