ACRPC.NET

My Vintage Computer Virtual Museum and blog page.

Modem mania —

I spent most of last weekend fighting with my Linux box trying to get dial in access working, after days of fighting I finally figure out the onboard serial port wasn’t working, works fine with a FTDI USB adapter, anyways YAY it works!!!


Conduit and Cat5 cable from house to workshop. —

My vintage computer workshop is in a detached building, so I have run conduit and cat5 cabling from my house.  I ran 4x Cat5e cables to start but also left a pulling line in place if I ever need to pull more through the conduit.  The cables terminate at patch panels on both ends.


Started moving my collection to its new home. —

I finished my workshop/museum space, here are some of the first systems to go on display.


Workshop/Museum —

I am setting up a workshop space where I can display and work on my collection, This space is in a detached building on my property.  So far I have the space cleaned out, insulated, and heated.  Next, I will be building some display shelving, I am planning on 3 levels of display shelving down the length of the room, and a work bench at the end.  There will be outlets all along the display shelving so the computers can all be powered on and used where they sit on display.


New content! —

I have been neglecting this site lately, It’s been a while since I have added any new content, I have created a few new categories on the right hand side of the page, check out my Vintage Printers and Vintage Peripherals categories now!


Update on my Spring Cleaning and my Apple II —

Since my spring cleaning in June and hosing off my Apple II, I finally got it all put back together and it works GREAT!  I hosed off the keyboard and exercised the keys too, all but the number 2 seem to work perfectly, so I will probably have to replace that keyswitch (there’s a few others that don’t spring all the way back up that will also probably be replaced, but they work fine with no bounce or repeating, so not critical).

1977 at its finest!


Site back up —

Had some issues with the site today, appears my security went haywire and messed up the handling of PHP files.  In my quest to find the issue, I restored the Database and files to an older version, so a few posts and pages have been lost here, my apologies.


Spring Cleaning —

I have been working on some spring cleaning today:

  • I hosed off leaked capacitor electrolyte from my newly acquired Macintosh IIci.  The recap will occur at a later date, I am researching for the best replacement tantalum capacitors, the radial capacitors I have used in past projects just look sloppy, I want a nice clean looking repair.
  • I also hosed 35+ years of crud and insect carcasses off of my Apple ][, scrubbed the case down with bleach spray and a sponge and hosed it off as well.

Photos will be posted later once everything has dried out and is reassembled.