Monthly Archives: November 2012

Tech Flashback: Internal Modems

So earlier on, I made a few posts showing my external modem collection. First it started off with the Banksias, then the rest of them. Now it’s time for my Internal modems. I think after this post is done, it … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: SCSI Controllers

Look at that port. It looks just like a regular DB-25 female connector. If it didn’t have that yellow label beside it, one could easily mistake it for a PC Parallel Printer port. But it’s not. It’s a SCSI port. … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Madge Smart 16/4 Token Ring Network Card

Say hello to the Madge Smart 16/4 Ringnode PCI. This is the only Token Ring Network Interface Card I’ve ever seen. For those who don’t know, Token Ring was a competing network protocol to Ethernet. In the early days, there … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Jayton Hollywood Plus DVD Decoder

The other day, I posted about the Zensonic Z400 Networked Media Player, and while looking in the internals, I commented on the “magical” Sigma Designs REALMagic SoC. Then I thought, “Hey, I’ve seen this somewhere else before …” It’s the … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: The Golden Age of Sound Cards and Creative Labs

As computers have evolved over time, many peripherals have been integrated into the base system. Nowadays, it’s commonplace to find onboard Ethernet, sound and even video capabilities on many motherboards. This wasn’t always the case though – in the early … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: A Kaypro 4

Now this one’s a beauty. Thanks to Jeremy ($qwuzzy at OCAU), and his father Phillip, which I happened to get in contact through OCAU forums – this gem was being “disposed of” due to a house move, and I just … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: The Networked Media Player (Zensonic Z400)

When rummaging through my old pile of things, I came across the following “box” – a Zensonic Z400. In an era where the Apple TV, WDTV, Noontecs and Rokus are taking off, it’s hard to imagine these devices didn’t take … Continue reading

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Site Update: Open for Search Engine Crawling and Stats Gathering

Well, it’s been a little bit since I started this blog, and I guess for the benefit of all, I have decided to make this site fully public. As a result, it is now open for search engines to crawl, … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: A dead Netcomm NC-35C Modem

It’s not often I start a post with a picture, but this is exactly what I’ll do. This is the first of a series of posts, which could have only come about due to good fortune, and the generosity of … Continue reading

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An Obiturary: LiteOn SOHW-1633S, and LH-18A1P

LiteOn SOHW-1633S (2004-2012) and LH-18A1P (2005-2012) While doing testing for the Milleniata post, I discovered that my two trusty quality test workhorses were dead. The SOHW-1633s suffered some (likely) combo chip failure and was unable to control its tray, or … Continue reading

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Optical Discs, and Milleniata DVD+R Discs

In a world where ultra-thin laptops and tablets (all of which have no optical disc drives) are beginning to supplant the desktop, in a tentatively named ‘post PC era’, the optical disc is beginning to lose its relevance. Its limited … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Other external modems in my collection

[First of all, I’ve been very busy as of late, hence why the steady stream of blog posts came to a halt. Today, I’m trying to crank out a few for you all to enjoy (or otherwise ignore) – so … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Banskia Technology Modems

I’m a bit of a tech-person, and the high pace of change in the Technology sector sees many companies become acquired, or collapse. Today, we examine some of my modem collection – those of the two Banksia modems. Banksia Technology … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Dot-Matrix Printer Ribbon Cartridge

Before inkjet and laser printers became popular at home, the dot matrix reigned supreme. The loud screeching noises were a defining characteristic of the technology, which still sees use today in certain receipt printers and on forms where carbon and … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Pocketmail

So you’re out in the bush, or in unfamiliar territory. Wireless mobile data is extremely expensive or entirely unavailable, high speed broadband just a dream. Say you’re a corporate exec, and you needed to read and reply to e-mails, maybe … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: iBurst, another IP-only network

After my last post, a friend of mine (Jason) mentioned iBurst. (I love the slogan as well!) This was another competing IP-only wireless network which saw deployment in Australia through a variety of providers. The network was shuttered in 2009 … Continue reading

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A tribute to Unwired

With the announcement this week that Optus has decided to shutter the operations of Unwired, I thought this would be a fitting time to produce a blog post as a tribute to the service. For those who don’t know, Unwired … Continue reading

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Printers: What to do with them?

So over the past few years, printers have gotten stupidly cheap, and cartridges (genuine ones) have remained stupidly expensive. The solution, as any high-printing-volume student would know, is to buy a few cheap printers, and use the cartridges in your … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Quantum Bigfoot CY 4.32Gb Hard Drive

[Yes, I felt this was an appropriate way to begin a post, to celebrate the complete saturation of the internet with memes!] The answer to that is, yes. Yes they do! While those who have used MFM/ST-506 based hard disks … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Cornice Storage Elements

Do you remember the days when flash media used to cost an arm and a leg? I do. My first flash card was an 8Mb CompactFlash card bundled with a camera, my second was 64Mb CompactFlash card for $90. (The … Continue reading

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How to use old floppies, by USB of course!

So I still have quite a few 3.5″ DOS format disks with data on it that I would love to recover. So what is one to do? Internal drives are hard to come by nowadays, motherboards have no Floppy Disk … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Before ATAPI CD-ROMs, were proprietary interfaces

Nowadays with SATA III, anything IDE is already considered old. But early CD-ROM drives didn’t work with the IDE interface. There were CD-ROM drives which worked over SCSI, but that was quite expensive to implement owing to expensive controller cards. … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Netcomm NP3620 Mini Print Server

Interesting to come across one of these in my junkbox. I remembered being amazed by one of these – many schools and small businesses used this decide to turn their parallel ported printers into network printers. I was amazed at … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: 2-port VGA PS/2 KVM Switch

Rummaging through some of my old equipment boxes, I found this old two-port KVM switch. KVM stands for Keyboard, Video and Mouse and these switches were used commonly where someone wanted to share one keyboard, mouse and monitor with two … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Verbatim Teflon Coated Floppies

The Rolls-Royce of floppy disks. Not just ordinary floppies, but teflon coated floppies! These were expensive, and were touted as the ultimate in reliability. The teflon coating prevents the magnetic material from being rubbed off the disk, and prevents dust … Continue reading

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Attempted SSH Breakins

This morning I woke up to see the lights of my Raspberry Pi blinking away. They kept blinking. For a while. And then it hit me – something isn’t right, my blog isn’t that popular! I suspected an SSH attempted … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Mitsumi CR-4804TE

I guess one of my most memorable moments with optical discs was when I got access to my first CD burner. Back then, having the convenience to encode plastic platters with 650Mb of data (later, 700Mb, and then later, even … Continue reading

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Old CHS drives and modern IDE Controllers

So, what happens when you plug an old CHS drive into modern IDE controllers? Strange things. That’s what! Old CHS drives are those below 540Mb. They use CHS addressing – i.e. Cylinder, Head, Sector as opposed to the newer LBA … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: A 486 that wasn’t quite a 486

Been a bit busy lately, so didn’t have a chance to post any more nifty things for a bit. Hopefully I can make some time to show a few more interesting things. For this post, a follow on from my … Continue reading

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VoIP, Internet and Routes …

VoIP or Voice over IP is quite the nifty feature. Nowadays, VoIP is reaching widespread consumer awareness, being utilized in Skype and many SIP based Softphones. Many Voice Service Providers (VSPs) are offering great deals on call rates, and all … Continue reading

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