Floppy Abuse

    Here are a few choice tidbits from the floppy abuse section of one of my favorite Web sites, Computer Stupidities.

  • Customer: “Excuse me can I use this disk? It has a hole in it.”
  • A customer saw me handling some floppies, and remarked, “How do they get the words small enough to fit on there?”
  • A company at which I once worked replaced their existing clones and XTs with PS/2s. Users were informed to convert their data to 3 ½ inch diskettes. One user didn’t replace everything. Not to worry, as she just folded the 5 1/4 inch floppy in half and jammed it into the 3 ½ inch drive.
  • One tech support person told a lady to insert a clean disk into the drive. She washed it first.
  • One user, a gentleman quite unfamiliar with computers and very short on common sense, had a floppy disk that wouldn’t stay in the disk drive. He called the help desk because his computer wasn’t working as it normally did and wondered if someone could take a look at it. The problem was his “solution” to his floppy disk problem. To get it to stay in, he used superglue to keep it in the drive.

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