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Achievement Unlocked: Apple IIGS ROM 03 PCB

November 8th, 2015 by Sean

Achievement Unlocked! I’ve acquired an Apple IIgs ROM 3 motherboard:

Apple IIGS ROM 03 Motherboard PCB - Geek With Social Skills

Here’s a little bit of information about the Apple IIGS ROM 03:

  • Apple released ROM 03 in August 1989
  • Control Panel and real-time clock battery now user-serviceable
  • Standard amount of RAM increased to 1.125 MB
  • Additional memory was built-in on the motherboard
  • New ROM firmware now 256 KB in size and contains the System 5.x toolsets

The newer toolsets increased the performance of the machine by up to 10%, due to the fact that less had to be loaded from disk, tool ROM read access being faster than RAM, and their highly optimized routines compared to the older toolsets (pre-GS/OS based).

In addition to several bug fixes, more programmer assistance commands and features, a cleaned up Control Panel with improved mouse control, RAM Disk functionality, more flexible Appletalk support and slot mapping were added.

I’m pretty excited to have tracked this board down. In the near future I’ll be swapping out my ROM 01 PCB with this ROM 03 PCB so I’ll have a total of 2 MB of RAM. Game on!

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Apple IIgs Keyboard Restoration

October 29th, 2015 by Sean

I recently restored my Apple IIgs Desktop Bus Keyboard (part number 658-4081 – older Alps version) and wanted to showcase the before and after pictures. Enjoy!

My first picture shows how the keyboard looked before restoration… a lot of yellowing on the case and specifically the space bar:

Apple IIGS Keyboard Restoration - Geek With Social Skills

In this next picture you can see the keyboard taken apart, the space bar removed and also the plastic spacer piece between the QWERTY keys and numeric keypad:

Apple IIGS Keyboard Restoration - Geek With Social Skills

This last picture shows my Apple IIgs keyboard reassembled after my special cleaning process… it looks so minty fresh and pretty close to brand new:

Apple IIGS Keyboard Restoration - Geek With Social Skills

In the future I’ll be sure do a follow up blog post with more details on how I achieved these amazing results, and before you ask, no, it wasn’t Retr0bright, but something less toxic.

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Real or fake? You decide…

September 13th, 2010 by Sean

A big shark or maybe a dolphin swimming in the Pacific Ocean while a surfer is waiting for the perfect wave…

Shark

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Does this girl Ever close her mouth?

May 13th, 2008 by Sean

15+ different pictures of the same girl with her mouth wide open in every shot.

Girl with mouth wide open

What I’d like to know is this… does she ever close her mouth?

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I’m being repressed!

January 18th, 2003 by Sean

Just a quick note to warn everyone that we’re being attacked by Intel Bunny People. I was able to get this picture of them attacking my computer in my office:

Intel Bunny People

It seems they like the number 23 and computers running 1000’s of emulated games. Don’t be fooled. They seem cute and charming at first but they will attack you and start to dance to MC Hammer… ah! Run away! Run away!

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