I picked up a Macintosh Plus years back at a vintage computer show and it’s mostly sat around as a conversation piece. It was one of the first of the iconic toaster Macs and people loved seeing it in my office. The thing rarely worked. Sometimes I could whack it on the side and get … Continue reading Fixing up my flaky Macintosh Plus
Note: this is part 2 of me documenting my project to revive a dead Commodore SX-64 portable using an Ultimate 64 replacement motherboard. The SX-64 was designed around custom boards that comprised a complete C64 that fit in the confines of the SX-64’s case. The Ultimate 64 was made to fit in a standard C64 … Continue reading The “Ultimate” SX-64 Project Part 2: A lot has happened!
I’ve had this SX-64 in my closet for years. It’s the victim of a poor repair attempt that left the CPU board unusable. I considered parting it out, but I’ve really been hoping to resurrect it one way or another. The Ultimate 64 gave me a way to bring this machine back to life and … Continue reading The “Ultimate” SX-64 project part 1: audio and video
I bought a Floppy Emu disk emulator from Big Mess o’ Wires a while back and it’s an amazing piece of hardware. It’s a bit messy to use with the Apple IIc though, because the IIc already has a built-in floppy drive as Drive 1. I had dealt with this using the BMOW Apple Disk Drive … Continue reading “Switching” to The BMOW Internal/External Drive Switcher for Apple IIc
A couple years back, I picked up an Apple //c with the 9″ green-screen CRT made for it, a power supply, and the somewhat elusive Apple //c mouse. The package was a good deal at $150, but there was one catch. The monitor obviously took a tumble once, and the plastic bezel was cracked and … Continue reading Restoring the Apple //c monitor
All the new hardware on display at 2017’s World of Commodore convention in Toronto impressed me. There’s so much passion going toward innovating around thirty-something year old computers, especially when it comes to replacement parts. One piece that’s been missing, though, is the keyboard. Lots of us have piles of 64s, and many of them … Continue reading Test driving the Mechboard 64
The retrocomputing community is ♥ enamored ♥ with the new breed of ESP 8266 based wifi adapters. The tiny ESP 8266 board features a 32-bit RISC microcontroller and 802.11 b/g/n wifi, and it can easily be connected to an 8-bit PIO port like the user port on Commodore’s 8-bit line. The Commodore 128’s user port … Continue reading Adding an UP9600 switch to the StrikeLink wifi modem