April 20, 2010, 6:20 PM —
The A&E reality show Hoarders has become something of a sensation of late, with TV viewers tuning in to see the harrowing results of a specific kind of obsessive-compulsive disorder. The victims have difficulty throwing anything away, and end up living amidst piles of their own trash -- though they insist that they're "getting around to cleaning up" or that they "need" some of the obvious garbage they have on hand.
But much of the fascination of shows like these comes from the "there but for the grace of God go I" moment of recognition from viewers. And I have to admit that, while my living room isn't waist-deep in newspapers, I do have some definite hoarding tendencies -- and a lot of them revolve around electronics. Take that picture above up there. Yeah, that comes from my home office. It's on top of the bookcase near my desk, and it's my most high-priority pile of cables. Most of the things in there are things I actually use on a regular or semi-regular basis -- after I took the picture, I had to dive in there to dig out my camera's USB cable, for instance. But then there's stuff in there that's significantly less useful -- like a DVI-to-VGA adapter, which I would have last needed, oh, about 2005 or thereabouts?
If you want to go further down the rabbit hole of tech hoarding with me and a few other folks brave enough to have sent me their pics, read on!
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