iMac needs a floppy drive

Summary:It occurred to me driving to the office the other day how foolhardy Apple is for not including a floppy drive in the soon-to-ship iMac. Sure, a drive adds expense, and it probably would screw up the "lines" of the industrial design.

It occurred to me driving to the office the other day how foolhardy Apple is for not including a floppy drive in the soon-to-ship iMac.

Sure, a drive adds expense, and it probably would screw up the "lines" of the industrial design. But, don't kids need to bring home files from school? Don't parents bring work home from the office? Don't I ever want to move a file from a laptop to the iMac?

What good is the level of compatibility finally achieved between Win Office97 and Mac Office98 if I can't easily move files around?

Is a 33.6 modem or AppleTalk really a suitable alternative to sneakernet? For a 1.2MB file? Does e-mail-based file transfer work as well as sliding a disk into a drive? Is this really something to force on people?

Didn't Steve learn anything from the failure of the NeXT box?

I don't think this has already happened -- I admit I haven't checked -- but Apple will soon announce an add-on floppy for the iMac. It will cost $200. And once again a Mac will be more expensive (and more idiotic) than a comparable PC.

If this is Thinking Different, it's not thinking right.

Topics: Apple, Hardware, Laptops, Operating Systems, PCs

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