20090118 – cleaning house – 174-7497 – computer cards
Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)
We reorganized our "gadget drawers", managing to get 4 drawers of stuff compressed into 2 drawers.
A close-up of some cards I got rid of.
An *original* SoundBlaster — Probably cost close to 0 when I bought it for my 386. I recorded "I Like Food" by The Descendents onto my computer as a VOC file, becoming the first human being I ever knew to use a computer for the recording and playback of actual music. It would be some ~10 years after that before I actually had MP3s. (I was also the first human being I knew to be on a BBS, be on the internet, have a webpage, use social networking sites, use google or gmail, or have a flickr or youtube account.)
My Orchid grahpics card. This was hot shit in the late 1980s/early 1990s. I remember having a q.bat so that I could just type "q" at the command-line prompt to run QPEG, a JPG viewer. GIF had been out for awhile, but JPG was relatively new. Seeing anything in more than 256 colors was an amazing experience. The faded green QuadTel(?) card above it is a mystery VGA card that I don’t really remember using.
The red card is a failed SATA card that nuked multiple harddrives and is going in the trash. We actually shipped it back, had the company replace it, and are now throwing away the replacement without using it. If a company screws you over — make them pay. Make them replace the product, even if you have no intention of using it. Money is the only language that is understood.
And of course my 340M harddrive. I still have a single 340M file that is the raw data off this drive, as I moved it to a 4G drive that summarily crashed in 1997, and still have some files in there I might want to recover someday. Every now and then I mine the file for new stuff and find it, but I think I mostly finished when Carolyn went skiing in 2008.
ISA cards, PCI card.
January 18, 2009.