May 4, 2014

Going Obsolete: Part 1 — WP Prompt 5/3/2014




Between 1991-1995 I had the opportunity to direct a Children’s Trust Grant focused on the prevention of child abuse. It involved a mountain of paperwork, as all government and human service programs do. Simultaneously I was a freelance journalist for our small rural town’s local newspaper, which also involved a mountain of paperwork.

The program ended when my husband’s job transferred him to another community. We packed, moved, and went on with our lives.

Meanwhile, computer technology went on with its life, evolving from 5 inch floppies to 3 inch floppies to Zip drives to CDs to flash drives.

IMG_4564E 140503New forms of technology rendered their predecessors obsolete. Useless. Landfills became electronics cemeteries and electronics recyclers are overwhelmed with obsolete gadgetry:

Christmas gifts of yesteryear meet an inglorious end at Absolute Green Electronics Recycling in Lake Forest, Calif.

Computers are dismantled, the parts sorted into cardboard bins. One holds nothing but hard drives, another AC adapters. Bins stretch in rows across a mammoth warehouse — a bin for graphics cards, a bin for cooling fans, others for cellphones, VHS camcorders, digital cameras, cables and network switches.

Stacked-up printers form a miniature mountain. Old-fashioned picture tubes sit face-down on pallets. Flat-screen monitors cluster along a wall like tombstones.


As I moved on with my life—now my 8th—I identify myself as a writer.

Now, as I write my online magazine, Carolyn’s Compositions, I include material from past experiences, current experiences, photography, current events, humor, etc., and educational material. Many of my stories are buried in 5 inch floppies, which rapid technological progress has made inaccessible.

Which brings me to what I miss most in extinct technology. I miss the ability to access on these floppies.

IMG_4566E 140503Perhaps much of this information is in WPT format. My computer refuses to open WPT format, so I also most miss that ability.

If anyone has any resolution to accessing 5 inch floppies and WPT files, please let me know. Meanwhile, I’ll continue Going Obsolete.

(The wordpress daily prompt for May 3, 2014, is Of all the technologies that have gone extinct in your lifetime, which one do you miss the most? Going Obsolete: Part 1, is my response to that question)

Going Obsolete: Part 2, will be posted later.)



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  2. Yeah Caroline, the world of yesteryear is fast passing along. Got stacks of 78, 33, & 45 records, cassette tapes, vhf movies, etc that have accumulated here and there throughout my house and garage. Don’t know how to get rid of them.

    But in another vein, I think brains are also going to that obsolete category, as a lot of the news stories have conveyed recently. People just aren’t thinking of what they are or about to saying. With that food for another column, I will leave you……….pondering.

    Comment by David Walker (URlite) — May 4, 2014 @ 2:33 pm | Reply

  3. I, too have loads of obsolete computer files, programs, ect.

    Comment by merry101 — May 4, 2014 @ 9:36 pm | Reply

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