It seems like most people who are into Apple IIs used them as a kid. I didn’t own an Apple computer until I was 18 and I never saw an Apple II or owned one until I was 29.
My first Apple II was a II Plus that I found in the trash. I was walking to work one day when I saw an Apple II Plus with monitor, two disk drives, and monitor in a box next to the trash in front of a random house. I saw someone in the garage and asked if I could have it. He said sure. He told me how back in the day he bought it for his kids as people said you were setting your kids up for failure if you didn’t get them a computer. He called the local third party Apple store to see if the computer had any value but they told him no one would want it so he threw it away.
I was so excited to get it that I tried to carry the box by myself a mile to the office. I only got about three blocks before I broke down and called my mom to come pick me up. The guy offered to put it in the house and let me pick it up later but there was no way I was going to do that. I couldn’t take the chance of not getting it.
I took it home and it powered right up. I didn’t have any software so after verifying that it booted I just put in on a shelf and didn’t give it another thought for about a year. A few months ago I decided I needed to start a new hobby. I had been missing my grandfather lately so I thought I would give retrocomputing a try. As a kid I had lots of fun tinkering with computers with him so I thought I would give that at try.
About two months ago while in Ireland I talked quite a bit with my friend Greg about his Apple IIgs. He had one as a kid and was quite fond of it. While looking around for retrocomputers the Apple II keep coming up and I was delighted to see that there was still a pretty vibrant Apple II community. I’ve been constantly searching for community to join so I decided to give hacking on the Apple II a try.
At the time of this post I have now bought a Apple IIgs and Apple IIc. I’m also going to attend KansasFest the annual Apple II conference in Kansas City. I created this site to keep track of all the neat Apple II stuff I come across.