Awhile back, in the Things I Don’t Miss comments, some people remarked they didn’t miss floppies. Not me. I do miss them.

No, it has nothing to do with the quality of the games back then. It’s the very floppies themselves. We didn’t have to worry about viruses, trojans, or malware. There was no paranoia about programs “phoning home” and sending who knows what information. Life was easier for one simple reason: no hard drive.

There was no place, really, for any crapware to go, and not much any of it could do. Every program, at least on the Apple, required a reboot of the system. Put in a floppy, reboot. Done? Take it out, put in something else, reboot.

And, of course, floppies could be write-protected, although that was more to prevent inadvertantly formatting a disk with data on it than anything else.

Once the IBM-PC and its many clones took over the market, that all changed. Now we had hard drives. In the beginning, the drives, though they were tiny compared to today, had lots of room.

Even so, programs still came on floppies. That included any number of utility apps and small, shareware/freebie games available from BBS’ and networks like CompuServe. Stuff easy to pass around to friends on disk, and now, easy to carry malignant software.

It’s been all downhill from there. Today, we need firewalls, virus scanners, malware scanners, and patches galore to plug security holes in our browsers. Hard drives brought us convenience, but they also brought a lot of headaches.

So yeah, I miss floppies. I miss them a lot.