Pile of Zip Disks
Ah, the first day of a new year. A time for reflection and for clearing the decks. And thus it was finally time to don protective gear and dig in to the stack of ancient electronics gathering dust in the dreaded Closet in the Study.
Electronics are hard to throw away, at least for a cheapskate like me—even though I know in my head those SCSI cables are worthless now, my heart still remembers how much I paid for them back in the day. If nothing else, going through your electronic leavings makes you realize just how freaking expensive it is to be a nerd.
Sound cards, PCI SCSI cards, video cards that were once state of the art enough to run Quake, five keyboards, a mountain of 100MB Zip disks, a wriggling mass of assorted cables, ancient hard drives, the list goes on.
How the hell do you end up with that many USB cables, anyway?
If you’re looking for something to do to soothe the mid-winter blues, I highly recommend a thorough hack-and-slash through the detritus of the past gathering dust in your house.
Plus, hey, USB cables!
Posted Thursday, 01 January, 2009 by Nic Lindh
All Nic wants for WWDC is sync that actually works
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.