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From: Robert Derman <>
I  remember that optical disks started to replace floppies in about 1995 
because  Win-95 came either way.  Win-98 was CD only.  I will admit that DVD  
burners didn't become affordable until about 2005, but most of what I built in  
2000 through 2004 had either a CD burner and a DVD read only, or from 2003 on  
combo drives, CD burn, DVD read only.  But my point here is that 2004 and  older 
machines are horribly obsolete today, and the vast majority of them have  been 
scrapped!  Also most of these old clunkers are only found in the more  
technologically advanced countries, because the 3rd world countries didn't start  
to get computers in any significant numbers until after the time of the old  
floppy based machines. 

FYI - there are a lot of organizations that take any computer they can - 
regardless of age - and refurb it and ship it to 3rd world countries so that 
some people can simply _have_ a computer. Doesn't matter that it's 10 or 15 
years old - as long as it runs and runs well. They'll find a configuration that 
will run on it.

Granted, most of such computer do meet the trash can; but they are out there and 
should not be discounted.



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