Brad Feld

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I’ve Got A New Computer

Jan 31, 2006
Category Technology

I decided today was a retro day at the office and decided to see if some of my old computers still worked.  My dad cleaned out his attic last week and sent me all of my old computers.

My Compaq Plus – which hadn’t been booted up since 1988 – started up immediately.  While it had PFS Write and WordPerfect on it, there was no TCP/IP stack or Ethernet card.  So – I downshifted to my old Apple II.

Remarkably – it also booted up immediately.  I don’t think it had been turned on since 1984.  After staring at my old Silentype thermal printer for a few seconds, I decided to go back to work.