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I just noticed that it's been a few days since I last posted, and wanted to get something out there!

Next weekend the friend whose uncle is selling me his Apple IIe, is going back home to compete in a fishing tournament. He's from Tipton, MO which is about 133 miles north of Springfield. He is coming home pretty late Sunday night, so I'm going to have to wait to pick the computer up on Monday. That's cool, I don't have a place to set it up yet, put I probably will by then.

I'm thinking about trying to set it up next to my iMac for now. I could move my Cinema Display, which I don't have hooked up to my iMac right now. I had a problem with it, sometimes it doesn't want to be recognized by the computer unless I wiggle around on the DVI to Mini DVI adapter cable. As long as I don't unplug the Display, or power down my iMac, there's no problem with it waking from sleep. Sometimes it comes back up on a restart, and sometimes it doesn't. I had this same problem before my graphics card went out, and still had it after that got replaced. The guy I talked to at Database Systems said if I pushed the Detect Displays button on the Display Preference Pane, it should force the Display to be recognize. I tried that , but it didn't work. I'm not sure if there is a problem with my Display, the ADC to DVI adapter, the DVI to Mini DVI cable, or if it's just a problem with the two way hook up?? I have heard on a couple podcasts that some of the third party cable & adapters sometime don't work as well. I didn't realize it at the time, but the DVI to Mini DVI cable I bought was a third party one. I'm going to try replacing it first, hopefully that will work. Next would be the ADC to DVI adapter, which retails for a whopping $100.00!! I'll keep you all posted when I try the switch.

I went to my dad's house last week to get some of my old 3.5" floppies, and CD's that I still had from some of my old Window's systems we had when I was in school. I don't think that most of them will run on a Mac with out some kind of an emulator running. I did how ever find a game that will run on the Apple IIe when I get it!! I had on old copy of "Where in Europe is Carmen Sandiego"!! I loved this game when I was a kid, along with" Where in the World", and "Where in the U.S.A. is Carmen Sandiego"! I had forgotten that there was a 5.25" floppy that had came with the game, which I still have in it's paper slip cover!! The floppy looks the same as it did when I first opened the box, sadly I can't seem to find the 3.5" floppy. One of the first things I'm going to try to do when I get the Apple IIe setup is to play the game! The was a booklet that came with the game that had some codes in it to enter the game. I'm not sure if that's the case for the Apple II e version, I hope it's not. I don't think the company that published these games is still in business, so I'm not sure where I could get a copy of it? I'm going to keep on eye out for it on eBay, but if anyone knows where I could get my hands on that book, please leave me a comment!

I've also been playing around with the Apple Lisa emulator from the Lisa Emulator Project's website. It's so awesome to get to play around with the Lisa 7/7 software, and all with out paying over $1,000 for it!! I still would like to get a Lisa one day, so I can play with the hardware too, but this emulator is filling a very big gap in my Apple heart. I'm even thinking about writing my Retro Challenge story on the Lisa emulator instead of my Apple IIe. I think that I can export my Lisa files to my Documents folder on my iMac, and it would easily allow me to e-mail my final draft to the Retro Challenge people for judging.

Well, that's what's going on in my "iLife" right now! I wrote on my profile that I was wanting to build a Macquarium. I still want to, but I'm not sure that I will be able to until after August. I'm thinking about buying one first, then using it as a model for building one myself. Just wanted to let you guys know that project is on hold for a few more months. Part of this is because I have another financial obligation that I have to take care of, and partially because I want to buy an iPad!! I don't own one yet, but I have already downloaded well over 25 free iPad apps off the App Store. I'm hoping to have my finances in order by the end of June, and an iPad in August or September

I hope everyone is having fun on their Macintosh's, and other Apple products!! Keep Macing everyone!! :-) :-)

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