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AOL Collectors Edition (or, “The Old Technology Giveaway”)

Tuesday, August 5th, 2003

Photo of AOL 2.5 for Macintosh Floppy Disk

While sort­ing through some old piles of paper­work, SyQuest car­tridges, and flop­pies, I came across a curi­ous item: An orig­i­nal AOL 2.5 for Mac­in­tosh Installer Disk, still shrink-wrapped!

So I start­ed won­der­ing “what oth­er mint-con­di­tion exam­ples of use­less tech­nol­o­gy are hid­den in the col­lec­tions of techies like me?” Since I can’t very well go rum­mag­ing through your hous­es, under your desks, etc., the only way for me to know is for you, my cher­ished read­er, to sub­mit links to pho­tos of your ancient tech­no­log­i­cal curios in the com­ments of this post.

What’s in it for me?” you ask? Well, I thought of that too, so as incen­tive, I’m offer­ing up anoth­er piece of com­put­ing his­to­ry to the indi­vid­ual whose sub­mis­sion tick­les my fan­cy the most (this is, of course, pure­ly sub­jec­tive, but it’s my give­away, so deal with it) — the top two “win­ners” (term used loose­ly) will receive (ship­ping paid by me, and the first place sub­mis­sion gets first choice of the prizes) either an orig­i­nal Quadra 950 Moth­er­board w/68040 Proces­sor! (pics: one, two) or a shrink-wrapped 3M 590MB Rewritable Opti­cal Disk! (pics: one, two). Hey, we are talk­ing old tech­nol­o­gy here…

This “con­test” will run for an almost indef­i­nite amount of time, but no lat­er than Novem­ber 30th (so you can get your prize in time for X‑mas — if you cel­e­brate anoth­er, ear­li­er hol­i­day, good for you, but the Novem­ber 30th dead­line will stay put).

Also, if you link to this con­test (“The Old Tech­nol­o­gy Give­away”) from your site, it will cer­tain­ly make for a much more inter­est­ing exper­i­ment (and I’ll get lots of traf­fic too… ;-) — feel free to use my mini-ban­ner in your sidebar.

Hap­py digging!

UPDATE: To para­phrase the wal­rus, the time has come — the con­test is now closed to new entries, and judg­ing is under­way (sounds seri­ous, don’t it?). The win­ners will be post­ed with­in days…

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