Fun  Lifestyle  Stories  Technology   ·   08 Oct   ·   02:10 AM   ·   2 minutes Read

90s Tech Every Singaporean Born In The 80s Will Remember


Gather round kids, gather round. Once upon a time, there was no internet. No Instagram. No TikTok. No Spotify. If we wanted music, we had to turn on the TV and tune into MTV. Or listen to the radio and hope our favourite songs came on. If we wanted music at our fingertips, we’d have to buy cassette tapes or CDs.

It was only 30 years ago but the world of everyday tech has changed immeasurably. The size of the gadgets we put in our pocket have shrunk and it seems crazy to think that text messages used to cost a fortune.

Here we’ve put together a visual list of 90s tech relics that live on in the hearts of every Singaporean born in the late 1970s to the 1980s.

VHS tape

Short for Video Home System.

  • Year released: 1976 in Japan, 1977 in the USA.
  • Year obsolete: 2006. The last movie to be released on VHS was A History of Violence.
  • Successor: The DVD.


  • Year Released: 1979
  • Year Obsolete: 2010
  • Successor: MP3 player

PlayStation 1

  • Year Released: 1994
  • Year Obsolete: 2000
  • Successor: PlayStation 2

Floppy Disk

Fun fact: The 3 1/2 inch floppy disk released in 1997 can only hold up to 240 megabytes.

  • Year Released: 1970s
  • Year Obsolete: 2000s
  • Successor: CD-Rom

Electronic Organizer/Diary

  • Year Released: 1975
  • Year Obsolete: 2000s
  • Successor: Personal Digital Assistant


  • Year Released: 1989
  • Year Obsolete: 1998
  • Successor: Game Boy Colour

Nokia 3110

  • Year Released: 1997
  • Year Obsolete: 1998
  • Successor: Nokia 5110

iMac G3

  • Year Released: 1998
  • Year Obsolete: 2003
  • Successor: iMac G4

Coin-op Arcade Machine

Did you know that there is a niche market for arcade machine restoration?

  • Year Released: 1980s
  • Year Obsolete: Never
  • Successor: N/A


  • Year Released: 1950s (!)
  • Year Obsolete: late 1990s
  • Successor: mobile phones

IBM Aptiva

  • Year Released: 1994
  • Year Obsolete: 2001
  • Successor: IBM NetVista


Were you around in the 1990s? What are some of your fondest memories from the 90s?