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    --- In 1983 a junior Paris bank employee failed to turn up at his office. The police forced the door of his apartment only to find it blocked by what turned out to be a solid mass of garbage, which filled the entire apartment to within less than a metre of the ceiling. They found the bank employee lying under a blanket in a little dip at the top. He had died in his sleep.

    What they publicly categorised as garbage was actually old shoes, old clothes, abandoned suitcases, rags, empty bottles and scrap-paper. The apartment was so full that the collector was obliged to eat, bathe and change elsewhere. To get out the door he had to shift a whole section.

    Each item had been cleaned, washed and brushed before being added to the collection. He was forty-nine and died of natural causes. It may have been gases emanating from his clothes and newspapers...
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    Yes I have a cupboard full of old software and dead hardware. Even have the Amiga version of the game Populus on a 3 1/2" floppy, don't know why as I don't have an Amiga to run it on anymore. Got rid of that 11 years ago.
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    Started with 1981 Ohio Superboard! (It was sold off about 20 years ago.) Still keep dead drives, 5inch floppy drives, old serial cards, ethernet coax etc, but I do grudgingly throw out a few bits each year in the inorganic collection!
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    If Maryann were to throw out any clapped out parts, the first would probably be ME. PJ
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bantu View Post
    Just wondered if I am the only one that keeps old hardware/software etc even dead items like old HDD's, CD-Roms, manuals etc.

    Examples:- DOS, Win 3.1, their box and manuals etc, 2x CD-Rom, Cards of all sorts, serial cards, ide cards of all sorts scsi etc, cables galore etc etc etc.

    Just talking to someone in another thread about it.

    I have a heap of big plastic boxes of old stuff I hang on to, I have no idea why I just do.

    It has now partially taken over part of a spare room in our house as well.

    Anyone else have this "keeping things" obsession or is it just me?
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    I think I still have a Iomega Zip drive lying around downstairs, along with a few Zip disks (at least one of them is a 250MB!!! Wow!)

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    Nothing wrong with hanging on to it.
    Look at the prices old stuff fetches on Ebay and Craigslist.
    Maybe have to hang on to for a few hundred years but it will get value over time.
    Luckily there are people who put stuff aside instead of tossing it and their descendants reap the rewards later on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bantu View Post

    Anyone else have this "keeping things" obsession or is it just me?
    I have a ZX81 in the shop window, but its a display.
    And I have DOS6.22 but I do use it on occasion.

    Keeping stuff is mainly a guy thing, there's guys all over the place here with sheds full of crap.

    When we moved the first time I allowed husband to keep whatever he could identify.
    We filled a skip with unknown bits from old exchanges and vehicles and who knows what else.............he slowly accumulates stuff again.
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    Half the stuff you talk about here was released before I was born...


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    Quote Originally Posted by blam6 View Post
    Half the stuff you talk about here was released before I was born...
    LOL Never mind young fella, keep reading and you will learn of our old technology:-)
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