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

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…

This item was posted by Dan Rubin on Tuesday, August 5th, 2003.

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

  1. Posted by Emilio Vanni on Tuesday, August 5th, 2003.

    Wow, I’ll better start digging in my room!

    :)

    Just now, I found some interesting things, but just one is in “almost new” conditions.

    The others may be interesting, and I think I still have a shrink-wrapped yellow fake disk used to preserve the Mac Plus/SE disk drive while moving these around…

    Have fun ;)

    http://www.jnkmail.com/stuff/otg/

    Be warned: the photos are… well… disgusting!

  2. Posted by zlog on Wednesday, August 6th, 2003.

    Does this count?

    http://zlog.co.uk/i/screenshots/floppy.png

  3. Posted by Mike on Wednesday, August 6th, 2003.

    I had an “I Brake For 8” (Mac OS 8) sticker for the longest time until about a month ago, when my computer chair caught on it and ripped it!

    If only I had known how valuable it would have been…

    Mike

  4. Posted by Dan on Thursday, August 7th, 2003.

    Emilio: Wow! You even put the photos on their own special page, I’m impressed (brownie points awarded…)

    Zlog: 1985? I’m impressed you have kept it this long (whatever it is ;-)

    Mike: That’s why I hold onto things that are broken (well, it’s a good excuse anyway… ok, not that good an excuse)

    Keep the submissions coming — I might even add some more tasty prizes as an incentive, or I might just shorten the contest “officially” — who knows?

  5. Posted by Minh Nguyễn on Friday, August 8th, 2003.

    Well, I know a friend who has a copy of Microsoft Bob (Gateway OEM edition, I think). Would that count?

  6. Posted by zlog on Friday, August 8th, 2003.

    I have an old style floppy with James Bond 007, the game, on it. I’ll try find it…

  7. Posted by Dan R. on Tuesday, August 12th, 2003.

    Minh: that’s the great thing about this contest: everything counts!

    Zlog: not to sound biased, but that would kick ass :-) I like your new site design btw…

  8. Posted by Howard Fore on Tuesday, August 19th, 2003.

    I have a shrinkwrapped copy of MacWrite 1.0

  9. Posted by emilio on Tuesday, August 19th, 2003.

    Wow! You even put the photos on their own special page, I’m impressed (brownie points awardedÂ…)

    ;)

    I really want that Quadra Motherboard :)))

  10. Posted by Grant Hutchinson on Thursday, August 21st, 2003.

    Emilio: NBU disks! You rock.

    I’ll have to see if I can beat that with some vintage Newton stuff of my own…

  11. Posted by Grant Hutchinson on Friday, August 22nd, 2003.

    Ok, here’s my initial contribution. Enjoy.

    http://www.splorp.com/photo/oldtech/

  12. Posted by Paul Watson on Friday, August 22nd, 2003.

    We have a shelf of old tech that has stayed with the company over the years. From an original Nokia mobile (“The Brick”) to a first edition Polaroid camera (I must get some film for it).

    Alas I do not have a digital camera, but I do have a scanner. The Nokia does not fit in the scanner though.

    But this XM2 8inch floppy disk sure did! The thing is massive and no amount of folding will fit it in my stiffy disk slot… ;) Wish I could so that I could see what was on it.

    http://stormfront.typepad.com/daily/content/images/20030822oldtechfloppy.jpg

    Great contest, look forward to more.

  13. Posted by Emilio Vanni on Monday, August 25th, 2003.

    Grant: Thanks, but I think you surely *destroyed* my contribuition with your museum :))))

    Wow – I’m amazed.

    I’ll add some photos now – I won’t let you win so easily ;PPP

  14. Posted by Emilio Vanni on Monday, August 25th, 2003.

    Update:

    http://www.jnkmail.com/stuff/otg/

  15. Posted by Dan on Monday, August 25th, 2003.

    Emilio vs. Grant – Round 2

    This is pretty exciting! If I wasn’t running the contest, I’d be entering :-)

    There’s still plenty of time for someone else to enter the fray, so dig deep in your closets/garages/etc.!

  16. Posted by Tim on Monday, August 25th, 2003.

    Here is a quick “what was at my desk” shot of some old school tech stuff: http://www.saltedwound.com/gallery/?album=oldschooltech

    I’ll have to search out of arms reach to catch up to some of these folks.

  17. Posted by dave on Monday, August 25th, 2003.

    Just three pics for now, but I’ll post more soon. It’s late. For now, enjoy.

  18. Posted by Grant Hutchinson on Tuesday, August 26th, 2003.

    Ok, here’s another couple of doozies that I had previously posted in my blog.

