My grandfather, Stefanus Jakobus Du Toit (who had the exact same name as I do), is likely the first nuclear physicist from South Africa. I was recently sent this relatively short autobiography of his, originally written in Afrikaans, from his daughter (and my aunt) Johanna van der Walt (néé du Toit). …


A few months ago I was fortunate enough to acquire an Amiga 2000. This Commodore computer is a real powerhouse of a machine (or was, at the time, anyways). Unlike its smaller siblings — the Commodore 64, Amiga 500, etc — the A2000, as it’s colloquially called, does not have a built-in keyboard and instead is similar in size to the original IBM PC.

Overall the machine appeared to be in good shape. It has two floppy drives, and although it’s missing a hard drive it at least has an expansion card with a SCSI controller built in (as well as extra RAM). It was working, both when the store owner demonstrated it, as well as after I had taken it home (phew!). …

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Stefanus Du Toit

I poke around at old computers — mostly the ones I didn’t get to play with as a child. Lived all over but presently in Singapore.