One side-effect of my part-time vocation as a computer technician is that people often give me their dead gadgets and old software. Actually they don’t give it to me. What really happens is that I see they are about to throw it out and that compels me to mention that there are dozens of places around King County that would take it off their hands to recycle it. They defer to me as the technician and just assume that I know what I’m talking about. They say, “Oh what a relief! I hate throwing out old printers. Here Pace! You know what to do!”
The problem is I don’t have a car to haul all this stuff away. So after three years of people giving me their dead tech, I had a lot of boxes of junk.
- Software I wouldn’t want even if were brand new (One of the ways you tell a power user apart from a greenhorn is how little software the first buys in comparison to the second.)
- Peripherals I wouldn’t want even they were brand new. I really don’t understand the use of some peripherals. Web cameras have never made sense to me for example./li>
- broken hardware that I can’t use or hardware that is so old fashioned you can’t do anything useful with it.
But yesterday I got a friend and his truck to haul all this junk down to RE-PC. Ah! I feel so purified. I got some floorspace back! I was virtuous! The nerd version of spring cleaning.
The thing is, now that I’m gainfully employed again after 7 years in the wilderness of a slow economy and my own laziness, I’m thinking of buying some new stuff myself.
With a few exceptions all of my machinery is at least 8 years old! I’ve been running XP and Ubuntu on some positively antediluvian hardware. I’ve got these giant CRTs sitting like gargoyles on my desk. These CRTs have bad gamma correction too so I have to keep running
xgamma -gamma 2.4 in a command prompt or, if I’m stuck in XP, I have to find obscure drivers that will let me correct color so it’s not all muddy and dark.
So I gotta scrap these CRTs and move to flat panels. I think I’ll buy a few used ones from RE-PC.