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When did you get your first Mac?
How many Macs do you own?
I've purged it down to just 9 mostly essentials, have had most every form factor. Yes, I know. Pretty geeky.
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What's your favorite Mac of all time?
Douglasville, a suburb of Atlanta
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At 5:20pm on June 10, 2008, James said…
Welcome Chris! So what are the 9 essentials? I wonder if I could narrow it down to just 9.
At 8:03pm on June 10, 2008, Chris Crawford said…
Well, in no particuar order:
1. My first is a keeper. A IIsi with 65 mb ram, and a Daystar 33 mhz PDS card.
2. Then my Color Classic with the 550 board upgrade (with replacement back panel to accommodate the different port arrangement)
3. Then my Director's edition ALL BLACK 5400 with 5500 board + Crecendo G3 card and all TV/FM Tuner options etc. (This one may need a power supply as of last year sometime—may bug you guys with questions about this someday)
4. A perfectly good 5500 I rescued by the side of the road literally seconds before the garbage truck arrived. This was to be the power supply donor for the Black Mac but I haven't had time to get into all that yet.
5. Snow 500mhz iMac DV (on my wireless network with a usb wireless adapter!)
6. Powerbook 5300c (? the passive matrix one, I think)
7. A 6400 that is missing part of the front bezel ( there's subwoofer in there!—kinda cool, but this one isn't on the short list)
8. My primary mac is a dual 500 early G4 w/ 2gb ram, 128 hd*, 17 gb hd, running 10.4.11 with a pioneer CD/DVD burner that works perfectly with all apps including the Finder and iLife.
9. Hmmm, I think I miscounted, unless you count my Newton 120 with the box and film still on it etc. I actually used it well into the late 90's.
I recently entrusted the 3 SE/30s I was hoarding to a fellow enthusiast. One was 128/2gig loaded. Those are cool little boxes!

Love your show, I look forward to it. Also I've been meaning to encourage you in your efforts, you guys put on a VERY professional show. The flow and outline of the show, the sound quality and levels, the editing, the music and of course the content is truly top notch. It's as good as any professional radio show. Maybe NPR will pick you all up!

Thanks for the email, keep it up!

Chris Crawford
At 8:09pm on June 10, 2008, Chris Crawford said…
Check that—that CC upgrade was from a 575 and I swapped the chip (if I remember correctly) with a full 040 from a Quadra. I think that's right anyway, John, I will eventually gather the nerve and coin to do the 640x480 res upgrade on the screen.

* and the G4 is giving me fits trying to get around the 128 GB limitation. otherwise it's a tank!
At 1:18am on June 11, 2008, Kathryn said…
Nice collection Chris. I saw one of the Color Classic upgrades years ago, and have been interested in doing that to one of mine, someday. I'd love to see photos of your collection, especially the Black Director's edition 5400. I've never heard of such a thing.
At 12:45pm on June 11, 2008, Chris Crawford said…

The Black Mac was apparently sold only overseas (UK & Australia at least) I paid a fortune to have mine shipped from London, an ebay purchase a long time ago when I could justify such lavishness. I had been on one of my "must have it" fits. Just like when I finally got my Mac TV (since sold) or Color Classic. BTW the easiest and most worthwhile upgrade to the CC is the 550 board, fits right in and everything lines up perfectly. No brainer, it's what should have shipped with it. Makes a huge difference.
Thanks for the warm welcome!
At 5:08pm on August 24, 2008, mac said…
Hi Chris
Thank you for adding MacHEADS
At 6:37pm on September 28, 2008, james said…
i was wondering if i could ask you a few questions about your education and your job for a school prject
At 12:53pm on November 11, 2008, Dylan Hans said…
hi you asked this a while ago on the powermac g4 page but to address more than 128 gb on a powermac g4 pre quicksilver 2002 edition is to get an ide controller or better yet a sata controller to go in the pci slot, but they are pretty expensive like $60 -70 so unless you want like a 500 gig drive i would just get two 120 and go raid 0 to get speed and size
At 6:57pm on February 18, 2009, Lars (WhyOSX) said…
Hey, you're inside the black 5400 ! So how is it there ? No 'Intel', that's sure.
But it is not 'all black' - the part with the drives and the TV-card isn't.
Or may we share this as a secret ?

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