Tag: Retro

Olivetti D33 1991 386 Retro PC Laptop Tour and Repair

I fixed up a 30 year old Olivetti D33 Laptop AKA the Triumph Adler Walkstation. The best bits are all on video, or scroll down for a gallery and links to other resources for this (barely) laptop. The most important bit was the pinout for the PSU DB-9 connector....

1949 PYE Type 39 J/H Radio

I’ve dragged this 20 kilo radio home on the tube, so now I have to fix it. Currently it’s in pieces and dusted, the next step is to re-finish the wood and get it tuned and put back together. Further ahead I’ve got plans for a bluetooth module that...

Weird Junk Find – Keylock Mac

If the CIA had had this in the first Mission Impossible film, they wouldn’t have had their files stolen. A physical lock which you insert into your Classic Macintosh’s disk drive, this is the weirdest Swedish invention I’ve seen this week. Of course I purchased it immediately for my...

Radio From a WW2 Avro Lancaster Bomber

I’ve got my hands on the radio set from an Avro Lancaster Bomber, used by the British in World War 2. Here it is, it’s been fitted with a power cord and antenna, but I want to go over it and check all of the capacitors etc before plugging...

Repairing a Macintosh Classic II

I picked up a Macintosh Classic II for 35 quid – a steal, and a good weekend project to get it fixed up and running. As expected – nothing but vertical white bars displayed on the screen. Additionally, no startup chime, and the screen was dim – barely visible....

Roberts Ramblers

I’ve been fixing old radios. It’s been providing good weekend projects that don’t involve staring at a computer screen. Here’s some of the results! These ones have all sold, and I’ve ordered some Bluetooth modules to add to future restores so the classic Rambler can be used as a...