Chaos Reigns Within…

…throw it all in the recycle bin.

In preparation for moving, I’m purging prehistoric software. Some of it goes back to the 1980s, most of it the 1990s. Either way, it’s like several million years old in cyber-time.

I couldn’t get Windows 98 to the recycle bin before it crashed β€” chaos reigns within.

Chaos reigned within the sbliminal, bit/byte backmasking in these old Microsft CDs.

Chaos reigned within the grocery store when a pigeon perched above the pickles.

If you spin these CDs backwards you see “Bill Gates is Lord! Chaos Reigns Within!”

Chaos reigned within the “sneaker net”. Networking was optional. No cat videos on the Internet.

Microsoft Office 4.2.1 on 33 install disks. Chaos reigned within installing that sucker.

64 thoughts on “Chaos Reigns Within…

  1. Good God, Man! You are thisclose to being a hoarder πŸ˜‰
    Says one who just a couple of weeks ago, finally chucked small “diskettes” full of who knows what as they have nowhere to play…

    • Hi Dale. I have to keep copies of any old software we are still using, and we do use some old software that goes back quite a few years. But mainly it comes from the boss not wanting to throw anything away. We have a musuem of old Macs.However, the pandemic is what has allowed us to purge. With everyone generally out of the office right now, the three of us who are in daily are throwing, recycling and shredding like mad. Our ever so determined office manager, and a few other staff, have shredded around a 1,000 boxes of notes, draft reports, etc. And there are still hundreds of boxes of stuff.

  2. I assume this is at work (?). Quite a long time ago I cleaned out stuff like that at home, but of course more stuff has stacked up in the interim. It must feel good to get rid of all the chaos…not sure of the pigeon in the store, though. πŸ™‚))))))

    • Hi Susan. This stuff is at the office. We are going to be moving next year and need to get rid of 44 years of accumulated stuff.

  3. Dear Tim, chaos does reign within. Right brain v. left brain, what do we save, what will we need as we move forward? This is most thought provoking, thanks, haha! Great photos!

    • Talking about talking the Lord’s name in exclamation, in its day all that software piled under the chaos sign cost around $50,000. Thanks, John.

  4. This post gave me a good feeling. I thought I was the only one with a lot of prehistoric software in my storage room…

  5. “β€œBill Gates is Lord! ….” A ha ha ha haaaaaaaaaaa…………You’re only reminding me of something I have to do pretty soon! Attic / storage / and hidden cupboards with all sorts of discontinued appliances / discs / drivers etc 😱🀯

    • Some of those old boxes of software had 5 1/4 is floppies. Those were truly floppy. It’s amazing how much tech accumulates.

  6. My copy of ArcView dates back to 1999/2000. I had a strange copy of Windows 3.1 that was a beta version that came with AutoCad 10, that, when I sent the first disk (of five total) back to MS for an upgrade they said they had never seen that version before. My AutoCad came with a 12″ X 12″ digitizer tablet with a plastic template with command icons that were picked with a stylus device. I still have it someplace. Mice had not been invented yet. My only regret for lost old software is a 5 1/4″ floppy with an AutoCad drawing of a tropical bird on it. We dumped our mess about 2 years ago, what a relief.

  7. Somewhere I have a copy of Lotus Symphony and Lotus 1-2-3 from the 80s. It was one of the best pieces of software favored by us science types.

    • Lotus 1-2-3 was among the old software that got tossed. I think we tried most everything available in terms of spreadsheets, word processors, desktop publishers, graphics programs and databases that came along in the 80’s and 90’s. I threw out 20 boxes of Quark Express. When Apple moved to OS X, Quark was slow to adapt. Adobe had InDesign OS X ready as soon as OS X started shipping, so we switched from Quark Express to Indesign. I would like to get staff to use Affinity Publisher and phase out InDesign, but it’s so hard to get people to learn new software.

      • Yes, it’s hard to get people to learn new software. In the chemistry field, Lotus Notes became a favorite of many into the early 00s. It finally went away around 06-07. Excel never caught on; I think it’s a piece of crap with limited use. And, for a long while, laboratory information management relied heavily on IE 6, even when the rest of the world was on IE 10. I had already made the jump to the server versions of laboratory MIS. It was a pain because I had to toss a lot of legacy peripherals. In the end, it was worth it. If I need something better, I can unplug a rack module and trade it in for a better one, then reload whatever applications I had on the old one. The plug-n-play world is a nice one compared to the old days.

  8. I remember those discs. If you save them for another 30 years, they would be considered antiques and worth a great deal of money. (At least, that is what I’m telling myself) YIKES!

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  10. Good grief!
    What a lot of crapola! Hey, I use old CD’s for paint palettes, before I toss them.
    At least Bill Gates is not a dead Paul McCartney!
    Save the pigeon!
    There must be something you can do? Make bracelets out of the installations discs?
    Most chaotic post I’ve ever read!

    • Hi Resa. As for as the CDs are concerned, Dolores gives them to her message therapist who uses them for crafts projects. The most chaotic post? Well there’s a first for everything.

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