storage of IT equipment.
Functional or not as the case may be.
Most of the IT equipment I deal with lives in proper DC space.
Every once in a while something in a network/comms closet gets thrown my way.
Things I've found in said network/comms closets in my travels:
Bicycles (one closet had four. One of which was in numerous parts, including what looked like having had part of the frame cut using a hacksaw, the metal shavings from said operation still lying on the 'raised floor' tiles in the room)
Old TVs/Display panels (usually stood up long ways against the backs of the cabinets.)
Bundles of fibreglass insulation, pink, yellow and green. In one case, neatly taped into packs of three slabs, and stacked in the space between the back of the racks and the wall. Tightly packed of course.
Cases of empty beer bottles. (in that one, 248 two-fours, stacked against the aircon unit, blocking airflow *into* the unit ....)
dead PCs. from a cleanout of a callcenter as far as i could tell. I made it to 150 before I stopped counting.
Broken toilets (just sitting in the middle of the room, chunks of shattered ceramic)
Unused desks, unused chairs. A very large, sloppily decorated plywood box. As far as I could tell it was a magicians "cut someone in half" box.
An 8 cylinder diesel engine, and I'm guessing the clutch to match it.
7 years worth of tax filing documents for a subsidiary of a company that my company bought. Each year was in a several file folders. The file folders were laid flat in a rack, and stacked on top of one another. It appeared that the computer rack was dedicated file storage. (there's a joke in there somewhere)
4 (4'x4'x4') cardboard boxes full of nothing but those stupid styrofoam peanuts.
Once, an old old OLD freezer. Locked. Rusty. most definitely was NOT empty.
in one case in excess of 80 bottles of photography chemicals, loosely arrayed on shelves in a rack over the PDUs that fed the equipment in the next 2 racks.
I try not to go to weird locations to recover hardware any more. It has left me with various nightmares.
Oh- and the birds nest. There were eggs in it. It was rather dusty so I doubt that the eggs were likely to hatch, but it also made me wonder where the parent(s) were.
I know someone that had the 'farm computer' experience. At least I'm not dealing with *that* level of ........