I’ve one in every of these drawers. You most likely have one too. And even for those who don’t have one, you understand the one I imply. The drawer (or bin, or closet) with previous electronics, previous storage media, previous cables, previous connectors, out-of-date this, out of date that.
Present us your drawers! Treasure or junk, what previous tech are you holding on to? An Osborne? A Zip drive? A Newton? DVI cable? We’re not speaking about that trusty bench ‘scope you bought 30 years in the past that you just nonetheless use often. I’m speaking in regards to the stuff you’re preserving for just-in-case. Or simply because.
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…or we received’t open it. We additionally insist you utilize the exclamation level. When you merely should categorical some individuality, you could add a variable variety of S’s on the finish of “…precioussss!” Right here’s my e mail handle:
Tell us what you’re nonetheless clinging to.
Me? Have I used that 3.5mm-jack-to-USB-C adapter within the final Three years? Sure — as soon as, Three years in the past. Do I anticipate needing it any time quickly? No. May it I want it later? Aha! Possibly. However does it spark pleasure? Absofreakinglutely, it makes me very pleased figuring out that if I want it, I’ve it. Particularly if it’s in any other case out of date and would take me perpetually to discover a substitute. I don’t belief Marie Kondo and by no means will.
It’s all in regards to the potential for future utility, and that’s why I even have (full disclosure right here) three of these drawers.
A Sansa MP3 participant. An early iPod (I most likely nonetheless have seven or eight 30-pin plugs for that factor). The cassette participant? I nonetheless do use it — I’ve some previous cassettes with some embarrassing promos from my previous highschool radio station that I lately ripped to digital, and I’ve bought extra audio treasures for related remedy. I don’t know why I nonetheless have some microcassettes — I’m not even positive I ever even had a microcassette participant — however, hey, you by no means know.
Beneath are some beauties my colleague Sally Ward-Foxton had someplace so accessible — apparently simply in case — she was capable of ship these pictures in lower than a minute after I introduced up the potential of doing this weblog. I assumed I was a packrat…
A 28.eight baud modem.
Since you by no means know when civilization — or at the least the worldwide communications community portion of it — would possibly devolve again to the 1990s. And test this child out:
That, women and gents, is a Mini Disc participant.
One other colleague, Nitin Dahad, agreed to play, too. He had his stuff readily at hand, too.
I believe I discovered somebody who would possibly need my microcassettes. See? I knew I stored them for a purpose.