macnoyd

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Name
bbrown
State, province or region
New Hampshire
Gender
male
Job title
Sr. Software / Electronics Engineer (Retired)
Biography
I've been involved with electronics since the early '70s. Bought my first Apple ][+ in 1981. I had just landed a job in R&D at a local industrial printer manufacturer. My early experience was in TTL design but I never had the chance to design using Microprocessors. I was learning Intel MCS-48 code at the time so this paralleled my Apple ][ programming experience. In the beginning 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 other PCB projects. My first monitor was a Sony TV that I converted to a monitor with a cheap 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 original equipment but starting about 19 years ago I began collecting Apple ][ hardware. I've accumulated enough Apple ][ Cards & computers to where I have pretty much everything except an Apple ][c Plus. Never could figure out the hype of that particular model. Several years back I was able to build up a replica Apple 1 (Willegal version) with plans to replicate a Byte Shop case.
Now that I'm retired, my goal will be to start reversing my collection and scale down my Apple ][ hardware.
... maybe finish some projects I started but never completed.
Interests
Apple 1 and II computer hardware.
Other computer-related hardware projects.
Italian sports cars.
Call Sign
KA1SIG (expired)

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