Good li'l article. In my house, floppy drives are pretty much a dinosaur -- only one PC on the network actually has one, and it never gets used. I really don't know anyone who uses 3.5" floppies as a file distribution medium anymore, and the only way they would really be missed these days is as a boot method in emergencies (and I use CD-Rs for that). I really don't see MS's phasing out of floppy drives in the MS spec as a real concern for most people, even computing novices. Since XP ships with 99% of new PCs, and the install CD-ROM is a fairly full-featured bootable rescue disc, I see no real reason to carry the floppy torch into the 21st century. 3.5" drives are underpowered and horribly unreliable, and they deserve a swift death.