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August 2008 Blog Posts (15)

No More PowerMacs :(

So my family was cleaning out my brother's bedroom, and a discussion started about what to do with the Power Mac G4, and the Power Macintosh G3 8600 that my dad had sitting in the corner. Of course, I offered to take them off my hands, but he decided to take them to work, and put them to "real use" in his words. I'm pretty much broke at the moment, and I wanted to add to my collection. Now I guess I have to save some money to get a few retro Macs.

Added by Nick on August 31, 2008 at 4:56pm — 3 Comments


I get I will start out by telling everyone about the Macs that I have, my main machine is a PowerPC 8100/100 and a Quadra 660av. I am going to be getting a Blue G3 from my teacher at school because they are updating our equitment and they are going to be trashing them. All of the computers that i have been saved from being thrown away.

More to come...

Added by Kendall Seabury on August 31, 2008 at 12:34pm — 1 Comment

ByteCellar on the Abaton Transform for the (Mac)

ByteCellar has a writeup on the Abaton Transform. I've never seen one or heard of one but it claimed to be able to convert almost any Apple II program to run on the Macintosh.

Check out the article for more details.

Has anyone ever seen one?

Added by Wholly Mindless on August 25, 2008 at 11:00am — No Comments

My Bedroom - iMac Idea

I have an idea for decor for my room. I was looking at my wall trying to think of what could fill that empty table in the corner. While I was looking at where the Bondi Blue wall with a Lime stripe meets the Lime wall with a Bondi Blue stripe, I thought that it would look awesome having a Bondi Blue and a Lime iMac in the corner. I think it would look awesome. Any thoughts?

Added by Nick on August 24, 2008 at 8:15pm — 2 Comments

Pre-Apple Retro - Atari's early years 1971-77

Gamasutra is running a great article on the early history of Atari. Not much that is new here but it does go a long way stringing the known stories together to explain why they ... I can't tell you. You have to read it to find out. But it happened in 1976 and a couple of guys named "Steve" were involved.

The History of Atari: 1971-1977

Added by Wholly Mindless on August 23, 2008 at 4:32pm — No Comments

LC 475 & System 7.5.5

My wife is away for a couple of days, so I decided it was a great opportunity to look at my new Macs and see what's what. My focus turn towards the LC 475, as this was the only one which booted. I was pleased to note that the LC 475 had 36mb of RAM and a 160mb hard disk. Along with its 25Mhz processor it made it my most powerfully 68k Mac.

The first job I tackled was to back up the contents of the hard drive and add any new applications or utilities to my collection of old software,… Continue

Added by Damian Ward on August 21, 2008 at 3:32pm — 2 Comments

"Let's Be Pirates!"

Just a quick post to remind everyone on here that they should immediately go out and watch Pirates of Silicon Valley. Ok, it stars that guy from ER and one of the geeks from the 80s movie "Weird Science", but for any true computer nerd, this movie is a kind of pilgrimage. Telling the story of the rise of the personal computer by charting the rise and fall (and subsequent re-rising) of Steve Jobs and Apple, as well as the rise of Bill Gates and Microsoft.

Yes, it's a bit lightweight… Continue

Added by Chance on August 21, 2008 at 10:53am — 3 Comments

Five New Macs

I recently won five Macs on ebay for £5.50, they where sold as not working or for spares. I thought I would give it a try and see what I get. The Macs where located about two and a half hours away from me, so I had to wait for a spare Saturday morning to go and collect them.

The journey down there was trouble free, I met the seller and loaded up with my new toys. Then seller had collected them from local car boot sales, but had run out of space and wanted to have a clear out. He… Continue

Added by Damian Ward on August 20, 2008 at 3:00pm — 16 Comments

Starting a Digital Design Business

There are a lot of magazine articles (not to mention books and websites) that are dedicated to the theme of getting started as a digital design agency, either as a freelance going it alone, or as a group of designers forming their own business. Mostly, these are concerned with things like building your company website and ensuring your logo translates well from the screen to a printed business card or letterhead.

Now, I'm not knocking such articles and, to be honest, some of them… Continue

Added by Chance on August 20, 2008 at 10:11am — No Comments

Blog migration

Currently, I blog at my personal blog, but I think in future that my old Mac thoughts such as what the new powerbook/macbook should look like, or why older Macs provide a lot of enjoyment will be posted here, or at least duplicated here, so that people don't… Continue

Added by Chance on August 19, 2008 at 6:53am — No Comments

Apple IIGS Programming for iPhone

I have created a JavaScript library called

GScript for Apple IIGS programmer doing graphics and animation. The library syntax is based on QuickDraw and even have support for Apple IIGS color palette! Programs written with it can run on Safari and Firefox browsers. To see more examples, visit

Virtual GS page. The programs can also run on …


Added by Lim Thye Chean on August 19, 2008 at 3:00am — 5 Comments

Happy (late) Birthday iMac!

The iMac G3 was my first computer. I used my dad's Quadra before that, but the iMac was the first computer that was mine. I still remember my dad lifting it out of the box, and how amazed I was. I was mesmerized by it's Bondi Blue awesomeness. All the computers I had seen previous to it were ugly beige boxes, and it was beautiful. Since I was a kid, and I had small hands, the hockey puck mouse was perfect sized for me. The entire system was awesome. I loved that computer, but unfortunately, we… Continue

Added by Nick on August 16, 2008 at 7:11pm — No Comments

Apple II Programming for the Web

How easy is it to program nowadays? When we were young, we used to be able to sit down and type on the Apple II:

HGR HCOLOR = 3 HPLOT 0, 0 to 279, 159 The code above will draw a white line. But no longer. Programming has become a science, where you need to be a rocket scientist to just to do something simple! So I decided to do something about it. I created

GScript BASIC for Applesoft BASIC… Continue

Added by Lim Thye Chean on August 16, 2008 at 4:00am — No Comments

Mac Slacker

My dog ate my Mac. A meteor landed on my house. I was dead at the time... Or maybe I am just a huge procrastinator. Yes, my Retro Challenge project still lay in a state of unfinishedatudeness. Legless and not yellow, my little plastic pal looks at me with sad mac eyes. I have all the pieces needed to complete the cosmetic transformation from Mac Plus to Banana Jr. Some how the time slipped away (get it, banana - banana peel - slipped! Ha, it is to laugh)

I did get as far as… Continue

Added by John on August 9, 2008 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

My QuickTake Photos

I've just recently gotten a QuickTake 100 camera and just yesterday I got a QuickTake 150. The 150 holds twice as many photos as the 100 at the highest quality setting : 16 compared to only 8!! I have been using the PhotoFlash editing software that comes with the QuickTake 150 software. It is very easy to use and it is a much nicer viewer than QuickTime for photos. The QuickTake 100 software would cause my WallStreet to lock up immediately upon attempting to connect to the camera, so I am using… Continue

Added by Heather on August 6, 2008 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

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