Monday, October 7, 2013

Scenes From Packing, Part III

So, this past weekend I cleaned out the office/guest room. The big push was to box up the books in the office and clean out the big walnut desk (anyone want it? It comes with a credenza! It only weighs about 9000 pounds!). The room over the garage has always been our guest room/craft room/laundry room/office, and until fairly recently (2009ish IIRC) we had our computers in this room as well. Obviously, we had never cleaned it out, because I found this:


Yes, that really is a Y2K compliance check 1.44" floppy disk. The last computer I owned with a floppy disk drive I think I purchased before BabyGirl G. was born - and that was only because it was a monster tower and I had lots of 1.44 disks...

In some ways, it's a good thing I haven't cleaned out the desk in a decade or more, because it took very little time to clean it out. Out of five drawers in the desk, one drawer in the credenza and two large shelves, I only saved one small packing box of stuff. Everything else went either into the recycling box (manuals, boxes, etc.) or trash (everything else). I found Windows 95 games. I found 9 pin to 15 pin converters. I found a trash bag and a half of completely useless stuff that, at the time I bought it, was considered state of the art...

Just wait until you see tomorrow's Scene From Packing for a more concrete example of technology improving by leaps and bounds...

That is all.

5 comments:

Phil L. said...

I just had to check on IntelliFIX 2000.

Amazing: Still claims to be available on Amazon!

http://www.amazon.com/IntelliFix-2000-HW-Fix-Y2k/dp/B00002S9XB?tag=cheapasale-20

Rob said...

Moving sucks, but so does ice.
Once you move to VA the moving will be done and there will be a lot less ice to deal with in the winter.
(I'm looking for the positive this Monday morning!)

ASM826 said...

No, tell me you didn't throw away that 9 to 15 adapter!

Next you'll tell me you discarded 8 pieces of 32-40 brass and all your worn out bore brushes.

Geodkyt said...

Rob --

He'll actually probably have MORE ice to deal with (depending on where in Virginia he settles down), given how we often get winter storms that hover right around freezing, so daily freeze/thaw cycles and icestorms are more common than I recall from, say, Minnesota.

Anonymous said...

I feel your pain here. I recently found about 1/2 of a box containing old school 5.25" Floppy Disks brand new never opened. Apparently just set aside and forgotten.

I also have another box full of Zip 100 disks. Most are used, but I still have the external USB drive for them, so who knows maybe a museum piece in the future?

Traded off an old Apple Newton and a Apple Mac Performa Machine to an Apple collector. The Newton had corroded batteries. I cleaned it up and got it running again and noticed hte display was a little weak. Got a newer model Apple Mac-Mini out of the deal.

DO