I've stepped into the past

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I've stepped into the past

Post by Lawstiker » Nov 21st, 2011, 02:02

With my recent revisiting of these place I thought I might share a story.

My grandfather was the type of guy that could do anything, and I mean anything. He could paint, bind and make books, build a computer, tear apart and reconstruct a car, farm, do things with electrical wiring that would stump a expert, etc and near the end of his days he turned his attention to computers. Growing up I visited him often, and its from him that I even know of a game like this. My early childhood was growing up on these old dos games, and I got to experiment and play with quite a few old dos/early windows machines when I was younger.

Two years ago he died, and he left quite a few things to me. Out on his property where many many sheds that he used to store things, ranging from dated printing press machines to welding tools to even old cars. I've finally after two years made it to the last shed, and once I stepped into it its like stepping into the world of computers from the 80's. There's commodore 64 EVERYWHERE, old tandy computers, tcr-whatevers, apple II's, old machintoshs, you name it. Old giant floopy discs, 80's computer magazines, betamax's, ancient vcrs...its just quite amazing to look through and see all the stuff he help on to through the years.

I'm still finding more Commodore 64's, its like he loved that thing so much he tried collecting all of them in america :lol:

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Re: I've stepped into the past

Post by NAto » Nov 21st, 2011, 10:25

A fine tale.

If you find a SEGA Genesis in there, be sure to ship it to me ;)

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Re: I've stepped into the past

Post by Panoptic Blur » Nov 22nd, 2011, 02:21

Bravo to the great ancestors, who poured such talent into the world for us later generations to marvel at!

Did he leave any instructions or guides about what to do with all these old things? Any sort of "how to follow in my footsteps" notes for you?
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Re: I've stepped into the past

Post by Lawstiker » Nov 22nd, 2011, 03:28

Sorry NAto, latest thing I've seen in there is a NES :)

As for any guides for what to do with all this stuff? The answer would be not really. He knew how to do everything, everything except how to organize things properly. Seriously, I know he was keeping alot of things around for me but his storing method could leave much to be desired :)

http://rotthq.com/wp-content/uploads/11210006.jpg (pic of what I'm going through currently)

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Re: I've stepped into the past

Post by MoonStalkeR » Nov 22nd, 2011, 04:26

I feel the nostalgia brought with the archaic media devices you mention. Good story!

I keep remembering the usually blue installation screen that appeared when installing an exciting new game in early Windows :)
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Re: I've stepped into the past

Post by NAto » Nov 22nd, 2011, 07:47

Those pc screens bring back memories :D

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Re: I've stepped into the past

Post by Lawstiker » Nov 23rd, 2011, 00:57

ah yes those screens sure do take you back. Took up the whole screen back then :)

Anyway, would any here be interested if I chronicle my adventures into this mess? Say take pics of various things I find?

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Re: I've stepped into the past

Post by NAto » Nov 23rd, 2011, 07:54

I'd like to see. I'm sure others would as well, but they're just too lazy to post at the momeny ;)

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Post by Daedalus » Nov 23rd, 2011, 09:24

Of course I'm interested. Show and tell.
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Re: I've stepped into the past

Post by Drakan » Nov 23rd, 2011, 16:34

Agreed. Nostalgia, to me, is one of the most powerful incentives to push forward in life.
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Re: I've stepped into the past

Post by Lawstiker » Nov 24th, 2011, 14:02

Alright then, this could get a bit long and will have lots of images :)

As for now I'm still in progress of testing out alot of this stuff, so must of the pics are just pics of the device etc, don't have a whole lot up and running yet (Still sorting out all the cords, right monitors, etc)

Atari 1200XL, Atari 400, Atari 410, Atari 810 and Atari 2600
First up is an Atari 1200XL. Two of the most common things I dragged out first was several old atari's and a quite a few Commodore 64's. I haven't messed with it a whole lot, so no idea if it is in workable order or not. There are several other atari computers in the next picture.

- http://rotthq.com/wp-content/uploads/DCP_0001.jpg
- http://rotthq.com/wp-content/uploads/DCP_0019.jpg (assorted)

Macintosh SE
Next up is a Macintosh SE, something I was a bit surprised to find. I didn't know my grandfather had messed with any apple products in the past before. I have no idea where the keyboard is at the moment, and no real idea of its condition. It will turn on but it shows the sad mac error code 00000001 0000FFFF, which after a bit of research I found I need to open it up, remove the logic board and clean something if I am correct.

- http://rotthq.com/wp-content/uploads/DCP_0003.jpg

Commodore Plus/4
One of the many many Commodores my grandfather acquired in his apparent quest to control all Commodore 64's in america. Amazingly its still in its box with its cords, original Styrofoam, and user manuals. Haven't got around to testing it just yet.

- http://rotthq.com/wp-content/uploads/DCP_0004.jpg (Box)
- http://rotthq.com/wp-content/uploads/DCP_0005.jpg (Inside Box)

Commodore 64
And we get to the almighty Commodore 64. I've found about 12 of these things so far as is, and 3 still in there original box. 2 of the boxes are in pretty good condition, and the third just in ok shape. I have never seen any of these things in action before, so I'm going into unknown area's here. I've found a Commodore monitor (though its pretty old and its screen is pretty faded), so I can begin testing these things pretty soon.

