Confessions of tech hoarders

How much hardware do you have hidden in your home's nooks and crannies?

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Steve Burgess is another fellow who has a legitimate professional reason for holding onto the collection of archaic computers and storage tech that you see above. "Along with computer forensics, my main gig, I actually do data transfer and conversion. But I don't do that much of it. I would say that 80 percent of this stuff has been used once or twice by me, 10 percent has never been used by me but looked too good to pass up -- just in case -- and 10 percent does get used once in a long while, and I keep moving it around."

Sometimes just imagining an outsider's perspective on your pile can change your attitude towards it, though. "The funny thing is that, just responding to your request has made me look at much of this stuff in a different light," he told me. "Like, if I haven't used it in 5 (or 10) years, what is the point, really, of keeping it? I may do the unthinkable and clear some out." You and me both, Steve.

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