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Re: Latest vintage computing ebay scores
« Reply #25 on: October 27, 2017, 08:34:44 AM »
Got myself a brand new Castlewood Orb Drive for AUD$35. While it's not strictly "vintage", it's quite an unusual bit of kit and wasn't overly popular. The company didn't last long.

Nice, I actually saw a few of those in the printing industry back in the 90's when I was servicing Power Computing Mac clones.

It came out in 1999... less than a year of the 90s were left when it first came out. I'm confused.

I was a HW tech from '97 to 2001 so  nothing to be confused about.
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Re: Latest vintage computing ebay scores
« Reply #26 on: December 08, 2017, 12:00:03 PM »
I bagged an Apple 3.5in External Floppy Drive (Model A9M0106) on ebay last night for $51 AUD - it'll make restoring my Mac SE a ton easier as 800k disks are a PITA to use, you can barely fit the System 6 on a single floppy with no room for anything else. This will allow me to put utils onto a second disk and avoid disk swap hell while trying to get my SCSI-SD HDD working.

I kinda feel sorry for the 2 folks I was bidding against, I sniped the hell out of them with a max bid limit of $100 AUD with 2 seconds to go (yeah I really really wanted it).  :-DD

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« Reply #27 on: December 08, 2017, 12:54:11 PM »
For some reason I was thinking the SE had an internal high density floppy drive? Maybe that was a later edition of it? I know my SE/30 has an internal superdrive but that came out a bit later and was a high end machine at the time. That stuff was scary expensive back in the day.
 

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« Reply #28 on: December 08, 2017, 01:21:47 PM »
For some reason I was thinking the SE had an internal high density floppy drive? Maybe that was a later edition of it? I know my SE/30 has an internal superdrive but that came out a bit later and was a high end machine at the time. That stuff was scary expensive back in the day.

Mine is the 800k 20 MB HD version, I think there was an FDHD version that had the high density drive and there was even an apple upgrade kit which included a new controller chip and HD drive. The upgrade kit is like hens teeth these days.

The 30 definitely had the HD drive standard tho.
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Re: Latest vintage computing ebay scores
« Reply #29 on: December 09, 2017, 07:01:31 AM »
https://www.ebay.ca/itm/RARE-Commodore-CBM-2031-IEEE-Drive-TESTED-and-WORKING-With-BOX-Nice/253289213006?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649


sigh.... I've been wanting something huge, ancient, angular, ugly, and slow for a while now. It'll go well with my PET4032 that can't be powered up for more than 10 seconds at a time.  :palm:
 

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« Reply #30 on: December 09, 2017, 07:21:36 AM »
Ah, yes the FDHD, that's what the one I had was, I sold it a few years ago when I was pruning the collection since I had the SE/30 too.

An interesting tidbit about the SE/30, it broke the previous naming convention for 68030 based Macs, apparently Apple was not keen on selling a computer called the SEx.
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Re: Latest vintage computing ebay scores
« Reply #31 on: December 09, 2017, 08:41:04 AM »
Heh, doesn't phase Tesla — S3X — with the next model supposedly to be the Y.
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Re: Latest vintage computing ebay scores
« Reply #32 on: December 14, 2017, 07:55:25 AM »
My "untested as is" 800k external drive arrived yesterday, I gave it a good clean with windex, then ran my floppy head cleaner thru it a few times and then threw a bunch of floppies at it .... it works perfectly so Im a very happy boy right now! Added bonus, this drive looks right with the SE styling despite being designed primarily for the II GS.

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Re: Latest vintage computing ebay scores
« Reply #33 on: December 14, 2017, 08:25:32 AM »
Added bonus, this drive looks right with the SE styling despite being designed primarily for the II GS.

And they have even turned yellow/brown to the same extent!  :)

Seriously though, you can't bank on that, if one unit has seen a lot of sunlight and the other has been sitting in a shady spot. (Or is the yellowing mainly due to the light conditons in the picture in this case?)
 

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Re: Latest vintage computing ebay scores
« Reply #34 on: December 14, 2017, 09:03:42 AM »
Added bonus, this drive looks right with the SE styling despite being designed primarily for the II GS.

And they have even turned yellow/brown to the same extent!  :)

Seriously though, you can't bank on that, if one unit has seen a lot of sunlight and the other has been sitting in a shady spot. (Or is the yellowing mainly due to the light conditons in the picture in this case?)

It's ultimately heat that brings the fire retardant to the surface, I had 2 Amiga 500's in storage, in  sealed boxes, during a 40c+ heat wave and they both yellowed badly.
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Re: Latest vintage computing ebay scores
« Reply #35 on: December 14, 2017, 10:37:56 AM »
Heat or UV will both do it. UV definitely plays a part though because I've had equipment that had a sticker on it that created a very clear shadow in the yellowing.

Fortunately there are ways to reverse this to some extent. Mix some hydrogen peroxide with a bit of Oxy clean in a spray bottle, set the case out in the sun on a clear summer day and spray it down with the mixture. Keep misting it periodically to keep it wet and you'll be able to watch the yellowing vanish right before your eyes. Within about 15 minutes it should be substantially improved, that's what I did with my SE/30. Don't overdo it or the plastic will take on a chalky appearance that you can't fully recover. It will never be quite as light as it was originally but you can make it look WAY better than it was. 
 

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Re: Latest vintage computing ebay scores
« Reply #36 on: December 14, 2017, 11:20:21 AM »
Heat or UV will both do it. UV definitely plays a part though because I've had equipment that had a sticker on it that created a very clear shadow in the yellowing.

Fortunately there are ways to reverse this to some extent. Mix some hydrogen peroxide with a bit of Oxy clean in a spray bottle, set the case out in the sun on a clear summer day and spray it down with the mixture. Keep misting it periodically to keep it wet and you'll be able to watch the yellowing vanish right before your eyes. Within about 15 minutes it should be substantially improved, that's what I did with my SE/30. Don't overdo it or the plastic will take on a chalky appearance that you can't fully recover. It will never be quite as light as it was originally but you can make it look WAY better than it was.

UV generates surface heat which causes the fire retardant to rise to the surface.

Retr0brighting is pretty easy, you dont need sun at all, heat is all you need.

for small stuff like keys I now use the stove top method



and for big stuff I put the items in a clear plastic tub covered with glad wrap - I use the Vanish Napisan Oxi Action for both methods as it's great at dissolving any surface oils or nicotine etc that may be on the plastic and gives a nice splotch free finish. I do dilute it a bit eg 50/50.

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