Making & Using BlueSCSI SD Card Adapters for Vintage Apple Macintosh Computers

I recently picked up my first compact Apple Macintoshes, a 1991 Mac Classic and a 1992 Mac Classic II, both of which were in good condition but needed repair and refurbishment. Aside from the classic issues of leaky electrolytic capacitors and exploding PRAM batteries, compact Macintoshes often have old-school 40MB/80MB Quantum SCSI 3.5″ mechanical hardContinue reading “Making & Using BlueSCSI SD Card Adapters for Vintage Apple Macintosh Computers”

1956 Philips 353A Bakelite Vacuum Tube Radio Repair & Restoration

A few months ago I bought my first ever vacuum tube radio, a 1956 Philips 353A bakelite AM/FM set, which is (currently) the oldest item in my collection. I’ve been wanting to get into vintage radio restoration for some time now (after watching YouTube channels such as the excellent Mr Carlson’s Lab), as I find theContinue reading “1956 Philips 353A Bakelite Vacuum Tube Radio Repair & Restoration”

1987 Commodore 1901 CRT Monitor Repair, Modification, & Restoration

I was recently given a 1980s Commodore 1901 CRT display by a friend, the third Commodore display for my collection (following a 1701 and 1084S-D2). It was in quite good condition physically, though it was missing its front control cover (a common problem with displays of this era) – it also came with a non-standardContinue reading “1987 Commodore 1901 CRT Monitor Repair, Modification, & Restoration”

1970s Ajax Commander S-74 Transistor Radio Repair

A few months ago I bought my first ever vintage radio, a 1970s Ajax Commander S-74 “solid-state” AM/FM set, which is among the oldest items in my collection. I’ve been wanting to get into vintage radio restoration for some time now (after watching YouTube channels such as the excellent Mr Carlson’s Lab), as I find theContinue reading “1970s Ajax Commander S-74 Transistor Radio Repair”

1983 Commodore 2031-LP 5.25″ FDD Repair & Restoration

I recently acquired my first Commodore 2031-LP 5.25″ FDD, another vintage disk drive to add to my collection, and a rather uncommon one at that. The drive was in reasonable condition, however it was bought untested and sold-as-seen with no accessories after being stored at the bottom of a wardrobe for several decades. The Commodore 2031 andContinue reading “1983 Commodore 2031-LP 5.25″ FDD Repair & Restoration”

1974 Sinclair Scientific Calculator Repair & Restoration

I recently acquired a Sinclair Scientific calculator from 1974, alongside a large bundle of vintage computers – this was an unexpected (but very welcome) surprise and is in fact my first vintage calculator, though it is basically a pocket computer, so it is certainly in keeping with the rest of my collection. The calculator wasContinue reading “1974 Sinclair Scientific Calculator Repair & Restoration”

Microsoft Xbox (Original) Repair & Restoration

I recently picked up an original Xbox, boxed with accessories, and in good condition. I never actually owned one of these myself back in the day, but a lot of my friends did, so it brings back a lot of memories for me, and I was looking forward to trying it out. The Xbox wasContinue reading “Microsoft Xbox (Original) Repair & Restoration”

Amiga A1010 3.5″ FDD Repair & Restoration

I recently acquired my first Commodore Amiga A1010 3.5″ FDD, another vintage disk drive to add to my collection. The drive was in reasonable condition and came with several accessories and its original box, however it was bought sold-as-seen. The Commodore Amiga 1010 3.5″ FDD was released in 1985 alongside the Amiga 1000, or A1000,Continue reading “Amiga A1010 3.5″ FDD Repair & Restoration”

Commodore 1540 5.25″ FDD Restoration

I recently acquired my first Commodore 1540 5.25″ FDD, another vintage disk drive to add to my collection. The drive was in reasonable condition and came with several accessories and its original box, however it was bought sold-as-seen and had several modifications and missing parts. The Commodore 1540 5.25″ FDD was released in 1981 forContinue reading “Commodore 1540 5.25″ FDD Restoration”

My 1982 Acorn Atom

I recently obtained my first Acorn Atom, another 1980s 8-bit computer to add to my collection. The machine was in very good, tested condition and came with several tasteful (and reversible) modifications to improve reliability and usability. The Acorn Atom was produced by Acorn Computers Ltd from 1980 to 1982, when it was replaced by the BBC Micro. The AtomContinue reading “My 1982 Acorn Atom”