20090118 – cleaning house – 174-7494 – mousepads, trakball, computer cards, harddrives, vhs rewinder, hub, webcam, microcassette recorder
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.
January 18, 2009.