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October 23, 2013 / Gregory Williams

Sony Digital Mavica c1997

At work we keep a very small technology museum. It’s still a work in progress, a part of someone’s collaborative spaces initiative.

On the same shelf as a boxed copy of Windows 95, this camera is proudly displayed.

I’m not sure why it never occurred to me before today to open the case and take a closer look at this thing. I mean, it supports floppy disks!

Of course when I did this afternoon, Nikon at the ready, and after pushing aside a pile of industry magazines on the adjacent coffee table to make room for a quick shot, who else would walk by but my CIO? She seemed to struggle for a moment before deciding not to ask; only looking back once before returning to her office.

Sony Digital Mavica

The thought has crossed my mind to try trying it out. The other day I found an unopened box of 3.5” floppy disks while I was looking for white board cleaner. After all, dry erase build up has a negative impact on the collaborative process that cannot be overstated.

If I do test this camera, it will eventually mean trying to find a computer with a floppy drive.

No. Better I think to just add the floppies to the museum. They are in mint condition, still in the plastic wrapping–vintage legacy.

Besides, the floppies are stashed next to a cache of Zip disks…


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