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Spring (or summer) cleaning

Today I have decided to do something that was long overdue - clean up computer stuff that sort of built up over the years. I should have done it long time ago. After all, I haven't used most of it in years, but the idea of parting with it just did not sit right with me. There were definitely a lot of nostalgic feelings and a thought, in the back of my mind, that one day I might need it. Well, the needing it part was discarded quite easily (when you look below you will see why) and as far as nostalgia goes I found a compromise - I would photograph the items before discarding them. So, here we go.  

First a few communications items. Like the 56Kbps modem, ISDN router, and satellite modem (once used with Dish Network/StarBand service). 

Ascend Pipeline 75 router (ISDN):


Gilat satellite modem (the dish is still up on the roof):

Modem (56Kbps):
Then a trip down the storage technology memory lane:

Iomega Zip (100MB) and Jaz (1GB) drives and cartridges:
 

 

And how about what once seemed like a very promising Ethernet over power line technology for home networking:

Or this great business idea - a technology to seamlessly capture, store, and make searchable information from multiple sources, such as computer files, emails, printers, faxes, etc. Ricoh eCabinet held a great promise, but ultimately failed to deliver:
Quantum was one of the pioneers when it came to network attached storage (NAS) for the masses, here's one of its first Snap! Server products (before the product line was sold to Adaptec and then Overland):
There's absolutely nothing special about this collection of interface cards (household names like SoundBlaster among them):
And how about this vintage software: 




 


And to keep your data safe, don't forget about the backups - 4mm and VXA:




And now, let's put it all together:

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