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May 2008 Blog Posts (15)

Horses, Apples And The Essence Of Pismology

The fact that Pismo, an 8 year old computer, draws so much admiration and has such a high value in 2008 is due partly to it's superior componantry, and partly to it's timeless emotional design. Macs have always outweighed PC's in speed. A 400mhz Mac is much faster than a 400mhz PC. Bench tests prove this. There are several key reasons why... but allow me to summarize in this way..... Vista and Tiger, two "newer" Operating systems by "PC" and Mac. Vista is a 20gb install with so many knots and… Continue

Added by Dave on May 31, 2008 at 2:01pm — 1 Comment

Doodle Kids

There is now a painting program designed primary for kids. It can randomly draw squares, circles, lines, triangles and stars at different sizes and colors, and can create a totally wonderful result.



This is Doodle Kids for the Apple IIGS - a full screen painting program written for kids. The kids just need to use the mouse to paint and see the result comes to life with random shapes in random colors. Press the space… Continue

Added by Lim Thye Chean on May 31, 2008 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

The Macintosh TV (not to be confused with the Apple TV!)

In response to some questions on the Australian Mactalk forums, I got my old Macintosh TV out of storage and fired it up for a photoshoot.





I also need to dig out my old 115V power invertor so that I didn't fry the power supply which was not built with Australian 240V in mind!



The old beastie fired up beautifully - even the remote's batteries still worked!



I've got photos of:… Continue

Added by macdownunder on May 30, 2008 at 10:43pm — No Comments

New additions - some old friends, some new!

Well my collecting juices seem to be back.



I've finally found that illusive Apple DMP (Dot Matrix Printer) that I've been looking for! A fellow in Sydney, Australia had one for AUD$5 ! I remember using one on an Apple //e back in 1983 when I was doing some programming on a Summer holiday job. These were the same mechanism as the Imagewriter I and II (ie the C-Itoh) but had the classic parallel interface for the Apple // series rather than the serial ports of the later… Continue

Added by macdownunder on May 28, 2008 at 7:12am — 3 Comments

QuickTake, not so quick.....

Finally after months, ah weeks, ok days of trying to get my QuickTake 150 connected to a computer, any computer, it is finally communicating with my Wallstreet #3 (I think I will call her Marlyn, sexy, curvaceous, looks good in black, but a bit more playful than Audrey. But then again, there was that untimely and tragic ending, so I may rethink that). First I tried to connect the QuickTake to my G5 with a Keyspan Serial to USB adapter and Classic. That was bust, but I really didn't think that… Continue

Added by Kathryn on May 28, 2008 at 3:30am — 8 Comments

Collection Direction

It has come to my attention, that I need to narrow my collection focus. When people start tripping over computers, it's time to re-evaluate, and put some thought into this.



Since I live in a very small, semi-studio apartment, and am moving to a cabin in the woods, space is going to be a premium. I am going to swear off desktop, and tower collecting and stick with the PowerBooks, and limit that. This does not mean I can now part with my 6400, or my Graphite G4, or my 8100, well maybe… Continue

Added by Kathryn on May 27, 2008 at 2:56pm — 1 Comment

Apple Laptops and the "Port" Authority

You may or may not agree, but Apple's Pismo Powerbook G3 is still a widely used Notebook... notably due to it's speed and componentry. Pismo's garner a unique audience. Some are curious PC users, some are upgrading from a previous Powerbook or iBook, some are G5 or even Intell Mac Users looking for a fun reliable laptop. Whomever you are, Pismo is a rich and enjoyable experience that will not leave you a step behind. It's a current and bona fide attractive laptop that will actually get you… Continue

Added by Dave on May 25, 2008 at 3:55pm — 1 Comment

The world youngest Apple IIGS programmer

My son Lim Ding Wen is probably the world youngest Apple IIGS programmer. Not just Apple II programmer, as anybody who can type a simple line - 10 print "Hello World" - can become an Apple II programmer - programming on an Apple IIGS required a lot more knowledge. I feel so proud as a father today when Ding Wen wrote his first event driven program which he called Doodle Kids, a simple… Continue

