Category Archives: Tech Flashback

Experiment: ZIP Defect Lists & Software-Enabled Write Protection

With my last post testing the write-protection with just one cartridge, we didn’t demonstrate any PLIST changes. While I took the GLIST changes as indicating the lists being both “fluid”, more concrete proof was desired in case one of the … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: More ZIP Defect Tests & Trouble In Paradise Utility

Once you get started on something, often times, you realize there are things still left to be done. Indeed, this post comes about because of my previous experiments inspired by Matson’s comments, and this time, he came up with another … Continue reading

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Experiments: ZIP Disk Defect Lists, Mode Page Changes, Protected Cartridges

This post is going to get quite long, filled with walls of text, and ultimately not of any great interest to the majority of modern tech-people unless somehow you’re interested in ZIP drive behaviour, so feel free to skip this … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: How many ways can you use your ZIP disk?

Preformatted ZIP disks are known to have come with promotional advertising in the form of an executable file. In the ZIP 100 era, the cartridges came with this applet. The recently salvaged ZIP 250 came with a much later applet … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: ZIP250 Disk & Drive, ZIP100 USB Drive & Coloured Disk

Here’s another one for those nostalgic people who just can’t get enough of the Iomega ZIP. This site’s seen quite a few postings on the ZIP drive and disks, but because of its influence, I still to this day handle … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Rambus DRDRAM RIMM and CRIMM Modules

Rambus DRDRAM (or RDRAM as it was sometimes known) was a proprietary memory technology championed by Rambus and Intel as a (potential) successor to SDRAM. As memory bandwidth requirements rose in the early Pentium 4 era, there was a need … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Ethernet (10Mbit/s) Network Interface Card Collection

Seeing as I had just posted a Fast Ethernet flashback, I suppose it would be a good time to go further and look back another decade to the “original” Ethernet. Prior to the development of an over-arching networking standard, networks … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Fast Ethernet Network Interface Card Collection (Part 2)

This post is part of a two post series looking at the Fast Ethernet NICs in my collection, with some reminiscence of the legacy Fast Ethernet has left behind. Here are some more interesting and varied NICs in my collection. … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Fast Ethernet Network Interface Card Collection (Part 1)

The era of Fast Ethernet was a highly important and memorable (at least, to me) period in computing history. Introduced in 1995 (i.e. 20 years ago), after most competing networking technologies were starting to fall by the wayside, it added … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback, Teardown: i-mate Smartflip (aka HTC Startrek) Mobile Phone

Today, when we think of smartphones, the brands that first come to mind are likely to be Samsung and Apple. Former market leaders, such as Nokia and Motorola have mostly taken a back seat to these juggernauts, in a rather … Continue reading

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Mega Tech Flashback: Writable Optical Discs: MO, PD, DVD-RAM

[As it turns out, this is one of those posts I’ve always meant to do but never got around to it. It’s been sitting in my drafts box since March 2013, and I’m glad that I have now actually finished … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: The Microcasette – Part 2: The Recorders

If I had just a bunch of tapes but nothing to use it with, it wouldn’t be that exciting. After all, the last thing I had (prior to this batch of donated gear) was a Computec branded single-tape answering machine … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: The Microcasette – Part 1: The Tapes

Just the other day, I was talking to a random stranger about floppy disks and VHS cassettes, and how another generation has already been born not knowing the frustrations and wonderment of simple old-fashioned technology. It’s interesting how such old … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Microsoft Word Version 5.5 (MS-DOS) and 6.0a (Windows)

Most people who use a computer have undoubtedly used a word processor before. Whether it was to type up an assignment, a letter, a thesis or something else entirely, the dominant word processor for at least the past decade has … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Dick Smith’s Fun Way into Electronics Vol. 2 and 3

Continuing on from the previous part, possible due to the generosity of an OCAU member, lets continue our nostalgic trip down memory lane by looking at Dick Smith’s Fun Way into Electronics Volume 2 and 3. Dick Smith’s Fun Way … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Dick Smith’s Fun Way into Electronics Vol. 1

Regular readers will no doubt already know my passion for Dick Smith’s Fun Way into Electronics series, as it was one of the big reasons for my interest and continuing self-education in electronics. This introductory series of projects were designed … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Microsoft PowerPoint Version 3.0 (1992) & 4.0a (1994)

Given it’s been a long weekend, what better way to spend it than to indulge in a hobby? Just this week, news of a new addition to the Microsoft Office suite came in the form of a new presentation application … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Lotus 1-2-3 for Windows Version 1.1 (1992)

Lotus 1-2-3 was one of the major spreadsheet software packages that propelled the PC to the forefront of business. First released in 26 January 1983 for MS-DOS, it was feature rich, as well as high performance compared to its contemporaries, … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Fujitsu M2266SA – Part 4 – A Time Capsule Unleashed

While most people will see computer hardware as physical objects, often they have a story which is greater than what appears on the surface. For most devices, the story lives and dies with the owner, but in the case of … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Fujitsu M2266SA – Part 3 – Transplant & Teardown

Well, as I’m sure you’re aware, my experimentation doesn’t “wait” for a blog posting, instead, things are the other way around. Having made as best of an image as I could of the 1993-model drive, I decided to have a … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Fujitsu M2266SA – Part 2 – Pulling Data in More Ways than One

Old hardware often presents challenges and opportunities to those who love to tinker. It can be a whole load of fun. Since receiving the drives on 14th July, I have been tinkering with them right up till today. That’s a … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Fujitsu M2266SA – Part 1 – It Arrives!

It’s no big secret that I just love old hardware. In some senses, it comes down to nostalgia, and in other cases, it comes down to being able to play with the expensive hardware we could never afford for ourselves … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Intel EtherExpress PRO/100 Mobile Adapter

This is another one of those interesting salvages, which had been kept nicely for me by a colleague. It wasn’t that long ago when many different peripherals were the domain of expansion cards – there were no on-board floppy interfaces, … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Microsoft Excel for Windows Version 3.0

It’s been a while since I’ve had the time or the opportunity to post some “retro” goodness. I definitely have to thank one particular OCAU member who had a set of Microsoft Excel for Windows Version 3.0 on 5.25″ floppies … Continue reading

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D-Link SecureSpot DSD-150: The death of an idea?

It’s been a relatively long hiatus with no posts, but rest assured, I’m still here. Between a mountain of work, and the flu, I’ve had very little time to write anything. Instead, a lot of work got done, and if … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: The SIMMs

As I managed to scrounge up some time, I decided I would document some of the bits and pieces I’ve managed to collect throughout the years. This post will be dedicated to the SIMMs in my collection – and no, … Continue reading

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Salvage: Conner CFS210A, Maxtor 7080AT, Seagate ST52520A, Quantum ProDrive 2100S Hard Drives

As part of a large bundle of stuff which was generously salvaged on my behalf, these are the hard drives that I managed to get. Definitely a trip down memory lane for some of these drives, and others, completely fascinating. … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Microsoft MS-DOS Version 4.01

It’s been an extremely busy week, and I haven’t had much of a chance to do anything blog-related at all. Instead, I’m often left staring at piles of stuff I’ve meant to make a mention of on the blog, but … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback (& Experiment): Fujifilm DLTtape IV Cartridge

Thanks to one of my friends at the university, while I was out of action due to my ankle, he managed to save me quite a few “old” things that were thrown out. One of them was this – a … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback & Teardown: National PE-201C Electronic Flash Unit

It’s been another very busy week, so posts are a little bit “out of order”, but today I visited my Dad’s and went for a bit of a “dig”. It turned up quite a few pieces of “fruit” – one … Continue reading

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