A large personal collection of 8-bit hardware and software was donated to the Seattle Commodore Computer Club (SEA-CCC) this week. The gentleman who donated the collection had it stored for many years in his nephew's garage. Due to his age and life circumstances, he needed to remove the boxes. His three options were to try and sell everything (not an easy task due to its size and condition), throw it all away, or give it away.
Luckily we found him before it was sent to the dump.
Much of this collection will be taken to next week's SEA-CCC meeting and handed out to members (half of it has already been claimed!).
At least half of the collection is actually VIC-20 related, which is interesting for me to poke through simply because the VIC-20 is so foreign to me. I never grew up with one and never had any friends who did, either. The other half is Commodore 64/128. Most of that hardware is in really, really bad shape.
The 128's in particular... I've never seen anything like it. And yet one of them still powers up! The other... well, it looks like it had been camouflaged and seen some action in Desert Storm.
Regardless, there's plenty of stuff here to make a lot of people happy. Glad to have spared this from the dump. Well, at least most of it. Once you remove several layers of dirt and grime, most of these machines seem to still be good. But a few probably will need to be recycled. We'll see.
Wait until you guys see what I'm picking up later today. You won't believe it (hell, I don't believe it!). You'll know my Commodore obsession has tipped the scales of sanity after this next one for sure. Or maybe, just maybe, you'll be nodding in understanding.
And the printer works! I can't believe after 20 years of sitting in a dark, dank dungeon I've been able to get this old beast back to glo... oh shit.
Stupid paper feed is like a faberge egg. I'll work on this a bit more later and see if I can make it more reliable. Worth a shot. And after forwarding the printer ribbon past a ton of mold and mildew, the ink was still mostly good on the inside of the cartridge. Can't believe it!