Headlines this week loudly claimed that IDE drives were dead, and died sometime round about Monday this week, or Tuesday, depending on which site you checked. They were sort of right. A Seagate spokesman was quoted, sort of, as saying that Seagate had stopped producing the disk drive standard after 20 years sterling service. We asked a Seagate spokesperson to give us the skinny. The spokesperson pointed out that 1) the company had stopped development on the things last year (so no news there then) and 2) would continue producing them until later this year, or possibly next. Or as the spokesperson put it: "The company will continue to offer PATA drives until late 2007, possibly spilling over into the first quarter of 2008." So certainly dead, but not quite yet.