If you end up needing a DIY solution to the hard drive issue, http://minuszerodegrees.net/xtide/XT-IDE%20-%20general.htm mentions that the folks at http://www.vcfed.org/ designed their own solution to the issue. You can download the board diagram, etc.
The marblelympics are delightful.
It's dirty, like very dirty, but it is in otherwise excellent cosmetic condition.
I'm going to clean it up before I try and boot it because it's gross.
But once I get it cleaned up, I'll get a couple of bootable 5.25 floppy disks (I don't own any right now) and see how it does.
It has an internal HDD, which is almost certainly dead. I don't know much about XT era HDDs, so I don't know what I'll be doing about that.
While I was in California and so sick that I was hallucinating that my co-workers were trying to containerize my immune system, a shipment arrived at my apartment.
The shipment was my Sharp PC-7100 portable, which is a portable PC XT compatible from the mid 80s, and I'm really excited about it.
I talk about it from time to time, but lemme just say I really really love Decoder Ring Theatre's podcasts.
They're wonderful, generally speaking, and I miss them.
George Martin was the best Beatle.
SHIT I just remembered that Link's Awakening is getting an HDmake for the Switch and now I'm hype as fuck
Communist rage: witnessing/being subject to labor exploitation, gaudy displays of wealth, the existence of million+aires. Makes me want to burn buildings.
Anarchist rage: being talked down to/jerked around, authoritarian speech, “because I said so.” Makes me want to burn people.
Redneck rage: city folk being snotty/dismissive, southern us/Appalachia being treated as a monolith, wealthy southerners acting “country.” Makes me want to spit and then fight the national guard.