Tuesday, April 9, 2024

"San Francisco's light rail to upgrade from floppy disks"

From The Register, April 9:

What is it with Fog City and ancient transport tech?

Those taking public transport in the tech hub of San Francisco may be reassured to know that their rides will soon no longer be dependent on floppy disks.

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency's director of transportation Jeffrey Tumlin told ABC that the city's automatic light-rail control system is running on outdated tech and "relies on three five-inch floppy disks" to boot up. The reporter was holding a 3.5-inch disk in the broadcast, so may have just skipped the word "point"....


Also at The Register, September 2022:

'Last man standing in the floppy disk business' reckons his company has 4 years left

The owner of the company, Tom Persky was quoted elsewhere as saying:

"The joke is, is that when a six-year-old girl runs up to her father with a floppy disk that she found somewhere, she said, 'Oh, look, Daddy, somebody 3D-printed the save icon"

I had actually forgotten what the save icon was representing.