Personal computers have been around for over forty years, but current computers are almost unrecognisable from the originals. With the amount of updates we are constantly going through, it would be easy to think that nothing from the past could still work. But one man has just proven us wrong.
A man has just found his 30-year old Apple computer, still working just fine. And what he found is incredible.
These days, people barely use a computer outside of the office.Computers are clunky, solid machines that we use when we want to do some proper work, or maybe for gaming. But how often do you see them outside of work?
Most people these days prefer something that folds.Laptops are light, slick, and best of all, portable. In a world when we are constantly on the move, why would we want to be fixed in one place?
And that's if they bother sitting down at all.With the arrival of smart phones, even laptops seem somewhat redundant. Everything can be done from anywhere in the world.
But one guy just made an amazing discovery.In a time of everything getting newer and quicker, John Pfaff has gone the other way. He's found something far bigger and slower, but so much fun.
He's not known for his discoveries.
So to all my new followers, first: hi! Second, just fair warning. My TL spends a lot of time talking about things… https://t.co/wR1Lfobsqk— John Pfaff (@John Pfaff)1550501528.0
John could not have been more surprised with this discovery.
Oh. My. God. An Apple IIe. Sat in my parents’ attic for years. Decades. And it works. Put in an old game disk. A… https://t.co/DimonZ4O2k— John Pfaff (@John Pfaff)1550373869.0
John tried to recapture his youth.
This is tricky, because three decades later I can’t quite remember where I left off this round of Adventureland. https://t.co/Eoj7EqkHtb— John Pfaff (@John Pfaff)1550373957.0
You know they want you to move on when they discontinue the accessories.
Hm. I rocked this version of One on One. Could hit a three from anywhere. But the boxes my mom sent have no joysti… https://t.co/G1nRHxAC9t— John Pfaff (@John Pfaff)1550374379.0
How times have changed.
My kids thought things were insanely retro when my wife and I played NES Super Mario on the oldest’s Switch. Tomor… https://t.co/9u38UDQvJ9— John Pfaff (@John Pfaff)1550375078.0
Life before internet.
My dad typed up labels for all my floppies, which is really sweet to remember. He was so thorough that he even in… https://t.co/PdHEWzRYlh— John Pfaff (@John Pfaff)1550375331.0
Remember the days of Reagan?
Hacker screens! And ASCII art! On a 35 year old 5.25” magnetic disk from the first Reagan Administration. https://t.co/2EWVrcxvLr— John Pfaff (@John Pfaff)1550376286.0
When flashing lights were the height of satisfaction.
Wow. So this was an old trivia game I loved (Millionware). This screen gets to the point where it says “Say ‘Hello’… https://t.co/So7vX7W2sV— John Pfaff (@John Pfaff)1550376816.0
Everything had more parts.
Of course, there is the downside. Here’s everything I wrote my senior year in high school, unreadable thanks to the… https://t.co/F522mFmQla— John Pfaff (@John Pfaff)1550377699.0
Are people running any faster now?
It’s like riding a bicycle. But need to get that 100m dash time down a bit. That was respectable in the 1980s, bu… https://t.co/PjwCEVqMiO— John Pfaff (@John Pfaff)1550378519.0
The running might not have changed, but the music is in a different league.
This game... never got past the first level despite HOURS of (pre-internet cheating) trying. Now w the web, I have… https://t.co/2ULJwy2Jwc— John Pfaff (@John Pfaff)1550379197.0
Size does matter.
“No, look, kids. This computer has. no. hard-drive. The reason those giant disks say ‘Disk Side’ 1-4 is you had to… https://t.co/MWbO1tmwVb— John Pfaff (@John Pfaff)1550379486.0
Are you old enough to remember the millennium bug?
I FOUND THE APPLEWORKS PROGRAM DISK. Insanely, it had been sitting in the disk drive for 30 years. I took it out… https://t.co/MzFCvEp5Yv— John Pfaff (@John Pfaff)1550381791.0
A time when 'Mercurial' was a common English expression.
Maybe I’ll stop complaining about Word’s clunkiness. That’s a lie—I’m Scrivener thru and thru—but still.... https://t.co/IVET32516l— John Pfaff (@John Pfaff)1550383377.0
Do you remember floppy disks?
Also, in the days before the Cloud, kids, you had to make sure you backed up your backups, bc those floppies could… https://t.co/lXZcKDq35S— John Pfaff (@John Pfaff)1550384010.0
It was worth going through everything for this real treasure.
Just found this letter my dad typed to me in 1986, when I was 11 and at summer camp. I REALLY WONDER what my theor… https://t.co/xPAGlu9Bby— John Pfaff (@John Pfaff)1550385031.0
The online world has loved John's discovery.
Well, I can delete my Twitter account now, bc I’ll never top this. https://t.co/7x30J6vww4— John Pfaff (@John Pfaff)1550380103.0
People can't believe what John found.
Dear Millennials: Generation X will not be available today. We're all going on a trip down memory lane. https://t.co/oxgRQFff7E— Toni Panetta (@Toni Panetta)1550418989.0
In some ways it sounds like the start of a new sci-fi film.
Sarah Connor narrates And in the end, all our efforts to terminate Skynet were in vain, because in an attic somewh… https://t.co/RxxivyN57J— Mike (@Mike)1550377458.0
Some fun could be had with this computer.
It’s been several minutes and I’m still laughing at this. https://t.co/DqNpN4uTDy— John Pfaff (@John Pfaff)1550376541.0
Not everyone is convinced by this computer.
Absolutely true! But there’s something abt the solid click of the same keyboard I used 35+ years ago that playing U… https://t.co/rJXEWBglIC— John Pfaff (@John Pfaff)1550377900.0
Even back then, Apple were all about branding.
It used to be easier to make mistakes.
My cracked version of that changed the name. Might have replaced the H with a C. This innocent 8 year old didn’t ge… https://t.co/PYQoEBxJ1Q— John Pfaff (@John Pfaff)1550379973.0
But was it really worth the hype?Big old computers went out of style for a reason. They were slow, clunky and used to break down all the time. They were incredibly infuriating.
There's always room for nostalgia.Okay, maybe I'm being a bit harsh. These computers were incredible at the time. They could do things that had never been done before, they were available to the public for the first time, and they paved the way for every technological advance since then.
It's been one hell of a discovery.
Ok, my kids won’t care why I didn’t go to bed when they wake up at dawn tomorrow (well, today). I’m so happy that… https://t.co/u45UMOC4FP— John Pfaff (@John Pfaff)1550386136.0