Finally got around to installing Mini vMac onto my iPad Pro. It defaults to 1x speed which feels like molasses on such a powerful device

ipad pro in magic keyboard case

Making real boot disks for the Apple //c feels like falling in a time warp 💾

Happy to report I was able to do some writing on my Mac Plus running System 6 without it crashing 😆

Attempted to do some casual writing on Mac OS 9, and it crashed after a page. Guess it’s back to System 6 I go 😆

It’s fun to revisit Widget Workshop as an adult. I think this game is what laid the foundation for me being a software developer

Happy to have a titanium PowerBook G4 again. This is easily my favorite laptop industrial design ever

Using MacPaint is very strange. It’s largely the same as modern raster editors, but all the small details are different. For instance, cmd+s does not save, but makes text “shadow” style

This weekend’s project: setting up a Raspberry Pi Zero W to act as a bridge to the modern internet for my retro computers. Ended up being more involved than I expected, the telnetd that Debian ships is incompatible with the WiModem232. Busybox’s telnetd was the solution

Ordered a new battery and solid state drive for my touch wheel iPod. Should be a fun little project to do in the new year

Sad times – my last gen PowerBook G4 cannot connect to our new WiFi router. No support for WPA 2 😕

For anyone looking to replace the HDD in a PowerBook 150 with a Compact Flash card: you need an “industrial grade” card. The 150 will not recognize drives with their removable bit set to 1. Industrial grade cards are typically marked as unremovable

The correct power supply and hard drive replacement for the PowerBook 150 arrived today. With any luck, I’ll have it up and running by the end of this week!

A PowerBook 100 series power adapter, a 128MB compact flash card, and a passive compact flash to IDE adapter on a wooden table

Continuing my informal quest to own all of the portables I had growing up. This PowerBook 150 is mostly working. It needs a hard drive replacement and some floppy drive service, but otherwise seems to be in good shape. Can’t wait to play some Shufflepuck Cafe!

PowerBook 150 with no working start up disk

Picked up a mouse for the //c. Didn’t expect it to come in its original box in like-new condition

A "Super Mouse" in its original box

I rekajiggered the cables on my Commodore monitor so that my Apple //c video is in monochrome green phosphor. Takes me right back to having one as a kid, though the official monitor that goes with it has a much clearer picture 🤫

Apple IIc connected to Commodore monitor with monochrome green phosphor picture

Honestly a bit shocked that Executor still works more or less perfectly on Windows 10 when run as administrator

Couldn’t resist trying to run GEOS on the //c. Unfortunately I don’t have a mouse or joystick right now, so there’s not much interactivity. Something to revisit in the future

Apple 2c booted into GEOS environment

Got the Apple //c booting to a floppyemu! Unfortunately it cannot boot from most external drives natively, so I had to unplug the 5 ¼ inch internal floppy drive and run a cable out the back of the machine to the floppyemu. It works though!

Back of an Apple 2c with a ribbon cable coming out of the top of the external floppy portApple 2c running Oregon Trail off of a floppyemu

The Apple //c has alps switches, it is an absolute joy to type on ❤️

I’m starting on an Apple //c adventure. I’ve got 2 now. The 1st unit I got turned out to not work. It boots to a screen full of colors, and that’s it. The 2nd unit works, and through it I was able to determine the 1st unit is booting into self test, and then crashing

two Apple 2c computers, one in better condition

Finally bit the bullet and bought Affinity Designer, and I’m amazed at how full featured it is for an iOS app! There’s really very little reason for me to turn on my Mac these days. It’s either to copy files to/from an SD card, to print something, or to scan something. Once I can do those from my iPad, I think it’ll be the only computer I use

Guess it’s time to relive my childhood, bought an Apple //c

It absolutely blows my mind I can browse the modern web on a PPC-based Mac from 2005. TenFourFox is really an amazing project

My long weekend project: getting music onto this 2nd gen iPod. Surprisingly difficult since I had to both find a software update package, and a version of iTunes that still works on OS X 10.4/PPC BC5B5CE4-64DC-46A2-9A4D-D1DE51D1C477.jpg

I forgot how much I love the keyboard on the PowerBook G4. I’m sure it’s in part that I have had this particular machine a long time, but it still feels super pleasant to type on, and I don’t make many mistakes