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  • Birthday 01/25/1982

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  1. So, so true - feel like I must've racked up some extra-good karma or something! 2-player Lemmings is a great suggestion, I'll rope my kid in to try that with me. I'm especially excited to play Hired Guns, which is the only 4-players-on-one-computer RPG I think I've ever seen. I was so surprised when I opened the box and found a unique splitter-cable, for attaching two more joysticks to the machine! Huxley PS
  2. To say that I’m overwhelmed by this would be an understatement: This past weekend, an incredibly generous colleague just gave me his entire childhood retrocomputing collection - he's downsizing his life ahead of a big move, and decided that holding onto this stuff was less appealing than adding it to my Retro Roadshow, where they might be restored / shared / enjoyed for years to come. My poor Prius was sagging on the drive home! A quick list/summary follows: At first glance: Boxed Commodore VIC-20 w/ monitor & accessories Boxed Commodore 64 w/ monitor & access
  3. Great tip / advice, thanks. I just watched a YouTube video showing the process, and even with my highly-limited / beginner-level soldering skills, I think I could manage replacing the RIFA. Does anyone happen to know (or have a link to) the specific part I'd want to order as a replacement? H.
  4. <raises hand and waves like a maniac> I'm in the Bay myself and I'm also the lucky/proud owner of a (non-NASA-customized) Mac IIfx, so once it's safe to do a meetup, I'd love to collaborate on a video, maybe even a comparison type thing showing my IIfx against this crazy NASA beast! My IIfx was originally purchased and used as a CAD workstation during the earliest design phase of the New Mexico SpacePort (currently called "SpacePort America," I think), so while it isn't NASA surplus, it too has a space-connection Either way, congrats on finding and restoring this
  5. A few new pics! First: here's a close-up showing that this is actually a "Revision A" motherboard, which I gather makes it somewhat rare, since most would've been updated to a later revision to get the benefit of Double Hi-Res graphics (and probably other improvements). Is that right? I've never owned more than one IIe at a time (my "main" IIe is a heavily-upgraded Platinum), so I'm pretty ignorant of these earlier models... As a "Rev. A" machine, it still has the original MOS 6502 CPU, rather than the enhanced 65C02 found in mother other Apple II's
  6. Congrats! I have a CC (upgraded with a Color Classic II motherboard) and it's a delightful little machine - cute looks with decent performance. I will suggest that you immediately contact the seller and beg them to pack the thing like it's a Fabergé egg or a Ming vase or something similarly rare, valuable and (above all else) delicate. The plastics on Macs of this era are so brittle, and these all-in-one machines have the added burden of an internal CRT introducing a lot of mass to be supported by those brittle plastic internal structures. I'd suggest requesting that they pad the hell out of t
  7. Thanks, and agreed! As vintage tech has gotten harder to find "in the wild," it's made these occasional windfalls feel that much sweeter H.
  8. I was recently contacted by a local person who asked if I'd be interested in buying an old Apple floppy drive for cheap, which I definitely was. When I got to the meetup, he said "all you wanted was the floppy drive, right?" I replied, "the way you're phrasing that has me very curious!" Long story short, he handed off a bulging tub with some very special items inside: An Apple Monitor III + Apple IIe + floppy drive + cloth cover + various cables! The seller said that the stuff came from a close friend who's "no longer around" (not sure if that means they moved or passed away), who want
  9. I'm 100% an end-user and lack hardware-engineering skills, so please believe me when I say HOLY CRAP YOU DID IT Not even kidding, if / when you make these boards available to purchase I'll absolutely be in line to buy at least one, likely two. Just astounding, incredible work, @Bolle. I jumped off my chair when I scrolled down to the pic of your SE/30 booting from the new board! Huxley
  10. This is such a gorgeous restoration job - congrats! I just pulled my Portable from storage earlier today, and I'm hoping to join the club of folks with working backlit Portables soon...
  11. Oh man, that's a great haul for the price! Just note that it's the "cs" edition (not the plain "c" model), so it will have the less-enjoyable passive-matrix display. My PB1400 is also a "cs" and I'm actively searching for a body-less "c" display I can do a monitor-swap with Anyway, congrats again! H.
  12. At risk of derailing the topic, I just remembered that a year or two ago, I created a little Imgur album about the PCMCIA "Hard Disk Card" I referenced above, and how I use it with my PowerBook 1400 - here's the link, if anyone's curious: https://imgur.com/gallery/NbV8lnI Huxley
  13. In my case, it's just another disk in the Startup Disk control panel - no startup-key-combo magic required, thankfully H.
  14. Can confirm! My PB1400 (CS model, upgraded with 40MB RAM and G3 CPU) has a 2x-height PCMCIA Hard Drive Card (a literal spinning-disk drive in the form of a double-height PCMCIA card) with a backup copy of MacOS 8.1 and it happily boots from it Congrats @travistouchdown - the PB1400 is a really special machine, and you've got a great example of it here. Treat it well and it'll last forever Huxley
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