Did some tidying up today. The experience with my office has taught me a valuable lesson.
"If you don't know you've got something, you might as well not have it"
I've been looking for things I didn't know I had, and then chucking them out. It's going quite well, what with two trips to the tip so far.
This is one thing that I definitely know I have, and so I'll be keeping forever. It's my prized Sony TC-270 tape recorder. It might not look much, but thanks to its snap on speakers and ability to play music for several hours non stop (and quite loudly) it made me, if not a god amongst men, at least someone who could get the party started in my younger days.
Apparently it was made at a time when all silicon transistors was something to brag about. It contains about twenty or so.
Update: Done some digging. Just 18 transistors and 4 diodes. Your phone probably has several million. And they're silicon too.