    Picture 1 : Microsoft Multiplan for Macintosh 400K Floppy

    Picture 2 : Adobe Illustrator for Windows 1.0 demo on 5.25″ floppy, Apple Stellar Invaders on original Apple II Diskware 5.25″ floppy, and Lisa Office 7/7 Release 3.1 System Disk 4 (Pardon the quality. This image was taken with my Connectix Color QuickCam back in 2001.)

    Alright, who’s next?

  19. Posted by dave on Tuesday, August 26th, 2003.

    Big update to my ancient tech gallery, including eWorld v. 1.0, The Fool’s Errand and Sim City circa 1989 plus many more. Enjoy the show.

  20. Posted by Mr. Mike on Saturday, August 30th, 2003.

    You guys caught me – so I decided to hook up some vintage tech photos as well:

    http://macarena.wfp.at/galerie/gallery/view_album.php?set_albumName=oldstuff

    (uhm, the site is badly under construction otherwise)

  21. Posted by CyberZorn on Monday, September 1st, 2003.

    Cleaning out my basement I found a shrink-wrapped copy of HyperCard:

    http://mikezornek.com/archives/2003/08/31/cleanup_journal_one_with_pics.php

  22. Posted by Brian on Friday, September 5th, 2003.

    Hey Dan. Thought I would join in the fun:

    http://www.squizzle.net/archives/000116.html

    Brian :)

  23. Posted by Grant Hutchinson on Friday, September 12th, 2003.

    I can’t stop myself…

    Here’s another edition of This Old Crap. Enjoy.

    http://www.splorp.com/photo/oldtech/02.html

  24. Posted by Emilio Vanni on Monday, September 15th, 2003.

    Here’s another edition of This Old Crap. Enjoy.

    The BeBox wins.

    :)

  25. Posted by Dan on Monday, September 15th, 2003.

    Wow, a BeBox. Damn.

  26. Posted by Grant Hutchinson on Wednesday, September 17th, 2003.

    And that’s just the commercial machine… I didn’t even post a picture of my developer prototype BeBox. It’s basically the same case, sans the media daughterboard, and without the front plastic bezels. Whee!

  27. Posted by Emilio Vanni on Saturday, September 20th, 2003.

    More “old” stuff is coming…

  28. Posted by Grant Hutchinson on Sunday, September 21st, 2003.

    Emilio : I can’t wait… keep it coming.

  29. Posted by Emilio Vanni on Wednesday, September 24th, 2003.

    Grant: Ok, but I don’t think I will ever win over you wonderful stuff!

  30. Posted by Stephane on Friday, November 7th, 2003.

    I don’t have a digital camera, but looking at your contest got meinto my old floppy drawers. I did find some interesting thing:

    Spot On from MacPEAK (disk formatting thing from 1991)

    DiskDoubler

    RamDoubler from connectix

    CanOpener from AbbottSystem (1989)

    Netscape 1.1 from my service provider

    Suitcase (probably 2.1)

    Adobe Type Manager 3.6 and Adobe SuperATM

    SAM version 3.5

    Typecase 2 & 3 from Swfte, 60 font (font foundry that got sue by Adobe and Bitstream, Swfte lost and remove their packages so it’s almost a collector edition)

    The entire collection of Fuse from Fontshop (with posters)

    Pantone ColorDrive and ColorWeb

    WordMaker from NewHorizon (word processor from 1989)

    TypeStyler from Broderbund (I think it’s version 1)

    ALDUS Freehand 2.02 (1989)

    Adobe Dimension 1.0

    Adobe Illustrator 3.2

    Adobe Photoshop 2.5

    Specular Collage

    Adobe PageMill 1.0

    That’s only floppy disk !

    Cool trip down memory lane but nothing beat’s the BeBox… :-)

  31. Posted by Emilio Vanni on Saturday, November 8th, 2003.

    Just added a few things.

    http://www.jnkmail.com/stuff/otg/.

  32. Posted by Grant Hutchinson on Wednesday, November 12th, 2003.

    Stephane wrote: I did find some interesting things…

    Need it, got it, got it, got it, got it, got it, got it, got it, had it, got it, got it, need it, got it, got it, got it, got it, got it, got it, got it.

    : )

  33. Posted by Dan on Wednesday, November 12th, 2003.

    OK Grant, now I have to copy your approach to Stephane’s list:

    Need it, got it, got it, got it, got it, got it, got it, got it, wish I had it, need it, need it, need it, had it, had it, got it, got it, got it, got it, got it.

    I can’t comment on the BeBox, since I’m judging right now… ;-)

  34. Posted by Emilio Vanni on Wednesday, November 12th, 2003.

    Stephane Wrote: TypeStyler from Broderbund (I think it’s version 1)

    Once I had Shufflepuck Cafe from the Broderbound: wonderful days playing it on my grandfather Mac Plus, but I can’t find the original floppy anymore, damn!

    need it.

    ;)