I have my childhood Apple IIe sitting in my office at work. It is a reminder to me, and anyone who asks about this ancient device, how far we’ve come with computer technology and where I started. I have a 5 1/4 floppy that still runs the Print Shop. The graphics are so awful, but at the time, being able to print a banner on a dot matrix printer was awesome! The CRT monitor was a bit fuzzy, and a guy at work took it and replaced a bunch of internal parts, and now it’s crisp and like new. I credit my love of technology and being able to use cool things like the to the countless hours sitting behind this device as a kid in the early 80’s, so I thought I would share.
I have an NES that we got when I was in first grade. I made my niece and nephews play with me a few years ago. The games are classic, right? Who isn’t going to love Super Mario Bros 3?
Those little savages. The 4 year old kept trying to touch-screen our television and swipe right to download more games, the 8 year old tripped over the cords at least 3 times, and the 10 year old asked when we could stop playing.
I promptly disowned them.
Just kidding. I destroyed them in mario kart. That’ll teach them.
My 11 year old son loves hooking up my old Apple IIc to the TV and working through those old programming books where you spend 3 hours typing in a BASIC program to play tic-tac-toe or whatever. Those pixels are huge on a 50" TV! I’ve still got the little 9" (?) green screen, too.
I’ve also got a II+, but with the separate drives that’s more work to haul out and set up. A TI-99/4A and “Hunt the Wumpus” cartridge gets occasional use. There’s also a NeXTstation that needs to be fixed up.
Thanks for triggering the nostalgia; now I’m going to have to play “Seven Cities of Gold” and get nothing else done all day.
I had a bunch of original iMacs that I turned into terminals for a Linux Terminal Server school setup. It was pretty fun watching Fedora Linux boot up on the monitors. It took some fiddling with configuration settings for the sound and monitors to work right. I’ve seen many older Apple computers stuffed into closets in schools through the years and wish I would have kept a few.
I was imprinted on PCs running DOS so I never do get quite shiver of recognition when I see old Apple products.
I just recently set up my old Apple IIGS again. I was pleasantly surprised that the old 270 MB SCSI hard drive still works, although I’m backing it up to a 1 GB SD card as I type this. (I got the SCSI2SD (v5.1) so I can use an SD card as a hard drive.)
The AppleColor RGB Monitor also still works (these old CRTs often don’t) but I’m looking forward to the release of the VidHD card so I can get an HDMI port and use a proper 1080p LCD.
The clock battery was dead, but thankfully it hadn’t leaked so I just pulled it out and I ordered a new one off Amazon.
I’m using a FloppyEmu in place of floppy disks, but at some point I should work on getting the original 3.5" and 5.25" drives working again. (The eject mechanism in the 3.5" drive needs a gear replaced and the 5.25" drive needs its speed adjusted.)
While I still have some working ADB mice and keyboards, input devices have come a long way in the last 30 years. So I use a ADB-USB Wombat to hook up a modern keyboard and mouse. Ok, so if I still had my Apple Extended Keyboard II then I might use it, but I don’t, and pretty much any USB keyboard is better than the few ADB keyboards I still have. And as far as I know nobody ever made a decent ADB mouse.
So far the original power supply is working fine, but I may need to replace some capacitors at some point. And perhaps replace the power supply entirely with a beefier one; with a 10 MHz ZipGSX and an Apple II High-Speed SCSI card and the VidHD card (once it’s released) I may end up pushing that power supply harder than it can handle.