The Things People Do – An Apple IIe powered by R.Pi

So you find an old Apple IIe case, but the computer parts are long gone…
20 minutes:

I like the idea, in a crazy sort of way.

Presently, I have 3 x SBCs on my desktop (two not in any kind of case), 2 x USB Hubs, 3 x USB Disks, a keyboard & mouse, 2 x HDMI cables to 2 monitors, 8 power supplies, 2 power strips and one unholy mess of wires.

Now I’m thinking “What could I do with an old PC case…”

I’ve got a couple of Pentium class boxes I was planning to abandon (after all these years…) and the only offensive bit about them is the power supply fan. With that removed, I could easily fit most of this kit inside one of them. Have a nice little retro looking tower. Maybe even find a way to drive the Floppy or a DVD player… or just leave them there for looks.

Somewhere out in the garage is a minor computer museum of old kit. An Apple IIe, a Plus, a couple of old Z80 computers. Even a Radio Shack hand held computer ( dual CPU! Both 4 bit… so quite odd… one line of text display). Someday soon I need to go through that and sort it into tossers and keepers. Then might be a good time to contact some retro-guys and “make their day” ;-)

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About E.M.Smith

A technical managerial sort interested in things from Stonehenge to computer science. My present "hot buttons' are the mythology of Climate Change and ancient metrology; but things change...
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3 Responses to The Things People Do – An Apple IIe powered by R.Pi

  1. Pouncer says:

    Preparing for my own move I had to let go of the ol’ Commodore 64 rig and associated gear: several floppy drives, modems of two generations and speeds, serial printers both impact and dot-matrix, game cartridges and lots of discs.

    Posted on Craigslist. I’d intended a “Dutch Auction”, where the price starts at a (somewhat ridiculous) high point and lowers every few days, until I found a buyer.

    I had my “high” price in the first day. (Earned enough from that sale I was able to justify holding on to the Apple MAC SE rig, running my few “HyperCard” stacks)

    There are people out there who love this stuff.

  2. E.M.Smith says:

    Well, I love it too! But just not enough to keep it all and move it 2800 miles…. ;-)

  3. Clay Marley says:

    One summer in High School, I worked for a while at the Apple II assembly line in Addison Texas. In the video, see those plastic hole plugs in the back? That was my job. I was first on the line, taking the metal plates off a pallet, then plug in those hole covers and place it on the assembly line and down the line it went. Eight hours a day, that was it. Oddly enough it wasn’t as brutally boring as it sounds. One gets into a sort of Zen-like state, and time passed by fairly quickly.

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