I’ve got a good number of old machines in my computer room here. A prime concern is always how to get data (disk images, etc.) from the Internet to these old machines. Some, like my NeXTStation, are friendly LAN citizens. Others, like my Mac Plus, have Ethernet connectivity, but can be challenging to work with over the network. My Amiga 1200 has the network hardware, but I’ve not gotten the drivers squared away to make it all happen. There are but 24 hours in a given day.
My Apple IIgs used to talk fairly happily via LocalTalk to my PowerMac G4 that was 1) equipped with an old-school serial port and could 2) boot into OS 9 natively. Since I handed down the G4 and moved to the G5, things have been more difficult. As a solution, I decided to equip my IIgs with a SuperDrive, which is what Apple used to call its 3.5″ floppy drive that could read/write both variable speed 800K floppies as well as standard 1.44MB media. I found one on eBay, new-in-box, which is always best! More elusive and expensive is the requisite controller needed to interface the drive to an Apple II. Fortunately, no sooner had I posted an inquiry to the Usenet than I received a note from someone in Australia who had a new-in-box (!) controller that he agreed to let go for $75 USD.
Both arrived, installed easily, work great, and now I’m reading PC formatted 1.44MB floppies in the IIgs real horrorshow. Problem solved.
I took some pics of the new units as they emerged for the first time from their boxes, here nearly 15 years after they left Apple. There’s a few general GS hardware shots in there as well. Have a look.