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  1. Huxley

    Free Clamshell iBook!

    Great find! I have a Tangerine iBook G3 which I bought in ~2003 from an ex-girlfriend, along with a form-fitted Kensington carrying bag. It's not a super powerful machine anymore, but it's so much fun to pull out - it's probably among Apple's most whimsical designs ever ('whimsy' being a design aesthetic which is notably lacking from their current style-guide) and the few times I've taken it to our local coffee shop or to my office, it immediately drew happy and excited reactions from everyone nearby. Congrats! Huxley
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    Lisa Paperweight, Cube, Upgraded Wallstreet

    Congrats! I think I've seen that listing for the Lisa a few times (I'm in the SF Bay Area so Sac listings pop up for me sometimes) - I'm happy that someone here snagged it, and for a good price! Huxley
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    Legit "barn find" Apple IIe

    Man, this post is bringing out some seriously mixed feelings for me: joy at seeing an Apple II rescued from a hazardous environment, sadness at an awesome old computer that's very likely been killed by mice and rust, hope that the expansion cards and disk drives / monitor may be salvaged, optimism that the Apple II itself could be made functional again, or at the very least might serve as a donor machine to another Apple II, and a weird feeling of delight that there are still vintage computers sitting in barns in the world, just waiting to be found and restored. Congrats on your remarkable find - please keep updating us as you work through it all! Huxley
  4. Hi everyone! I recently found a rough-but-working Kensington System Saver via a local eBay auction. It's working well enough - it passes power and the fan is moving air, but the fan is making a rather unpleasant low rumbling / grinding sound. Given that I recently rebuilt my desktop / gaming PC with an emphasis on reduced noise, now I'm wondering if I could do the same for this old System Saver. Specifically, have any of you ever swapped out the old fan with a newer, quieter one? If yes, what make and model of replacement fan did you use? I see one video on YouTube where the gentleman replaced the fan, but he also did a fairly significant overhaul of the electronics inside the unit and reshaped the interior plastics, which is beyond both my skill-level and current interests. Thanks for any suggestions!
  5. Good info, thanks. My hearing loss occurred when I was a kid, in the years prior to my first exposure to computers, so I guess it's not a big surprise that I'm totally oblivious to this CRT sound-effect! If I wasn't worried about overheating, I'd think about crafting some sort of foam-rubber shell for the CRT to dampen the sound, but that would be a bad idea.... right? Or would it.....?
  6. Hi everyone! My big nerd project during Christmas break this year is playing with my Apple IIe Platinum - not counting a few random / "to be expected" glitches, it's all been working well and I'm having a blast. However: my 8yo son has informed me that whenever my AppleColor Composite Monitor IIe is powered on, he can hear a very high-pitched, very painful sound coming from it. I have some degree of hearing loss in both ears and I'm totally unable to hear any of the sound he's describing, but it's clearly painful enough for him that he's getting annoyed whenever I play on my Apple II. A couple folks on Twitter commented that "they always did this" and maybe that's true and it's just been a while and I've forgotten... but if there's any strategy for eliminating (or even reducing) this hum, I'd be really interested. Thanks for any tips or suggestions! Huxley
  7. As in the title, I’ve gotten SO CLOSE to having Tweet65 setup, except it keeps insisting that my Uthernet II card is in Slot 4 when it’s actually in Slot 5. As instructed, I’ve used Notepad on my PC to create a file named “ETHERNET.SLOT” with “$05” as the sole content of the file, and the file is in the directory (via CiderPress) but it’s still not recognizing it. Is there some subtle tweak to the ETHERNET.SLOT file I’m not getting? Thanks for any tips!
  8. This is kinda crazy - I recently dug out and resurrected my old PowerBook 1400, and I'm dying to get it back online. I've gotten there, sorta, by leveraging a serial cable and my handy-dandy Simple WiFi232 modem, which allowed me to access some BBS's using the Communications tool within ClarisWorks, but I'd love to go a big step further and get some real Web access going. This method sounds like just the thing, since I have the serial cable and at least a couple Keyspan Serial-to-USB adapters floating around. Looking forward to trying this soon!
  9. Stopped into a local thrift shop yesterday and was just about to leave empty-handed when I spotted these wedged into a bookshelf: a pair of AppleDesign Powered Speakers! I searched all over the store any sadly was unable to find the matching AC adapter (anyone who has a spare or even the specific specs please ping me!), but just having the speakers is pretty cool. Album here (I deleted the embedded pics because our forum software is terrible about incorrectly rotating pic uploads) Huxley
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    IIgs Prototype

    Man, this is an awesome find, especially for that price. Congrats! I'm just annoyed I didn't spot it myself - I live ~45 minutes from Sunnyvale and I could've just run over to pick it up on my lunch break!
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    Fan replacement for a Mac SE/30

    Funny you posted this - I've been thinking about replacing the (loud, wiggly) fan in my SE/30 too, preferably with something very quiet. Definitely curious to see any responses on this threat...
  12. I've put a considerable amount of dumpster-diving effort and money into securing a lifetime supply of Apple Extended Keyboard II's - to me, the AEKII is the best keyboard ever made. That being said, having the option to use more modern USB input devices with all my retro ADB-equipped gear would be a fun and unexpected option - I'm definitely down to buy one of your adapters when it's ready!
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    SCSI2SD + SE/30 + 16gb SD card = confusion

    Quick update for anyone else who's attempting to do what I'm doing here: I gave up on the 16GB card - it was just too much storage space, and would've gobbled up all my SCSI ID's once carved up properly. I've "downgraded" to a 4GB card which I set up as two different SCSI ID's of 2GB each using the SCSI2SD utilities, and then partitioned and formatted using LIDO. In my experience with all this, LIDO has worked way faster and more consistently than the "patched" Apple HD SC Setup or Apple Drive Setup apps, both of which either refused to even attempt setting up the SCSI2SD, or took hours to initialize. Very impressed with LIDO!
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    SCSI2SD + SE/30 + 16gb SD card = confusion

    I bet that's the heart of the issue that I was missing - been too long since I went spelunking into the oddities of SCSI best-practices... Thanks for the hint - I'm gonna give that a try now!
  15. Howdy gang, So I got my awesome SCSI2SD adapter (with the included 16-gigabyte SD card) and I've got it hooked up to my SE/30. I did the prep-work on the SCSI2SD board (updated the firmware, set the SCSI ID to 1, set the drive type to Seagate, etc.), but I'm running into a snag: when I run Apple HD SC Setup (while booted into MacOS 7.1 from my Mac ROM-inator II), it's able to initialize the SD card, add/remove partitions, etc., but no matter what I do, it only seems to "see" 2 gigs of the 16 available on this SD card. My hope was to carve the SD card into ~8 partitions of ~1.8GB each - yes, this is totally overkill, but it'll be fun to play with and should make it easy to archive a ton of junk I have on random SCSI drives floating around. However, since the Setup tool isn't allowing me to partition outside the 2gb chunk I'm currently seeing, I'm basically missing the other 14ish gigs of storage I should be able to partition and format. Any tips here? It's been a pretty long day and I'm 99% sure I'm missing something obvious but I just can't pin it down yet.