macnoyd

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Name
bbrown
State, province or region
New Hampshire
Gender
male
Job title
Sr. Software Engineer
Biography

I've been involved with electronics since graduating high school. (early '70s) Bought my first Apple ][+ in 1981. I had just landed a job in R&D at an industrial print manufacturer. My experience was in TTL design, but I never had the chance to design using Microprocessors. I was learning Intel MCS-48 code so this paralleled my Apple ][ programming experience. At that time, I had a new house, new car, married with my first child so I had to make due with the 48K Apple. Necessity being the mother of invention, (and copying!) I hand-build my first ROM board from Apple's Integer Basic ROM board, then took on a video card among a few others. All hand built. My first monitor was a Sony TV that I converted to a monitor, and a cassette drive that I used for over a year. Eventually, all evolved and I was able to accumulate a full setup.

I've always held on to my equipment, but (starting about) 10 years ago I started collecting Apple ][ hardware. I've avoided "buying" anything except Apple ][ plus hardware, but I've been able to accumulate a pretty impressive collection of ALL Apple hardware up to and including the color Classic. I might be dreaming, but I believe I've accumulated one of the largest collections of Apple ][ Hardware in all of New England.

A couple years ago I was able to build up a replica Apple 1. (Mike Willegal version) This is my pride and joy. ;)

I'm just a few years from retirement, so my goal will be to start reversing my collection and develop a smaller collection of hardware I can truly enjoy. Maybe even finish some of the hardware developments I started and never completed.

Interests

Apple 1 and II computer hardware Other computer-related hardware projects Italian sports cars. (restoration) :)

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