Every time I look around the PC Doc HQ I'm reminded of technology that exists no more.
I have pens for graphics tablets that have long since expired. In the corner there's a pile of old green circuit boards which used to be modems, graphics cards, sound cards and SCSI cards which used to work hard for a living. Now they are collecting dust.
I have piles upon piles of old ZIP disks (disks which at one time used to cost me well over $15 apiece). Somewhere is the ZIP drive which they belonged to. Oh, there it is, I can see the USB cord snaking out of the cardboard box in which it lives. In fact, that was my second ZIP drive, a USB version which I bought because the parallel port version was slow. Oddly enough, the USB version was equally slow. That ZIP drive's not been hooked up to a PC for years and lives in a state similar to that of Schrödinger's pet cat. And in that state it's now likely to stay forever.
Then there's floppy disks. Hundreds of them. Now all functionally obsolete. Some have not been touched by a human hand in well over a decade.
But it's not just hardware that becomes obsolete. Data does too. When I look through old archives I come across files with exotic extensions that have been long forgotten - .ctx files, .erp files, .cdf files.
Each year (at around this time) I vow that I'll rid myself of this clutter, but it never seems to happen. I could walk over to the cardboard box now and grab the ZIP drive by the cord and drag it out for recycling now, but I won't. After all, it might be useful one day ...
Maybe next year ...