Ah, I remember the days of the 3.5″ Floppy disk. I used to be able to back up my entire semester of high school work onto one or two 1.44 MB disks, zipped up of course, because PKZip was all the rage back then. Then I got a CD burner from my uncle, and magically, I could fit so much more onto them, and they were so much cheaper, I quickly stopped using 3.5″ disks, as did most of the rest of the industry. (For the sake of simplicity, we’ll skip ZIP disks, I had those too)
Imagine if we still used 1.44MB 3.5″ disks to ship and install software today? It’s be a nightmare. Well, antrepo has created some posters of what it would look like if some of the most widely used software was shipped on floppies instead of CDs/DVDs as they are today.
As a reference, iTunes, would take 48 floppy disks to install. Firefox would only take up 6. I hate to think what some of the other games and stuff would take up. Numbers for Adobe Photoshop CS4 (only PS, not the rest of the DVD spanning suite) would equal over 300, and of The Sims, that’s almost 6x more at 1,700 disks.
Besides how much time and effort it would take to install, do you know how much raw materials that would consume, far to much. Free shipping when would be a thing of the past thats for sure.