Archive for December, 2007

unstuffing

Everyone else is posting their year-end wrapup lists. Here’s mine.

Starting around April of this year, I commenced Operation Decrapification, in which the metric shit-ton of random computer equipment that had piled up in my apartment(s) over the last decade was unboxed, sorted, inspected, occasionally returned to working order, and then mercilessly flogged off to my coworkers, craigslist, ebay and at a last resort the local recycling center. What follows is the complete list of “crap I should have thrown away years ago or better yet never acquired in the first place”, set forth here as a monument and reminder, largely to myself, to never ever ever let things get to this state again. The rest of you may look on in whatever combination of horror and amusement suits you.

Most every line here is the subject line of a post to either the internal “stuff for sale” mailing list at my job or craiglist, with expansions of the more cryptic ones as appropriate. (In case it isn’t obvious: this stuff not actually for sale any more. It’s all gone, thank the gods above, below and elsewhere.)




  • for sale-ishthingy: take over my colo deal (edit: a friend-of-a-friend hosting deal for blank.org that ended up being more trouble than it was worth)
  • Athlon 2800 computer in Lian Li PC-39 aluminum case w/ tons of accessories
  • 4 wifi routers for sale (two linksys, two netgear)
  • Free: Sony Multiscan SF II 15” CRT monitor
  • a small pile of Exabyte VXA-1 drives, robots and tapes
    • 1 ixternal SCSI VXA-1 drive. In good working condition. http://www.exabyte.com/products/products/get_products.cfm?prod_id=303
    • 1 internal IDE/33 VXA-1 drive (compaq oem). In good working condition.
    • 1 rack-mount VXA-1 AutoPak 10-slot / 1-drive tape robot. 2U rackmountable. http://www.exabyte.com/support/products/get_products_support.cfm?prod_id=321
    • 8 V33 (33gb uncompressed) VXA tapes + 1 VXA cleaning cartridge

  • Free: two big boxes of computer detritus:
    • Cables!
      • SCSI cables (ranging from old centronics/db25 SCSI-1 to ultra-wide LVD/SE stuff)
      • serial cables (db9, db25, most possible combinations and adaptors)
      • APCC UPS cables
      • USB cables
      • power cables
      • parallel cables (remember those?)

    • Random little things!
      • passive SCSI terminators
      • active SCSI terminators (an APC SCSI Sentry, for you old mac-heads in the audience)
      • many, many old mice (mostly ps2-style connector, but a few usb and at least one old serial mouse)
      • a pair of TV-in PCI cards (ATI TV Wonder, I think)
      • webcams! (two old parallel-port models, and I think there’s a USB one in there somewhere)

    • Bigger random things!
      • at least 3 ATX power supplies
      • a highly dodgy off-brand USB film scanner
      • a “CD Stamper” cd/dvd labeller, completely with 10 sheets of labels

  • Sony SCSI CD-ROM Discman
  • Tadpole SparcBook 3
  • Free: three ATX power supplies
  • UK GSM Cell Phone
  • 2.4ghz vtech cordless phone
  • Palm/Handspring Treo USB sync/charge cable for Treo 180/270/300/600
  • universal camera battery charger (digital concepts CH-3300)
  • FREE: yet more cables & assorted free stuff
    • 17 standard 3-prong power cables of varying lengths
    • 7 rj11 telephone cords of lengths from “kinda long” to “really damn long”
    • 1 3ft VGA to component BNC cable (your VGA card will need to be able to output a sync-on-green signal for a component TV to work with this; check your manual)
    • 1 rather long (12ft?) ethernet cable
    • 2 db9 to miniplug connector for an APC UPS (?)
    • 1 miniplug to RJ11 connector (no idea what this was for, maybe a tivo/stb thing?)
    • 1 DB9M to DB9F APC UPS cable (part 940-0024B)
    • 1 DB9M to DB9F APC UPS cable (part 940-0024C)
    • 2 DB25M to DB25F serial cable
    • 5 DB25M to DB25M serial cable
    • 1 DB9F to DB25M serial cable
    • 2 HD68 SCSI cable (ultra-wide/lvd)
    • 3 HD50 SCSI cable (fast-narrow scsi2)
    • 1 HD50 to centronics SCSI cable
    • 1 HD5 to DB25M SCSI cable
    • 1 centronics (parallel or scsi) cable
    • 2 DB25M to centronics parallel or scsi cable
    • 1 Sun A/B serial console splitter cable (DB25M to 2xDB29F)
    • 1 coax cable
    • 1 internal IDE cable
    • 1 USB charge/sync cable for a Palm/Handspring Treo 180/270/300/600 smartphone
    • assorted mice including an old Sun 3-button optical mouse and an Apple optical mouse (the ‘buttonless’ lozenge, not the hockey puck)
    • assorted SCSI terminators including an APCC SCSI Sentry (powered active terminator, includes PSU)
    • 1 nVidia GeForce 2MX AGP video card

