Feels like it’s time to spend some time with my 8 bit machines after spending a year with my Macs. Started with the Vic 20 tonight and wasted 30 minutes on Spaceship Minus One. Easily one of my favorite games

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

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

With the help of a ton of dongles, I’ve connected my HP 100LX to my WiModem232. I did not expect it to be so slow when my Mac Plus handles terminal emulation like a champ

Got the sequel to my favorite MS-DOS handheld. Really surprised how featureful Windows CE 1.0 is, this would’ve been a big upgrade back in the day

What a wonderfully 90s box

The quality of modern C64 games really blows me away

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 😕

Hmm, SD2IEC is mysteriously not seeing any of the files on its SD card. Probably a sign it’s too hot for retro computing today

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

Finally had a spare moment to figure out l the source of the strange plasticy odor coming from the VIC 20. Turns out it was from the penultimate cartridge. Not sure what to make of that

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

Got a little desk from IKEA to put my retro set up on. I forgot how difficult positioning a large CRT on a tiny desk is, what a nostalgic experience. I quite like the end result, feels very cozy B94C702C-9E0B-4AD9-9A46-BB1E6857C9D7.jpg FB8D8AF5-1F71-41B6-960F-C5B3E87518D0.jpg

A friend sent me his RetroTink 2x to try out. A bit disappointed in the image quality, it’s very smudgy. However, this is the first time I’ve played C64 games with no lag on a modern TV. I think something like this is in my future for after my Commodore monitor gives up the ghost. 6AE75ADA-6AC3-4EC5-9D56-A1A99A15EB65.jpg

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