Evening all (at least evening where I am!)
Decided to dip into the Apple /// arena and picked one up today. The machine is in desperate need of a cleaning, but everything works. Comes w/a PKASO printer card and Corvus Interface card w/cable, external floppy drive and Monitor ///.
But, the real treasure trove of this purchase was the software and paperwork. The system came from a former sales rep, so the "Sales Aids" binder was very interesting as are the Tech Support News letters (about a dozen of them)
The disks are what blew me away. In the photos are only about 60% of the disks that came with this computer. Most of the sleeves you see have 2 to 3 more disks behind the one on top. Some are the 2nd and 3rd disks for a given program, others are 2 or 3 different program/data disks.
I have now gone through every disk (just over 100) and there was only 1 disks that did not work!!!! I had my old BBS/AE line disks in climate controlled storage since I took the line down in the late 80's and of the 300+ Apple II disks I saved there was a failure rate of about 30%. (I also learned those cheap "Ultra Magnetics" brand disks sucked, 90% of my failures were on them!!)
I could not believe there was only 1 bad disk out of the entire bunch. I have a higher failure rate than that with the unopened boxes of blank floppies!
I have already begun making 2 copies of every disk (there were actually about another 25 disks that were backups, and they all worked too!!) There may certainly be a few that have bad sectors that i have not encountered yet and will when copying, but every disk either booted, I was able to catalog the volume and see the files and/or I copied it.
Of all the machines I owned growing up and the stuff I have now, the /// is one of the few machines I have never had at any point in my life, until now!!