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October 2008 Blog Posts (15)

Back in the game....

After many years of only using modern Mac or PC's I am going back to how it all started. I started on a Mac LC in 1991 when I was 12 years old. At the time I didn't know much about these machines, now I can see them in a whole new light with a ton of experience and knowledge. I have been bit by the bug that you can't just have one old mac.

So far recent finds that I have or are on the way to me are, LC474, Performa 6400, Performa 467, PM 7200, AIO G3. I am looking forward to modding… Continue

Added by DaveW on October 31, 2008 at 11:09am — 1 Comment

Film Retrospective - "The Net"

In 1995 the internet was not something that most Americans were familiar with. I remember the conversation with my parents when I first asked them if we could get AOL. Being technophobic midwesterners my parents only knew that this "internet" was a gateway for adult material, pedophiles, and corruption. Playing the education card I was able to convince them to subscribe to AOL.

That same year a film called "The Net" starring Sandra Bullock came to theaters. It exploited every fear… Continue

Added by Ken on October 28, 2008 at 5:53pm — 2 Comments

My first Mac

When recently filling out the new RetroMacCast member form, I reflected on my first home computer back in 1984 -- a Macintosh 128k. What a simple yet ground-breaking machine, destined to forever change my view on computing and life in general. No, the Mac does not capture my every waking hour, but it has inspired my love of computers and technology, ultimately leading me to study electrical engineering in college which in turn brought me to Japan.

This first Mac was not actually "my"… Continue

Added by James Wages on October 28, 2008 at 8:40am — No Comments

BBC Radio 1 and Apple

Just Heard something on Radio 1...

They were talking about exam scores and that teenagers are getting dumber, but getting higher grades. They then compared exam results for 1976 and they said...

"1976, only 3 channels on T.V. and Apple just made their first computer, the size of a wardrobe"



Added by Ryan on October 27, 2008 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

How retro can you be?

I'm in the process of setting up my hobby studio (hey, I won't deny that I am a geek) and was looking for some inspiration - Think Different posters, possibly making a large medieval banner (I am in the middle of building a fantasy town/city to house my ever-growing collection of wargame miniatures and, as I don't get time to play, am making them into a large static display, with lighting, etc). When I found this and was intrigued by… Continue

Added by Chance on October 27, 2008 at 7:57am — 2 Comments

The SE/30 That Does It All

I was recently interviewed by Giles Turnbull of Cult of Mac who had seen my SE/30 and Newton photo on Flickr. I felt especially honored that Giles decided to run this article on these classic Apple machines.

UPDATE: How funny. I became a new member just today and after posting my blog… Continue

Added by James Wages on October 25, 2008 at 6:30am — 5 Comments

iBook :D

Today I picked up a 600 MHz dual USB iBook and I am rather happy. I'm happy because I didn't pay a single penny for it ! All I had to do was install windows XP on boot camp for the technician. As a joke I asked for a iBook, he chuckled and left the room... Came back a couple of mins latter and 'Boom', he gave me an iBook.

The little guy is in a good-ish condition for being used for 4 year in a laptop trolley, then chucked in a store room for like 3 or so years. There is two rubber… Continue

Added by Ryan on October 24, 2008 at 3:25pm — 3 Comments

The Newton is still worthwhile

I have previously stated that I didn't think the iPhone/iPod Touch had gone far enough down the PDA route to be truly useful to the business community, despite the added Outlook integration provided by the iPhone 3G. With that in mind (and considering my old O2 XDA has gone the way of the dodo), I picked up a Newton (MessagePad 110) from eBay for the princely sum of £4 plus postage and thought I'd see if I could make use of that to help me keep my day organised.

I just thought I'd… Continue

Added by Chance on October 21, 2008 at 7:39am — 2 Comments

Apple To Do List

I went through an Apple acquisition phase recently and now have quite a bit to do. Here's what is currently on my Apple To Do list.

1. Mac Classic II: Determine if HD is disconnected or broken. Purchased Torx-T15 to open case. May need to locate SCSI drive.

2. Powerbook 170: Does not power on. Purchased multimeter to determine if AC is broken. Must learn how a multimeter works.

3. Apple //c: Purchased AC adapter. "Check Disk Drive" error shows up on screen. Repair/replace… Continue

Added by Ken on October 19, 2008 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

Putting the Old in Old School (Atari Style USB Joysticks)

While wandering around I found this link...

Which announced a new USB version of the Old Atari 2600 joystick... Now this will REALLY make M.U.L.E. sweet on an emulator.

Added by Wholly Mindless on October 15, 2008 at 10:56am — 2 Comments

New 'MacHeads' trailer surfaces

taken from cnet If Tuesday's news of new, more-powerful, Mac laptops wasn't enough to stoke the fires of the Apple faithful, I've got even more to offer. Tuesday afternoon, the producers of the forthcoming film, MacHeads, released a new trailer. The film is scheduled for a fall release. No word yet on how it will be distributed. The film, as noted here in January, will take a close look… Continue

Added by mac on October 14, 2008 at 7:24pm — No Comments

MacHEADS under the wave scanner

You know you are a Machead but not sure if it's an addiction or a choice, you're not alone now there is scientific proof that Apple is a religion! We are pleased to announce that we will be publishing an interview with marketing guru, Martin Lindstorm. Martin advises top executives at companies including the McDonald’s Corporation, Nestlé, American Express, Microsoft, The Walt Disney Company and… Continue

Added by mac on October 9, 2008 at 6:37pm — No Comments

2300c Has Arrived!

My eBay win 2300c arrived today. The packaging (and equipment too I think) smelled a bit. Not sure... maybe a smoker... or maybe just left out where it shouldn't have been. And, I was a further disturbed to find some red onion skin in the packing materials. -- WTH? Gross! -- I guess that's one of the perils of eBay... Maybe some recipient of one of my eBay sales thought that my packaging smelled (but I really doubt that's ever been the case).

Back on topic: I pulled out the… Continue

Added by David Gaxiola on October 2, 2008 at 1:38am — 5 Comments

Taking the plunge, switching and Macs vs The Credit Crunch

First of all, thanks to eBay, I am now the proud owner of an Apple Newton. For £4.75 plus postage, I picked up a Messagepad 110, which is fine by me. I know it's not as cool as the later 2100, but it'll do for a start and I rather like the design. I'm looking forward to getting hold of it and am genuinely interested in seeing if I can't run an entire project using nothing but the Newton and my Pismo PowerBook. I don't see why not and, if all goes well, I think I'll post the findings up… Continue

Added by Chance on October 1, 2008 at 10:04am — No Comments

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