Tag Archives: vintage stuff

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

Posted in Computing, Tech Flashback | Tagged , , , , , , | 4 Comments

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

Posted in Computing, Tech Flashback | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Computing, Tech Flashback | Tagged , , , , , | 22 Comments

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

Posted in Computing, Tech Flashback | Tagged , , , | 4 Comments

Tech Flashback: Fellowes Neato 2000 CD Labeler Kit

It’s the year 2000 and CD recording at home is a new development. Discs are expensive, and individually wrapped in retail packaging. These discs will have branding all over their faces and inserts. Printable discs didn’t really exist yet in … Continue reading

Posted in Computing | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Computing, Tech Flashback | Tagged , , | 8 Comments

Visited: Transport Heritage Expo (6 – 8 June 2015)

Thanks to the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, I’ve managed to scrape up some time to blog about things, and make the time to visit some interesting events around Sydney, one of which is the Transport Heritage Expo. The Transport Heritage … Continue reading

Posted in Event, Photography, Travel | Tagged , , , , | 5 Comments

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

Posted in Computing, Tech Flashback | Tagged , | 5 Comments

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

Posted in Computing, Obituary, Tech Flashback | Tagged , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Computing, Tech Flashback, Telecommunications | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

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

Posted in Computing, Tech Flashback | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Computing, Tech Flashback | Tagged , , | 7 Comments

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

Posted in Computing, Tech Flashback | Tagged , , | 6 Comments

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

Posted in Computing, Tech Flashback | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

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

Posted in Computing, Salvage, Tech Flashback | Tagged , , , , | 11 Comments

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

Posted in Computing, Salvage, Tech Flashback | Tagged , , | 11 Comments

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

Posted in Electronics, Photography, Tech Flashback | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

Tech Flashback: SynOptics Model 928 10BASE-T AUI Transciever and LattisHub 2803

SynOptics is not a name which would would resonate with the younger audience, but they hold an important place in history. We thank them for essentially bringing the world Ethernet on twisted pair cabling. They were one of the first … Continue reading

Posted in Computing, Telecommunications | Tagged , , | 5 Comments

Tech Flashback: I’m SCSI and I know it …

You might look at the title and not realize what the reference is – but apparently, SCSI was supposed to be pronounced ‘sexy’ until somebody ruined it. I suppose that’s fitting when SCSI evolved from SASI, which one can only … Continue reading

Posted in Computing | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

Tech Flashback: Netcomm SmartModem 2400SA

Another one of my “vintage” acquisitions thanks to Kafoopsy from OCAU (again) – I have my hands on a Netcomm SmartModem 2400SA. It might need some retro-bright, but this is an early-ish SmartModem. It’s not the earliest – after all, … Continue reading

Posted in Computing, Telecommunications | Tagged , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Computing, Tech Flashback | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Tech Flashback: Assorted 5.25″ DS/DD (360kB) Media

Seeing how floppies are obsolete, it’s fairly rare to see a floppy around. It’s even more rare to see 5.25″ floppies – specifically double-sided double-density 5.25″ floppies. I’ve still got some in my collection mainly for legacy vintage computers – … Continue reading

Posted in Computing, Tech Flashback | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Tech Flashback: DaynaPORT SCSI/Link-T

Here’s another blast from the past – remember when network adapters weren’t integrated into motherboards? Remember when Ethernet ran at 10Mbit/s? Remember when Ethernet came over coaxial cable? Or when Ethernet practically won over Token Ring? I guess that sets … Continue reading

Posted in Computing | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Salvage: Duracell RM4R Mercury Cells

I suppose this is another one of those “I never thought I’d get my hands on this” kinda salvages. I won’t say where this was salvaged from, but if you’ve been reading along, you could probably take a guess. It … Continue reading

Posted in Electronics, Salvage | Tagged | Leave a comment

Salvage: HP 5243L/5245M/5426L Frequency Counter Plug-in Modules

Time’s always been an issue – but salvage doesn’t wait for a blog post! A month ago, while visiting the Electrical Engineering (is not a) dumping ground at UNSW, I came across four modules, each inside its own cardboard sleeve … Continue reading

Posted in Electronics, Tech Flashback | Tagged , , | 3 Comments

Project Kryoflux – Part 6: Dealing with Difficult Disks and Drives

In a twist of fate, it turns out that one of my colleagues (Robert) had a collection of old Amiga floppies from the days he owned an A500. Unfortunately, he had given away his Amiga, and all he had left … Continue reading

Posted in Computing, Salvage | Tagged , , , , | 5 Comments

Salvage: Advance Electronics Volstat

It seems like an age since I last updated my blog – and indeed it has. Rarely has there been such an extended silence, although, I’m afraid that this might become the norm. Instead, posts will end up coming out … Continue reading

Posted in Electronics, Salvage | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Tech Flashback: iomega ZIP 250 IDE/ATAPI Drive Teardown

It’s interesting what you can find when you walk around on scheduled council clean-up dates. I managed to salvage an iomega ZIP 250 IDE/ATAPI drive from an unwanted computer, only to find that it was no longer functional. It wouldn’t … Continue reading

Posted in Computing, Salvage, Tech Flashback | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

Tech Flashback: iomega ZIP 100 vs 3M/Imation Superdisk LS-120 Showdown

A relatively long time ago, I reminisced about the iomega ZIP 100 and the 3M/Imation Superdisk LS-120 superfloppy systems. Unfortunately, at the time, I could only look at the performance of the ZIP 100, and then, only of the USB … Continue reading

Posted in Computing, Tech Flashback | Tagged , , , | 4 Comments

Project Kryoflux – Part 5: Making use of the Images

Okay, so after all of that, you have your images – but what to do next? It may not be obvious to all, so I felt like I should at least make a little note about how to deal with … Continue reading

Posted in Computing | Tagged , , | 3 Comments