20090118 – cleaning house – 174-7494 – mousepads, trakball, computer cards, harddrives, vhs rewinder, hub, webcam, microcassette recorder

20090118 – cleaning house – 174-7494 – mousepads, trakball, computer cards, harddrives, vhs rewinder, hub, webcam, microcassette recorder
Virginia Network
Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)
We reorganized our "gadget drawers", managing to get 4 drawers of stuff compressed into 2 drawers.

The trackball on the left is my preferred style of trackball — the Crystal Trackball is basically a transparent version of this. Too bad in the name of "progress", computer manufacturers have dropped serial ports, as if nobody has any devices that use them. I also lost the functionality to receive infrared transmissions, as my IRMan infrared receiver, supported by remote control program Girder, is serial only. Technological Progress: Breaking anything and everything you will ever build, making enjoying computers a constant and neverending struggle. It wasn’t supposed to be this way.

The mousepad is from when I worked at MCI Internet Engineering. I probably should have stayed there, but my consulting company pulled some shit I couldn’t agree too — work on Christmas Eve, or trade your vacation time for the flex time of not working on Christmas. In other words, you couldonly take the 8 hours of Christmas Eve off if you sacrificed 8 hours of vacation time AND worked 8 hours extra that pay period. Bullshit. They ceased to exist way sooner than MCI did.

Three different colors of cards here… Usually they are dark geren. That light green card is an odd color. Red cards are coming out more and more, and definitely my favorite.

And yes, that’s a VHS tape rewinder we got at a yardsale, to save wear and tear on our VCRs. But we phased our VCRs out, for the most part, and never really got any use out of it.

The micro-cassette recorder is the good kind with a "REM" remote jack… I have something that hooks to my phone that records phone calls automatically if you have a "REM" jack. But since I don’t, I have to hit record myself to record a phone call.

The Creative Webcam was actually our first digital cam, and was used to take our low quality (640×480 with even lower apparent pixel density and very very very very pooor ISO) honeymoon pictures.

And look at that old hub — 10base2! Of course with 10base2, you kind of didn’t NEED a hub at all times (I believe me and Carolyn and Ryan Somma‘s 3-computer network, only used for playing Quake, was 10base2 with no hub), so I wonder how I ended up with this.

ISA cards, PCI card, VHS rewinder, harddrives, hub, microcassette recorder, mousepads, trackball, webcam camera.

upstairs, Clint and Carolyn’s house, Alexandria, Virginia.

January 18, 2009.

… Read my blog at ClintJCL.wordpress.com
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20090118 – cleaning house – 174-7497 – computer cards

20090118 – cleaning house – 174-7497 – computer cards
Virginia Network
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.

upstairs, Clint and Carolyn’s house, Alexandria, Virginia.

January 18, 2009.

… Read my blog at ClintJCL.wordpress.com
… Read Carolyn’s blog at CarolynCASL.wordpress.com

20090118 – cleaning house – 174-7500 – tape drive

20090118 – cleaning house – 174-7500 – tape drive
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Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)
We reorganized our "gadget drawers", managing to get 4 drawers of stuff compressed into 2 drawers.

I had such high aspirations for this tape drive. I spent 0 on it! The blank DC2120 tapes were or so, and only held 256M. You can get a 1G USB thumbdrive for less than that these days! I had a fantasy of walking down dorm halls and being able to copy any data from people on the fly, but the reality was that you had to carry around a floppy for the software, and the process was still quite slow.

I did at least use this to back up my BBS. And when my harddrive crashed, the only remaining copy of my BBS was on this tape. And … I can’t get it off the tape. I still have DC2120 tapes that need recovery! When my grandad died, I tried using HIS tape drive to no avail. I’m keeping the tapes, but throwing away the drive. I’d totally pay for data recovery service (both for my tape AND grandad’s tape), but have a feeling they’d want more money than that. Anybody know?

tape drive.

upstairs, Clint and Carolyn’s house, Alexandria, Virginia.

January 18, 2009.

… Read my blog at ClintJCL.wordpress.com
… Read Carolyn’s blog at CarolynCASL.wordpress.com