My collection

It was this Facebook post from Alfred Thompson that convinced me that I need to get at it.

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My smart Alec response was “I rented a storage locker.”

And, truthfully, it isn’t all that far from the truth!  I actually have two large tubs full of things that I’ve kept over the years.

USB cables?  Yep

Parallel printer cables?  Yep

Ethernet cables?  Yep

KVM Switch?  Yep

Unidentified power supplies and cables?  Yep

Original media for every piece of software I’ve ever owned?  Yep

Working copy of Teachers’ Essentials CD-ROMs plus actual production copies?  Yep

Silly swag from booths at conferences I’ve attended?  Yep

A bag full of conference bags from these conferences?  Yep

Backup wireless access point?  Yep

Computer programming reference manuals?  Yep

And that’s just a first kick at my stuff.  My kids have had their own discards that have become mine and I’d hesitant to throw them out because I might use them some day?

Should my inner Marie Kondo be calling?  Probably!

The problem is that most of this stuff doesn’t spark my current “inner joy” but I know that it once did!  My rationale is that if I decided to throw it out, I’d still have those tubs.

I’m wondering how Alfred made out in his pursuit of neatness.  I’m still waiting for the urge.

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7 thoughts on “My collection

  1. Does my super old desktop computer still connected to a dial-up modem count? I wish it could fit in a Rubbermaid container. I look at throwing this out all the time, but for some reason, it remains. I’d say, if you have the items organized, keep them. You’re saving a landfill somewhere, and maybe, you’ll even think of something more to do with them one day. Or, is this just me, trying to justify my need to keep the computer and the modem? 🙂

    Aviva

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  2. I’m laughing here, Aviva. I still have an old desktop computer that sits to the left of my computing desk. I use the top of it as a table for things – notably a data shield and other things. I couldn’t live without it. Or at least in my mind, I don’t think I could!

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  3. I can’t seem to toss out the old laptops. I did get rid of quite a bit though. A large garbage bag full of things. I am organizing what I am keeping so that I can actually get it when/if I do need it. This paid off yesterday when I needed a USB extension cable to charge a quadcopter.

    The bookcase is going to be a problem. I’m pretty sure I don’t need manuals for operating systems that haven’t been used for several decades. What about the textbooks though? Should I keep them for possible project ideas? And how to best dispose of the books I get rid of? Can they go in the recycle bin or do they go in the trash bin?

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  4. Bookcases are always a problem here. It’s probably because I’m so cheap but I know exactly how much I paid for each of them. Unlike technology which just becomes useless, books are still functional – even if dated. Every now and again when I’m feeling particularly behind technology, I’ll open up a Java book from Holt Software even though it’s unlikely that I’d code something of consequence. And yet, somehow, I’ve either lost or thrown out my copy of Oh! Pascal! the greatest programming textbook ever. Thanks for checking in, Alfred, and for your original inspiration.

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  5. I have an old desk top we can’t part with, a 8 year old MacBook we can’t part with, and dozens of cables of different sorts. There’s a shelf in a closet at school full of cables too, and sometimes I raid that looking for a mouse of a laptop (kids have trouble with touch-pads!) I feel like the cables could all become part of a really cool art installation…which you can disassemble WHEN you need the cables again.

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  6. I have an old desk top we can’t part with, a 8 year old MacBook we can’t part with, and dozens of cables of different sorts. There’s a shelf in a closet at school full of cables too, and sometimes I raid that looking for a mouse of a laptop (kids have trouble with touch-pads!) I feel like the cables could all become part of a really cool art installation…which you can disassemble WHEN you need the cables again.

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  7. That’s the advantage of moving and downsizing – you have to be ruthless about what you keep and what you donate/dispose. Or at least I do. My husband still has textbooks from university, rubbermaid bins full of cables, and more tools and trinkets than our garage can safely store. When I retired I boxed up most of my teaching materials and donated them to schools. And now my youngest daughter, who swore she was never going to be a teacher, is working as a DSW in a kindergarten class.

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