May 27, 2004

Rescuing Old WP Files From Ancient Mac

The other day as I was cleaning my office I ran across my old Macintosh PowerBook 145B notebook computer, sporting a teeny 10" monochrome screen, 8MB of RAM, and an 80MB hard disk.

I plugged in the power cord and fired it up just for fun, only to have a cascade of memories come pouring down as I explored the HD.

This chunk of technology dates way back to my Tokyo days, and runs a hacked Japanese System 7.1 with English overlays. I used to carry it around with me on my English-teaching rounds, tapping thoughts and observations into Word Perfect whenever I had some down time.

I haven't used it in at least seven or eight years, and haven't used any Mac in that time either, but I need to rescue those files. I recall Macs had a utility to transfer files to DOS-formatted 3 1/2" floppy disks, and I am now in the process of scrounging a few to see if it will work. I can't remember the last time I used a floppy disk!

What an adventure....

Posted by Paul at May 27, 2004 08:37 PM