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(5 News Fayetteville)   Professor discovers 30-year-old Apple IIe computer in his parents' attic. Fark: Not only does it work, so do the disks, and it asks if he wants to resume his saved game in Adventureland   (5newsonline.com) divider line
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2019-02-18 08:58:16 AM  
10 Awesome
20 GOTO 10
 
2019-02-18 09:22:51 AM  
My grandparents had a TV in their living room they used daily for 30 years and that doesn't even make the local paper but an old Apple computer stored in a box that still works is a media event.
 
2019-02-18 09:28:36 AM  
The going is slow
 
2019-02-18 09:47:35 AM  
I've got a 46 year old computer in my garage that I haven't tried to fire up in decades.  One of these days.
 
2019-02-18 09:48:59 AM  
No, wait.  It's only 43 years old.
 
2019-02-18 09:51:49 AM  
Big deal, they are going for $100 on Ebay.
 
2019-02-18 09:53:48 AM  
I found a slide rule in a box of my old stuff and it still works!
 
2019-02-18 09:54:15 AM  
I still got my first computer from 99, that's 20 years old, fire up the printing presses and bloggers who managed to make people think they're journalists.
 
2019-02-18 09:54:47 AM  
And?

My Atari 800 computer - purchased in 1980 - sill works. I got 64K RAM and a 300 baud modem! I was hot shiat on my local BBSs!
 
2019-02-18 09:55:44 AM  
For a company whose slogan was "It just works", they treat it like news when it just works.
 
2019-02-18 09:56:01 AM  
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2019-02-18 09:56:34 AM  
Ah the memories.  Donated mine to the local school system.

Armchair_Invective: I found a slide rule in a box of my old stuff and it still works!


Mine does too, and its almost 50 years old.  Those things run forever!
 
2019-02-18 09:56:43 AM  

Armchair_Invective: I found a slide rule in a box of my old stuff and it still works!


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2019-02-18 09:58:54 AM  
no one looks at the nostalgia/restoration channels on youtube?

its is an insanely common thing.

a whole submarket for new replacement parts.

yes, you can even get new games for the commie64 and their ilk

8 bit computer nerd is a good one, if not the most competent
 
2019-02-18 09:58:55 AM  
It was hooked up to that Novell server that got walled up.  Appletalk.  Garlic for the network vampires.
Whaddaya mean the skirt with the apple is moving again?  To a different mau?  Aw hells no! Make Freakstorm do it.

/Freakstorm didn't do it
 
2019-02-18 10:01:58 AM  
Why wouldn't it work?  It's not like they found it at the bottom of a pond or something.
 
2019-02-18 10:02:23 AM  

RTOGUY: My grandparents had a TV in their living room they used daily for 30 years and that doesn't even make the local paper but an old Apple computer stored in a box that still works is a media event.


Does it have Pong?
 
2019-02-18 10:04:21 AM  

Kubo: 10 Awesome
20 GOTO 10


I kind of remember it being
10 PRINT "Awesome";
20 GOTO 10

the semi-colon made it cooler as i guess it prevented a return after each line so it tiled the screen with Awesomes...    its been a long time tho..

Also, my C-64 works and it still fires up the Color 64 BBS i ran.  the message board and opening wall thing are frozen in time, but no one can defeat me in Empire!!!
 
2019-02-18 10:04:48 AM  

Armchair_Invective: I found a slide rule in a box of my old stuff and it still works!


Are you sure it's calibrated?  My old porportion wheel looked cromulent but it was off.  Sized a photo for two columns and the darkroom dinks sent out a passport sized negative. Had to frame it in 3 point rule.

Darkroom dinks said it was my fault. Plus they got fired back in the 90s with the desktop straight to press rollout.
 
2019-02-18 10:07:38 AM  

Derek Force: Kubo: 10 Awesome
20 GOTO 10

I kind of remember it being
10 PRINT "Awesome";
20 GOTO 10

the semi-colon made it cooler as i guess it prevented a return after each line so it tiled the screen with Awesomes...    its been a long time tho..

Also, my C-64 works and it still fires up the Color 64 BBS i ran.  the message board and opening wall thing are frozen in time, but no one can defeat me in Empire!!!


