Saturday, May 14, 2011

Makes you think

The teacher who came up with this visual has a point. The 'save' icon we take for granted. It is accepted as a global standard, transcending launguage barriers as effectively as the signage conventions help us to find our way around foreign airports.

A clever youngster, one who first started using a computer seriously only after the turn of the century but perhaps the offspring of a computer-literate household, might be able to identify the symbol. 

"It's a floppy!"

Yes and no. The true floppies date back to the seventies when the discs were indeed flexible at 5.25 inches in diameter. Ten years later a smaller 3.5 inch disc was placed in a rigid housing and held an amazing 1.44 megabytes of data.

"It's not really floppy. It's quite stiff!" 

That's what she said.


Keefieboy said...

The original icon M$ came up with for 'save' was a piggy bank.

Macthomson said...

Thank you, habibi. I had no idea!