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Just Make it Go Away Now

Winding towards the annual reassessment and cleanup I do every year on Halloween. This year, I'm giving up on supporting old hardware and cleaning all the old flotsam out of the office.

I literally have five cubic feet of ram chips, 10-Base-2 terminators, Centronics cables, SCSI-2 cable, AAUI transceivers, IDE ribbon cable, ADB mice, ADB-USB converters, DIN-5 extensions, Powerbook SCSI cable, SCSI terminators, and the list goes on and on, all of it being chucked from the machine-gun crate under my desk and from assorted locations around the dusty old office.

NOTICE: If there's some ancient piece of computer hardware you've been looking for, let me know. Otherwise, it's going into electronics recycling next weekend.

It's kind of sad. First it's kind of sad-pathetic that I'm holding on to things like the G3 Walstreet-that-was-the-only-thing-that-could-run-the-Linotype-Hell-Safire-Scanner-With-The-Dim-Bulb-That-Needed-Serious-Color-Correction, and the UFO power cable that is held together by duct tape and silicone sealant, and I'm even getting rid of Cara Sposa's old Lunchbox-Clamshell iBook (remember them?)

I'm also chucking all the old backups. Stuff on iomega Jaz and Zip drives, pinnacle micro optical media, DVD-RAM disks (these are weird two-sided jobs that come in their own case and are loaded like cartridges), and many many floppies (I just realized I have one functioning floppy drive, in my oldest server, and it's never actually been used).

Some things I'm holding on to because they're just a little too special:

The 1989 Mac Classic (still boots with a bit of flicker)
The funny little modem adapter that clamps to a telephone receiver (last used in Zagreb in 1992)
The first virus I ever discovered in the wild in 1994 (a DOS boot sector virus)
My old Debian 0.93 install disks (my first torrid fling with Linux in 1994)
The Laserwriter 12/640 (still prints as well as it did in 1997)

And the old TV that blew some critical component in 2008. It was a wrench parting with that. Cara Sposa and I watched Gorbachev get couped and uncouped on that in Guelph before we were married...

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j_cheney
Oct. 27th, 2011 03:03 pm (UTC)
My husband still has his first bag phone. And his first HP financial calculator. Me, I get rid of everything...
barry_king
Oct. 27th, 2011 03:20 pm (UTC)
I had to look up what a bag phone is.

But while going through Cara Sposa's dad's stuff earlier this week, I found one of these. I thought it was broken at first, because the calculations it did were all wrong, but no, it turned out that it was just so old I didn't know how to use it. Apparently, it was made for people who are used to mechanical adding machines.

Still works, and still prints.
j_cheney
Oct. 27th, 2011 03:23 pm (UTC)
HP still uses that input pattern (based on a 10-key), so a lot of people can't figure out how to use HPs. I hate them, but I'm a TI girl through and through.
barry_king
Oct. 27th, 2011 03:31 pm (UTC)
My first calculator was my last, a scientific one which I needed to get for high school physics. I still have it. There's some sort of Filipino mold growing across the solar cells from twenty-five years ago. I wonder—if it gets out—will it go on a rampage, eating all the computers?
j_cheney
Oct. 27th, 2011 03:32 pm (UTC)
I see a short story in your future...
barry_king
Oct. 27th, 2011 03:33 pm (UTC)
(to quote someone from earlier)

Hmmmm......
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