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# 253169 30-Jul-2019 15:08
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Nerds have junk boxes. They used to be filled with bits and pieces having mainly to do with short-wave radio. Now they tend to contain computer stuff like old memory chips and pc cards from 20 years ago.

 

Today our VoIP phone was switched from another provider. It only had one line instead of the previous two. We have old analogue phones strung through the house that work fine with the ATA, but I was suddenly confronted with the problem of connecting them all to a single port. I went rummaging and found plenty of old phone cables with RJ11 plugs, but nothing in the way of doublers to link the additional phones. Do they even still make those? 

 

What I did have was a box full of dial-up modem cards. I have been trying to get rid of them for years, but no-one wants them. I took a look and found some with the usual double phone/line jacks. These were easy to unsolder and remove. I took one of the phone cables with plug and cut off a bit. I soldered it to the modem connector, wiring the two jacks together, and plugged it into the ATA. Works perfectly.

 

Moral of this story: Never, ever, ever throw anything away. You never know when you may need a dial-up modem to connect your phones.

 

 





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  # 2285803 30-Jul-2019 15:23
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Threw some old obsolete manuals and parts books away a few weeks ago in preparation for shifting to a new area at work. I haven't used them for ages, but a call on Monday morning needed some info that was only in one of those books!

 

Oh well, s*** happens.

 

 


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  # 2285858 30-Jul-2019 17:05
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:Rikkitic

 

Moral of this story: Never, ever, ever throw anything away.

 

 

 

"Rikkitic - did you throw away the old phone parts inventory book - I thought I left it just under this stool"


 
 
 
 


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  # 2285940 30-Jul-2019 18:39
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Moral of this story: Never, ever, ever throw anything away. You never know when you may need a dial-up modem to connect your phones.

 

 

 

 

 Um no.

 

You can find all this sort of junk on TRademe.

 

If you can't buy something, and yes you can still get them.

 

 

 

Having spend a lot of time and effort and money clearing the piles of crap from my mothers place, no, you should not never throw anything away.

 

She had 3 microwaves, one so old it weight a ton and had dials, not buttons.

 

She had a fryer, maybe 20 yrs+, still with the incredibly vile old used oil in it.

 

She has maybe 6 or 7 dinner sets, 9 cutlery sets, one I remember fro when I was a kid in kindy.

 

The list is gigantic. Roll of nasty brown vinyl. Assorted bits of wood veneer, old flathead screws, enough to stock a shop. 
You name it, it was here.

 

Oh and 4 old electric blankets, so old  - stained, taty, and would I plug one in? I think not/.

 

 


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  # 2286116 30-Jul-2019 22:44
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I have the exact opposite problem. Throw everything away. Things that I have discovered should not be thrown away

 

- monitor box, when you want to sell the monitor

 

- Canon scanner CD-ROMs because you cannot ever find their proprietary scanning software from the internet (not even canon HQ has it)! luckily all printers come with the same scanning software (i hope) so when I installed my scanner i bought a new printer on madness special and installed the scanning software that way

 





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  # 2286168 31-Jul-2019 07:54
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Batman:

I have the exact opposite problem. Throw everything away. Things that I have discovered should not be thrown away


- monitor box, when you want to sell the monitor


- Canon scanner CD-ROMs because you cannot ever find their proprietary scanning software from the internet (not even canon HQ has it)! luckily all printers come with the same scanning software (i hope) so when I installed my scanner i bought a new printer on madness special and installed the scanning software that way




What scanning software? The IJ Scan utility and os driver software are easily found.

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  # 2286172 31-Jul-2019 08:04
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I always have junk boxes and about 2x a year I throw them on TM for $1 reserve... they always go. Gives me back space.

 

And keeps SWMBO happy ;)

 

 





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  # 2286223 31-Jul-2019 09:11
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Just been through the process of clearing heaps of 'stuff' from our house as we are moving to a much smaller unit in a retirement village (with NO maintenance for me!). 

 

One big skip took most of it and several trips to the local trash recycler place.

 

Lots of mine was recovered nuts, bolts, tools etc of my father's! I got immune from the "will I won't I" dilemma after a short while! I took to the nuts/bolts etc department with much vigour, tipping numerous jars into a biggish old courier bag. At about the three quarter full level I thought I should try to lift it. BIG fail!! So tipped most out onto the floor and shovelled it into smaller bags!

 

A message - don't leave it to your kids, eh, pctek.

 

And if you throw something out you later want, so what, just re-buy it. China has made this a low cost exercise.

 

Feeling liberated🙂

 

 


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