It’s often strange to think about what from your past can turn out to be of extreme value, but is too easily thrown away instead.
For example, when I was a kid, there was a year where a Sharp TV set with a built-in NES landed at Christmas. I used that TV for years—it was a way to play Mario and Final Fantasy, sure, but it was also just a TV set to me. Now, I see the TV show up all the time on YouTube channels that talk about its extreme value in the modern day. Nintendrew just did one
This was interesting enough to learn when I was in my 30s. But one recent discovery of mine led me on a little bit of a quest.
See, when I was 11 years old, my family got its first home computer. I remember the specs vividly: It was a Laser 386SX/25 MHz model, with a built-in hard drive. That drive, just 40 megabytes in size, held very little, but it nonetheless was enough to intro me to GeoWorks
, Windows 3.0, Wolfenstein 3D, and BBS software.
Eventually, we upgraded to a Packard Bell-based Pentium, which had a PS/2 port for its keyboard. I remember, vaguely, being surprised at how much worse the new keyboard was than the old one, which was quite a workhorse and much clickier. But it had a larger port, and wasn’t compatible. So we had to leave it behind.