Added by Lim Thye Chean on May 25, 2008 at 12:00pm — 10 Comments

A Conjectured History of the Lime Green iBook

The fact that this, the Clamshell iBook is so adored is a testament to the fervor and passion Apple has created within it's legions of devotés. The Clamshell iBook is a wonderfully carved slice of technology. Those who have never held and operated one probably look upon it's presence with curiosity. It holds no substantial similarity to any other laptop created by Apple. It's off-spring, the ubiquitous iBook "Dual USB", carried over only the durable white plastic skin. It's only real cousin is… Continue

Added by Dave on May 25, 2008 at 12:48am — No Comments

What got me started collecting Macs

This was my reply to Kathyrn's question, but I figured I'd add it here, too, in case others had the same question.



You asked what triggered me to get into Macs and then start collecting them. Well, I guess you could say I'm part of the iPod Halo effect, in a roundabout way. Back in 2003 I was trying to view something online with my old Dell (I don't own it anymore - I shipped it off to my brother who uses it as a video/photo server. Don't worry about him, though, because I gave him… Continue

Added by Heather on May 23, 2008 at 5:30am — 2 Comments

Long time, no post... So...

It makes sense that I post about old stuff.



Wandering the a2central.com site tonight I looked into Luddites Apple //e web server. I was wondering if it was still up after all the abuse we'd all given it. So, I jumped over and took a look at it. Still there, 2000+ hits. But I noticed a link to a C64 running the same software. When I got over there I found a much more C64 like page with a lot more info AND more than 60,000… Continue

Added by Wholly Mindless on May 15, 2008 at 10:27pm — 3 Comments

Dusting off the TAM



Having had my retro-ism renewed, and fast running out of annual leave, I decided to dust off my Twentieth Anniversary Mac for a while today.



While it has a Sonnet 300MHz G3, it keeps crashing when trying to load the extension - I'll need to look into that. With the extension gone (and the G3 disabled) iCab took a looooong time to load the RetroMacCast site (see pic). As you can see I'm running the shipped MacOS 7.6 on it with 128Mb… Continue

Added by macdownunder on May 14, 2008 at 8:00pm — 4 Comments

These are the Macs I currently own

Machine: Apple //c

Date of Manufacture: 1984

Original Operating system: AppleSoft Basic

Current Operating System: AppleSoft Basic

Amount of RAM installed: 128K

CPU: SynerTek 65C02

CPU Speed: 1MHz

Current Application: Provides text only files to Macintosh Performa 580CD



Machine: Macintosh Performa 580CD

Date of Manufacture: 1995

Original Operating system: System Software 7.5

Current Operating System: Mac OS 7.6.1

Amount of RAM… Continue

Added by Alex Lima on May 10, 2008 at 4:22pm — 2 Comments

Local retro challenge - Wireless Powerbook 540c

Been a little while since I've been able to do any work on my collection.



As some of you may know, I'm involved in a broadcast radio tech show here in Australia (check out theTechTalk Radio website).



Anyway, last week we had an interesting collection of laptops in the studio. The co-host was running a PIII with the latest release of Ubantu extolling the virtues of Linux (which I usually agree with) and attempting to connect to… Continue

Added by macdownunder on May 10, 2008 at 2:01am — 5 Comments

The Apple IIGS Family

We now have 2 Apple IIGS in our family, yes! After so many years, we finally have real machines in our house, not running emulation.



All my kids love Apple IIGS, they will say "Apple IIGS" when they see the rainbow Apple logo, not "Mac". This is especially true for my son, who has learned how to program on an Apple IIGS via emulation. He now finally has his own machine, courtesy of a kind gentleman called Willie Yeo. Without his machine, I will never brought back my Apple IIGS from… Continue

Added by Lim Thye Chean on May 4, 2008 at 7:30am — 6 Comments

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