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A software developer’s musings on software development

Don't copy that floppy

Warning: I wrote this blog in 2011. That is a long time ago, especially on the internet. My opinions may have changed since then. Technological progress may have made this information completely obsolete. Proceed with caution.

During a meeting today, I got to wondering: do today’s kids even know what the commonly-used save icon represents?

Screenshot of Microsoft Word with floppy-disk save icon

Is this confusing to kids? Or do they just learn that this thing, whatever it is, generally represents saving? Surely the percentage of people under the age of fifteen who have ever used a floppy disk must be less than five percent, but I wonder what percentage even knows what one is.