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Tech Flashback: Microsoft ISP Referral Service

I’m not sure if many people ever used it, or if people were even aware of it, but in many versions of Windows, Microsoft included a mechanism for people who didn’t have internet access to obtain internet access by signing … 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: 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: 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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Obituary: Microsoft Windows XP (24 Aug 2001 – 8 Apr 2014)

Microsoft Windows XP was a popular operating system released to manufacturing on 24th August 2001. It was based upon Windows NT, and was intended to be the first business and consumer operating system. It continues to see a large market … 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: MP3 Encoding Through the Years

It may be hard to believe, but the MPEG-1/MPEG-2 Layer III standard (commonly known as MP3) is now 19 years old (from public release date, or 21 years old from the first standards release). In technology terms, this is an … Continue reading

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Obituary: Nullsoft Winamp (21 Apr 1997 – 20 Dec 2013, 16 y.o.)

Around a month ago, the news stories already started making the rounds. I first saw it on Slashdot, proclaiming that Winamp was to be shut down on the 20th December 2013. The banner on Winamp’s website definitely said that it … Continue reading

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First Impressions: iOS7 goes live

By now, most of the readers probably already have the impression that I’m an Android “fan”. You’d only be partially right. While Android is my primary “mobile” platform, I’m slowly growing platform agnostic – I’ve used many from Windows Mobile, … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: A Trip Down 5.25″ Alley

A while back, I published what I would consider to be the last of my Kryoflux series – and at the time, I acquired another 5.25″ floppy drive and repaired it (as they are getting somewhat rare). My collection of … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Microsoft Works (v4.0a) for Windows 95, PowerPoint v4.0 Upgrade

First of all, I’d just like to thank Kafoopsy from OCAU for making this post possible. Thanks to his post in the Retro Give-away Thread, and his willingness to post me the items, I can show you another little bit … Continue reading

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Increasing ADS-B Reach with dump1090

I think it’s fairly clear from my last project of ADSBpi, my main interest is to improve the reach of my ADS-B reception and plotting. Unfortunately, most of my monitoring areas are compromises due to building construction, shadowing and sub-optimal … Continue reading

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SDR# – My favourite SDR program for the RTL2832U dongles

When the RTL2832U “SDR surprise” was being unearthed, the software of choice was GNU Radio. While it’s a very powerful tool, it was also very cumbersome to use for the most basic of tasks, and required a lot of digital … Continue reading

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Project Kryoflux – Part 4: The Hidden Secrets

The previous part made a passing mention about hidden data from duplicators nested in Track 80 (the 81st track) – so in this segment, I’ll be focusing on just what other things can be unearthed. This will look at data … Continue reading

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Keeping Old Machines Going – Adapt-ing to the times …

For retro-enthusiasts and hobbyists like myself, it can be difficult at times to keep old computers going. As the old AT form factor met its demise about a decade ago, parts for these machines can be hard to come by, … Continue reading

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Working with the IC-R75 and IC-R20 – Handy Radio Software

One of the perks of owning an IC-R75 “conventional” HF and IC-R20 handheld wide-band communications receivers is the ability for computer control. By connecting the RS-232 serial port on the rear of the IC-R75 to the computer, or the headphone/CI-V … Continue reading

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Nexus 7 Owners – NRT is the tool you need!

Well, ever since the Google/Asus Nexus 7 was first released, it has had a pretty good market reception. In fact, I bought two – one for me and one for my dad – I got the 8Gb model for $218 … Continue reading

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