I am the king of all packrats.


Categories: GeekStuff

So, I’ve been going through my old computer stuff. (Suffice it to say that the pile’s noticably bigger than it was last time.)

I found this.

an EGA card, labeled (Bad)

Now, it’s not just that it’s an EGA card. It’s that:

1. I have never in my life used an EGA card.
2. It is labeled “Bad”, so it probably didn’t even work.
3. The label is not in my handwriting.
4. Come to think of it, I never even owned a computer that could take an EGA card.
5. It hasn’t been unpacked since I moved.

In short… Over ten years ago, for no reason anyone can suggest, I acquired an EGA card, which card was already known to be bad, from persons unknown, and dutifully packed it and brought it with me, despite the fact that I did not at that time own any computer in which an EGA card could be used, nor did I have any expectation of owning any such computer in the future. (My first PC-compatibles were PCI machines. I never owned a bridgeboard for my Amigas, and I assure you it never worked in a Sun either.)

I have absolutely NO idea why this card was in my personal collection. I can’t explain it, I can’t justify it.

All I can do is show it to the nice folks from Computer Heaven when they come to take my junk away.

Comments [archived]

From: James Lick
Date: 2007-09-20 02:43:57 -0500

I had computer stuff older than that which I recycled when I moved in June. And yes I still had stuff in boxes that had never been unpacked since the previous move 15 years ago.

From: FatBurger
Date: 2007-09-24 11:09:29 -0500

The reason is obvious - the driver’s side sun visor in your car broke off, and you needed a replacement. I’m guessing that it was simply too big to ever actually be used for that purpose.

From: Jj
Date: 2007-10-19 18:57:47 -0500

I think jmutate left it at the ranch lo those years ago.

From: Scott Stenwick
Date: 2009-01-28 17:08:34 -0600

Maybe this is an old enough entry that you’ll never see my response, but I think I remember that card from the old ECE collection. It had a “bad” sticker on it back then, too – in 1992!