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So I’d been having some problems with a Linux install I’ve been working on. No matter what I tried, Ubuntu refused to recognize or use my network connection. Well, it turns out that the onboard ethernet connection on my server’s motherboard is dead. So, of course, I do what any self-respecting geek would do: I go right to my spare parts box, dig down and eventually dredge out the PCI network card that I’ve been saving for just such an occasion.

Now this card has been sitting in that box, with a bunch of other junk thrown on top of it for years. I really shouldn’t work. But apparently it does. My years and years of hoarding techno-junk have paid off! All those years of getting more and more boxes of assorted junk (need an old PS/2 trackball mouse? I can hook you up!) have finally been justified.

This gives me all the excuse I need to keep holding on to that old ISA soundcard. Just, uh, in case I need to listen to tunes on a machine from the late 80s…

Posted in Geekery.