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Man delighted to find 30-year-old computer still works

@JohnFPfaff/Twitter

‘I’m 10 years old again.’

If you’re of a certain age, you can remember the green text and black background of some of Apple‘s earliest computers. For many of us, the days of playing Oregon Trail on one of those clunky machines are long gone, but not for Twitter user @JohnFPfaff.

Late Saturday night, he tweeted that he had a functional Apple IIe computer from his parents’ attic.

“Oh. My. God,” he wrote.

His excitement was palpable when the computer booted right up.

“Put in an old game disc. Asks if I want to restore a saved game,” he wrote. And much to his delight, the computer allowed him to pick up on a decades-old game.

“This is tricky, because three decades later I can’t quite remember where I left off this round of Adventureland,” he tweeted.

But his enthusiasm wasn’t dampened; Pfaff went through a number of old games playable on the ancient model.

Going through the early model and its accouterments proved bittersweet; Pfaff found relics from his father, who he said died last year.

But it also got him excited about sharing the machine, and games, with his own children.

The thread really resonated; the original tweet got 19,430 retweets and 112,546 likes as of Sunday evening. 

Other users joined in with their sweet memories of Apple‘s days of yore, before iPhones and Air Pods.

https://twitter.com/briankrejci/status/1096982179081568257

https://twitter.com/MikaShay32/status/1097238167915118592

The wholesome thread concluded with a sweet message from Pfaff, a professor of law at Fordham University.

“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 this thread seems to have brought back so many good memories for so many ppl. That’s not how my TL usually is, and it’s been a fantastic chance of pace. Night, all!”

H/T Mashable

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Ellen Ioanes

Ellen Ioanes

Ellen Ioanes is the FOIA reporter at the Daily Dot, where she covers U.S. politics. She is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School, and her work has appeared in the Guardian, the Center for Public Integrity, HuffPost India, and more.