…should be an olympic sport. I think when your floppy drive dies for no reason (emitting a throaty “bwaaaaaaa” sound that’s loud enough to wake your roommate through two closed doors), the dBA should be rated and placed in global competition, with medals distributed to the winners.
The problem, however, is that my floppy dying somehow took my whole IO system with it, giving me nice “hda: DMA timeout error” messages. For a short while, I was terrified that my hda drive (in which Linux lives) had died, though fortunately that wasn’t the problem, it turned out to be the floppy. A reboot fixed the DMA timeout problem, but started the buzz-saw noises. I guess I’m now officially 3.5″ disk-less. [Insert juvenile snickering here.]