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    • The ram from my quote above is about $200 for 128MB. 
        I’ve successfully put a SCSI u160 LVD with an SCA 80 to 50 pin adapter in my vintage Macs including the IIfx. I bought a new old stock unopened case of 20x 73GB IBM drives for $140 delivered. 
        if you’re interested in deploying a good, big, fast spinning drive, I can make some recommendations for you. 
    • Some more Apple goodness has found its way to me. A few days ago, a Mac ED 512Ke popped up very locally, just a few towns away, in the same municipality as me. Decided to pitch a bid, and the €40 I bid was accepted. Picked it up yesterday, the seller showed it booting to the question mark disk (it wasn't mentioned in the advertisement if it was working, nor were there any pictures of it powered on, so this was a bonus). It had a few scuffs, but I decided to take it regardless. It was an alright price, and I wanted a machine older than the other ED I had, that at some point received a Plus logic board and back case swap. Also, that "Plus ED" has the same analog board, so having a working example as a reference will be handy when I get back to troubleshooting the Plus.    Back home with the machine, and it had stopped booting, now Sad Mac'ing during the RAM test. Taking it apart revealed what I had expected, a Dove MacSnap RAM expansion. I figured something like that could have been vibrated just enough by the short car trip to no longer make good contact, as having a RAM or related IC fail after buying it would have been extraordinary bad luck. It worked without the card, and then worked just fine with it again after I gave it a quick dusty bunny removal. The MacSnap is the 524 Version 5 variant, which adds an additional 512K to the system. It looks like getting the chips needed to make this a MacSnap 548 (which adds 1.5MB to the system, which makes it 2MB total) aren't difficult or too pricey to get, I just need to see if those clip-on sockets are still readily available, as the 548 has two more than the 524.   I've taken out the battery compartment for the moment to bathe it in vinegar, as there was a leaky battery left behind. I also removed the two RIFA caps, just so they won't explode and smoke everywhere. I will replace those down the road, even though I think our power doesn't need much filtering. I did get to check the Amiga mouse adapter I built, which works just fine. I had intended to build a PS/2 keyboard adapter as well, but the cheapo Arduino clones I bought off AliExpress earlier this year never arrived, and I had forgotten about that.   More pics here: https://imgur.com/a/FMmakjK     I also received this eMate 300, which was sold as untested, without stylus or charger. A quick test with a 7.5V Sony PSOne adapter confirmed it worked, but it quickly grew angry with me as apparently the eMate can't deal with adapters supplying more than 1.2A. The PSOne adapter was a 2A, so it would constantly throw up error messages about it not being able to charge the batteries with said adapter. Guess I will have to find or banjax together a suitable adapter. I also plan to rebuild the battery pack, I already found an online store selling tabbed Eneloops which will be perfectly suited for this job.      
    • The IIvi was sold in Canada.  The IIvx came out within a few weeks of it, and sold for the same price.  Seriously, within 4 weeks anyone who bought a IIvi could have had twice the machine for the same price.  Not only that, Apple allowed retailers to discount the IIvi a very small amount, like $100 or something (can't remember specifically) but it was pretty lame.  I sold Macs back when this happened, and I knew the IIvx was coming and I couldn't sell a IIvi to anyone in good conscience.   In reality, the IIvi should never have existed in the specs it had, at the price that it was.  If they wanted to have the IIvi and IIvx co-exist, they should have been like 30% separating the prices.
    • My vote is The Even More Incredible Machine and an FPS counter       /s
    • I have used Norton Utilities Speed Test, version 2.0, which is not PPC native.  It's fairly accurate.  I have a lot of machines I could test with, and we could compare results.  That would be a fun exercise, actually.