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Yes folks, it's finally finished. The Banana Jr. lives! I have to say that I'm pretty happy with the final results.



The Inspiration
The Banana Jr. 6000 comes from the mind of Berkeley Breathed and was featured in the mind twistingly amazing comic strip Bloom County, a cherished memory of my youth. Some more info about the Banana Jr. and some of the strips it was featured in can be found here.

A Sunday strip featuring an advertisement for the Banana Jr. 6000.


On the outside.
1 Highly modified Mac Plus
The feet are plywood that have wood putty added to give them a bit of shape. The legs are two shift boots, bought at an automotive store. The floppy port slot now houses a usb port and I filled in the spot on the lower front right where the keyboard would normally plug in on a mac plus.

Down with Big Blue!

Here is a closeup of the modified mouse and keyboard.

Mmmm! Banana-y.



I know it's a bit of a crossover - But it just makes sense.


On the inside.
1 Mac Mini 1.5 Ghz PowerPC G4
1 Lilliput 8" Touch Screen LCD 1024 x 768 (Native Resolution of 800 x 600)
1 USB Hub
1 Set of Speakers
1 Power Strip
The power supplies for all of the above.

Somewhere Steve Jobs feel a disturbance in the force!

The power strip is actually attached to the original Mac Plus switch and it uses the original plug receptacle as well. I converted the Mac Plus brightness knob into a push button for turning on the system.

I used two speakers that were actually in other macs. I attached these to the amplifier from a set of desktop speakers to give my Banana Jr. stereo.



BananOS
The system is running Leopard but I've customized the OS to make it as Banana Jr-ish as possible. The only thing I wasn't able to change was the Apple Menu.







Why does this picture look familiar?

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Comment by SS on December 23, 2010 at 5:07am
Really nice project! But doesn't it get hot in there? Is there any ventilation necessary?
Comment by Kenneth Lowry on December 26, 2010 at 1:31pm
( 8^D
Comment by Kenneth Lowry on December 26, 2010 at 1:40pm
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Comment by Franklin Johnson on December 28, 2010 at 3:20am
Awesome looking Banana Jr. John!! I think it's amazing that you got OS X so customized to look like the Banana OS!! I wish I could do a little project like this to "rebuild" my TAM into a more modern computer. Maybe one day I will gain the knowledge necessary!! Congrats on the finished project!!
Comment by Rick on December 19, 2012 at 8:42pm

That looks great, how'd you get the screen to display in a non-native resolution?

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