Sunday, 2 December 2007

Museum of old rubbish

I always hear companies bleating about how they are running out of space, and need to find new offices to handle the expansion blah blah blah.

At several points in my working life, I have taken over an operation from someone else and found that the first order of business was to take a massive load of rubbish to the tip. Some people make pack rats look good. They hoard everything in sight in the belief that it just might be useful at some point in the future.

Take this software. Cheyenne as a company ceased to exist about a decade ago. This manual is for a version of the software that was superceded back in about 1995. Netware as an operating system is now as dead as flared trousers. Why keep a manual for backup software that we no longer use, and for an operating system that is also not in production anymore?

Anyone remember what these things are? I found a drawer full of them.

And then there was this beauty - a 14.4k modem. I also found a 9.6k modem, and a 2400 baud modem.

These three photos just show a few items that were on top of the pile of junk. I found enough junk to fill a car trailer several times over.

Before any manager agrees to rent a new office block, the first thing he should do is go through every office in the existing premises and enforce a good clean out. I also found stuff belonging to people that have clearly left the company - cupboards full of it. All it takes is someone to step up to the plate and say "Enough! This crap has got to go!"

But not before I get some photos of it first.

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