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trønderen13-Apr-23 2:50
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BryanFazekas13-Apr-23 2:33
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Roger -- the honest answer you may be seeking is that you're hoarding junk.

Sticking to an area I know, consider compilers, IDEs, associated software, and topical books. Relatively few people are using out-of-support software, and if they are, they already have what they need. If they don't, how are you going to find them?

If you want to try, catalog part of the materials, and post on Facebook Marketplace -- there's a buy-it-for-free (can't recall what the name is). List lots of materials and give it away. If after a month, there's no takers, it's junk. Recycle books, CDs/DVDs go in the landfill (sadly). If you still have floppy disks? They fizzle after 10 years-ish, so they are probably not readable, assuming you can find someone with a working floppy drive.

There are other online avenues to give things away, but FB has an active market, so it came to mind.

Regarding your buried container -- why don't you unblock the entrance and let folks steal what they want? It saves you a lot of hassle, and it's doing what you want -- giving it to someone who wants it.


About 15 years ago I went on a cleaning binge of computer junk. I had shelves of books, containers of CDs/DVDs, and boxes of old parts. In my binge I wiped out a quarter of the hoard, things I knew was never gonna be useful again. Probably only a quarter was actually useful, half was questionable, but it was a start.

I do this every 2 or 3 years. It's taken numerous iterations, but the clutter is greatly reduced.

Although I see I have C# 2008, ASP.NET v2, and WordPress v2 books on my shelf, so it's time to make another stab at it ...
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