Retro/Redundant Technology

Posted in Blogs by admin on May 27th, 2010

I finally got some days off work, so I decided to go through my messy room (aka chaos, lab, storage place, etc) and put some order.

So far it’s been very tiring and very time consuming, but very entertaining… thus I decided to write a quick post to show my findings.

It feels so great when it’s time to upgrade your PC, and you put away that old piece of hardware in order to install your new toy. But it’s even greater, when 3…5…10+ years later, you come across that old hardware. It brings back memories, as well as questions like “WTF???”.

Since I haven’t posted much in my blog lately, I felt like sharing this little experience :)

My first interesting finding, was a 3  button Genius mouse. As you can see from the pictures, it advertises an astonishing 200dpi resolution, has a DB-25 RS232 interface, and requires no pad! WOW! :)

It looks like new, and I found it boxed, maybe I can throw it on ebay? :)

Most probably it was a late upgrade to my 8086 PC, and my new 286 PC didn’t have a DB-25 type of RS232, so it remained boxed and stored :(

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My ancient trackball. What was I thinking? But really…what happened to trackballs? I haven’t seen any around for a looong time!

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Then I found this “good” old unreliable mean of storage device, the 5.25″ floppy. A.k.a last millennium’s DVDs :)

I wonder if it’s still working…but I can’t be really bothered!

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The below device, I remember I found it on a thrown away workstation, years ago. It’s an IDE CD-Changer ROM for PC!?!? It’s 25% longer than a normal CD ROM drive, and you can insert up to 6 CDs simultaneously. By pressing the front buttons, you pick the CD of your choice. It was the first time to see such a device, so I took it. Sadly, it only supports Windows 95.

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While at storage devices, here is a more recent miracle of technology…a 16Mb XD flash card, next to a 3Gb hard drive. Sadly, long time ago I gave away a 4Mb SD card I used to have, and a 100Mb 5.25″ hard drive. Those would look way cooler :(

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Let’s talk about more recent innovations. The Internet and means to connect to it. This huge modem is as long as a normal ATX case (a bit longer too)! It even has jumpers and volume dialer to satisfy every customer.

It’s somewhat ISA interface, has a Xilinx FPGA chip (wow), and using it, you will be able to attain Internet speeds up to 4800bps… 4.8Kbps… 600 BYTES PER SECOND!

Jee! How did they download movies back then? ;)

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Moving further to more core system components, I was unable to find several 286/386/486 I used to have :(

All I found was a Pentium CPU…but please note that it is WITH MMX technology! Yeyyyyy!

Also a big bag of EDO and SD RAM, proves that quantity matters :)

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This card is a Creative DX3 PCI adapter, used to hardware encode/decode MPEG2 streams. It’s not a retro component, but it lies in the redundant category. Also it was pretty rare back then. Ahhh useless stuff we all buy.

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My good old HP SCSI scanner. I was working all Summer long to buy this scanner 15 years ago or so. Its ISA SCSI adapter wasn’t supported by any OS further to Win98, the same with the scanner driver. So despite purchasing a better PCI SCSI controller, it remained useless, until I installed Ubuntu (PENGUIN POWER!!!).

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Oh memories memories! I never thought I would see my Sega Game Gear again. Sonic, Shinobi, Mortal Combat, Super Monaco GP… so much joy! :)

I just realized that Game Gear requires 6 AA batteries to operate, and as far as I remember they wouldn’t last long. I suspect that’s the reason my parents very rarely took me for holidays abroad. I was wasting all their money on batteries :)


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My super cool white Sega Saturn. Not that much of ancient history as my Atari would be, but still a pretty rare item. Most people back then would prefer the Playstation (pfff, ignorants ;) ).

In the second picture you can see that ultra rare VCD card, which allowed your console to decode MPEG1 streams, and watch VCDs on it. Games and accessories used to cost a fortune. No ebay back then. If I had saved my money back then, I might had my Lexus by now :P

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During today’s tiding up session, I came across several more outdated tech items, but unfortunately they saw their way to the bin before I take a picture of them for this post.
But anyway, the lesson of the day, is that we have lot’s of expensive crap, wasting our precious space :)

2 Responses to “Retro/Redundant Technology”

  1. LouLik Says:

    Haha, hopefully when you buy your Lexus we won’t see it on your blog some years after, and you complaining about your expensive crap:D
    Btw, I am pretty sure I can clearly remember this last SEGA, with a round thing in it spinning fast:D I was more interested in the Limassol carnival though, I have to say!!!

  2. atheos_mb Says:

    EN TO SEGA RALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!

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