Retro Computers

I enjoy collecting and restoring machines I had or admired when I was younger. It’s also interesting to explore how computers in a previous era of technology were able to do what they did and how far we’ve come since.

Computers

Handhelds

  • Apple Newton 120 (1996)
  • Handspring Visor (1998)

Recent Posts

  • ReStuff
    StuffIt is the de-facto standard for file archiving and compression on Mac OS before OS X. Most old Macintosh software is preserved in StuffIt format, but a format change in StuffIt 5 makes archives created in this version unreadable in older versions of StuffIt. Since StuffIt 3.5 is the last version that works… Continue reading ReStuff
  • Audion 4.0
    Once upon a time, we made one of the earliest MP3 players for the Mac, Audion. We’ve come to appreciate that Audion captured a special moment in time, and we’ve been trying to preserve its history. Back in March, we revealed that we were working on converting Audion faces to a… Continue reading Audion 4.0
  • Little Things That Made Amiga Great
    In a time when home PCs were single tasking DOS boxes with 8 character file names and Ataris and Macs were single tasking GUI boxes, hampering any hacker with their glaring lack of a CLI, the Amiga was a champion of both worlds: It combined the CLI and GUI, leveraging… Continue reading Little Things That Made Amiga Great
  • Working from home at 25MHz: You could do worse than a Quadra 700 (even in 2020)
    Despite these shortcomings, the Quadra 700 reinforced some of the same conclusions from my timing roadtesting a refurbished Macintosh IIsi some time ago. The gap between an ‘040 powered Mac and modern PCs doesn’t feel nearly as wide as it should. This computer was released almost 30 years ago. On paper,… Continue reading Working from home at 25MHz: You could do worse than a Quadra 700 (even in 2020)
  • The Amiga 500 Lives
    The Amiga 500 I recently acquired had some physical damage, but supposedly still booted. However, I’ve never owned one before and was initially ill-equipped to even check if it did indeed still booted.