Linked by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on Tue 22nd Sep 2009 16:50 UTC
Apple We all have our most favored machines of yesteryear; in this I assume that most people are like me, anyway. Breaking away from the mundane every-day news of boring (I jest) new technologies such as touchscreens the size of a wall and upcoming operating systems that support graphics cards with 1.5 GB of vRAM, take a walk down memory lane-- or "Neurological Alley" as I like to call it-- and take a look inside, outside, and in all of the nooks and crannies in between the circuits of the Macintosh Plus and its accompanying System 6, fresh from the splendor of 1986.
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That brings back Mac Classic memories
by eco2geek on Wed 23rd Sep 2009 19:24 UTC
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"Our" first computer was a 386DX33 (IIRC) that my wife and I bought right after Win3.1 came out. Problem was, I sort of, well, monopolized it. A friend of ours, who worked as a Mac tech in a computer store, had a smoke-damaged Mac Classic that he sold my wife. She gave it to me for my birthday with the intention of getting more seat time with the Windows PC. (Needless to say, it didn't quite work out that way.)

The only thing wrong with it was its lack of a case (which had gotten melted), so our friend stuck it in a metal terminal case he scrounged up somewhere that reminded me of Darth Vader's mask. Later on, he found a real Mac Classic case for it, complete with the reset and restart (?) buttons on the left side, perfect for when your ResEdit session went awry.

You could boot into System 6.0.3 (?) from ROM by pressing Command+Option+X+O at boot.

It still works - Motorola 68K CPU, 40MB hdd, 4MB RAM, 9" CRT, running System 7.0.1 (which, at the time, seemed a lot more advanced than Windows 3.1). Your article prompted me to get it down from the shelf and turn it on. It thinks today's date is "9/22/9".

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