A dirty Commodore Amiga 500 from the top

A Forgotten Amiga 500

I came across a pretty nice condition, but broken, Commodore Amiga 500. The Amiga 500 was a cost reduced, mass market successor to the Amiga 1000, wrapped in a wonderful case with a built-in keyboard, side expansion, and a floppy drive. It didn’t have the most amazing specifications, but it had tons of room to […]

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Image of the Amiga 3000 from the front

A Surprisingly Annoying Amiga 3000

The Amiga 3000 was a high-end Amiga released in 1990, with a redesigned case, a 68030 processor, up to 16mb of RAM on board, and built-in SCSI support. They didn’t sell incredibly well, and at least for me, were remarkably hard to find. Naturally, I found myself a broken one. This one would boot immediately […]

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Commodore B128 logic board, angled view from the front of the machine

The Ongoing Saga of this Commodore B128 (2/x)

In the last post, I introduced my US-market Commodore B128 that wasn’t feeling like being a computer. A lot of the diagnostics looked okay, and I was just about to start desoldering components out of a combination of hope and despair. Some Soldering Required Each desoldered component was replaced with a same-size socket, and continuity […]

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Commodore B128 computer, top view with keyboard

The Ongoing Saga of this Commodore B128 (1/x)

This is my Commodore B128, serial C002720. The B128 is the low-profile US version of the Commodore CBM-II, a machine designed to replace the PET/CBM series, released around the same time as the Commodore 64. Other pages, linked below, do a great job covering the history of this machine. When I received it, it looked […]

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Happy 25th Anniversary, Macintosh.

Twenty-five years ago today, January 24th, 1984, Apple offered the first Macintosh for sale to the public. Released with a huge amount of fanfare using arguably the first high-budget “Super Bowl Ad” during Super Bowl XVIII on January 22nd, Apple aimed to change the computing marketplace forever. Contemporary personal and business computers used a command […]

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