I worked at Apple as a programmer from 1986 through 1989; but was entirely involved with Macintosh software (I'm the author of MacPaint 2.0). The Apple II systems were still around, of course, but weren't considered as exciting as the still-new Macs, especially since when I joined Apple was in the process of finalizing the Mac II design, which would bring the Apple II virtues of color and expandability to the Mac.
(Out in the garage, I still have my prototype of Rich Page's "Big Mac", the alternate Mac II design that didn't make it. Basically it was a big fast Mac Plus-- no slots, but equipped with a 68020 and 16 DIMM sockets. I used it to write MacPaint 2 since the Mac II prototypes were flakey at that point. I should probably get rid of the damn thing.)
Still, prior to my working for Apple, I had owned several Apple IIs (and even an Apple ///) and done a fair bit of BASIC, assembly, and Pascal programming. Now retired, I find myself consumed with a nostalgia for these old machines, so I bought some stuff on eBay...
The first to arrive was a "junk" //e in what I think of as the "//e Platinum" case, although it's beige. It has the enhanced CPU and ROMs (were probably standard at that point), and was in surprisingly good shape for $52...as long as you don't include "being clean" in the definition. I spent some hours disassembling and cleaning it and despite some corrosion on a couple of chips (which I cleaned off as best I was able) and substantial amounts of rust on the external connectors, it seems to work perfectly, except for a dead left shift key. (replacement key switches already ordered).
It has the Apple 80 column card, which I believe was standard in these machines, and a Disk II controller (can't test, no drives) and a Super Serial card, which I expect to be of limited use.
I never owned or did any programming with a IIe, so its extra capabilities are interesting. Of course as of yet I have no manuals (or monitor, or disk drives, but they're coming), so I've been trolling online to discover how to use 80 column mode, double hires graphics, and whatnot.
I have a Dell Ultrasharp 27" flat panel with a composite video input, although it won't display anything from this machine. My Sony TV, though, handles this task with no problem. I take it the composite output of these old machines is just something modern monitors can't handle?
What I'd like to do now is build a software library. Back in my Apple II days I was buds with Bob Sander-Cederlof of S-C Assembler fame (Dallas Apple Corps, late 1970s-early 1980s), but oddly enough he no longer has any copies of it. I understand there was software repositories online and methods to download and somehow transfer this stuff to our old machines, and I'll be investigating that, although any tips you have would be appreciated.
That's all for now...just wanted to say hi.