In our effort to spread Duolingo to as many learners as possible...
Duolingo is now avaliable in a 28 floppy disk set!
Too high-tech for you! I'm still waiting for the Stone Age version complete with caveman drawings.
"See that man with the spear, that is "hello". The man here who is bent over can be translated as either "plant" or "seed". The man on his side with a fish means....
Is it too dangerous to speculate that what He would write would be: "DuoStone Version 1.0"?
The actual name probably would've been claimed by a different language-learning software before Duolingo could take it ;)
"Send fax to inquire about sales". Ah, what if I wanted to send a telegram instead. I guess I'll just have to use the Pony Express.
How am I supposed to send you a fax if you don't give me the number? Very disappointed from you, duo...
I'm a little disappointed too. Here they keep telling us we can't have all these extra features because they take up too much space, when all along the entirety of Duolingo will fit on twenty-eight 4MB disks!
You are right! It's been too long since I've used them. Last time I used one was in 2003 when I turned in a form for college on it. Feels like they went out of style way before that.
If it doesn't have a floppy-drive (2 actually), it is not a genuine IBM PC. Also, the processors clock frequency must be 4.77 MHz. No more, no less.
Haha, you are all too young to even realize that those are not floppy disks pictured. Those are what we used to call the "New 3 1/4 Inch Disks" back in the day. They were smaller and more stiff than what we called "floppy disks," which were 5 1/2 inches and made from thinner plastic with no metal reinforcement, and were therefore truly floppy. Before that there were huge 8" floppy disks, but thoses were not commonly known because they predated personal computers. We used them on bigger mainframes to do accounting and such. Living history, Baby! But I am wondering if Duolingo could please put their course on 8 track tapes?
Your memory is playing tricks, they were all called floppy discs and the sizes were 8 inches, 5¼ inches, and 3½ inches. But, yeah, the 3½ had a hard shell. Ah, good old Amiga...
Like Adam says, your memory seems to have developed a fault. The term "floppy" refers to the media itself, not the sleeve in which it was enclosed. 3.5" floppy disks were enclosed in a rigid plastic shell while 5.25" and 8" diskettes were enclosed in a flexible plastic sleeve.
Also, 3400 series 9 tracks (and eventually 3480 tape cartridges) were far more ubiquitous than 8 track back in the stone age, at least in my experience.
ha, showing your age! Who remembers the pre-PC era - loading from (essentially) audio cassettes and having to hold your hand on top of the tape deck to get a good read? It took 25 minutes to load a game of space invaders (if you were lucky). Make mine "The Sorcerer!"
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Yikes... I DO remember those huge and seriously floppy disks in stiff paper sleeves, from about 30 years ago! I also remember 8-track tapes, and how the damn things always seemed to cut my favorite song on the whole album in half when switching tracks. Hmmm... how would that sound on Duolingo? "Gu.............[click-whirrr].................. ten Tag".
Now I really want to get one just for the sake of hearing how would that catchy sound effect play out in the middle of a duo sentence.
On duolingo, it is called a "flappy dusk", the sound of owl wings taking off in the evening.
Real men programmed on tape in assembler. Before punch cards. Now you kids get off my lawn!
Ok to everyone saying how my memory is playing trick on me, you are probably technically right, lol. However... even though the 3 1/2" disks evidentally were officially "floppy" disks, most conversations went like this: A: "Could you put that on a disk for me?" B: "Do you want it on a floppy, or one of the new little hard disks?" or A: "I sent you that spreadsheet on a disk." B: "Yeah but my new computer doesn't take floppys. It only takes those new little 3 1/2 disks." Haha, here is a funny memory - we did not have networking so everything had to be put on disks and physically handed over.
Technically correct is the best kind of correct haha! It never mattered to us what the non-technical users called them.
I remember the days of receiving interoffice memo envelopes with diskettes back in the days of sneakernet. Our mail people seemed to delight in folding them from time to time, so I always personally walked disks to wherever they needed to go. I remember when our PCs were first networked, it was like some sort of a quantum leap for us. I also remember having a PC on one side of my desk and a dumb terminal on the other at one of my employers in the late 80s, before they finally got us terminal emulators.
This former government clerk-typist remembers how important she felt carrying confidential documents back and forth from our office to the director's office to keep those 8" floppies safe from those mail people :)
" I always personally walked disks to wherever they needed to go" Ah yes, the good ol' Nike Network.
As @pinkodough says, in the tech literate world, we did actually, in reality, at the time, call them all "floppies". Often it was: "What kinda floppy do you want - 5¼ or 3½?"
It would be cool to be able to install Duolingo anywhere, but my mother always warned me about floppy disks. She said that they might contain viruses, so I am worried it's some kind of trick :(
That is a relief. I am not very good with technology which is why I am VERY careful with switching to a new platform (that also explains why I don't have a floppy disk player yet).
I will consider purchasing it, though I will probably wait to see what the early adopters think.
I know, right? They look pretty neat but, as you said, there are so many ways this could go.
Ha ha, the eight people that upvoted me must be thinking the same as you are. That's not what I'm saying at all, ha ha!
Egad, I remember those too! I never used them but the "computer room" downstairs at the insurance company did. Upstairs in Underwriting, we'd cut up the old punch cards to make Christmas decorations.
