Tag Archives: vintage stuff

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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Experiment: Time to EPROM Erasure by UV Lamp & Sun?

I’ve always been fascinated by the beauty of EPROM chips with their erasure windows giving you a clear look inside the package. Because of my fascination, I ended up buying quite a few chips, an UV eraser that needed some … 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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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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Tech Flashback: The (beautiful) EPROM Chip Collection

It’s been a busy and draining week and a bit in Melbourne, and it’s consumed the vast majority of my energy just to get everything unpacked and put into order. However, things have been getting a little too quiet around … Continue reading

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Thoughts: Replacing PROMs with Modern-Day Parts

Because of my interest in some older computers and their peripherals, dealing with ROM-chip based firmware is a fact of life. Ever since purchasing a programmer to explore the contents of some of the ROMs, it came to mind that … 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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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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VoIPey Valentines Day: Demonstrating V.61 Analog Simultaneous Voice and Data

The way we communicate has changed substantially over the past few decades. What was once the most important staple of communication at home, namely the POTS land-line, is slowly disappearing altogether in favour of VoIP and mobile based services. Along … Continue reading

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“Sigh-Quests”: More forgotten cartridges arrive, but fail to turn up data

A while ago, I was in contact with a reader about their long-forgotten set of Syquest cartridges and their Syquest drive. As it turns out, it was a set of 88Mb cartridges with matching drive, connected to a computer of … 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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Teardown: Digi International Edgeport/8 RS-232 to USB Converter

In the things that have happened to me last week, getting a Digi International Edgeport/8 donated to me was one of the more exciting events. A Little Bit of History It wasn’t that long ago that if you wanted to … 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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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: 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: 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

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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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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

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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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