Then there was something like
IF 10 PRINT Awesome = 10, THEN GOTO 30
30 PRINT "BYE"

But admittedly, my QBASIC is a little rusty
 
2019-02-18 10:09:59 AM  
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2019-02-18 10:10:57 AM  

Raug the Dwarf: Derek Force: Kubo: 10 Awesome
20 GOTO 10

I kind of remember it being
10 PRINT "Awesome";
20 GOTO 10

the semi-colon made it cooler as i guess it prevented a return after each line so it tiled the screen with Awesomes...    its been a long time tho..

Also, my C-64 works and it still fires up the Color 64 BBS i ran.  the message board and opening wall thing are frozen in time, but no one can defeat me in Empire!!!

Then there was something like
IF 10 PRINT Awesome = 10, THEN GOTO 30
30 PRINT "BYE"

But admittedly, my QBASIC is a little rusty


So is mine. I thought I needed

30 RUN

to have it work. I certainly could be wrong.
 
2019-02-18 10:11:50 AM  
I still fire up an emulator every couple of years and play a couple of IIe games. Battle tech and Bard's tale mostly.

One game I cannot find. It was a hack of Taipan! that someone made called Drugman. You were Zaphod smuggling drugs throughout the solar system. Everything was HHGttG themed.

I long ago got rid of my IIe, but I would love to find a copy of that game.
 
2019-02-18 10:12:46 AM  
Big Farking Deal.

I pulled my Apple IIc out of the closet at my parents' place two years ago, floppy disks and all. It still boots/works fine. I brought it back home with me, where it's in the closet for who knows how long again.

I didn't know putting something in a closet and forgetting about it for 20 years constituted news.
 
2019-02-18 10:13:18 AM  
My old UNIVAC still works so why buy another. Difficult finding punch cards nowadays though.

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2019-02-18 10:14:22 AM  

sugar_fetus: And?

My Atari 800 computer - purchased in 1980 - sill works. I got 64K RAM and a 300 baud modem! I was hot shiat on my local BBSs!


Check your privilege.

I only had an Atari 400. With a cassette "drive". And the worst keyboard ever invented.

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2019-02-18 10:15:18 AM  
The hardware working isn't so surprising. In the right environment, it should all be pretty shelf-stable. Hell, people have kept those things in active service up to the present day.

The software working is surprising. You'd think that entropy and cosmic rays and little random magnetic eddies from someone's keychain in the next room would have borked those floppies a long time ago, especially in something with as little inherent error-correction as your Apple //e architecture. But maybe those great big granular clumps of magnetic media we used back in caveman days kept it safe?
 
2019-02-18 10:15:51 AM  
10 count=0
20 print "Awesome!"
30 count=count+1
40 if count=10 then goto 60
50 goto 20
60 print "Bye!"
70 end
 
2019-02-18 10:16:16 AM  

Kubo: 10 Awesome
20 GOTO 10


This. Fall of 1983, my senior class was the first to have a computer class. This is what we used. Farkers were built like tanks.

/ peek, poke
 
2019-02-18 10:18:13 AM  
I'm kind of surprised as usually the capacitors in the power supply take dumps all over the board after that many years.

The Retro PI project has Apple and C64 emulators if you want the experience.
 
2019-02-18 10:18:34 AM  
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2019-02-18 10:19:55 AM  
Meh I have an old Apple computer and it works still. Can play Apple Cider Spider, Conan, or Megatron.
 
2019-02-18 10:20:39 AM  

debug: Why wouldn't it work?  It's not like they found it at the bottom of a pond or something.


That the floppy disks are still readable is surprising. Those tend to deteriorate over time.
 
2019-02-18 10:20:46 AM  
To this day I still don't understand the function of Hypercard.
 
2019-02-18 10:23:55 AM  
I got an old computer with windows that still displays the blue screen of death.
 
2019-02-18 10:24:46 AM  
I have a half dozen in my basement. Two IIgs computers are set up and work. Not that I have a lot of time to play old games but I manage every so often.

It's an odd thing to write a story about. There are tons of old systems still working.
 
