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2020-01-10 1:42:11 PM  
16 votes:
I recently did a purge to reduce the redundant ones but I'm positive there is a law of nature where you will suddenly need a particular dust-collecting cable and/or adapter exactly one to three days after throwing it away.
 
2020-01-10 10:57:01 AM  
9 votes:
A couple of years ago, I needed to get some data off a Zip disk and asked for help on Fark.

A Farker (who cannot be named) not only offered to help, but just gave me the old Zip drive she had. It was a fine example of the Power of Fark and the kindness of strangers.

/I still have it and can pass it on if anybody needs it. EIP
 
2020-01-10 10:40:14 AM  
9 votes:
You never know when you will need to charge a cell phone from 2002.

I am assuming pretty much every guy has one of these in some form or another..
 
2020-01-10 1:43:48 PM  
5 votes:

Markoff_Cheney: You never know when you will need to charge a cell phone from 2002.

I am assuming pretty much every guy has one of these in some form or another..


There... might also a girl who does, too.
(._. )
 
2020-01-10 10:39:19 AM  
4 votes:
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2020-01-10 5:15:07 PM  
3 votes:
I have an IBM 5.25" floppy drive, serial number 009857, with original cables.  It is my Precious.
 
2020-01-10 4:40:50 PM  
3 votes:

Oneiros: Many years ago, I took a bunch of old adaptors and cables and tied green, silver and red ribbon bows on them.  Then I hung them up like christmas ornaments on our cubicle walls.

So for maybe 6 weeks or so out of the year, other people got to see the 13W3 to 5BNC, AAUID to 10base2, SCSI terminators, and the other outdated things that had been collected.  And a couple of them even went back into service as people knew who to ask when they were looking for that sort of thing.


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I found an old picture from 2008 ... likely the first year that I did it.  And it looks like it was actually a 13W3 to 3BNC.  (second row, 5th from the right).

I should also mention that my packrat nature saved our ass other times -- when we moved buildings, we had to move computer rooms ... and for some reason, they didn't have the power connections that we were going to need to connect our existing PDUs (had been NEMA 5-20, but were now L530s).  So they had gotten new PDUs (only ordered 2 days earlier because I was given a tour of the new room and I bothered to look in the floor), but the old PDUs for our storage rack used C13 extension cables instead of your standard american power plug output (NEMA 5-15), .  Luckily, I had been stock-piling all of the ridiculously long power cables that Apple used to send with the xServe.  (they sent two cables, one short, one long) ... so we had the 30+ power cables we needed to get everything back up and running.
 
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2020-01-10 3:38:39 PM  
3 votes:
I do, but I don't do it for glory.

I used to have a 10x15 storage unit of obsolete computer parts.  Several of us rented it as a group.  Unfortunately the others bowed-out, so eventually I cherry-picked what I wanted and then called a recycler to haul the rest away.

I now have about a dozen smallish Rubbermaid bins with cables and small components sorted by use.  I also have some larger things on shelves, like SCSI controllers, IDE controllers, modular drives (Zip, Jaz, etc) and a couple of dumb terminals.

At work I keep a stash of weird serial cables, plus a bunch of other random stuff.  At work it's a PITA to get a PO to have something ordered and it will take a long time to come in, so I may as well keep stuff if I have room.  At home I have room and I hate re-buying something I already had.

This spring I'll probably go through my home stash and start getting rid of things.  It's safe to say I can get rid of any PC-133 DRAM DIMMs, any 72-pin and 30-pin SIMMs, most of the ISA and VESA Local Bus cards, probably a good chunk of the first-generation SCSI stuff, etc.  Also a buildup of older, lower-res 4:3 LCD monitors, I guess this 16:9 ratio is sticking around after all.

/dumb terminals actually come in handy from time to time
//good for something that needs a live display but one doesn't want a full computer just sitting there
///just don't pick one with a small scrollback buffer, it sucks when the relevant logs roll-off the screen
 
2020-01-10 2:27:55 PM  
3 votes:
I worked in a planetarium where some stuff ran off VAX machines and Solaris terminals.  We had the most esoteric collection of cables and connectors this side of the Space Shuttle.
 