- http://rotthq.com/wp-content/uploads/DCP_0006.jpg (box)
- http://rotthq.com/wp-content/uploads/DCP_0007.jpg (inside box)
- http://rotthq.com/wp-content/uploads/DCP_0008.jpg (4 assorted commodores with Cassette deck)

Timex Sinclair 1000
I've heard of these, but I don't really know to much about them. all I know is that they sold for about 100 bucks back in the day and where meant to be a cheep and more affordable computer at the time of release. Found about 6 of these so far.

- http://rotthq.com/wp-content/uploads/DCP_0010.jpg (six)
- http://rotthq.com/wp-content/uploads/DCP_0011.jpg (close up)

Texas Instruments TI-99/4A Computer
I know nothing about this really.

- http://rotthq.com/wp-content/uploads/DCP_0012.jpg

Commodore 128
Apparently these where not as interesting as the 64's to my grandfather, as I've only found about 4 of them so far, but as I said that's so far. This ones still a little dirty and needs cleaned up, kinda just dragged it out of the depths.

- http://rotthq.com/wp-content/uploads/DCP_0013.jpg

Apple II
Now this I was even more surprised that he had. I've been wanting to mess with one of these for awhile now, and when I saw this apple II it was one of the first things I dragged out of the shed. I don't have the monitor or proper video cords at the moment, but I've plugged in the power cord and it turns on and receives power, and doesn't seem to make any strange noises. I've also found a Apple IIe, but I need to still clean it up.

- http://rotthq.com/wp-content/uploads/DCP_0014.jpg
- http://rotthq.com/wp-content/uploads/DCP_0015.jpg (internal)

Various Commodore Games
While searching through stuff I've found a few boxed commodore games. Some boxes are in better condition than others, as some of them where placed under heavy objects and the boxes have been bent in a bit.

List of games found include:

-Might & Magic II
-Sherlock Homes
-Gato
-War Eagles
-Buck Rogers: Countdown to Doomsday
-Nord and Bert Couldn't make heads or Tails of it
-Darkhorn Realms of the Warlords
-Dragon Wars
-Stephen Kings The Mist (actually a Apple II game)
-Global Commander
-Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar
-Sword of Fargoal
-Temple of Apshai
-The Keys to Maramon

- http://rotthq.com/wp-content/uploads/DCP_0021.jpg
- http://rotthq.com/wp-content/uploads/DCP_0022.jpg

Encyclopedia Britannica
Now this is interesting. I only dragged out one book so I could do some research, but I'm pretty sure the whole set it up there. Its the 9th edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica, and its in ok shape. Outer covers a little worn, but not that bad for a book as old as it is.

- http://rotthq.com/wp-content/uploads/DCP_0025.jpg (cover)
- http://rotthq.com/wp-content/uploads/DCP_0026.jpg (inside)
- http://rotthq.com/wp-content/uploads/DCP_0027.jpg (side)

3D Game Alchemy
I SO thought he had this somewhere. When I inherited his pc games, inside one of the cases was the cd that went with this book. I thought it would be odd that he had the cd but not the book (usually its the other way around) so I hunted and hunted and never found it until now. Strange it was out there though.

- http://rotthq.com/wp-content/uploads/DCP_0029.jpg

TRS-80 Model 100 Portable Computer
It runs on 4 AA batteries! Tested it and it works fine, and its kinda interesting to mess around with.

- http://rotthq.com/wp-content/uploads/DCP_0030.jpg (black Cover)
- http://rotthq.com/wp-content/uploads/DCP_0031.jpg (kinda blurry, sorry)
- http://rotthq.com/wp-content/uploads/DCP_0032.jpg (front)

So thats some of the stuff I've been digging out and messing with. I'll probably take pics of most of this stuff running if I can find all the right monitors, cables, etc. This isn't even making a dent in all that stuff, so expect more interesting stuff in the future! Right now, one of the other things I'm investigating is some Amstrad PCW 8256's up there. I'm pretty sure one of them runs just fine, as I remember him getting one out and showing me how it worked when I was younger.

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Re: I've stepped into the past

Post by NAto » Nov 25th, 2011, 07:14

Great post :)

I think a lot of this stuff is before my time even, and I thought I started using computers when computers started :?

Can't wait to see more...

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Re: I've stepped into the past

Post by Daedalus » Nov 25th, 2011, 09:21

NAto wrote:I think a lot of this stuff is before my time even, and I thought I started using computers when computers started :?
Noob.

Yes, a most excellent post. We need more.
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Re: I've stepped into the past

Post by Umnir » Nov 25th, 2011, 10:59

Nice stuff, but I'd like to see better light (outside?) with the pics, and post them with IMG tags instead of us having to click each link.
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Re: I've stepped into the past

Post by NAto » Nov 25th, 2011, 14:24

Daedalus wrote:
NAto wrote:I think a lot of this stuff is before my time even, and I thought I started using computers when computers started :?
Noob.
Maybe I just had the latest technology of the time 8)

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