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Steogede
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2006 12:19 pm    Post subject: Stiffy Drive Reply with quote

Anyone ever heard the term 'stiffy drive' seems it quite common in South Africa to call a 3.5 inch floppy drive a stiffy drive.

Just thought I would share that with you all.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2006 1:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've never heard this, but I surmise that it's been around a long while.

To remind people, and inform the young, 5.25inch (and 8 inch) floppy disks were genuinely floppy. 3.5 inch ones, which I first saw around 1987, are not. To state the obvious, 3.5 inch ones are only called 'floppy' because they fulfil the same function as the older varieties.

I suppose someone decided not to separate words and meaning in this way and so coined the term 'stiffy'. I'd have more expected it from the Australians, but - hey- who said the world had to work the way I expected it?

Does 'stiffy' have a sexual connotation in South Africa?
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2006 1:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, it seems stiffies are alive and well:
AlltheWeb.com: Web results for "stiffy drive"...
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2006 10:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

alloydog wrote:
Yes, it seems stiffies are alive and well:
AlltheWeb.com: Web results for "stiffy drive"...


Well owrth a click it may be childish but it made me laugh
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2006 11:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TheDoctor wrote:
To state the obvious, 3.5 inch ones are only called 'floppy' because they fulfil the same function as the older varieties.


And the because the disks are still floppy, it's only the casing that is rigid. Unlike hard disks where the disks are also rigid.

It's a shame disk naming got less imaginative, with "Compact Discs" (which are less compact than floppy disks). "Round shiny disks" would have been a better name. Then DVDs would be "Big round shiny disks" Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 07, 2006 8:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, "Linux Format, Big Round Shiny Disc edition" does have a certain ring to it Very Happy

And Mike would be the "Big Round Shiny Disc Editor" Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 07, 2006 9:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That title would have been more appropriate for me Sad
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 07, 2006 9:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Probably... so does that mean Mike would be the "Little Big Round Shiny Disc Editor" Question
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M-Saunders
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 07, 2006 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What about laserdiscs?

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 07, 2006 9:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Giant Round Shiny Discs ?
Haven't seen one of those for years...
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 07, 2006 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Obsolete Round Shiny Discs Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 07, 2006 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

isn't "round ... disc", redundant: there aren't non-round discs, are there?
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 07, 2006 10:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, it started off with disks but got corrupted along the way.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 08, 2006 12:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

With the exception of the LXF coverdisk, all the disks I seem to receive through the post (i.e. please please please come over to AOL) are termed shiny coffee mats, and on the odd occassion bouncy frisbees Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 09, 2006 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How about "microwave pyrotechnic enhancers"? Smile
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