The Isle of Wight's Head of Digital Strategy, Alfred Cooper, has admitted that the island's homeland security may be compromised if, as looks possible, the disk on which top-secret security information is stored reaches its 1.4Mb limit.
Mr Cooper commented "We hold top-secret information such as who bought bus tickets, who bought controlled drugs and compounds such as aspirin and steradent, and general intelligence on stockpiles of Worther's Originals. If this disk fills-up then then our monitoring of such information may be delayed whilst Ethel locates an old copy of Windows 95 and formats that disk and puts a new sticky label on it."
Top IT consultancy Gartner poured scorn on Mr Cooper's dilemma with analyst Brad Charles adding "The Isle of Wight needs to move forward in relation to its IT systems. Relying on storing data on a floppy disk is old-hat, and we believe that Islanders should be comforted by knowing that their personal data is stored on a USB 64Mb memory stick."
Mr Cooper disagreed "You cannot store data on a 1980's pop group - especially one that wrote a song about red wine."