Category Archives: Tech Flashback

Melb2016: A Super-Special SyQuest Side Quest (Part 12)

At last, the promised final special part of my Melbourne trip has arrived. The difference is that this part didn’t really have anything to do with my trip to Melbourne at the beginning, and started long before I even had … Continue reading

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Project: THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION of V.90/V.92 Modem Sounds

Just recently, there was a surge in traffic to my old legacy dial-up sounds pages. While I did my best with the equipment I had at the time to capture the sound of dial-up modems, I always knew that my … Continue reading

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Project: Examining VGA BIOS from Old Graphic Cards

I suppose they say, once you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail. Indeed they are right, because now I have a ROM programmer, I couldn’t stop pulling teeth chips just to dump them. Aside from motherboard BIOS chips, … Continue reading

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Teardown: Sony MP90 Video8 Cassette (and other cassettes)

We come to the end of a line of cassette-inspired posts with an examination of Video8 cassettes. These were the consumer-favourite which succeeded VHS-C in portable applications, being smaller and allowing for longer duration recording while providing a similar level … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: My Collection of MiniDV Cassettes

Seeing as I broke inside of a Mini DV cassette earlier, and found little of interest, maybe it was time for me to admire the various different exteriors from different brands. Here is my collection of cassettes. Panasonic Panasonic’s consumer … Continue reading

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Teardown: Fuji DVM60 MiniDV Cassette

The teardown train keeps rolling along, with this post focusing on MiniDV, a format of metal evaporate cassette used for recording DV (standard definition), DVCAM and HDV (high definition) formats. This compact tape is 1/4″ wide, has a recording bitrate … Continue reading

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Teardown: Sony BCT-124HDL Large HDCAM Cassette

The second victim of my teardown series is a large format HDCAM cassette. HDCAM is a high definition digital video version of Betacam, introduced in 1997, utilizing a bitrate of 144Mbit/s and a 1440×1080 recording resolution with chroma subsampling. This … Continue reading

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Teardown: Imation DDS-120 Data Tape (4mm)

I love doing teardowns as it can be quite interesting to peek inside of certain items. Seeing as the relevance of tape media is fast waning in the consumer market, I felt it would be interesting to purchase or collect … Continue reading

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Retired, Teardown: Uniden XSA660 Analog Cordless Phone

On the whole, the rapid pace of technology means that, inevitably, there will come a time when you will need to upgrade to newer devices. But some systems have stayed the same for so long, that sometimes they escape being … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Maestro Woomera (W56ERSP) 56k V.90 Modem

It’s pretty rare, but sometimes, your wishes get answered. Sometimes … just sometimes, you wish for something, it turns up on eBay … and nobody else bids for it and you end up snagging a bargain. After the slight disappointment … Continue reading

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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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Project: Make a Netcomm RoadsterII USB Modem work in Windows 7 x64

Over the weekend, I had some hankering to get some voice-band dial-up modem action happening just for curiosity sake. I stumbled across my pair of old-reliable Netcomm Roadster II USB V.90 56k modems which seemed like good candidates for an … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Gold Apollo AL-924-T Synthesized POCSAG Pagers

Just recently, I posted about my Motorola Advisor pagers, which got me interested in acquiring a more modern style of pager – namely one with a frequency synthesizer so that I don’t have to worry about ordering custom cut crystals … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: My Collection of SDRAM – 256Mb & 512Mb Modules

This posting continues an earlier posting which explores my collection of SDRAM modules. In this post, we look at the larger 256 and 512 megabyte modules. 256 Megabyte Modules Mitsubishi MH32S64APHB-6 Mitsubushi is a name you would normally associate with … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: My Collection of SDRAM – 128Mb & ECC Modules

Synchronous Dynamic Random Access Memory, or SDRAM for short, was the JEDEC standardized successor to the asynchronous DRAM used in SIMMs. Demonstrated in 1993, and the de-facto type of memory by 2000, it was employed by later Pentium I systems … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Motorola Advisor POCSAG 512/1200bps Pager

When I heard last week that the Motorola branding was going to be shelved and replaced by “Moto by Lenovo”, like many others online, I felt a tinge of sadness as if another great tech brand had fallen by the … Continue reading

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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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