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Iโ€™m picking a different retro computer every week to use as terminal. In honor of Appleโ€™s birthday, I picked a //c+ this week. It connects with my homebuilt WiFi modem. I use the terminal for IRC and for writing documentation. Next week is my VT420 terminalโ€™s turn.


Hi Ryan, this terminal looks amazing :) Can you point me to a reference about the concrete model? And what other terminals do you have?


The terminal is an Apple IIc Plus, the last of the line of 6502 based 8-bit computers from Apple. I'm using the communication software MODEM.MGR on the Apple for its vt220 emulation. The computer connects over serial to a serial to USB adapter which connects to a CHIP computer (a single board computer like the Pi running Debian). The CHIP is running a piece of software called tcpser which provides a modem emulator. The idea for the wifi modem came from The PiModem Project.

The workflow is the //c+ "dials" in to the CHIP computer, and from there I ssh to where I need to go. I use tmux to manage all of my terminal sessions.

I only have one true terminal, a Dec VT420. That terminal will be set up for next week. I have several retro computers that I can use as terminals which I will be digging out in the weeks to come since it looks like I'll be home for at least 4 more weeks. ๐Ÿ˜

Thx for sharing, you are inspiring me :)


WFH setup

  • MacBook Pro 16"
  • LG UltraFine 5K Display
  • Magic Keyboard
  • Magic Trackpad
  • Awair Element
  • Bose Companion 2 Series III
  • Macally Vertical Laptop Stand
  • West Elm Mid Century Mini Desk

The windows really help with the stir-craziness these days!

Desk next to windows


If I remember correctly, itโ€™s a Alera Elusion Series.


I took this photo on the day our office was closed and everyone was sent home early due to someone possibly having COVID-19. I can't believe that was over 3 weeks ago now!

Luckily I already had some monitors at home so WFH hasn't been too bad. I've since bought a stand for my laptop too.


Portrait oriented monitors are very underrated


I thought I was the only person in the world to use a 43" 4K monitor ๐Ÿคฃ


Not terrible! What size monitor is that?


43 inch 4k ๐Ÿ˜„

Far enough from my face that I can see everything

That's the one thing I miss mostly from my office ๐Ÿ˜“


Here's my gaming/workstation Win10/Ubuntu space augmented with the MacBook, all in one... Work, play, create.



Here is my setup. Still missing a good cam, and I'm waiting for a mechanical keyboard with some RGB niceness.


How did you connect 3 monitors to your notebook?


1 HDMI, 1 USB-C to HDMI and one USB-C to DisplayPort ๐Ÿ˜Š It's a Lenovo X1 Extreme work computer.


Is it sad that the only reason I got the 5K UltraFine was because all webcams were sold out and it has an integrated cam? Upgraded from the 4K UltraFine ๐Ÿ˜


Nah, that monitor will last a looong time. I'm starting to look into Action Cameras (a la GoPro) and cam-corders to see if that can be a solution.

A cheap actioncam without too much fish-eye effect that supports live streaming over some sort of cable would be almost on par with an actual FullHD webcam. Just need to find that combo ๐Ÿ˜‰


MBP 15" 2015. - On the road.
iMac 27" 2013 + 27" monitor - when im home.

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