  • free: Avery “CD Stomper” cd/dvd labeller w/ labels
  • free: bag of 10 RJ45 adhesive wall mounts
  • Crucial 512MB DDR PC2700CL=2.5 • UNBUFFEREDNON-ECCDDR333 SODIMM
  • 1 non-functional Nikon CoolScan III slide scanner
  • yet more free stuff
    • 1 Adaptec 2100S PCI SCSI-2 (fast/narrow) controller card
    • 1 Celeron 300A CPU with heatsink
    • 1 Ricoh PCMCIA bridge PCI card
    • 2 256MB PC133-ECC DRAM dimms
    • 1 CueCat ps/2 keyboard interface barcode scanner, in original box (a piece of dot-com debacle history!)
    • 1 Logitech Wingman Extreme joystick. (note: it’s missing the gameport<->usb adaptor, although I might yet manage to dig it up)
    • 2 mousepads (one of which is the old www.kmfms.com mousepad; the other was a pack-in from the pc version of Max Payne)
    • 1 Creative CT7230 DXR3 PCI hardware DVD decoder card
    • 1 Creative 3D Blaster (GeForce 2 GTS) GB0010 AGP video card
    • 1 Keyspan FPCI-3 3-port FireWire PCI card
    • 2 2MB Apple Newton flash memory cards
    • 1 Diamond MX-300 PCI sound card (to this day, I curse Creative for burying this card after their buyout of Aureal)
    • 1 Crucial 256MB PC133 non-ECC DIMM
    • 1 Aironet 4800 802.11b PCMCIA card
    • 1 Kodak Advantix 4100ix APS point-and-shoot camera

  • Shuttle Zen ST62KS silenced SFF PC
  • Ratoc FR1SZ Firewire to SCSI-2 converter
  • Palm Treo 700p/700w Flexi Case
  • Nintendo Gamecube w/ games & accessories:
    • Nintento GameCube, black, with PSU and composite video out cables
    • 1 black wired controller
    • 1 white WaveBird wireless controller
    • 1 4MB memory card
    • Super Mario Sunshine
    • Soul Calibur II
    • Metroid Prime
    • SSX Tricky
    • Super Smash Bros Melee

  • original Xbox, games, controllers:
    • 2 controllers (one microsoft “type S” controller, one 3rd-party)
    • 1 Xbox Live headset kit
    • the usual cables (power, video, etc)
    • Fight Night 2004
    • Halo 2

  • Humax Tivo Series 2 with builtin DVD player/recorder
  • 5.8ghz vtech cordless phone
  • 50-foot 3-RCA Component Video Cable
  • 1 Lexmark-branded IBM 101-key PC “Model M” keyboard.
  • 1 Unicomp “Customizer 104” USB keyboard
  • 2 no-name white plastic ps2 104-key keyboards.
  • Sega Dreamcast w/ 7 games
  • Nintendo 64 w/ 3 games
  • 1000’ spool of CAT5 ethernet cable
  • Newton Messagepad 2100
  • 2x 3Com 3c509TP ISA ethernet adaptors (10baseT + AAUI)
  • 1x 3Com 3c509B ISA ethernet adaptor (10baseT-only)
  • 1x Adaptec AHA-2940UW ultra/wide scsi 2 PCI controller
  • 1x Asante MacCon+IIET NuBus ethernet adaptor (10baseT + AAUI)
  • 1x temperature reactive mousepad (remember when these were the bomb? uh, me neither.)



Let this be a warning to all of you: cull early and cull often, and never ever ever pick up a “free” bit of electronics kit because it’s “neat” or because “I might have a use for this one day” — it’s not and you won’t.

(The other moral? Working for a company full of equally-or-worse obsessive-compulsive geek hoarders is a great way to get rid of all of your regrettable acquisitions.)

how to amuse my local salesmen and neighbors:

 
Walk into a furniture store with a folding luggage cart and a set of bungie cords. Walk out with a 6ft by 3ft wooden bookshelf rolling behind you. Carry/lug/roll the bookcase a mile down Valencia street. I haven’t seen so many wide eyes since the last time I wore a suit on BART.

In Manhattan, this wouldn’t really raise any eyebrows: the collapsable luggage cart is a vital part of the urban warrior toolkit there, and it’s not at all unusual to see people using them to move everything up to 10k-BTU air conditioners, coffee tables and the odd refrigerator. Here not so much apparently.

(Of course, having gotten all butched up by moving furniture using only muscle and simple physics, I found out at the end of the trip that it’s physically impossible to get the damn thing up the stairs by myself: the entryway is just too narrow. Oops.)