Some of us have a tendency to hoard. Whether its 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?
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Steve Burgess is another fellow who has a legitimate professional reason for holding onto the collection of archaic computers and storage tech that you see above.
"Along with computer forensics, my main gig, I actually do data transfer and conversion. But I don't do that much of it. I would say that 80 percent of this stuff has been used once or twice by me, 10 percent has never been used by me but looked too good to pass up - just in case - and 10 percent does get used once in a long while, and I keep moving it around."
Sometimes just imagining an outsider's perspective on your pile can change your attitude towards it, though.
"The funny thing is that, just responding to your request has made me look at much of this stuff in a different light," he told me.
"Like, if I haven't used it in five (or 10) years, what is the point, really, of keeping it? I may do the unthinkable and clear some out." You and me both, Steve.
We conclude with Brian Ghidinelli, who has found something useful to do with his old equipment.
"My living room has a stack of eight or nine late '90s 2U VA Linux servers that were once used for my company but now have no home and nowhere to be sold. We use it as an end table. The stack is a mess of various 1U and 2U VA Linux servers with Pentium III hardware in them and one Compaq machine. We still run some of these in production today (for low powered things like DNS) but some have been decommissioned and/or are broken. At this point it's basically a salvage yard of old PC parts."
PC parts are, of course, not something one should dismiss lightly, especially for older hardware.
"I could probably realistically get rid of half of them and just keep a few spare parts but the conundrum is that tech hardware goes through this inverse bell curve in pricing where initially it's incredibly expensive to purchase and over time the price decreases as new hardware comes out. But that trend reverses at some point when parts become scarce and pretty soon you're paying three to five times the original cost to get parts or surfing eBay and Craigslist to find a replacement. When we moved from a shelf to an actual rack at our facility, just the rail kits were $100 (£67) a machine. For servers worth $100 (£67) each!"
But the latest tech trends may finally spell the end of Brian's unique interior decorating.
"I'm currently looking to migrate my business to a cloud-based service like Amazon because it means no more physical hardware - and thus, no more end table. You can't imagine how giddy that makes my wife."
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