No, that’s not the name of a new dance. Actually, it’s three different things that got tangled up between the weekend and the first two days of the week. I finally managed to get four desktop computers, dating back to the late 1990’s, “processed.”
Processing requires booting up the old machine. That required finding little connection doodads that let me plug a USB mouse into a 5-pin connector. In most cases, it also required setting the date in the BIOS and hoping that the IDE, ATA or SCSI drive parameters are still valid. I remember the days of setting up Master and Slave drives – I shake my head at the fact that the industry chose those terms – adding, removing and resetting jumpers and DIP switches. I’ll stop. If you’ve been there, you recognize those terms. If not, it never mattered.
Once the old machine was running, the process continued by exploring and extracting anything of value. I mentioned earlier, copying digital photos. But there are other items of value. Program files, documents, utilities I wrote, a Yahtzee game I wrote for Faith when she was little that still runs and is still fun to play – yes, I lost about 45 minutes to that. I will probably discard most of these files, but I’ve found a couple that are worth keeping.
After spending three days reminiscing over 20-year-old technology, I had to take my car in for service on Tuesday. I plugged my iPhone into the car’s USB port – something unimaginable 20 years ago – and I pressed the “Media” button. The iPhone’s CarPlay interface is set to “Shuffle” songs randomly. After Fleetwood Mac’s “Say You Love Me” finished, “Truckin’” by The Grateful Dead started to play.
I don’t have personal experience with all the lyrics, but some things certainly ring true. Lines like:
“Chicago, New York, Detroit and it’s all on the same street”
“Sometimes the cards ain’t worth a dime
If you don’t lay ’em down”
But the one line that caught up with me after this weekend’s task was the last line of the chorus.
“Lately, it occurs to me
What a long, strange trip it’s been.”
This post is part of Linda G. Hill’s fun weekly series One-Liner Wednesday. If you have a one-liner, I’d encourage you to join in on the fun. You can follow this link to participate and to see the one-liners from the other participants.