retrocomputing – Booting a Mac Plus without Mac OS
The original compact Macintoshes (128k, 512k, and Plus) have long been a subject of my collection and study, but after acquiring a Canon Cat, I began to see the Mac in a slightly new light. The original Macintosh may be a truly unique blend of hardware and software engineering, but what if you looked at the Mac only for its hardware? Read More ›
I thought I’d mention a new tool that my brother, Justin, recommended we use at http://www.campgroundautomation.com for a recent presentation we were putting together. We had been using Apple’s Keynote, which is certainly a slick piece of software, and miles ahead of PowerPoint, but I recently found it wanting. In attempting to update our previous corporate Keynote template, I became frustrated with the cumbersome tools and process required. I wanted to more easily adapt some of the web styles of corporate site into our presentation. Read More ›
I just wanted to take the opportunity to highlight the startup effort of several friends of mine. Their company / service is called WeatheRate, and in their words:
We specialize in the rating of overhead transmission and distribution lines for the electricity distribution sector. Our services enable our clients to defer capital and increase operational flexibility using existing network infrastructure.
Since Tyler and I began our startup venture, Campground Automation Systems, 5 years ago, I may have neglected this blog, but I’ve managed to stay active in my retrocomputing/collecting efforts. I’m always on the lookout for unique, rare or otherwise interesting vintage computer items on Craigslist and eBay and I’ve managed to find some real gems over the past several years. As I strive to keep this site more current, I plan to feature some of these items in greater depth over the next several months.
Recent acquisitions to my collection include: a Commodore 8032-SK, Apple IIc, IIe, Macintosh Portable, Mac 128K, Apple 1 Replica (Replica 1), TRS-80 Model 100, and a Canon Cat. The Macintosh Portable required some restoration, and I’ve performed various upgrades on each of these. I attempt to use them all, if only for a few minutes at a time. I don’t want to see them all simply collecting dust. I’m proud of each of them, though if I were honest, I’d have to say I’m most proud of the Cat. It’s such a unique computer, quite unlike anything I’d used previously. In my next Retrocomputing post, I plan to showcase the Cat and the modifications I’ve made with the help of some of the members of the Canon Cat group. (Thanks Dwight!) Read More ›
Like many, I have been following the developments of the Raspberry Pi project with anticipation. When the RPi was released recently, I was ready to try to get my order in at the earliest possible moment. Unfortunately, it seems that the chosen distributors underestimated the demand and I ended up participating in the “DDOS” that crippled these sites. In the end, I was able to “register my interest” and that allowed me several days later to place a pre-order myself.
My Raspberry Pi is expected to ship in May, so I’ll have a bit of a wait, yet, but after waiting this long, what’s a few more weeks? I have a number of ideas in mind for mine, and I’m sure like-minded geeks are going to find endless uses for the innovative device, but I’m most excited about the foundation’s vision for using the Pi as a tool for getting kids interested in programming. I applaud their efforts and look forward to seeing the fruits of their labor in the months ahead. Read More ›