Some of us have a tendency to hoard. Whether it's spare parts for a car, old correspondence or childhood mementos we just can't bear to part with. However, for some, its technology. I've taken some pictures of the worst tech hoarding areas in my home, along with some other brave souls. Why not check them out?
Steve Jobs famously signalled the death of the floppy drive in 1998 when he introduced the floppy-less iMac, but many of us still have disks and drives 'just in case'.
Yes, I said 'us' - I have a USB floppy drive connected to my USB hub right now, because you never know when you'll stumble across an old disk you need to see the contents of.
The picture above was sent to me by Brenda Huettner.
"I still have boxes of 5.25 disks. And probably a drive for them somewhere. Periodically, I go through my home office and rather than throw stuff out, I move it to the garage, so the cabinet in the attached picture only goes back to 3.5in."
"I guess I pretend that I'm just being practical - why throw out something that still works? - or that it's just a question of being prepared, like having an extra ink cartridge on hand. But honestly, there is also an element of frugality (or cheapness) - if I ever did need, say, an extra internal 3in diskette drive, it would just about kill me to know that I had a perfectly good one and threw it out, forcing me to buy another. Or maybe I think that someday it will all be worth money on the antique market?"
The long arm of the law
Those laptops above belong to Ben Wright, who has a better rationale than most for hanging on to them.
He's an IT lawyer and an instructor on investigations law for the SANS Institute, and he practices what he preaches.
"I keep my old laptops, hard drives, and flash drives because they contain old electronic business records," he says.
"The legal system expects responsible parties like enterprises to keep more electronic records, especially email. Early destruction of business and professional e-records is dangerous."
"As the information age matures, courts (and government regulators) are expecting generous retention of other records such as text messages, spreadsheets and so on," he explains.
"I predict that the courts will become even more demanding in the future. Many enterprises and professionals are surprised (even shocked) at how the law on record retention is changing. From my point of view as a lawyer who can get involved in audits, lawsuits and disputes, the cost of keeping old laptops, hard drives and flash drives is small compared to the risk."
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- Just look at what they've got statshed in nooks and crannies
- Headed for eBay... any time now
- Get floppy
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