Back in the day, IBM’s operating system OS2 came on a bunch of floppy drives. And I remember having several different collections of them too. CDROM pretty much replaced the delivery of new OS versions. At least until internet connections were more widely available.

But something I learned recently has made me rethink the collecting of older stuff. I have a handyman friend who saves everything he can because in his business some scrap of wire, metal, wood or old lamp might turn out to be reusable and justifies his saving it and hoarding it and some many other similar things.

But the same is not true for technical equipment. Most of the time, tech gear is not worth one’s time and attention. It might still work and someone somewhere might use it but getting it there to such a user is nigh on impossible. Old hardware, even if it works is really only a drain on one’s time and energy. Best to dispose of it ASAP.

Even schools and similar organizations might reject older junk computers if only because no one has the time and inclination to make them work. the tech industry really exemplifies the lack of reusability. It can be done, but it is just not worth it.

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Engineer and veteran, 13 years of Design Engineering, 20+ years in Software Engineering, Go enthusiast. I read a lot, write some too,

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