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Old 01-10-2015, 06:32 PM
 
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Remember when Apple came out with the iMac colorful computer that did not have a floppy drive? I remember the shock of "how dare they not include a floppy!" I was shocked to see you can still buy a floppy drive today!
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Location: Ohio
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Current iMacs don't include an internal drive for CD/DVD/Blu-Ray. The only option is to add an external. Some may be shocked by that.
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Old 01-10-2015, 10:05 PM
 
Location: Diaspora
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Try plugging a USB floppy into current computers. Neither my MacBook Pro will recognize it and neither will my Win8 PC.
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Old 01-10-2015, 10:06 PM
 
Location: Diaspora
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Current iMacs don't include an internal drive for CD/DVD/Blu-Ray. The only option is to add an external. Some may be shocked by that.
This has now carried over to PC notebooks to not have them either.
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Old 01-11-2015, 12:30 AM
 
Location: Seattle, Washington
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Just picked up a 15" Pro and not having a optical drive is fine... I got an external BR for like $40 to rip BR movies... that's all I need it for anyway.

Soon we'll all be shocked by the extinction of HDD in favor of SSD.
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Old 01-11-2015, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Glen Burnie, MD
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The thing I'm surprised the laptop I bought less than a year ago still has is an ethernet port.

I know most business oriented laptops still have them, but mine isn't one of them. I can't see your average person having much, if any, use for it.
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Old 01-11-2015, 06:28 PM
 
Location: HoCo, MD
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The thing I'm surprised the laptop I bought less than a year ago still has is an ethernet port.

I know most business oriented laptops still have them, but mine isn't one of them. I can't see your average person having much, if any, use for it.
I'm actually glad that's not the case...yet.

I prefer ethernet whenever applicable. Sure, you're not going pull out your bright yellow cat5 and look for a jack in the coffee shop or Panera. But I was kinda let down when I had to use a Thunderbolt port to network my MBP. Sort of felt like I was regressing back to the 90's with a 'dongle' for the PCMCIA network card.

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Just picked up a 15" Pro and not having a optical drive is fine... I got an external BR for like $40 to rip BR movies... that's all I need it for anyway.

Soon we'll all be shocked by the extinction of HDD in favor of SSD.
At my last job. One client was on its way to zero clients only. Essentially a monitor with KB/Mouse connected to it, and it connects to a VDI farm.
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Old 01-11-2015, 07:24 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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I recall when the first computers started including 8" then 5.25" then 3.5" drives. The first computer I ever owned was programmed with toggle switches and paper tape.....
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Old 01-12-2015, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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I wasn't shocked when floppy discs went away. We had 100meg external zip drives at the time...
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Old 01-12-2015, 02:07 PM
 
Location: Glen Burnie, MD
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I wasn't shocked when floppy discs went away. We had 100meg external zip drives at the time...
I was most shocked when I saw on the news a few years ago that the last company that made them finally discontinued production. I was surprised someone still made the disks.

Zip drives were an alternative, but just couldn't compete with CD-Rs and RWs. And then there were the ones with problems: when the drive would fail, it clipped the corner off the disk, rendering all the data on it dead.
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