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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.

    ;)