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Cleaning out the wire box, 2009 (photos)

Everyone has a wire box--that container you toss random wires, plugs, and other tech junk into. It's generally all the useless stuff that you just can't bring yourself to get rid of just yet. Being in "the biz," my wire box is actually a set of four interlocking plastic storage containers, which had become a serious closet hazard, to put it mildly. Here's how I spent part of my MLK weekend: the dreaded annual wire box cleanup.

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Dan Ackerman
Dan Ackerman leads CNET's coverage of computers and gaming hardware. A New York native and former radio DJ, he's also a regular TV talking head and the author of "The Tetris Effect" (Hachette/PublicAffairs), a non-fiction gaming and business history book that has earned rave reviews from the New York Times, Fortune, LA Review of Books, and many other publications. "Upends the standard Silicon Valley, Steve Jobs/Mark Zuckerberg technology-creation myth... the story shines." -- The New York Times
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Two of my four wire boxes, usually precariously perched on a high closet shelf.
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Going through this stuff should be no problem.
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Well OK, maybe a little bit of a problem.
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The first trash can full of old wires. Who knew I had so many S-Video and MIDI cables?
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We've struck gold! Or at least some classic video game gear, including an original Xbox controller, the Nintendo Wavebird, and a Game Boy Advance.
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A few hours later, four reasonably neat and tidy wire boxes.
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The final trash tally: several bags of wires, cables, power adapters, and broken mice.

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