A little while ago I purchased a new Corsair case, see it here, undecided and short on cash at the time for other parts. Received in the mail today were several items bringing me closer to having this PC complete. I ended up taking the AMD route this time, which I haven’t done since the AMD Athlon days in the early 2000s.
These days you may have used a program named Speccy for checking the configuration of your computer. In the early 1990s, one could possibly run Microsoft Diagnostics (the MSD command) included with MS-DOS and checked configuration files for the same purpose.
A much lesser known utility known as Microsoft Configuration Specialist was available via online distribution.
eBay Purchase Price: $275.50 AUD
Country of Origin: Australia
Purchased from the same seller as the Creative SBS10 speakers, this was a highly contested item at auction. The desirability of the card was based on a combination of factors, though was a rather uncommon example of finding one with retail box and all. Here I’ve installed the card in one of my 486 PCs.
eBay Purchase Price: $20.50 AUD
Country of Origin: Australia
Condition: New Old Stock
After scoring a brand new sound card for my 486 build, a Sound Blaster AWE 64 Gold, it crossed my mind as to the likelihood of finding a PC speaker set of similar vintage. After searching for a while on eBay, the chances looked rather slim. Then out of the blue, these new set of speakers came out of nowhere and fortunately I had won the auction. With the lack of thrift stores compared to North America, finding items such as these makes it all the more challenging.
As shown in an earlier post, eBay Purchase #9 – Microsoft BackOffice Server 2.0, is a suite of server based products to run with Windows NT. This is a rather high-level overview of setting it up, with installing Windows NT 3.51 Server and using Exchange Server 4.0 to be looked at first.
Here I’m using Oracle VirtualBox 5.1.26 on Windows 10. Initially the process is rather straight forward with installing Windows NT, though the BackOffice applications need more tinkering.
Lately I’ve been spending some of my spare time on considering my next major desktop PC upgrade.
The combination of having less room at home with a second baby on the way, aging desktops, and enough new standards such as DDR4 and M.2 SSDs, it seemed to be a good time to consolidate and update. While this blog is focussed on earlier computing, it will however be part of the PC I’ll eventually use for further updates here.
“We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten. Don’t let yourself be lulled into inaction.”
That was a quote from Bill Gates’ book, “The Road Ahead”, published in 1996.
I thought it was fitting for this post, after recently coming across a feature article from a magazine (PC Magazine) dating back to June 1998. Describing their predictions for computing in the years 2001 and 2010, let’s see what was accurate, delayed, and just didn’t happen.
In Part 1 of the series, I’ll be covering processors, home network devices, the TV PC, and digital video.
eBay Purchase Price: $60 AUD
Country of Origin: United States
Condition: Very Good
Long since discontinued, BackOffice was a suite of server orientated products in combination with Windows NT aimed at business. Originally released with Windows NT 3.5 Server included, the final version had Windows 2000 Server.
This particular version is 2.0 released in April 1996, and was the last to include Windows NT 3.51, just four months prior to NT 4.0. I grabbed this copy among some other newer versions of BackOffice from the same seller. The postage was pricey given their size and weight, though finding complete copies of these isn’t that easy.
My first experience of the internet arose from a newly formed internet cafe, down in the beach-side suburb of Glenelg in Adelaide. It was 1994 and I recall attempting to view as many web pages as possible given it was charged by the hour for the privilege. The cafe was using 486 PCs running Windows for Workgroups, with Netscape Navigator 2.0 as the web browser of choice. Although a number of people had connected to BBS since the 1980s, the internet in the form of the World Wide Web was still rather primitive at the time and largely mysterious.
An earlier post, Install & Configure MS-DOS 6.22 & Windows 3.1 using Oracle VirtualBox has proven to be relatively popular since it was published. The intention was to create a similar guide using VMWare’s free Workstation Player 12.5.6 but alas usability wasn’t satisfactory enough that I felt creating one was warranted. Nevertheless here’s how the installation experience went. Cue the 1978 Split Enz song ‘I See Red’.