Thinking of the journey of that technology from automated musical instruments to weaving looms to counting/tabulating machines to computer storage has now made me find James Burke's Connections videos and watch them instead of going to bed like I should.
My first job was in a university DP dept in 1983. We still used punch cards for some courses. We never had to clean up the chads, though (we also didn't call them "chads", if I recall correctly, we called them little pieces of paper). We were in the Engineering building at the time, and one of the professors did research on fluid dynamics. Apparently, the chads were just right for his research: he collected them from the punch card machines, soaked them in water, then used them into the flow tank, where they had just the proper buoyancy to neither sink nor float, and they showed up really well in images he took of the water flowing past objects. He was extremely unhappy when we got rid of the last machine. The students, on the other hand, rejoiced.
I'm young enough that I never actually had to use them myself. At my first "real" job, we had two punch card machines collecting dust along a wall in our computer room and a couple hundred boxes of cards stuffed under the raised floor below them. If I had started work there a few years earlier, I'd have seen it get some occasional use.
My dad used to bring home stacks of decommissioned cards in the 70s for me to play with.
That was high-tech when I was in high school... had a correction ribbon and everything!
I still have an IBM selectric typwriter! Best typewriter ever made. I haven't used it in years, but it used to be good for envelopes and forms that you couldn't do easily with a computer printer. Now it's just a piece of sculpture, though I see that one can still buy one on EBay for a few hundred dollars.
I loved that correction ribbon, but it was no good at fixing the 3 carbons I had to make, yellow, blue, and pink, i think. I'm only 52, but I feel like an old geezer today.
Then you used your pencil-shaped eraser that would actually need sharpening from time to time, careful not to let any eraser crumbs fall into the typewriter keys/ball, and whisked the crumbs away with the strange bristly brush on the top. Mine was blue.
I work in a school that has no space or storage problems, so we tend to keep stuff well past its generally-accepted period of usefulness. We still had a mimeo machine until about 15 years ago. One elderly teacher mourned its passing; he still used it occasionally and liked to know it was there. Coincidence that he retired shortly afterwards? I think not.
The mimeograph was right next to a machine that could make transparencies for overhead projectors. I think I used that once back in the 90's. Kind of a stone-age PowerPoint.
HAHAHA! nice one @kristinemc
Will their be a VHS collection in the future for visual learners?
Yes, I've been looking for an excuse to bring out my VHS! I want these on cassettes too to save for my children.
Thats what I need! I'm always a step behind with the latest technology smh....
Don't laugh... okay, you can if you want... but I still own a working turntable.
Do you have a Bulletin Board System I can log into to download this service? This would be a great help to me.
Why can't I just get Duolingo inscribed in hieroglyphs on a roll of papyrus? Or maybe runes for today's youth?
I really hope this new step towards the newest technology will help spread Duolingo to as many people as possible. EVERYONE I know uses floppy disks (I want a computer that can run them so badly!) and now they have no excuse not to use Duolingo.
I've got a fax machine and a MS-DOS 6.22 / Win 3.11 computer that it can run on! (seriously) What's the number for inquiry? :P
And I'm here trying to figure out why so many people thought this was real :P
From device #1 (load "",1 )if you you got into it before the 1540/1 came along.
Wating 20+ minutes to load a crappy telengard port from the datasette was painful.
Not as painful as manually copying the hex code of some cool new program from a printout in a magazine (which I frequently did!) :)
It got a lot easier once Compute! and Compute!'s Gazette started including checksums! They pioneered "catering to the casuals" when they offered diskettes! Too bad they were all basically the same 3 games with different sprites haha
Edit: While trying to remember the name of their MLX tool, I stumbled across this awesomeness. Nostalgia ahoy!
Loading from cassette was extra painful for me: my cassette recorder didn't mute the built-in speaker when the line out was connected. Loading from cassette consisted of taping a cushion to the speaker, pressing play, and leaving the room until it was done. (The volume had to be at maximum for the loading to work. Modem connection noise is nothing compared to the scream of a data tape.) I saved up for a disk drive as swiftly as possible. There's something very pleasant about the friendly chug-chug-chug of a working 5.25-inch drive, not to mention the haptic satisfaction of pushing the little lever down. Can't say I miss the read errors though.
Ah, the joy of the wait. We had a chair in front of the company's only fax machine because it took 5-8 minutes to send one. Received faxes printed on shiny off-white paper that had to be ripped off the big roll after the fax printed, instead of coming as individual sheets. Geez, I can't believe I lived this yet I'm still a decade and a half away from retirement!!
I was wondering if you will be coming out with a physical copy soon? I would be willing to copy the scrolls myself if it meant being able to bring duolingo anywhere I needed to go.
Has this announcement got anyrhing to do with the fact that it is April Fool's Day?
Looks like it!
Acho que Duolingo deveria sair também em cassettes, para levar o curso a todas as pessoas. Não esqueçam aos que tem floppys de 5 1/4 !!!! Estas novas tecnologias não estão disponiveis para o mundo todo ainda.
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For those of you who don't know Morse Code:
I am surprised that Duolingo has been so quick to adopt the new floppy technology. Imagine what this will do to the quill industry?
Meanwhile I am soon setting sail for Berlin. Does anyone know if the Panama Canal "thing" is going to work? Have always gone via Cape Horn.
Yep, I "get" this one too... Dad was in the Signal Corps during WWII, plus decades of watching reruns of Hogan's Heroes.