Hey John, How is the mac cleaning project coming along? I picked up a Macintosh Color Monitor that was left out to "tan" in the sun for (i am guessing) a few days. It looks to be in terrible condition, with paint on the screen, but I am trying to clean it up.
Thanks for the positive comment about my blog - now that I have my studio set up, I'm looking at doing some more Mac-related stuff. I'm hopefully going to find some time to make it a bit more focused and also pick up some more Macs to fiddle around with. First on the list is a Quad core G5, as it's fast enough for my creative work and still runs Classic.
I'm also hoping to do some video blogging/podcasting, but that might be a bit sporadic due to work commitments!
I'm very tempted to see if I can't run an entire project using nothing but Mac Project II on a classic 68K mac... All I need is a copy of Mac Project II that isn't in French (a slight technical hitch!) and a Mac Classic II or Colour Classic I/II... Or my mother in law's old LC.
I just fancy doing it to prove once and for all that people don't have to buy a £4000 MacPro to do their daily office work. I'm after a Quad G5, but I do deal with 400mb tiff images and video files as part of my work and I edit video and music as a hobby. Even I , a so-called "power user", don't see a pressing need for the top-end Intel Mac. Of course, if I was setting up an agency, I might get some, as they will be workable for longer than a PC, but the truth is that I personally prefer the PowerPC machines for their ability to run Classic, whilst still being quick enough to work with.
I've got some campaign work for a multinational to run soon - I'll see if I can't get that LC or similar into my studio and run the project management side of things on it...that could be fun!
I have used the Black MacBook and it's identical to the white, only shiny and black as opposed to shiny and white. The current MacBook Pro is not ideal from an ergonomic point of view, but it is at least broad enough to let your palm rest without stressing your wrist. Frankly, the original iBook and the Pismo are still the most comfortable laptops I have ever used. if I could find a Tangerine iBook with a 5-600MHz G3 upgrade and a big chunk of RAM (at least 384mb), I'd buy it in an instant! Then again, if I could get a tangerine iMac with the specs of my 600Mhz Blue Dalmatian one, I'd get that, too - I just liked the Tangerine look - because it's so far removed from the beige PC boxes, I guess.
Hi John, I loved your costume and photo from Dragon Con. I'd love to make it to one of those some day, they look completely fun! I use to go to the Star Trek Cons but haven't been for years.
I was wondering if you and James were planing on attending Macworld 09, and if you were going to do a podcast from there. Also, wondering if you two might be interested in getting a Retro meet and greet going.
hey John! I have an odd question for you. I ordered a IIgs off ebay, and it should be coming soon (I can't wait!). It is just coming with a pair of disk drives and the base unit. I can plug it into my LCD tv through the composite output, but I am wondering, might it work with an LCD and a Mac to VGA adaptor? I think the LCDs may be able to handle a lower refresh rate. Have you tried something like that?
Thanks for the info- my Iigs came in the mail today! I unpacked it and hooked it right up to the tv. Its a revision 1 rom, with a 256k memory card. Not enough to run GSOS :( I got ProDos installed on a floppy and it seems to work nicely on the iigs. One thing i cant seem to fix though, when in text mode the screen is displayed in greyscale, but it switches to color when I go into graphics mode. Any way to fix this?
Wow, you really are into retro macs, pre G3 and beyond. I really look forward to each show and the walk through os history is great. You can see where we have been and be thankful we are here. When will the mac become self aware?
I really like the show and I think you and James are doing a wonderful job!
Someday I will have the desk space necessary for a computer museum and I will be able to display it to everyone who is interested on it. Nice pictures! I am into any kind of old computers actually. Macs are just 1/3 of the game for me. Old PCs running windows/dos or *nix/bsd are also very interesting.