Obsolete Computer Stuff

What worthless junk are you still hoarding?

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Obsolete Computer Stuff

Posted 18 April 2008 - 09:41 AM

I had a problem with my email client earlier today and have been on a desk cleaning expedition to locate my Office disk. In the process, I came across 18 tons of old software that I haven't been able to use for YEARS yet still keep, such as....

Complete set of Windows 95 installation floppy disks.
Some very very dusty 5 1/4" floppies... left over from BASIC programming in high school.
Some ZIP disks containing all my old college projects (I haven't had a ZIP drive in 10 years).

and some books....

"Getting Started with Windows 3.1"
"HTML for Dummies" (copyright 1997)

and last, but not least....

An 853.6MB Western Digital Caviar Hard Drive, circa 1996.

Anyway, it got me wondering what kind of old junk everyone else has been stashing for years. So tell me.... what antique horrors live in your desk?

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Posted 18 April 2008 - 09:47 AM

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"HTML for Dummies" (copyright 1997)


Haha Ive still got my HTML 4 For Dummies book that my parents got when I was in 7th grade. Circa 1998 to date myself.
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Posted 18 April 2008 - 09:49 AM

Young pup, you are. :P
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Posted 18 April 2008 - 10:31 AM

I think the oldest thing i still have are a bunch of floppy disks with DOS games on them from windows 3.1
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Posted 18 April 2008 - 10:58 AM

Cables from my very old desktop

broken speakers

Windows floppy disks

2 keyboards... useless seeing that i have a laptop

Broken HP printer


as you can see i dont thro wmuch away :( its a disease
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Posted 18 April 2008 - 11:18 AM

I've got a Commodore 64 in original box and a 1541 disk drive in original packaging. They boxes are a bit beat up, but I can't bring my self to get ride of them.

I used to have a couple of old Amiga's around a 1000 and a few 2000's. but I had to let them go when I moved in with my Wife a few years back.
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Posted 18 April 2008 - 11:53 AM

IRQ, DMA, & I/O : Upgrading from DOS to Windows 95, NT, or OS2 : 1995
Teleprocessing & Network Organization : 1970
Computer Networks & Their Protocol : 1979

Plus, my friend has some old 2mb platters that were interchangeable, as well as a 34mb hard drive from Davis Besse.
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Posted 18 April 2008 - 12:12 PM

I have 2 old floppy drives (does anyone even use these nowadays?), I even have an old Socket 2 AMD processor w/ working motherboard. I have 3 GB SDRAM (Not sure why I'm holding onto this shit). I can almost build me an antique computer with the parts I have in my computer closet, thats right, I said closet. I have an entire closet dedicated to computer parts, and at least 90% of the actually still work!
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Posted 18 April 2008 - 12:50 PM

I have like 5 Sun Ultra 10 + 3 Ultra 5 workstations in my office.

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SGI: Origin 200, Octane, Indy , and 2 O2s
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Posted 18 April 2008 - 01:41 PM

I still have a few thousand Blank Punch cards. And also all of the first programs I ever wrote are on punched cards and backed up on rolls of punched tape.
I also have a disk pack with 8 platters. hmmmm..... I wonder whats on them and still readable. I also have a REAL 5.25" floppy disk but again, nothing to read it with.

I wonder if I can find a punched card reader that is compatible Windows.
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Posted 18 April 2008 - 02:50 PM

I have a Commodore 64 Exec portable version with 2 built-in 5.25" floppies, loads of software and books for it as well. Also have the complete series of Compute! Magazine from the 80's when the C64 was hot. How about a book on 6502 Machine Language.

How about 3 different versions of HP RPN calculators, and several slide rules. I think my drafting supplies and a T-square are still around somewhere too.
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Posted 18 April 2008 - 07:57 PM

View PostGravityGuy, on 18 Apr, 2008 - 05:50 PM, said:

How about a book on 6502 Machine Language.

How much do you want for it? If I don't have it, I would be interested it getting it off of you.

I am interested in 6502 assembler books for doing 8 bit NES games.
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Posted 21 April 2008 - 04:21 AM

I have a complete working IBM system 36 with several treminals and RPG 3 along with SNA instalation Disks on8 inch floppies
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Posted 21 April 2008 - 05:21 AM

A Gravis Ultrasound Classic card. I'm not sure if I'll be able to use it again, but it is history.
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Posted 21 April 2008 - 06:24 PM

I used to have a ton of old technotrash hanging around but there isn't space for it in this house. After a couple garage sales and illegal dumpings I think I've gotten rid of most of it.
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