Air Force finally retires 8-inch floppies

Those floppy disks have now been retired. Despite the contention by the Air Force at the time of the 60 Minutes report that the archaic hardware offered a cybersecurity advantage, the service has completed an upgrade to what is now known as the Strategic Automated Command and Control System (SACCS), as Defense News reports. SAACS is an upgrade that swaps the floppy disk system for what Lt. Col. Jason Rossi, commander of the Air Force’s 595th Strategic Communications Squadron, described as a “highly secure solid state digital storage solution.” The floppy drives were fully retired in June… More here. Thanks to Bob.

I should be surprised by this, but I suspect that there are many instances of what is perceived to be ancient technology still in use today. I had to use Netscape Navigator until a couple of years ago to access a specific system at work, it wasn’t pleasant.

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  1. I was talking to some friends yesterday and they mentioned that there’s still a lot of COBOL around. Enough that a COBOL programmer could make a nice living as a consultant.

    I suspect a lot of this “ancient” technology is because systems got created a piece at a time, so the costs were spread out. But if you want to replace inter-related systems, it’s much harder to do a piece at a time and so the costs are significantly higher. And the complexity is significantly higher as well.

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