In the refurbishing market, we sometimes mess with standards that others haven't had to even think about for many years. For example, I just turned on a machine that actually has a serial port on it, and it wasn't that long ago that I last had to work with non-hot swappable SCSI hard drives where one has to use jumpers to manually set the drive ID numbers.

Even in this field, there's such a thing as taking it too far. Some of you may remember the ISA BUS for PC motherboards. This is a standard that goes back to the 1980s. Parachute pants, big hair, movie stars and swimming pools...wait, got off track.

It seems that there are some applications that people are still using ISA hardware for, primarily in specialized industrial or military environments. I found a company that makes an adapter, converting ISA to USB, but it ain't cheap. I'm just amused at the things we do to keep old stuff working.