Apple 2

Preserving and Operating Computers From The 70's

Find out about the Apple 1 replica

Find out about the Apple II rev 0 replica

Find out about the Brain Board with Wozanium Pack

Find out about the SUPERPROTO Apple II prototyping board

Find out about the 8008 and the SCELBI Mini Computer

Find out about Information Appliance, Inc. and the SwyftCard

If you are interested in restoring or building reproduction vintage computers, join the "retro-restore" Yahoo Group in order to share your ideas and learn from others.

Why Retro Computers?

I started on this jouney some time ago, when I pulled my old  1978 model Apple II down out of the attic in order to build the The Super D'Lux Shutter Tester.  As I worked on the project,  many nostalgic thoughts crossed my mind.   As time has passed, I have fixed up my old Apple II, built an Apple II rev 0 replica motherboard and also built an Apple 1 replica.   I have spent a considerable number of enjoyable hours tinkering with these classic machines.  One of the great aspects of this hobby is sharing my experiences with others, as well as learning from other like minded people.  Occasionally you may even learn directly from an original developer of these classic machines, as many of them will respond to respectful queries.

The thing I really love about these old machines is that a single person can understand how they are put together and operate.  Modern computers and the software that runs on them is designed by large teams and no single person is able to understand the complete system.

A number of people collect these machines, but do not operate them, for fear of damaging them.  As an example, I know of only 2 original Apple 1s that are in operating condition.  My philosophy is that these machines should be put in operating order.  These machines are not great works of art, the essence of the machine is in the operation of them.  Each one's computing capabilities had a significant impact on it's success or failure in the market.  

Imagine how much more interesting a computer musuem exhibit would be if the machines were operating, or better yet, if you could operate them yourselves.  Since replacements for most components can still be found, if you look hard enough, there is no reason that these old machines shouldn't continue to run.  At some point in the future, failed components may become more difficult to replace.  I feel that the more machines we have running now, the more that will be running in the future, when component replacement becomes a more serious issue.

For These Projects, I Have Made Kits, PCBs and Parts Available For Sale to Fellow Hobbyists

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