SJ» Hard disks and tape changers seem to be fading, though I'm sure someone still uses them. Anyone bought a tape drive for their personal or business use anytime in the last few years? Or for that matter, do you still use CDs or floppy disks anymore? VHS tapes? Dot-matrix printers?
As someone who collects old tech related to pre 2003 Macintoshes, I see these devices every week. Many of them are ending up in the hands of people like me. I am amazed at how well-built a lot of this old tech was. Much of it works to this day although a lot of it is in slow decline as capacitors require replacing. Batteries are especial problem as they can destroy traces between the layers of the motherboard and when that happens, these traces are nigh on irreparable.
You asked about floppies: I recently had a Macintosh 512K (from 1985!) recapped. Now I want to find a working 400K floppy disk for it. Floppies are increasingly more of a problem as they are failing faster than other old tech. Thankfully, the hobbyist market has stepped up to the fore and there are SD-based devices, such as the Floppy Emu from Big Mess O'Wires, that allow for mass floppy emulation.
On a practical note, I have bought a couple of Denon 5-disc CD changers and these are great. They are also well made. And, given the price that Denon wanted for them back in 1988, I should hope so. I like to put in 5 Dire Straits CDs and have hours of music play while playing 'Masters of Orion'.
I feel sorry for the youth of today. In 20 years' time when they have a nostalgia for iPhones & PS5s, what will they have? An emulation in the Cloud that they pay monthly access for? I like having old tech in my hands.