I’ve cleaned many a back room computer closet and found quite a number of artifacts that belie how far technology has come in just slightly more than a decade. One such item is the Iomega Jaz drive. I found a package of Jaz disks at a client and, instead of throwing them out, I dissected them and then threw them out.
I really didn’t know what to expect while cracking the cases open, but what I encountered made me stagger. When I opened up the case, I saw what amounted to a hard drive platter sitting loose on a plastic spindle:
The precious platters were protected by the mighty power of… bendy aluminium.
The bendy aluminium was held in place and allowed the freedom to move by a paper clip. Paperclips make the world go ’round!
I took a few more picture of the dissection and posted them on my Flickr account. Take a look at the ignominy here.
So how about it? Are you as appalled as I am that such a product made it to the consumer? Spew your ire in the comments below.