2019-02-18 10:25:04 AM  
Evolution of geek as follows
Radio shack color computer w/cassette
C64 with the 15lb floppy drive
Tandy model 3 and 4
Tandy 1000
Tandy 2000  (xt lookalike)
 
2019-02-18 10:25:06 AM  
I've got a //e that's been through a house fire, it works.  They'll take a stupid amount of abuse.  I can't decide if I should clean it or just leave it looking battle scarred.

I was having some problems with my Woz Limited Edition IIGS a few years ago, picked up a spare.  They both still work.  The Rodime 20 MB hard drive only lasted about 30 years, sadly.

The wall art //e works too, it's caseless and mounted on the wall in the office, doesn't have a monitor but I've got an old flat panel TV that I think I'm gonna disassemble and use to make it fully functional on the wall, when I get spare time.

My Lisa has issues, I think it's power supply caps, gotta pull it apart when I get time.

My Compucolor needs a new flyback transformer.  It's also on my to do list.
 
2019-02-18 10:25:34 AM  

ommitay: To this day I still don't understand the function of Hypercard.


It's half poor-man's animation, half early attempt at HTML.
 
2019-02-18 10:27:38 AM  

ommitay: To this day I still don't understand the function of Hypercard.


Seriously?

You're using it now.

Hypercard inspired the web.
 
2019-02-18 10:30:07 AM  

CaptSS: Raug the Dwarf: Derek Force: Kubo: 10 Awesome
20 GOTO 10

I kind of remember it being
10 PRINT "Awesome";
20 GOTO 10

the semi-colon made it cooler as i guess it prevented a return after each line so it tiled the screen with Awesomes...    its been a long time tho..

Also, my C-64 works and it still fires up the Color 64 BBS i ran.  the message board and opening wall thing are frozen in time, but no one can defeat me in Empire!!!

Then there was something like
IF 10 PRINT Awesome = 10, THEN GOTO 30
30 PRINT "BYE"

But admittedly, my QBASIC is a little rusty

So is mine. I thought I needed

30 RUN

to have it work. I certainly could be wrong.


No, you just type RUN.

No line number needed.
 
2019-02-18 10:31:26 AM  
How the fark is this news on CNN as well?  Who gives a fark?  These things were built pretty well - if you stored it in a dry place away from moisture but also static charges, yeah it's probably gonna turn on fine.

Should I also call CNN about a bulova watch I found in my grandfather's desk which wasn't worn since the 1970's, which I gave a few shakes and started working totally fine?
 
2019-02-18 10:31:29 AM  
Whatever... me and my Osborne executive laugh at you plebes....

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/had one in 89
 
2019-02-18 10:33:05 AM  
Hmm. I should dig up the Mac classic in the attic and see if it works. My six year old might get a kick out of it. I think the last time I turned it on was 1998 or so, about the same time I bought a used 6100 for $100.
 
2019-02-18 10:33:08 AM  
Hell my old one still works:
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2019-02-18 10:33:55 AM  
My TRS-80 still works.

/the tape drive still doesnt.
 
2019-02-18 10:34:37 AM  
I got to run, but I got a grean light a few months back for a Commode 64, which was left outside for a decade and was infested with ants, was still working.  They had to clean it up and replace a small fuse if memory serves.
 
2019-02-18 10:34:55 AM  

This text is now purple: ommitay: To this day I still don't understand the function of Hypercard.

It's half poor-man's animation, half early attempt at HTML.


It was the first real attempt to create something that allowed average people to program a computer.  And it was hugely successful and influential. It inspired the creation of HTTP.  And hypertalk inspired JavaScript.

/you do realize HTML is just a markup language do you?
//didn't think so
 
2019-02-18 10:36:27 AM  

ommitay: To this day I still don't understand the function of Hypercard.


I used to program adventure/puzzle games on it back when I was a kid.  I'm fairly sure that wasn't it's intended purpose.
 
2019-02-18 10:37:17 AM  

kendelrio: Whatever... me and my Osborne executive laugh at you plebes....

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/had one in 89


I got one of those from a buddy who got his from a professor at a Texas university who get this, was using it for word processing well into the late 1990's.

Sadly when I turned it on, the Osborne gave up its ghost with a dramatic loud pop, a black cloud of smoke and the smell of burnt plastic.
 
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