Even back in 1983, Apple was on top of their game.
The Apple IIe was the third model from Apple's personal computers. The "e" signified the enhanced version of the second model very much how the iPhone's "s" acts as a similar marker.
Discontinued in 1993, the IIe was the last of the line to be produced by Apple and has the distinction for being the longest-lived model in the history of the company.
No more was this evident than when a professor discovered his abandoned IIe up in his parents' attic. Over thirty years later, he was pleased to find it was still in excellent condition, and the bonus takeaway was an unexpected moment to connect with his father who passed away a year ago.
Fordham University law professor John Pfaff instantly reverted back to his childhood when he reunited with his Apple IIe.
Oh. My. God. An Apple IIe. Sat in my parents’ attic for years. Decades. And it works. Put in an old game disk. A… https://t.co/DimonZ4O2k— John Pfaff (@John Pfaff)1550373869.0
The memory of his gaming progress was a bit iffy. Fair enough. It's been three decades!
This is tricky, because three decades later I can’t quite remember where I left off this round of Adventureland. https://t.co/Eoj7EqkHtb— John Pfaff (@John Pfaff)1550373957.0
Hm. I rocked this version of One on One. Could hit a three from anywhere. But the boxes my mom sent have no joysti… https://t.co/G1nRHxAC9t— John Pfaff (@John Pfaff)1550374379.0
His kids are about to discover the true definition of retro.
My kids thought things were insanely retro when my wife and I played NES Super Mario on the oldest’s Switch. Tomor… https://t.co/9u38UDQvJ9— John Pfaff (@John Pfaff)1550375078.0
Remember floppy discs? No?
They acted as data storage in the form of a magnetic disc in a square, plastic enclosure and were used to transfer information and create backups before hard discs became affordable by the mid-90s. (The price of an 80MB storage hard disc with a controller cost thousands of dollars during the 80s.)
So if you were born yesterday, this is what a floppy disc looks like.
Isn't it rad?
My dad typed up labels for all my floppies, which is really sweet to remember. He was so thorough that he even in… https://t.co/PdHEWzRYlh— John Pfaff (@John Pfaff)1550375331.0
Hacker screens! And ASCII art! On a 35 year old 5.25” magnetic disk from the first Reagan Administration. https://t.co/2EWVrcxvLr— John Pfaff (@John Pfaff)1550376286.0
Wow. So this was an old trivia game I loved (Millionware). This screen gets to the point where it says “Say ‘Hello’… https://t.co/So7vX7W2sV— John Pfaff (@John Pfaff)1550376816.0
Some things are better left in the past.
Of course, there is the downside. Here’s everything I wrote my senior year in high school, unreadable thanks to the… https://t.co/F522mFmQla— John Pfaff (@John Pfaff)1550377699.0
It’s like riding a bicycle. But need to get that 100m dash time down a bit. That was respectable in the 1980s, bu… https://t.co/PjwCEVqMiO— John Pfaff (@John Pfaff)1550378519.0
Can he hack his way back into cyberspace with this classic game based on the cyberpunk novel written by William Gibson?
This game... never got past the first level despite HOURS of (pre-internet cheating) trying. Now w the web, I have… https://t.co/2ULJwy2Jwc— John Pfaff (@John Pfaff)1550379197.0
“No, look, kids. This computer has. no. hard-drive. The reason those giant disks say ‘Disk Side’ 1-4 is you had to… https://t.co/MWbO1tmwVb— John Pfaff (@John Pfaff)1550379486.0
Well, I can delete my Twitter account now, bc I’ll never top this. https://t.co/7x30J6vww4— John Pfaff (@John Pfaff)1550380103.0
Maybe I’ll stop complaining about Word’s clunkiness. That’s a lie—I’m Scrivener thru and thru—but still.... https://t.co/IVET32516l— John Pfaff (@John Pfaff)1550383377.0
His dad was an excellent archivist.
Also, in the days before the Cloud, kids, you had to make sure you backed up your backups, bc those floppies could… https://t.co/lXZcKDq35S— John Pfaff (@John Pfaff)1550384010.0
What a beautiful way to serendipitously connect with his late father.
Just found this letter my dad typed to me in 1986, when I was 11 and at summer camp. I REALLY WONDER what my theor… https://t.co/xPAGlu9Bby— John Pfaff (@John Pfaff)1550385031.0
Ok, my kids won’t care why I didn’t go to bed when they wake up at dawn tomorrow (well, today). I’m so happy that… https://t.co/u45UMOC4FP— John Pfaff (@John Pfaff)1550386136.0
Not only were Gen Xers familiar with the antiquated system, they became nostalgic after reading the thread and were moved by Pfaff's relationship with his dad.
@JohnFPfaff This was the best thing I’ve read today. Your thoughts on your Dad were so heartwarming. And your excit… https://t.co/0BLaV5Xrgw— artsy🎨 (@artsy🎨)1550390070.0
@JohnFPfaff What a happy trip down memory lane. Probably not the point of your sharing, but Makes me want to call m… https://t.co/W1DoiC1x8W— Jillian Wiesner (@Jillian Wiesner)1550390501.0
@JohnFPfaff Apple IIe was my first computer! We got it when I was in 4th grade. I decided that year I wanted to be… https://t.co/fesH5STaNb— Shannon Hale (@Shannon Hale)1550426637.0
@JohnFPfaff Thank you for sharing this and making me feel all 8 again!!! https://t.co/VgPPQZd5bM— Courtney Hoskins (@Courtney Hoskins)1550418274.0
@JohnFPfaff This brought me joy. Thank you + follow. Only born in 1990 but was years behind in tech because poverty… https://t.co/eX02BVRYEJ— Brittany M. Williams | PhD-ish for Hire (@Brittany M. Williams | PhD-ish for Hire)1550386519.0
@JohnFPfaff Am I the only one who got choked up by this thread? It’s very touching.— Vic Svaporub (@Vic Svaporub)1550410050.0
@JohnFPfaff The ordinary is the good stuff.— Chris Murray (@Chris Murray)1550427089.0
We've come so far and maybe a little too fast. With the world spinning out of control, let's put on the breaks and reboot.