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True Bondi Blue

The Machine that brought Apple to where it is today!

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Comment by Martin Jernberg on April 27, 2011 at 12:50am
Got one of these for free from a guy on facebook
Comment by JJ on May 23, 2011 at 8:01pm
Cool! its sad that they are being gave away, Great Computer for the time!
Comment by Stephen Ashton on January 24, 2012 at 6:42pm

I have an iMac Bondi Blue and matching scanner.  Good there are other owners out there.

Steve

Comment by Stephen Ashton on January 24, 2012 at 6:43pm

And the Bondi Blue printer.

Comment by P H on August 29, 2013 at 12:17pm

Have a blue iMac.

The monitor stopped working about 2-3 years ago and the iMac would not even complete its startup procedure.  After research and efforts to fix, when I was about to discard it, I found an obscure reference to a work-around that allowed me to connect and external monitor and keep the computer running.

Had to take off the rear cover, disconnect the cable to the internal monitor (at some point where you can unscrew a cable plug--it's been years). Then connected that internal cable directly to the cable of an external monitor.  Had to leave the rear cover off, so that the cable can run out to the external monitor (which is now an old flat screen).  This worked.

However about every 6-12 months, the external monitor stops working (breaks with no warning, as before)........and I have to replace it with another used monitor that I've got sitting around. Am now out of monitors.

The reason I keep this iMac running this way is because I have DONATED its usage to a Stroke Victim with no money and with speech aphasia.  It is his only means of doing basic email (and he has no cell or iPhone) and he practices saying words using the computer to speak a word list to himself.  It is his vital lifeline.  (He so needs an iPhone and monthly service, but no funds.)

This last week, he is having a new problem with Safari on this iMac. There are some websites (for one, a particular Yahoo Groups site setup for his friends to use) that won't load. It partially loads, then churns and freezes.  I think it just must have too many pieces of content to the page. (Other sites do load OK, but very slowly, of course. Most people would not tolerate this level of inefficiency.)  Websites are quite complex nowadays and these old systems and software versions and low memory can't handle them. So I think that this computer system is going to stop working for him by the year end.

But the moral of this story is that this particular Bondi Blue has given its last breath for a long time to help serve a good cause.  I'm proud of it!

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