Just got an email from the last company still advertising that they manufacture floppy disks indicating that 1) They no longer manufacture floppy disks and 2) they stopped more than 7 years ago.
(And 3) that they have "A large number" of disks warehoused and available for wholesale.)
@a_breakin_glass I see the issue as two fold.
1) we need to archive as much of the content that exists only in these decaying media platforms as possible.
That means making sure new tech can read old media.
2) we need to prolong the useful life of any legitimately useful hardware as long as possible.
That means making sure old tech can read new media, or if it cannot, making sure we keep making the old media.
I envision a future where you put old tech into your 3d printer and it uses the materials to create an updated model based on a design you've made or downloaded.
But for now, yes I agree.