Category Archives: Tech Flashback

long Rnd(): Birthday Analysis, Spoiling Myself, Fixing Stuff, Thrifty Finds, Parking Tickets & More

It’s been a busy long-weekend, but there’s no better post than a “long random” for a long weekend! This time around, it just so happens to be my birthday as well. Happy Birthday to Me? Really? Well, what can I … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: The CD+Graphics Format (CD+G)

I think by now, everyone knows I like to go on a salvage. This includes going regularly into thrift shops to see what’s new (or old) and what could be had for a reasonable price. This week had been rather … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Anchor Automation Volksmodem 12

This weekend is turning out to be a bit of a telephony weekend, as I unpack more items from the stack of items donated by readers of the blog. This one is something I’m particularly fond of – the Anchor … Continue reading

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Visited: Central Coast Amateur Radio Club (CCARC) Wyong Field Day (24 Feb 2019)

Buzz … buzz … buzz. It’s 4am on a Sunday and my wristband alarm goes off. On any other week, that would be rather abnormal and I’d plop right back to sleep. But today, instead, I leapt out of bed … Continue reading

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Can’t Copy that Floppy? KryoFlux Can! feat. Unistat V4.53

It’s not often that we see floppy disks around nowadays, but this week proved to be an exception with a donation of a paper envelope of disks, but not just any disks. The Troublemaker: Unistat V4.53 In this case, it … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Diamond SM56LE-PCT V.92 56k Internal PCI Modem (I56PSP-F40)

A while back, I posted an article with what I termed the “definitive” collection of V.90 modem sounds. If you’re not familiar with it already, the characteristic sound that V.90 modems emit when they are attempting a “high speed” connection … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: KDS Converter/Measure/Calculator 5m (YS-5010ME)

There was a time in the not too distant past when, in order for something to be cool, it had to be electronic. Often this meant attaching an electronic clock or calculator to the side of the device for an … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Colourful Memories – Floppies & RAM

In the early to mid 90s, computing was almost universally beige or some standard colour. The case, drives, monitors, speakers, keyboards, mice. Beige was the colour. Even removable media didn’t dare to stand out too much, coming in a set … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Landline Sounds & Telephone Teardowns

I’ve always been interesting in telephones and networks, but I’ve never really thought of becoming a telephone collector. Rather unexpectedly, through a process of not-throwing-things-out (it’s not hoarding, I swear!), I now have a few phones but not much to … Continue reading

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Teardown: Iomega Zip 250 USB Drive, ATAPI Benchmarks & Defect Analysis

In the last post, I documented the haul of gear donated by a generous reader. In this post, I take the time to see if I can make things better, do some experiments on the Zip ecosystem and report on … Continue reading

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Tech Donation: Iomega Zip 250 USB Drive & Assorted Disks

Blogging seems to be like playing a game of catch-up … I’m always behind on posts. Around a month ago, a very generous reader happened to have some Zip 250 equipment that they were done with and wanted to send … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Ethernet Hubs & Switches (Netgear DS104 & Skymaster 8320-030)

Ethernet has been around for so many years that we hardly ever take the time to stop and think about it. We take it for granted that most desktop PCs come with Ethernet ports integrated on-board, Ethernet switches are cheap … Continue reading

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Project: Record a K56flex Dial-Up Modem Connection

Inspired by my previous post made merely an hour ago, I set to work seeing if I could acquire a recording of a K56flex dial-up modem connection before it is too late. After all, both X2 and K56flex are more … Continue reading

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Project: Record a US Robotics “X2” Dial-Up Modem Connection

Throughout the long history of dial-up modems, higher connection speeds were always desired, but limitations in signal processing techniques and the phone lines themselves meant that achievable rates were always going to be limited. At various stages in time, the … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Western Digital Raptor/Velociraptor Hard Drives

When it comes to computer memory, the tiers of storage always end in mass storage as being the system bottleneck. Hard drives, colloquially referred to as spinning rust, were the dominant technology for the vast majority of computers from the … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Telecom Australia 600-series Adapters & Extensions

