• Retro computing

    From Zet@ECBBS to All on Friday, January 27, 2017 14:19:43
    Hey guys,

    new user here. I was just interested to find out if there are any people here that are interested in retro computing? I am on this BBS with my Macintosh SE/30. It's sorta my way of keeping the little guy alive :) Besides messing around on BBS's, I enjoy programming on it in C :)

    I would love to hear about your setup!

    Zet

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  • From tfurrows@KK4QBN to Zet on Friday, January 27, 2017 16:08:35
    Re: Retro computing
    By: Zet to All on Fri Jan 27 2017 02:19 pm

    new user here. I was just interested to find out if there are any people her that are interested in retro computing? I am on this BBS with my Macintosh SE/30. It's sorta my way of keeping the little guy alive :) Besides messing

    Welcome! And yes, I believe there are quite a few of us on here that are interested in retro-computing, and that use their old systems regularly. I'm on an Epson Equity I+ 8088 currently, connected via ethernet, using the mTCP telnet client. My old Macintosh had a problem with capacitors exploding and ruining the board, so I'm offline for vintage-mac for now :(

    Have fun while you're here!

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  • From Zet@ECBBS to tfurrows on Saturday, January 28, 2017 01:49:35
    Re: Retro computing
    By: tfurrows to Zet on Fri Jan 27 2017 16:08:35

    That's so cool that a lot of people actually still do this. Here in South Africa it is fairly hard to find a working vintage computer, partly because of the boikot in those days, and partly because finding parts to repair them can be quite a mission.

    When I first got my Mac I had to replace the capacitors too. I even bought a SCSI2SD and waited 5 months for it to get here. So having put so much work into this little guy, I'm sure you understand the amount of pride it gives me to be able to use it everyday!

    I'm still having some trouble getting it to browse the web though. Right now I'm using a Rasberry Pi to emulate a Hayes modem, but unfortunately that isn't enough. More time will have to be invested!

    Thanks very much for this community. I really hope to be able to contribute!

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  • From Poindexter Fortran@REALITY to Zet on Saturday, January 28, 2017 08:26:11
    Re: Retro computing
    By: Zet to All on Fri Jan 27 2017 02:19 pm

    I would love to hear about your setup!

    I would love to go back to a vintage rig, but it's getting hard to find cheap vintage gear. At one point, I ran a neat, tiny little box that was a FedEx ship station (decomissioned and covered in stickers to celebrate its' new life)

    It was about the size of a kleenex box, and had a 386SX with 2 megs of RAM on it. Made for a neat, tiny, quiet little rig running DOS and GEOWORKS. Later, I put another NIC into it and ran it as a firewall.

    People have taken thin clients that ran XP Embedded and figured out a way to get DOS and Windows 3.1 running on them. I'm tempted to have old-school apps running on new hardware that way.

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  • From Zet@ECBBS to Poindexter Fortran on Saturday, January 28, 2017 13:57:00
    Re: Retro computing
    By: Poindexter Fortran to Zet on Sat Jan 28 2017 08:26:11

    Oh wow yeah that sounds so cool! I am just really getting into the whole retro computing thing with my SE/30. Right now it's all I really have, but it is really such a good little machine to get started with. I am hoping to expand my collection in the coming months.

    My main motivation for collecting these older machines is for programming on them. I am fairly versed in C, so it really has been great programming on this thing. The feeling is just so much more satisfying and authentic... I don't really know how to explain it.

    People have taken thin clients that ran XP Embedded and figured out a way to get DOS and Windows 3.1 running on them. I'm tempted to have old-school apps running on new hardware that way.

    I tried emulation before, but using the real hardware just adds to the whole experience. Obviously sometimes using the real harware isn't an option, but oh how I wish I was there in the days these things were still in common use!

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  • From Jazzy_J@JAYSCAFE to Zet on Sunday, January 29, 2017 06:57:00
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    Re: Retro computing
    By: Poindexter Fortran to Zet on Sat Jan 28 2017 08:26:11

    Oh wow yeah that sounds so cool! I am just really getting into the
    whole retro computing thing with my SE/30. Right now it's all I really have, but it is really such a good little machine to get started with.
    I am hoping to expand my collection in the coming months.

    My main motivation for collecting these older machines is for
    programming on them. I am fairly versed in C, so it really has been
    great programming on this thing. The feeling is just so much more satisfying and authentic... I don't really know how to explain it.

    People have taken thin clients that ran XP Embedded and figured out a way to get DOS and Windows 3.1 running on them. I'm tempted to have old-school apps running on new hardware that way.

    I tried emulation before, but using the real hardware just adds to the whole experience. Obviously sometimes using the real harware isn't an option, but oh how I wish I was there in the days these things were
    still in common use!

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    I've picked up some older hardware, but not ancient that I'm working to get DOS and 3.11 on. I agree that the emulators just don't give you the "feel"

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  • From Poindexter Fortran@REALITY to Zet on Sunday, January 29, 2017 09:48:05
    Re: Retro computing
    By: Zet to Poindexter Fortran on Sat Jan 28 2017 01:57 pm

    I tried emulation before, but using the real hardware just adds to the whole experience. Obviously sometimes using the real harware isn't an option, but oh how I wish I was there in the days these things were still in common use!

    Running Linux on PC hardware makes me jones for running SunOS or Solaris on my old Sparc II with the 21" Sony color CRT and those wonderful Sun keyboards.

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