I didn't take proper pictures of all the parts I gave away. A couple of 486s, including one with a mixed ISA, PCI and VLB motherboard, with tweaked L2 cache. Heck, I even had a Gravis Ultrasound Plug and Play with a pair of 4MB SIMMs.
Lots of hard drives, a couple of cases, boxes of cards including some formerly-expensive modems.
I did keep one part, an original HardSID ISA card which I'll probably do a post on later.
One of the parts I took a picture of was my ATI Mach32.
My intention was to set up a proper GodBox.. a hardware-level compatible system for running very old software which was finicky and didn't work well under emulation.
I had all the parts. I had all the software. I had lots of time. I had a couple of false starts. Still, somehow it didn't get done.
At some point I just had to stop carrying around boxes of parts I never even looked at long enough to dust.
With hardware there comes a point when you have to let it go. But with software you can keep truly massive and infinitely-tangled archives. I still have software dating back from before I had a colour screen.
Unfortunately due to some disasters I lost some of it. I recovered some of it too. The real issue that bothers me is when things I know I had simply vanish from under me.
I recently went through my DOS archives and went into an old collection which was specifically set up and tested to work under DOSBox. When trying to play an old game (Master of Orion - (1993 game)), I learned that a file vanished from that directory.
Sigh, I hate it when crap like that happens. I still need some kind of IDS.