The Dell Optiplex GX270s (tower case) we use have a cool, dark, high-tech looking case and a thick round-edge front panel.
For the floppy drive, if the floppy is ejected but still nearly in the drive, push it all the way back in, then smash the eject button, keeping your fingers out of the way of the diskette - it should come out far enough to grab.
What's a floppy drive?
Something middle aged men worry about in the middle of the night.
I wish hardware manufacturers and case vendors would realize that floppy drives are a thing of the past. Now that USB-based floppy drives are readily available for users that cling to this unreliable media form, and USB-based flash drives are even more readily available, it would be nice if The Rest Of Us would be saved from horrible looking case designs with an unsightly slot that is rarely, if ever used.
Where I work, we're still using Windows NT 4.0, which doesn't support USB, so I'll keep my floppy drive, thank you.
John Topley (www.johntopley.com)
An while we're talking about design madness related to drives...
I think the Sony VAIO's take the cake. They have the button for the CD-ROM on this spring-hinged door. When you push it in, the door flaps down underneath the tray facing some sort of down direction. It's now completely infeasible to find the button. So you just push the tray to send it back into the machine. Somehow I always felt like I would break something doing this.
AC - remember that Steve Jobs tried to force the issue in '98 by shipping the iMac without a floppy drive and got soundly ridiculed by the press and public. I suspect less conventional PC manufacturers aren't willing to try again just yet.
I haven't used a floppy drive in ages. With CDRs pretty much standard these days, and computers able to boot from CD, I haven't even needed it for those "emergency" situations.
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