After a long period of neglect, we’re re-launching the retro edition with a new feature: every hour or so, five random Hackaday pages, going all the way back to the very first post will show up on the retro site. Yes, this was a feature we originally planned for the retro site, but now Hackaday has awesome devs working behind the scenes. I mean, they can set up a cron job! It’s amazing!
As always, you’re more than welcome to load our retro site with any vintage hardware, take a picture, and send it in. Odds are, we’ll plaster it up in one of these semi-frequent retro roundup posts.
No retro roundup post would be complete without a few examples of people loading the retro edition on old hardware. You can check a few out after the break.
Normally, “newer” Palm devices don’t have a driver for SDHC cards, meaning they’re limited to about 2GB of storage. [Dimitry Grinberg], creator of Palm Powerups, wrote a SDHC driver for Palm, allowing anyone to use huge 16 and 32GB cards on these 10-year-old devices.
[Greg] installed this Palm Powerup, tethered the device to his phone, and loaded the retro edition.
How’s this for awesome hardware? It’s an IBM PC110 Palmtop, that’s literally a palm top computer; it’s a mere 6″ x 4.5″ x 1.3″, featuring a 4.7″ VGA screen, 260MB drive, up to 20MB of RAM, and a 33MHz 486. Released in the mid-90s, it’s a Japan exclusive. Rare as hen’s teeth, this is, and we have no idea what those candy-colored buttons actually do.
[John B.] happens to have one of these beauties and decided to use the internal 2400 baud modem to load up the retro site.
We love classic all-in-one macs, and apparently so does [Scott]. He brought his old Mac SE home from his parents house, and after going through a bag full of old connectors, found a DIN-8 to DB-9 cable and a USB serial adapter. That’s all that’s needed to get a serial connection working with is MacBook.
Because of the SE’s 800k disk drive, [Scott] was unable to get a TCP stack and a System 7 browser. Instead of running software on the SE, he decided to do emulate a terminal session with screen. With a bit of futzing around with baud settings and window sizes, he was able to use Lynx and load up the retro site.
[Kyle] has put a lot of work into getting this computer on the Internet without using terminal emulation or bridging. There’s a 10MBps Ethernet card inside, along with a Sound Blaster 16. Despite the ancient hardware, we could see this being a somewhat useful machine for retro DOS gaming, using ancient software, or, of course, loading up the retro edition.
[Perry] tells us this isn’t much of a retro submission, but we’d have to disagree. It’s an old ARM-based Linux PDA made by Sharp, 206 MHz with 32 MB of RAM.
That’s all for now. Again, if you manage to dig some retro hardware out of the basement and load up the retro edition, send it in.
If you’re wondering how to get your old boxxen up on the Internet, the retro edition also has a few retrocomputing tutorials for the Apple II, Classic Mac, and Commodore 64. We’d love to crowdsource a few more tutorials for some more exotic platforms, so if you have the chops write one up and we’ll link to it.