Old junk

The war between wetware and hardware.
Pyrrho
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Old junk

Post by Pyrrho »

Just hauled a few boxes of old hard drives (3 40-meg hard drives!) and a Goldstar laptop I've had since the late 1980s, to the recycle center.

Gonna need a moment, boys.
Hotarubi
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Re: Old junk

Post by Hotarubi »

Did you remember to wipe the porn?
Pyrrho
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Re: Old junk

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:8b:
Bruce
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Re: Old junk

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I was handed a CD at work last Friday. It was surreal. Thought maybe I was dreaming.

I asked around and learned that our lab equipment repair vendors had been delivering their repair reports as pdfs burned onto CDs all this time. No fucking way. :shock:

There were only 3 remaining PCs in the lab (possibly on planet earth) that had functioning CD drives, and two were being used by humans from this millennium. I walked up to the open PC, cleared off all the overgrown vines and layers of cobwebs, and popped in the CD.

Turns out the drive had not even been formatted. It asked if I wanted to format the drive to burn music DVDs or format it as a flash drive. Shit, the software for formatting CD drives for retieving data other than MP3s was not even installed. I tried formatting as a USB and was able to see the pdf, but could not open it or copy it onto the network.

The vendor was still in the lab and let me borrow her portable CD drive so I could transfer the pdf onto the network for sign-off. She said her company had not modernized because file transfer software and thumb drives were so riddled with viruses and Spyware that her company didn’t want to risk a security breach. 😳

I placed the disc on a shelf of other similar discs that was 6 feet long, then went back to my desk to ponder when the inevitable end of life as I know it will come. It was 3pm, and I was the only individual in an open office area that was designed to occupy around 100 workers. All the rest were either working from home, or had taken off. I had to wave my arms once in a while to make the lights come back on.

This company was supposed to be the place to save me from the collapse of my previous company. I have nowhere left to run. I now understand they hired me because I'm now one of those old guys that knows how to keep the old equipment running, you know that old equipment that the company relies on to generate revenue. The young kids can't figure it out because there's no app on their phones for it.

This is how the human race ends, folks.
Bruce
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Re: Old junk

Post by Bruce »

How many companies are there that are relying on one linchpin old guy to keep the wheels turning and have no idea its over once he retires or dies? How many billionaires don't even know that guy exists or how there's no contingency plan, or apprentice, or robot ready to take over this time?