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Today I did some long delayed work and started cleaning out our garage.  I needed to free-up space, so I went about straightening up the scattered lumber and tossing out the old and broken things that I held on to for very good reasons -- I just cannot recall what they are now.

One stack of boxes held all the old bits of computers that I have bought over the past 21 years.  Some things brought a smile to my face.  Here are some of the bits I came across.  Remember these?

CD caddy - These were how we used to put CDs into computers.  That was back in the time before burners when we were convinced that a CD was a fragile thing to be protected.  For those too young to remember, a caddy is plastic container that holds a CD or DVD disc for added protection.  The bare disc is placed in the caddy, and the caddy is inserted into the drive.  A caddy is not a jewel case or a sleeve.  A jewel case protects the disc for transportation.  A caddy protects the disc while it is in the drive.

Bernoulli Disk - The ones I found are 44MB discs.  They were huge amounts of storage at the time.  Now they may hold only a single MP3 file -- and let you get to it very slowly.  Advertised as allowing infinite storage, they came with 5 year warranties and were individually serialized.

SCSI terminator - A SCSI bus used to be the only way you could get a large number of drives hooked onto a computer.  Initially, getting SCSI to work was a black art.  It greatly depended on the cable, the drives, the controller and the terminator used.  Still used today, things are much more automated and less painful.  I am still mentally scarred by my long-ago pain of getting a SCSI scanner to work.

PS/2 Model 80 - This was my second computer after owning one of the original IBM PCs.  I bought it at literally a fire sale after a warehouse got a little smoky.  The machine ran fine despite its microchannel bus - a great technology that went nowhere.  This machine was very heavy and you really needed that sturdy fold up handle.

This stuff is now heading for the recycler and into computer oblivion.

Posted on Sunday, April 9, 2006 6:55 PM & Etc. , Personal | Back to top

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