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This 20-year-old Apple IIgs computer still works (Video)

by Jacob Kleinman | January 14, 2016January 14, 2016 10:45 am PDT

Apple sure has come along way in the past 20 years. The latest Macs and MacBooks are engineering marvels, but it turns out the company’s older computers still hold up.

A short video uploaded by Quinn Dunki shows an ancient Apple IIgs found in her parents’ basement booting up and running the 1984 game Gemstone Warrior. You can see the old computer boot up, and we even get a look at the 5¼-inch floppy disk, in the video above. Even better, it turns out Dunki’s highscores were still preserved after all these years.

A longer blog post also offers a look under the hood. The Apple IIgs is full of 80s components like brass standoffs and hand-soldered wires. This computer was easy to take apart if you needed to repair or swap out a specific piece, too.

It’s a pretty amazing look into the past of electronics, and we can’t help but wonder what people will think of our current devices in another 20 years. We’re not so sure they’ll hold up as well as this Apple II.

YouTube Quinn Dunki

Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...