I Found Your Diskette…

magnet on disk

Read the caption on this image… if you don’t understand the humor then you are not geeky enough and you need to upgrade your pocket protector with the latest Mega Protector 9000.

And the caption says:

Hello dear,

I found the disk you were so frantically looking for yesterday.

OK, OK…. I won’t leave you out, basically a diskette is made from a piece of plastic with iron oxide on it. Iron oxide is a ferromagnetic material which just means if you expose it to a magnetic field, it will stay permanently magnetized. And yes, i did say ferromagnetic. 🙂

So when you save something on a disk what happens is little particles of that iron oxide are magnetized to indicate if it represents a 1 or a 0. Binary!

This nice lady just put a magnet on her husband’s disk — which he had been frantically searching for — and most likely scrambled everything on that disk. Oops!

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