Re: Kit-Based Lisa

From: Kevin Keith <krfkeith_at_email.domain.hidden>
Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2008 20:26:13 -0700 (PDT)

But you see, the only thing that won't be in an FPGA is the floppy drive and the display. My goal is not only to build a new Lisa, but to also create parts for broken ones. The Lisa's are very rare! I thought the Apple III was rare, until I managed to get three for a total of $10 in a week. Unlike the Apple II's, they also seem to be a bit delicate.

In other news,
I have never managed to contact you rick, but great job on the site!

On Mar 18, 9:57 pm, "Jack -" <byes..._at_email.domain.hidden> wrote:
> I believe they truly are rare.  There may have been a few thousand
> made but many of them went to the government.  I used to work for the
> government and we had a ton of Lisas.  When the time can, they were
> all destroyed due to having sensitive information on them.  Also, how
> many fell victim to the leaking battery?  The sad part is that Lisas
> weren't well taken care of.  For years they were just considered
> "junk".  I saw many go by on CL for $25-$50.  I got the impression
> many of those didn't even sell at those prices and got dumpstered.
> On Tue, Mar 18, 2008 at 1:10 PM, <r..._at_email.domain.hidden> wrote:
> > Are Lisa's really "rare"?  Apple made tens of thousands of them, and
> > they were well made and usally well cared for.  Over the last 10
> > years, I have seen many working units sell on ebay for under $1000.
> > With the membership of this group at only 125 members, there should be
> > enough to go around, at least for less money than building one from
> > scratch..
> > Also, what wrong with doing a FPGA version (something like the apple
> > one clone or the C-one project)?  If you guys don't have a proper
> > floppy drive, use a USB keyboard, and are using a VESA display how
> > would it be better clone than a FPGA version would be anyway?
> > I am not trying to be negitive, just asking the questions.
> > Rick
> > On Mar 17, 3:31 pm, Kevin Keith <krfke..._at_email.domain.hidden> wrote:
> > > Hello Fellow Lisa Enthusiasts!
> > > I recently made a post about getting a Lisa, and much to my dismay,
> > > they appear to be pretty darn rare!  Now, to the point: how
> > > inconceivable would it be to "build" a Lisa?  Weren't they handmade in
> > > the first place?  I'm not talking about something in an FPGA (we
> > > already have LisaEm).  I'm talking about a bona fide clone!  An EXACT
> > > replica!  This would be good because we could also replace broken
> > > Lisa's!
> > > Just a thought
> > > Kevin- Hide quoted text -
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