Kryofluxing QX-10 disks

A more daunting project than using the Kryoflux to image old PC floppies is trying to image the floppies that I used on the Epson QX-10 I had for a couple of years. There isn’t a lot out there on the QX-10, actually. There’s a page that has some information […]

Kryofluxing old PC disks (the Salon program lives)

So, my Kryoflux unit arrived, and I have set it up. No time for enclosures, I just used the box it shipped in as my enclosure. I ran a number of my old PC floppies through it, and for the most part had pretty good success. I recovered a number […]

Apple ][ minus

Along with the “READY GO” clone I posted about previously came our original Apple ][+. It looks pretty good. These machines generally do. They don’t turn yellow like the //es and Macs do. This is, as I recently learned, because they’re actually painted that color, and the paint doesn’t turn […]

Ready go

My Apple ][+ clone from high school arrived today. In a big box, along with an actual Apple ][+ our family got slightly earlier. By the box is a pen, you know, for scale. This computer has appeared in these pages before, I used to see it every time I […]

The //c with the power to print

Today, an Apple //c arrived. I hadn’t really meant to buy this one, exactly, but it was basically $15, or $30 with shipping. Seemed like not very much. (Though I’ve come to see that it’s not a steal, really, either. For some reason, the //cs really are not commanding much […]

The terrarium ][+

Having gotten into the spirit of this vintage computing project, I have been trolling ebay a bit, looking at what’s out there. I have clearly gone a little bit beyond the simple goal of just transferring my floppies to emulator-readable disk images, now I kind of want the hardware itself […]

Future project: SE/30 arrives

Things are now starting to accumulate, though all of these things are going to have to be future projects. In my mind, I think of these as “spring break projects” though quite likely they’ll turn out to be summer projects. First up in my efforts to reclaim my youth is […]

Success with ADTpro was surprisingly good

I took a shot at imaging some of my 5.25″ Apple floppies from the mid-80s today, using ADTpro talking to my IIgs over the modem port connected via a Keyspan dual serial adapter (driver here) to the USB port on my MacBook Pro. Two bits of good news to report: […]

Decommissioning the 7100/80 and 7200/90

I also spent some time that same break imaging all of my father’s 3.5″ floppies and preparing his PowerMac 7100/80 and PowerMac 7200/90 for the trash (which I found quite sad, but they seem to be pretty worthless on eBay and I already have enough PowerMacs). The Classic was there […]

The long path to failure

Over Christmas, I was once again co-located with my childhood Apple ][ clone, and was somewhat distressed to discover that—although I had imaged a great many of the more important floppies—there were still a great many 5.25″ disks that I had not imaged. And, as we all know, it’s (almost) […]