I’ve spent the last two days going through everything in my new office to determine what needs to be kept and what can be binned.
I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m the first person in the school to ever do this.
Right now there is a pile of junk in the middle of the room that is about a metre high and two metres in diameter. That’s just the stuff for the regular trash. There are another three boxes of equipment in the hallway that require specialist WEEE disposal, much of which has not been functional in years, plus a ten-year-old server and its CRT monitor. The entire back bench of the office was, on Monday, filled with box upon box of hoarded installation CDs, with all the paperwork that ever came with them. There was even a box of floppy disks dating back to the 80s. Today there are 15 discs in cases, and about 90 in an empty ‘cakebox’ that used to contain blank CD-Rs. The tiny fraction of paperwork that wasn’t needless is in the filing cabinet. I’ve thrown away about three to four hundred CDs that were either duplicates, superseded, or completely unnecessary.
So, after tomorrow, when I spend what will feel like forever carting my trash mountain to the bins, the office will be tidy.
I then have to make a start on the shelves next door, and after that, the storage room.
Initial indications are that the junk back there is even older. I know there’s a server hiding back there somewhere that pre-dates the one I’ve already junked . The previous NM extracted a Sinclair ZX81 from the collection just before he left, and I recently spotted a piece of hardware in a cupboard (that I shall reveal to you at a later date) the likes of which I last saw when I was 5.
Next week will be busy.