I had a similar adventure about ten years ago. That story is here:
I recently did a deep dive into all the 5.25" disks I could find around. I do sort of remember some of the stuff I found, but some of it was rather foreign.
I now have a handful of "flippy" disks and have to set up an old 1541 drive to read these.
I was surprised how much of it was readable, the amount of dust and bad smell these things developed over the 25 years in a basement, but also that I only had about 200 megs of data at the end of the multi-day process.
I also spent some time digitizing Super 8 film too, so it has been a nostalgia trip.
For me the interesting part of this article was the author discovering that he barely recognised his old self. I wonder how common this is? When I reflect on myself, I have a notion that there's a kind of continuity to my ego over the years that - despite the changes in the intervening years - I would recognise. But I'm not a diary writer nor do I have a stack of old disks from a distant part of my personal history, so I can't confirm either way.
Has anybody else experienced what this author describes?
As a contrast in backwards-compatibility, PC floppies from 1988 (MS-DOS, FAT format) would be immediately usable in a newish PC, just connect a suitable floppy drive.
He would've been better off buying a Kryoflux board. https://kryoflux.com/
He used an emulator anyway, why not using a faster and easier method, that even has error correction?
What I want to know is how I can get all my old term papers off these floppies I used in the DEC Rainbow PCs in the computer center.
Interestingly, I still have the monitor from my IIc. I no longer have the computer, but the monitor is sitting in my garage. Sadly though I think it has water damage.