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 > [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Nomad of Norad -- David C Hall

> [log in to unmask] wrote:
> > This thread has got me thinking not about conlangs carrying 
> on after me,
> > but about the tinkering I had done in the past which is 
> still may have on
> > those old 5.25" Apple II formatted floppies.  A couple years back, I
> > noticed a few people selling working Apple IIc's for $25-50 
> on E-Bay so
> > I may just get one to transfer my old stuff to disk images. 
>  I have some
> > good emulator programs to use them, and they run 
> considerably faster than
> > the original computer.  I could always sell the computer 
> once I've finished
> > transferring my files.
> 
> I've still got just about all my old Radio Shack Color Computer 
> floppies, and actually still have the old CoCo with floppy 
> drive, so I 
> could still read my old disks if I wanted to.
> 
> There are programs for the peecee that will read CoCo 
> floppies, though, 
> so even without the CoCos I could still read the contents of 
> them, I'd 
> just need a 5.25" floppy drive.  I actually have a couple of those 
> stored here for that express purpose.  You can still find 
> them at older, 
> small computer stores, the sort of place where they stockpile 
> this stuff 
> from machines they've dismantled for parts.

That's fine for the CoCo, but the Apple II was a very unique disk format.  It's unreadable by anything else becaus Apple didn't use a regular disk controller chip like the others.  They made a proprietary circuit of their own, which is not compatible with any of the off-the-shelf disk controllers.

I had a bid for a complete IIC system on e-Bay last weekend but it got snapped up by someone else at the last minute for $15.50.  Not bad for a complete system with monitor and printer, though I probably would have told the seller to keep the printer  to save the shipping costs.