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When did you get your first Mac?
In1998 with the imac. Of course my first encounter with Apple was in 1980 at school. Then using Macs from 1991 onwards at work.
How many Macs do you own?
Lots, don't let my wife know!!!!
What's your favorite Mac of all time?
Pakenham (Packenem)
How did you hear about RetroMacCast?
Macintosh Folklore Radio (great podcasts also)

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Sad days, but have to move on.

Hi everyone, I started clearing out my Mac collection a couple of months ago. Have moved a fair bit on, but currently selling two of my favourites of the lot. My Blue Dalmatian iMac and my Apple IIe with original monochrome monitor on ebay in Australia. It's one of those times when you think, well it was fun while it lasted, but unfortunately we need the space and I am keeping a few for the odd occasion when I can sit down and use them (rare these days).  I'm sure most of you have been…


Posted on February 12, 2012 at 3:53pm — 6 Comments

10.5.7 Airport problems

Hi all, just letting you know, I've updated from 10.5.6 to 10.5.7 on a Macbook Pro. I had a few updates to download other than just the os X update, so it took awhile. The problem occurred when I restarted the machine, when it had showed the desktop all was fine, then the airport icon was turned off. A bit strange, but when I clicked on it to try and reconnect to my network, it would not allow me to turn on airport?????? What the???? I opened system preferences, still the same. I rebooted, no… Continue

Posted on June 11, 2009 at 8:43pm — 2 Comments


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Posted on May 31, 2009 at 11:00pm — 4 Comments

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At 10:09pm on March 19, 2009, James said…
Welcome Hillbillybear! I hope you'll add a picture to wipe away that sad mac.
At 9:20pm on May 14, 2009, ClaudioM said…
Hey Hillbillybear! Thanks for adding me to your friend's list. As I said, fantastic pictures of those PowerBooks. I keep drooling over them whenever I see them. :-)

Talk soon!
At 10:37pm on June 11, 2009, Kathryn said…
Hello Hillbillybear! Thanks for the compliment on my blog about the PRAM debacle. I had fun writing it, but not much fun going through problems. I usually enjoy working on my computers, tracking down problems and trying to solve them. I get a real sense of accomplishment when I can figure out a problem. But, not when it's my main computer that I count on everyday.

Thanks again!
At 3:16am on June 12, 2009, Lars (WhyOSX) said…
It's always a pleasure to me to share my experiences with people who really do want to keep their old machines 'alive' - sometimes I fail(ed), and then it's an even greater joy when I get things going again.
And Kathy is absolutely right - one reliable machine has to be working straight ahead, at least.
We, who usually have alternatives, can keep a second machine as a backup first and secondly as a substitute, for the case of the unexpected !
At 6:01pm on June 13, 2009, Lars (WhyOSX) said…
Try a simple thing as Apple+Mac+PowerBook+How+to+open+pdf as a 'Google'-search.
This leads you to the 'MacForums', the 'LowerendMacs' or a few other user groups.
A friendly guy once linked me up to a special 'How-to-open-a-PB-1400' since I have one with a croaking speaker. One result was that if you do this (and the machine is a little older), it is a reasonable thing to change the PRAM battery at the same time. But he wrote it like this (qoute): "Removing the battery means removing everything but the battery"...
At 12:40pm on July 2, 2009, Kathryn said…
I hear ya! I love to take my machines apart and see what's inside, even if I know I can't fix it, I'm still curious enough to look. Must be pretty interesting to be a tester for PCs. Getting paid to make PCs crash, love it!
At 5:24pm on July 31, 2009, macdownunder said…
Hi Hillbillybear.
Thanks for your message.
I certainly do have some interesting conversations with my wife about the collection. Particularly - now that our kids are older and we're running out of space in our house.
At 7:01pm on July 31, 2009, Hillbillybear said…
I hear you. I like the term "interesting", that can sum it up for a lot of us.
At 12:17am on August 17, 2009, Lars (WhyOSX) said…
Hi ! I accidentially clicked your chat off - it's early in the morning in Mid Europe. As you already have found out, there are people everywhere experimenting how to restore older computers (not only Macs). Some of them with surprising successes.
At 2:10am on August 17, 2009, Hillbillybear said…
I am envious of the success of your SE. I'll have to track down the chemicals and give it a try.

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