A joke about the floppy disk in 2014, and the alphabet of the obsolete

by Joey deVilla on January 21, 2014

3d model of the save icon

Found via Programming Geeks on Google+. Click the cartoon to see the source.

I wonder how long developers — especially Windows developers, who are by far the biggest culprits — will insist on using the now-defunct floppy disk as an icon for “save”.

Not too far behind floppy disks are optical disks, which appear on John Atkinson’s “Alphabet of the Obsolete”:

alphabet of the obsolete

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1 Andy January 21, 2014 at 11:06 pm

We took our young kids to Disney a few years ago, and in the “Honey I Shrunk The Kids” kids playground they had a good time sliding down the Kodak film roll…. they had no idea what it was, but they had a good time. “Dad, I get all the large ants and things, but what is this black wavy thing ?”

2 Stuart Dobson March 6, 2014 at 9:15 pm

So what’s the alternative?!

3 Miles Leacy April 29, 2014 at 5:10 pm

@Stuart Dobson: The alternative is not having a manual “save” function. Apple and cloud services such as Evernote and Google Apps understand this. When I create something, it should be saved.

The “act of saving” is an artificial one created due to the limitations of early computers and was always a cognitive hurdle for the non-techie user. When I write on paper, the writing doesn’t disappear if I fail to press a magic button. The same should be true of applications used to generate content.

4 Toni Brandt January 10, 2015 at 6:13 am

*ROTFL* @ “Privacy”

5 Pino March 31, 2015 at 8:19 pm

When you write on paper, there’s no delete button.

I used a word processor on an Apple Newton MessagePad 2000, and it saved more or less continuously. If I deleted text, it was deleted forever. This caused me to lose data.

“Save” creates a checkpoint to which to revert unintentional changes. Would renaming it to “Create Timestamped Checkpoint” be acceptable? And if so, what icon would you propose for this action other than a 3.5″ floppy disk?

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