I'm totally content knowing that my blog and YouTube videos are providing enjoyment to others, but perhaps you would like to send a gift my way.
The following page lists the items I am specifically looking for. Many of these items will specifically help in the creation of content for my YouTube channel and/or this blog.
I have two Amazon Lists for items to help me with researching vintage computers and producing YouTube content:
- Tools and Supplies I Need (tools and consumables, most under $20, that I need now)
- Wish List (more expensive things I need and want)
Any computer that a kid growing up between 1980-2000 (or so) might have used at home or in school is fair game. Let's say that this starts from the 8-bit home computer era, and ends with the PowerPC Macs (so G5 or earlier) and the PCs that were out when I graduated from college (so anything before 2003).
I am more interested in computers that were targeted to home and education end users; however, I will consider gifts of computers that were targeted to business users if the computer might have conceivably been handed down to employees once their business usefulness was over (example: my mom's boss gave her one of the IBM Portable Personal Computers after they replaced them).
The following computers are ones that I am most interested in obtaining because they are the ones I used while growing up or very soon after graduating college:
- Apple II+ (especially if it has a green third-party monitor with it)
- If you have a green third-party composite monitor to offer, I would consider that as well for when I manage to acquire a II+.
- Apple IIe (non-Platinum)
- Apple Macintosh Performa 5200-series
- Apple PowerBook G4 15" 1.67 GHz
- Apple PowerMac 7300
- Apple PowerMac G3 Beige Tower
- Apple PowerMac G4 Digital Audio 733MHz
- Apple PowerMac G4 Digital Audio 533MHz DP
- Apple PowerMac G4 MDD FW800 1.42GHz DP
- Apple PowerMac G5 Dual Core 2.3GHz
- HP Pavilion Desktop with a Pentium 60-75MHz
- IBM Portable Personal Computer
- IBM PCjr
- Packard Bell Legend 1990CDT
- Parts for any of the above, even if I don't have a lead on the computer itself, especially including:
- Macintosh high-density auto-inject floppy drives
- Cartridges and/or restore discs/disks for any of the above.
In addition, not only would I like to find an example of the book BASIC Programming for Kids by Roz Ault, my first learn-to-program book, with its dust jacket, I would like to find one example of each of the computers mentioned in this book. I remember reading it and imagining what it would be like to use the computers mentioned in the book, and now I think it would be cool to actually try these computers for real. (Also, I realize that some of these overlap with the computers above.)
- Apple II+
- Atari 800
- Texas Instruments
- Tandy Radio Shack
- TRS-80 (Model I or III)
TRS-80 Color Computer
- Parts for any of the above, even if I don't have a lead on the computer itself.
- Accessories, cartridges, and/or disks for any of the above.
I’d like to be able to repair the computers of others, as well as to improve the quality of my computer repair livestreams. To help towards this goal, I’m looking for the following items:
- An 100MHz+ oscilloscope with VGA or HDMI out, or with a web interface which can show a live representation of the screen.
- I would consider an oscilloscope that uses a software interface.
I would like to have a complete set of hardware for the Yamaha CX5M Music Computer in order to properly document the system. The following items are the parts of the CX5M system that I am most interested in obtaining:
- Yamaha CM5MII or CX5MII/128
- preferably the US or Canadian market version
- the Japanese market version would be OK, as I have a step-down transformer
- parts condition units would be OK, especially if the keyboard has no broken keys.
- Yamaha C1 Music Computer
- The following accessories for the Yamaha Music Computer line:
- Yamaha UCN-01 (Yamaha “Unit Connector”)
- Yamaha YRM-105 (DX9 Voicing Program)
- Yamaha YRM-303 (MIDI Macro & Monitor)
- Yamaha YRM-304 (DX7 Voicing Program II)
- Yamaha YRM-305 (DX21 Voicing Program)
- Yamaha YRM-306 (DX7 II-D/FD Voicing Program)
- Yamaha YRM-502 (FM Voicing Program II)
- Yamaha YRM-504 (FM Music Macro II)
- Yamaha YRM-506 (FB-01 Voicing Program)
Other Ways You Can Help
Wish You Could Send Me a Super Chat on YouTube?
My channel is too small for YouTube’s Partner Program, so I don’t qualify to receive Super Chats/Super Stickers/Super Thanks.
So if you feel inclined to send the equivalent of a coffee my way, then you can do so via one of the following methods: