Monthly Archives: October 2020

Those Lot Numbers are Old

The other day I was trying to decode the “lot numbers” printed on certain Seagate drives. In the meantime, I realized that those lot numbers have been in use for quite some time. They were in use around 2000, like … Continue reading

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Not MSX, Either

Further examining the mystery of boot sectors supposedly starting with byte value 69h, I considered the possibility that the check could have been added for MSX machines. The MSX platform ticks a lot of boxes: It wasn’t 8086 (but rather … Continue reading

Posted in IBM, Microsoft, PC history | 15 Comments