Category Archives: Retrocomputing

Connecting a Parallel Printer to an Apple II (IIgs)

I almost gave up on this project.  It was a project meant to have been a jump-off point for a more ambitious one, but at the rate I end up working on these types of projects, I should probably scale … Continue reading

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Apple IIgs Case Mod

Ever since a tiny little power adapter for the Apple IIgs was made available by James Littlejohn, I’ve always wanted to see what I can put into that cavernous space created by the absence of the old power supply. The … Continue reading

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Creating an Apple IIgs GS/OS Live CD

The Apple II High-Speed SCSI card is one of my favorite peripheral cards for the Apple IIgs.  I typically install System 6.0.1 into a SCSI hard drive and use that as my boot and mass-storage drive.  Any old “SCSI” hard … Continue reading

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Explorations with Low-Powered Devices for the Apple IIe/IIgs

I recently posted my experiences with using a Bluetooth module to perform wireless ADTPro transfers with my Apple IIe.  At that time, I was powering the Bluetooth module from an AC adapter. Seeing that the Bluetooth module power adapter was … Continue reading

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Adding Wireless (Bluetooth) Support in ADTPro

It’s been months since I planned to look into adding Bluetooth support in David Schmidt’s fabulous ADTPro software.  I’ve been using ADTPro for years to transfer disk images for use in my Apple IIe using the Apple II Super Serial … Continue reading

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Video options for the Apple IIgs

I’ve always abhorred CRT monitors.  They’re bulky, heavy, and they probably emit too much radiation to tire your eyes too quickly.  I’m so thankful that the computer industry, and every other video-related industry has switched over to using LCDs. Retrocomputing … Continue reading

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Creating an OPENSTEP Boot CD

How OPENSTEP 4.2 boots in m68k hardware. A NEXTSTEP/OPENSTEP CD cannot be made to boot in both sparc and m68k hardware.  With NEXTSTEP 3.3, there was one installation CD for m68k/i386 and another installation CD for sparc/hppa.  For sparc, the … Continue reading

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Apple IIgs GS/OS Boot Disks

A few weeks ago, I had to access a ProDOS-formatted hard disk within GS/OS.  Since the CFFA where I regularly boot from was temporarily unavailable, I had to boot from the 3.5” drive.  I have several System 6.0.1 boot disks … Continue reading

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Demystifying the Bandai Pippin Developer Dongle

I’ve had my Bandai Pippin @World for years.  The Pippins were game consoles manufactured by Bandai based on the PowerPC Macintosh.  It runs a special version of Mac OS 7.x.  Pippin CDs can actually be played on PowerPC-based Macs (I’ve … Continue reading

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My Quadra 650, A/UX, and Rocket Stage II

One of my main vintage desktop machines has been a Mac LC 475.  I have it running Mac OS 7.6.1, and aside from being my main Classic box, it’s SuperDrive was previously the only practical way I was able to … Continue reading

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