Pauls Old Crap

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Paul's Old Crap is a video series filmed by Paul Lezica and showcases some of the old computing hardware in the Higher Intellect Technology Museum. See below for links to individual episodes of the show.

Purpose

Over the years we've both collected and lost a number of items in our tech museum, so the decision was made to showcase what we've got as a retro video series. Our aim is to display some average use of each system along with discussing technical details and how to keep these systems running.

Donations

Due to space availability we might not be able to accommodate large system donations, but we would welcome donations of components which could be used to upgrade systems in our collections. If you're interested in helping out, drop us a line at admin(at)preterhuman.net. Some items we're always looking for: big box PC software from the 80s/90s (also Mac software), SCSI2SD boards, IDE SSDs, 50-pin SCSI drives, Silicon Graphics hardware (MIPS or 68K era), Sun workstations (SPARC or older), NeXT hardware and software, 386/486 laptops.

Episodes

Episode Title Description Released YouTube URL
0 (Intro) Retro computing introduction This video will briefly cover most of the old computing equipment found in Paul's collection. Future videos will be about specific items seen in this intro. December 10, 2017 https://youtu.be/FlZLyORD2Ww
1 SGI Indy & IRIX This video will discuss the SGI Indy and IRIX operating system. We will cover aspects of the Indy hardware, simple usage of IRIX and topics about keeping these old systems running (SCSI2SD, upgrades, etc). January 11, 2018 https://youtu.be/Jy90tmEayjo
2 Apple UNIX (A/UX) on a Mac SE/30 In this video I demonstrate the installation and limited usage of Apple UNIX (A/UX) 3.0.1 on a Macintosh SE/30. I'll cover a few talking points about A/UX in general and some of the issues I encountered. February 1, 2018 https://youtu.be/veOLuYgWkls
3 Making A Home Dialup ISP Today we talk about dialup modems and how to make a mini dialup ISP using a virtual PBX. We'll use a Cisco router acting as a dialup server to provide Internet access to our computers, with the modem call going through a 3CX VOIP server and Grandstream ATAs. February 22, 2018 https://youtu.be/ED2I6uBjxiU
4 Apple & Macintosh Manuals of the 80s/90s In this video I'll be going through a pile of Apple manuals from the 1980s and 1990s. These are mostly user guides for Macintosh computers, Apple software, system accessories and HyperCard. October 14, 2018 https://youtu.be/qGBeTG5Okgc (Part 1/2), https://youtu.be/lOptdv-w9cM (Part 2/2)
5 NeXTSTEP 3.3 on a SPARCstation 5 (Install/Tour) I will demonstrate the installation and some usage of the NeXTSTEP 3.3 operating system using a Sun SPARCstation 5. This will cover some required information for installing the OS on a SPARCstation and getting some applications loaded. November 25, 2018 https://youtu.be/nB5ehcQ4j88
6 Mac OS X Server 1.2 (Rhapsody 5.6) on a PowerMac G3 In this video I'll install Mac OS X Server 1.2, code named Rhapsody 5.6, onto a Power Macintosh G3 old world ROM system. This operating system is the PowerPC port of OPENSTEP and was released prior to the Mac OS X 10.0 average consumer operating system. December 10, 2018 https://youtu.be/5I3BWaMa-Fk

Reviews

Title Description Released YouTube URL
Solar Winds: The Escape (1993) In this video I play a bit of the DOS game "Solar WInds 1: The Escape" while discussing some aspects of the gameplay. February 27, 2018 https://youtu.be/ncc5Nw1lvvw
Stellar 7 (1990) Spending a few minutes playing the DOS game Stellar 7 which is another favorite of mine from the 90s. February 27, 2018 https://youtu.be/u0BiQXqM8RI
IndyCar Racing (1993) From Papyrus, IndyCar Racing is one of the numerous racing games available for DOS. In this video I'll run some laps on a couple of tracks. February 28, 2018 https://youtu.be/p_LCpz9lP4Y
SimFarm (1993) First time playing SimFarm in more than 15 years. Most of the game seems simple enough to figure out without reading any instructions. Not my favorite Sim game but I do enjoy it. March 1, 2018 https://youtu.be/5iIycGxJtqA
Stunts (1990) In this video I take a look at the classic DOS racing game Stunts. A neat game for the time if you were running a 386 or 486 PC. March 3, 2018 https://youtu.be/P9Iy5_4zz14
X-Com Terror From The Deep demo (1995) This video covers me playing through the demo version of X-Com: Terror From The Deep. This is the single disk copy which was included with PC Magazine sometime in 1994 or 1995. March 8, 2018 https://youtu.be/hMAcDA7sAtQ
Dinosaur Adventure (1993) Taking a look at the educational title "Dinosaur Adventure" for DOS. March 14, 2018 https://youtu.be/4J353w7Rflk
Stronghold (2001) Firing up a copy of the original Stronghold game and building out a castle for fun. September 23, 2018 https://youtu.be/dqPv8fj7uhY

Quick Videos

Title Description Released YouTube URL
Unboxing & Installing Netscape Navigator 3.0 In this video we will open a sealed copy of Netscape Navigator 3.0 and install onto a 486 running Windows 3.11. October 26, 2018 https://youtu.be/WlljD5BkoHw
Tour of Apple's At Ease This video takes you on a tour of the Apple At Ease 3.0.3 software running on a Macintosh LC 475 with System Software 7.5.3. November 6, 2018 https://youtu.be/FCHpbWWM8Tc
Beige G3 or G4 Tower for MacOS 9 Taking a look at the beige G3 desktop and a G4 tower to compare features which might be important for a MacOS 9 workstation. December 6, 2018 https://youtu.be/lnglNgC7fEo

Extras

Title Description Released YouTube URL
December 2017 Update Discussing the new additions to Paul's Old Crap including an Apple IIgs, SCSI2SD and Ethernet card for the Mac SE/30. December 12, 2017 https://youtu.be/AM00G5zYGQs
January 2018 Update Discussing January's plans and recent parts arriving for the SGI Indy and Mac board re-capping project. January 9, 2018 https://youtu.be/HAZ_F7OaVwQ
February 2018 Update PATA to SATA adapters, more parts for Amiga CD32 recap, Mac LC Ethernet cards, SGI Indy PSU and CPU upgrade, software thrifting and a Grandstream ATA for my next project. February 8, 2018 https://youtu.be/c5wOqBfBXxs
May 2018 Update Discussing recent purchases such as a Gravis UltraSound, PowerBook 520c, floppy copies of MS Windows and Mac System 7.1, finding boxed software at the store, and my latest 486 build. May 21, 2018 https://youtu.be/qodgTcNyFt4
September 2018 Update In this video I'll go through a bunch of software I've purchased from thrift stores, a PowerBook Duo 210, ThinkPad 600X, PAS16 sound card, and some misc items. September 30, 2018 https://youtu.be/_rydu5RVpHM

Further Details

Filmed in our Kelowna, BC office using a Canon XH-A1. Parts/upgrades were purchased from the following sellers:

  • Apple IIgs compact flash storage system from ReActive Micro
  • SCSI2SD v5 microSD storage system from Inertial Computing
  • SGI 24-bit video, R4400 CPU, R5000 CPU and Sony power supply from Herb Johnson (retrotechnology.com)
  • Capacitors and soldering tools for Mac board repair from Digi-key

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