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Shadow Lord
July 15th, 2014, 08:39 PM
Really cool (http://tech.slashdot.org/story/14/04/29/1256250/us-nuclear-missile-silos-use-safe-secure-8-floppy-disks) if you ask me. I wonder where they get their HW/Spare Parts/Floppies???? I'd use their supplier but I am sure they would try to sell me a $3000 hammer :D!

Ole Juul
July 15th, 2014, 09:19 PM
Really cool (http://tech.slashdot.org/story/14/04/29/1256250/us-nuclear-missile-silos-use-safe-secure-8-floppy-disks) if you ask me. I wonder where they get their HW/Spare Parts/Floppies???? I'd use their supplier but I am sure they would try to sell me a $3000 hammer :D!

I notice that Floppydisk.com still has them. At least that's what I guess they mean by "8 inch disks available!" at the bottom of this page (http://www.floppydisk.com/buy.htm). ;)

krebizfan
July 15th, 2014, 09:54 PM
WeirdStuff also carries it http://www.weirdstuff.com/cgi-bin/item/20514

Athana seems to be making new ones at infrequent intervals. http://athana.com/html/diskette.html

Though the AF probably bought many thousands of them many years ago and some officer is hoping to pay for his next vacation by selling all the unused stock that will be discarded as soon as the replacement system is authorized.

Ole Juul
July 15th, 2014, 10:03 PM
Athana seems to be making new ones at infrequent intervals. http://athana.com/html/diskette.html

Thanks, that's who I was looking for, but couldn't remember the name and felt lazy and just took the top of the heap result from Google. I don't normally use these guys since I don't have an 8" drive and have a better source for those newfangled 5.25" ones. To wit, our very own Stone (http://www.vintage-computer.com/vcforum/member.php?9749-Stone) is a purveyor of fine diskettes to discerning computerists.

Shadow Lord
July 16th, 2014, 08:32 AM
Thanks for the linakage. I was mentioning it more in jest but the links, I am sure, will come in handy. I have about 30 8" disks which should be more then enough for my currently non-working IBM 5322. I was actually researching transferring data on 8" floppies when I ran across that article.

facattack
July 17th, 2014, 05:25 AM
Later, in an interview with Weinstein, Stahl described the disk she was shown as "gigantic," and said she had never seen one that big. Weinstein explained, "Those older systems provide us some, I will say, huge safety, when it comes to some cyber issues that we currently have in the world.""

Yes, really.