Thursday, May 2, 2013

I don't need it, but it's free, so I'll take ten!

I sometimes wonder about the downloads of some of the stuff I post on Thingiverse.  I mean, I'm not posting the useless crap that a lot of people do - like 52,325 different pen holders, each with a different word on it.  That's just downright pollution.

A lot of my stuff is pretty useful, I think - generic cable tie holders, improved printer parts, etc, but I have to wonder if there are really 69 people who needed a replacement bio-wheel bearing for a Penguin fish tank filter, or 91 people who needed a replacement ATX I/O port panel for a Dell Inspiron 531 mainboard.  This seems unlikely.

I think it's more likely that there are people who have bots that just download everything from Thingiverse.  I'll admit that in the past I fell prey to being a data hoarder, before curing myself (mostly) and throwing away many terabytes of crap that I was never going to use anyway.

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