2020-01-10 2:18:57 PM  
3 votes:
I'm keeping my boxes of outdated tech out of the waste stream to help combat global climate change. You're welcome, planet.
 
2020-01-10 2:02:27 PM  
3 votes:
Guilty as charged.

Still have 3.5" floppy drives, 5.25" floppy drives (and controllers and cables) and LS-120 drives.  And SCSI controllers and cables.
 
2020-01-10 8:36:50 PM  
2 votes:

Markoff_Cheney: You never know when you will need to charge a cell phone from 2002.

I am assuming pretty much every guy has one of these in some form or another..


I only eradicated that box when I discovered that with the internet you could identify all those cables. In the old days you'd throw an old wire away and tough shiat plugging the ac adapter unit into an N64. So many proprietary cables
 
2020-01-10 4:16:29 PM  
2 votes:
Many years ago, I took a bunch of old adaptors and cables and tied green, silver and red ribbon bows on them.  Then I hung them up like christmas ornaments on our cubicle walls.

So for maybe 6 weeks or so out of the year, other people got to see the 13W3 to 5BNC, AAUID to 10base2, SCSI terminators, and the other outdated things that had been collected.  And a couple of them even went back into service as people knew who to ask when they were looking for that sort of thing.

But then they moved us to another building with normal offices ... so for a year or two, I didn't have a place to put them up, but then one year I managed to get a loose cubicle wall, and propped that up in the hallway as there was little alcove, and put them up in the shape of a christmas tree.  But it had to augment it with stuff from home, so it was a decent size.

That was fine the first year I did it ... but the second year, we had an incident with fumes from some roof repair work accumulating in certain rooms in the building, of which mine was one of them.  (so bad that the FOM (aka building manager) actually passed out in his office and had to be taken to the hospital).  So my boss told me to work from home 'til it was done.  (which was over a month).

During that time, they also decided they were going to re-wax the floors, so someone moved the panel, knocking most of the things off of it ... which they nicely scooped up, and placed on the table where we put stuff for the custodians to take to the trash.  (and they didn't actually re-wax the floors, as the FOM was better by the time and pointed out that stripping the wax off of asbestos tile was a really bad idea)

I have no idea what all I lost ... although I know an original NES controller was in there.

(I still have zip drives, though ... both SCSI and USB)
 
2020-01-10 11:04:01 AM  
2 votes:
Yup. Got a blue bin in the garage filled with random cables/cords. It's come in handy a few times (parents' printer WiFi goes out, got a printer cable and hooked them back up).
 
2020-01-11 12:55:18 AM  
1 vote:

2wolves: I have an IBM 5.25" floppy drive, serial number 009857, with original cables.  It is my Precious.


Made by Shugart, which later became Seagate.
 
2020-01-10 2:51:58 PM  
1 vote:
FROM MY COLD DEAD HANDS!
 
2020-01-10 2:24:42 PM  
1 vote:

BumpInTheNight: I recently did a purge to reduce the redundant ones but I'm positive there is a law of nature where you will suddenly need a particular dust-collecting cable and/or adapter exactly one to three days after throwing it away.


It's called "Murphy's Law".
 
2020-01-10 2:16:40 PM  
1 vote:

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: Guilty as charged.

Still have 3.5" floppy drives, 5.25" floppy drives (and controllers and cables) and LS-120 drives.  And SCSI controllers and cables.


I actually was the hero to a woman I once dated because I basically had every format of diskette hardware going back to the 1980's.

She was an author with work going back to the WordStar days with a lot of her work on obsolete physical formats in obsolete coded formats. Literally hundreds of disks.

I set up a machine with every possible hardware, wrote a program to convert every possible format to both the (at the time) latest version of MS Word and HTML, and paid her little son 20 dollars to sit there swapping disks.
 
2020-01-10 2:03:37 PM  
1 vote:
My workshop is where technology goes to die. I still have MFM and ESDI drives.
 
2020-01-10 1:51:17 PM  
1 vote:

holdmybones: And monitors. So many monitors.


When I moved I must have thrown out 10 CRT monitors. Thankfully out township had an electronics recycling facility where I could drop them off (so that they could take them to the dump).

I think they multiply in the basement.
 
2020-01-10 10:39:59 AM  
1 vote:
Um... fark? Wut?
 
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