Booting up circa 1982 Apple IIe as homage to Apple’s 30th anniversary

“How to pay homage to Steve Jobs and Apple as the company turns 30? I certainly can’t add onto the plaudits being handed out by the millions. These days everyone loves Steve. Steve’s even bigger than Bill, who is plenty big in his own right,” Eric Lundquist writes for eWeek. “Then I remembered that my thanks to Steve was sitting down somewhere in my cellar. Or the agent of my potential homage, I should say. For down there amid the old boxes of decaying magazines (remember print?), exercise equipment still in like-new condition, and the flotsam of any New England cellar, was my first computer.”

“I found it in the far corner over by the backup sump pump. This would be a real test of a real machine. A delicate system preserved in museum quality conditions? Forget that. This was a box sitting open to the elements. Dust, humidity, freezing temperatures when the furnace conked out, all the pieces were there to mess up the strongest power supply, the beefiest microprocessor. I’ll describe my scientific testing: I carried all the pieces up to the kitchen counter, plugged everything in and hit the on button… the screen lit up and the disk drive whirled before settling on the A: drive waiting for something. That something was software, of course, and I had none,” Lundquist writes. “But the computer worked. Why Steve Jobs turned his back on computers that you could open up yourself and stuff add-in boards into is another story.”

MacDailyNews Take: What’s the Apple Power Mac line, chopped liver? No, it’s a Mac you can “open up yourself and stuff add-in boards into.”

Lundquist continues, “Why he has cultivated the art of distance from his loyal supporters and broader audience is also another story. Why he was sent to the desert away from Apple, only to return a wiser man, is also another story. But Steve and company (and you really shouldn’t forget the rest of the company, especially in the case of the IIe) came up with a nice-looking box that was built in 1982 and started up after sitting winter after winter in a New England cellar, and for that I thank them and offer my congratulations on thirty years in the business.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Richie” for the heads up.]

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22 Comments

  1. My 2nd computer was a IIe and i loved it. I worked a summertime job at 14 to buy it from a friend of the family that was an Apple employee at the time.
    – My monitor was my 13in TV.
    – Single Floppy drive.
    – and a GIANT Qume daisywheel printer.
    Spent hours listening to Metallica while playing Ultima 2, 3 & 4.

    It got donated to a charity back in 1991 when you could still donate that stuff.

    Side note-
    My 1st computer was a TRS80 Color Computer (chicklet keyboard). I leaned how to program basic on it. It had 2k when my folks bought it used. We bumped it to 16k. Storage was a cassette tape.

  2. Why doesn’t Apple call its computers Apple anymore? Everything is Macintosh. I want an APPLE computer!

    MDN word: Late. As in, I was too late to own an Apple computer

  3. AP,
    I think there are some people at Apple, or who were previously at Apple, who worked very hard so that one day someone would say: Everything is macintosh. They aren’t sorry.

  4. MacRaven – I also have a stilll-working SE30 that I can fire up and play Strategic Conquest in their honor. It has the old Pyro screensaver, too, when screensavers actually did something to prevent screenburn.

    It had the most interesting barrel-type fan to keep the processor cool, and that’s the only think that has broken – I found one of those handy external fans that sits on top of the unit and blows air through the handle while providing an extra power outlet, too.

    Fun memories!

  5. Here is my homage to Apple:

    This message was typed and sent from my first computer – a Quadra 650 purchased in 1993. I’ve been telling people for years that it still worked. I realized recently that it had been packed in a box 4 years ago. It had been moved from Florida to Ohio and put in a non-climate controlled storage facility. Later it moved from Ohio back to Florida where it has been in what equates to a barn for the last 2 years or so. Again no climate control and this time in the Florida humidity. So a few weeks ago, I dug it out. It has yellowed significantly since I last saw it. As I hoped, once I plugged it in and hit the button on the keyboard…BONG…It booted. This baby had ethernet on the motherboard back in 93 so I plugged it into the network, set it for DHCP and voila, I was on the net. Currently running OS 8.0, and equiped with a whopping 40MB of memory and 240MB HD, the 33MHz Motorolla 68040 hums right along. All this on the original battery!

    Happy Birthday Apple!

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