Since I’m home, I’m making a concerted effort to clean and organize around the house. Every once in a while it’s time to go through all the stuff that’s been pack ratted away and make some hard, and not so hard choices.
It’s never hard to throw away PC power cords. They are like coat hangers, in that they seem to get together when you’re not looking and multiply. Ethernet patch cables are like that too. But some things are harder to part with. SCSI has been replaced by SATA and SAS by now, yet I bitterly cling to my last remaining SCSI cables and terminators for fear I may need it. I also was bitterly clinging to some remaining 10-Base-2 cabling , connectors and terminators for the same reason. When am I ever going to set up a 10-Base-2 network again? How many people reading even remember those?Â Another thing that are like coat hangers? Gun cases. I need to get rid of a lot of them, but I don’t want to throw them out and advertise to anyone who drives by there’s guns for a stealing. I would imagine everyone else who collects guns is in the same boat. How to get rid of them?
I’m still sitting on three NeXT cubes, and a slab in my attic I’d love to find a home for, but don’t want to throw out. Pack ratted along side is my Mac IIsi from college, a prototype Newton I found that still works, and a 30 gallon aquarium set. I think I’ve decided it’s about time to toss the aquarium, or sell it. I’m tired of the room it’s taking up. I don’t see myself ever getting back into keeping fish.
Also on the way out, several previous generations of digital cameras, the 8mm SCSI tape drive, and all my backups from 1998 to 2001. I’m pretty sure if I haven’t needed those by now I won’t ever need them, and even if I did, I encrypted all my backup tapes and doubt I even remember the passphrase.
This is going to be a long process, but I need to get in the mood of putting the past behind me, and throwing crap out is a good way to do that.