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Pretty sure the corrosion on the TAM power supply didn't come standard.

Yes my TAM arrived all the way from Japan. Alas, when I plugged it in I heard a muffled pop from somewhere inside the subwoofer/power supply. I didn't smell the magic smoke though, and when I got the subwoofer taken apart (Thank you !!) Spiderwebs, some dead bugs (Imported dead bugs, fancy!) and corroded metal are what greeted me. The one and only fuze still reads good and I…


Added by John on February 7, 2016 at 7:48am — 3 Comments

Guest access fixed for classic software

Hey everyone, FWIW guest access on my classic share is fixed. Connect to afp:// as guest (should mount automatically, if not mount the "classic" share) and have a look. 

Added by Chris on February 2, 2016 at 1:14pm — No Comments

LCII hard drive replacement

I picked up an LCII awhile back, not sure if I posted about it here or not. Anyway, I had System 7 all installed up and boom...the hard drive dies. Yikes. I was able to find another SCSI drive on eBay for uh...too much...I've yet to reinstall the system. I was using an old iBook G3 with MacOS 9 to restore the System 7 disk images onto floppies on at a time. I had so many bad floppies I ended up having to use the same darn one. That's right, image, install, eject, re-image, eject, install,…


Added by Chris on January 17, 2016 at 8:31pm — 4 Comments

Merry Retro-Christmas everyone!

Let's all gather around our favorite beige beauty, open the Feb '98 MacAddict disc, and enjoy this holiday classic "It's A Wonderful Mac".

No disc? No problem, it can be found here to!

Added by davekill on December 25, 2015 at 5:09pm — 1 Comment

Classic Apps

If you're interested, you can connect to via AFP, connect as guest, and mount "classic". It has quite a bit of classic Macintosh software you may find handy. 

Added by Chris on December 8, 2015 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

Latest upgrades

I don't want to post it twice, so here.

Added by Chris on December 7, 2015 at 11:26pm — No Comments

Things you can do with a G5

Aralia asked, "What can you do with a G5?" but has wall moderation turned on so I can't reply. Setting aside all the things that fall under the category of "everything you can do with a modern Mac but slower":

  • Use it as a "spare room" computer with Mac OS X 10.5 and TenFourFox, an up-to-date build of Firefox that still supports…

Added by Derek on October 31, 2015 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

The things you find at work...

It started out innocently enough.

I've gone from having zero old Macs to having two of Apple's least desirable Macs sitting beside me in my office. One is a clone and the other a (shudder) PowerBook 5300.

Last summer, a StarMax 4000 showed up at my…


Added by Derek on October 2, 2015 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

Thank You!

So I had my first podcast experience last week, thanks to David, James and John!  Listening back it was ok but I waffled on a bit in the second half of it - for that I apologise!  Lack of audio experience i'm afraid.

The Lisa 2 version of the PiXL is done in terms of design, we're waiting on the first batch to come through and we've already had a small number of orders for it which is fantastic.  Although, I stress again, this isn't a commercial project as the main objective…


Added by Adam Sommerfield on October 1, 2015 at 9:31pm — 5 Comments

The book I working on

When I get time – almost never – I'm working on a book called "What I Learned as a Computer Guy". This book will be in two sections, intermingled. The first section is computer-related stuff. I'll have chapters on

  • Users and Why We Hate and Love Them…

Added by Bill Geraci on August 27, 2015 at 1:08pm — No Comments

My Mac history

Just in case you are interested…

I cut my computing teeth on DOS version 3.3 and IBM AT (two 320 K 5 1/2 inch floppy disks, no hard drive). This was, of course, a nightmarish experience. When I was deciding whether to get a computer of my own, a friend of mine from where I worked said I should at least look at the Macintosh.…


Added by Bill Geraci on August 27, 2015 at 12:57pm — No Comments

Call-A.P.P.L.E. FTW!

You may have listened to the interview with Rebecca Heineman & Jennell Jaquays that Brian Wiser and I did but if you haven't read it yet go check out the article (and all the other great articles) over at Call-A.P.P.L.E.. I can't imagine how long it must have taken to transcribe it. Brian has also out did himself finding great graphics to go with the…


Added by John on August 6, 2015 at 8:56pm — No Comments

Software find

I don't usually pick up older software, but I made an exception here:

This is version 1.0, for HP-UX as the sticker notes. Still sealed and…


Added by Bradley Mattice on July 18, 2015 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

Cinnamon II - An Apple II Compatible Watch

Cinnamon II is a Kickstarter smartwatch project that ends on Thursday August 13.  Here are some details:

The Cinnamon II is quite possibly the ultimate in retro geek fashion. A complete 1980's era microcomputer for your wrist! It features a virtualized 6502 clocked at a blistering 1 Megahertz and a whopping 32K of memory! 

It is software compatible with the original Apple® ][ and includes a custom hardware accelerated BASIC interpreter. Code programs right there on your wrist!…


Added by Luis on June 30, 2015 at 8:22am — No Comments

Seinfeld Apartment Fixed

After some pushback from the Mac community and media, Hulu has fixed the apartment. They replaced the old PC with a Macintosh Performa 200. Follow the link for more details.

Added by Luis on June 25, 2015 at 6:40pm — No Comments

Seinfeld Apartment

Hulu is hosting a Seinfeld marathon and to promote the event they have made a replica Seinfeld apartment. The display has one major flaw: an old PC on Jerry's desk. Fans of the show know that Jerry always had a Mac. The Seinfeld apartment is open June 24-28 from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. at 451 14th Street in New York City.…


Added by Luis on June 23, 2015 at 4:15pm — No Comments

Apple Watch Running 7.5.5

Nick Lee posted a video over at YouTube of an Apple Watch running System 7.5.5 on WatchOS 2 using Mini vMac Macintosh Emulator. More info at the Mac Rumors website.

Added by Luis on June 22, 2015 at 8:10pm — No Comments

Macstock Expo

Mike Potter from the FMEO Podcast is hosting Macstock Expo in Woodstock Illinois. The event is on Saturday June 20 at the Luecht Conference Center. This is a good opportunity for those in the Chicago area to meet some of the members of the Mac Community. Follow the link for more information on the event.

Added by Luis on June 19, 2015 at 12:33pm — No Comments

Retro Computer Still Hard At Work

This is not Retro Mac but still interesting.  Attached is a link for an article showing a vintage 1980's Amiga still running the HVAC system at the Grand Rapids school system.  In the article you will find a video showing the set-up and an interview with the administrator.

Added by Luis on June 15, 2015 at 7:34am — 1 Comment

PowerBook 170 on ebay

For those of you with deep pockets I have attached a link for a working MultiColor Apple JLPGA PowerBook 170.  The rare PowerBook appears to be in excellent shape.  The auction ends in 5 days and starts at $10,000.00.  Happy bidding!…


Added by Luis on June 12, 2015 at 4:17pm — No Comments

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