Some links to give context:
[Hackaday] Installing Linux like it's 1989
[OldComputers] Apple IIGS
[turdinc] HackTV - Hacking your WebTV
[Hackaday] VGA From Scratch
Retro Computing Forum
Now that I have given links to differing things that are either restorations, installing new software for addedfunctionality, or adding hardware to do things with the old I suppose I should answer the question 'why?'.
- I think old hardware gets thrown out too casually both because manufacturers have had a policy of planned obselecense, and consumers have been trained into the idea that if it isn't the latest and greatest it is Garbage.
- I tend to have little to no money that I would feel comfortable spending most times, so 'make what you have work.'
- Just as importantly. I find it interesting what you can do with old hardware either with fresh software, hardware addons, or just the hardware as is.
That isn't to say that I wouldn't sya no to a brand new bells and whistles included desktop, NAS, Etc Etc. I do not do without either ,there are many people less fortunate than me not just in the world but just in the place that I live. However Money is an object and between three surgeries, a dozen or so doctors appointments with more over time, along with home rennovations and other attendant expenses? I will make what I have work.
Which gives me an appreciation for people who keep the old machines alive, even if only as historical curiosities rather than practical use devices.