In the present day where landlines are a dying breed and mobile telecommunications has become ubiquitous, the beige-cream coloured Telecom Australia 600-series socket remains a common sight in Australian households. While I have no idea when the 600-series socket came … Continue reading

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Project: THE (large) COLLECTION of V.34 Modem Sounds

After my posting of the definitive collection of V.90 modem sounds, a number of people got in touch with me with a few of them requesting the same to be done with V.34 connections. At first, I didn’t see the … Continue reading

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Salvage Season: Pt 6 – Old I/O Boards & Fluorescent Starters

It’s new year’s eve, and I’m back with the last part of the salvage season posts. Just as well, since salvage season is coming to an end as the year is coming to an end. This post looks at some … Continue reading

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Salvage Season: Pt 3 – Other Computer Hardware

After taking a short breather to prepare all the images for the upcoming few posts, the salvages continue. This part is concerned with “other” computer hardware that I managed to snag. Some of it remains untested, primarily due to a … Continue reading

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Salvage Season: Pt 1 – Hard Drives

To all my readers – a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all, or alternatively, Happy Holidays or Merry *mas … It’s that time of the year again where we’re counting down to the end and people are … Continue reading

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Canb2016: Special 2 – iomega REV 35Gb/90Gb Drives & Disks

The second special installment also has to do with removable storage, funnily enough. This post deals with the iomega REV, a removable hard drive system with capacities of 35Gb, 70Gb and 120Gb. This system was supposed to be a follow-up … Continue reading

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Canb2016: Special 1 – LS-120 & Zip250 Drives, LS-240 Disk & Benchmarks

In the last post, I alluded to some special postings related to my Canberra trip. Aside from the conference and roaming around, I was contacted by a reader who wished to offer me a few items as they thought I … Continue reading

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Recovery: “Musical” SyQuest Cartridges with DoubleSpace Compression

I’ve long offered my “volunteer” data recovery services for those with 44/88/200Mb 5.25″ SyQuest disks, and it’s been a little while since my last SyQuest recovery post. Just when I thought that maybe nobody else would be interested in it, … Continue reading

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Data Recovery & File Conversions: Director/Projectors by Internet & Jaz

Earlier in July, I made a posting in regards to a data recovery and conversion project involving Syquest cartridges and Macromind/Macromedia Director and Projector files. As it turns out, that was the beginning of an even more involved project with … Continue reading

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Repair: Apple Macintosh PowerBook 100 “Gotta re-cap ’em all!”

In the last part of this little project, I managed to refurbish the two PowerBook 100 power supplies to a working condition. The next step is to refurbish the main unit itself. Even though I was equipped with the service … Continue reading

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Project: Awakening the Apple Macintosh PowerBook 100

In the previous post, I took a look at the nearly pristine condition Apple Macintosh PowerBook 100 and accessories which were donated to me for some edu-tainment. While it was pretty to be able to look at a piece of … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Apple Macintosh PowerBook 100 & Accessories

As it turns out, this week was a pretty good week for me. It’s not often something comes in, begging to be played with. It’s even less often that the object in question makes you drop almost everything so that … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Canon DM-2500 Intelligent Organizer

Seeing as I’m not having too much luck getting to sleep, I might as well do something productive, so here comes another post. Apologies in advance if I make any mistakes … It’s hard to imagine now in an era … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Dick Smith’s Funway 2 Project 7: Pocket Transistor Radio

Since the positive reception to my posts about Dick Smith’s Fun Way into Electronics book series (Part 1, Part 2 & 3), I’ve always been meaning to put up more posts about the series and its projects. It was amazing … Continue reading

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SyQuest-ered: Two 44Mb Cartridges Stacked with Directors & Projectors

It seems data recovery and conversion has become a little side-hobby of mine, and the lack of recent postings is because I’ve been quite busy working my magic on another set of patients. I was contacted by Prof. Dan Boyarski … Continue reading

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