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Andrew "lizardb0y" Stephen
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About Me

Based in Wellington, New Zealand, I maintain a collection of over 170 vintage computers and games consoles with a focus on those sold commercially in New Zealand in their time.  Most of the popular brands are represented, from Apple, Atari, Commodore and Sinclair to less well known such as Osborne, Sord and EACA.

 

At the time of writing I have been focussing on Apple, particularly early Macintosh computers.  So far I have these in the Apple exhibit:

  • Apple II plus
  • Apple IIe (x2)
  • Apples IIe Card
  • Apple IIc (x2)
  • Apple IIgs
  • Macintosh 512Ke
  • Macintosh Plus
  • Macintosh SE
  • PowerBook 100
  • PowerBook 160
  • PowerBook 180c (with damaged main board)
  • PowerBook 190cs
  • Macintosh LC III
  • iMac G3/500 Summer 2001 in beautiful Indigo
  • NeXTStation Turbo (Yes, I know it's not really Apple ;) )
  • Video Technology Laser 128 (Yes, I know that's not either)

I'm always looking for old computers to preserve or restore.

 

I'm occasionally known to use a BlackBook for modern computing tasks, but don't tell my friends.

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When did you get your first Mac?
I first used a Mac at University in 1988, where our stage 1 programming course was Mac based. I think they must have been Plus's. My current interest in the early Macs comes from my interest in the history of home computing.
How many Macs do you own?
Six^h^h^hSeven^h^h^h^h^hNine^h^h^h^hTen: 512Ke, Mac Plus, Original SE, Powerbook 100 (failed HDD), Powerbook 160, Powerbook 180C (No go), Powerbook 190cs (All go!), LC III, iMac G3/500 Indigo and a BlackBook. I also have a II+, 2 x IIe, 2 x IIc, a IIGS, and a Laser 128. And a NeXTStation Turbo with mono screen. These comprise the Apple exhibit in my 170+ vintage computer collection.
What is your website?
http://www.vintage8bit.com/
What's your favorite Mac of all time?
I'm not so much an Apple fan as a vintage computing fan, so for me the 128K will always be the one. From a practical point of view, I'd probably pick the SE/30 - the last of the "real" Macs ;)
How did you hear about RetroMacCast?
On David Greelish's Retro Computing Roundtable.

Andrew "lizardb0y" Stephen's Blog

Retr0brighting an HD20 SC enclosure.

Earlier this year I restored a badly yellowed HD20 SC enclosure using Retr0bright.  The reult was excellent, though with a little streaking. Sadly the HDD itself was seized solid.

Read about it on my blog: …

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Posted on July 8, 2012 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

Mac 512Ke Success!

I have successfully created a System 4.1 boot floppy on an old Powerbook 160 with an external Iomega Zip drive.  This let my copy files from my Linux PC onto the Powerbook for subsequent writing to floppy.

This worked a treat, and I now have a fully booting, boxed 240V Mac…

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Posted on April 11, 2011 at 8:45pm — 2 Comments

MAcintosh 512Ke Repair Adventures

Over the past couple of months I have been spending a small amount of my little spare time trying to repair a Macintosh 512Ke.  I have got it to the point that the Mac turns on fine and seems stable, but I have no System disks to boot it on.  I've been preparing for this moment and have followed a convoluted path to get me closer to my goal.

 

The 512Ke, Plus and SE all have 400K/800K floppy drives, so I can't make boot disks on my PC.  I had a Powerbook 160 which had a dead…

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Posted on April 4, 2011 at 7:38pm — 2 Comments

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