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December 2007 Blog Posts (18)

Gene Simmons never had a personal computer growing up.

I made a picture!! It's not great but it'll do! Or at least, it'll do until my graphic designer husband makes me a better one. My first computer was a Tandy. Well, my first computer was a Commodore 64 but all I did on that was play games so it doesn't count. I am amazed thinking back to that old Tandy and its 128K and floppy disks. :)

It was a good computer.
But if I could have had it, though, I'd have gotten a Banana, Jr.

Added by April on December 30, 2007 at 9:43pm — 1 Comment

Conversational German for the Mac User

Ich würde sagen, dass Windows Benutzer ein bisschen masochistisch sind.

Ich would say that Windows users are a little masochistic.

Ich bin in meinem Macintosh verliebt.

I am in love with my Macintosh.

Darf ich das Licht zeigen? Es heißt OS X.

May I show you the light? It is called OS X.

Ich habe keine Lust Windows Crashsimulator 98 zu spielen.

I don't want to play Windows Crash Simulator 98.

Ich bin nicht schwul, aber ich würde eine Ausnahme… Continue

Added by Ken on December 28, 2007 at 1:49pm — 2 Comments

Feels Just Like I'm Posting for the First Time

Apologies to the BareNaked Ladies for messing with their lyrics!

Hello and nice to meet everyone! What do you put in these first posts? I never know. I'm actually not much of a computer person. In fact, I'm practically a neoluddite. Technology does tend to break down around me; my friends say I have a techno-field. I joke about slowly turning into a superhero with the ability to control static electricity (seriously, I somehow manage to collect a lot of it - I would say it's… Continue

Added by April on December 27, 2007 at 8:40pm — 1 Comment

JD's last haul for 2007

Well today I managed to pick up a Snow iMac G3/500 for AUD$60 (sans keyboard and mouse). It's in great condition and booted up just fine.

I also received an eBay auction win in the mail today. An Apple Australia "In Modem" for the Apple // series. It came in great condition, complete with box, all documentation and the phone cable. According to the manual it runs at a blistering 1200/75bps!

This card was from an era when Apple Australia were building their own hardware. This… Continue

Added by macdownunder on December 27, 2007 at 5:27pm — No Comments

Christmas Haul

First off a round of my applause for my mother who, despite having children in their mid-twenties, still spoils them on Christmas. This year the center of our living room had a mountain of paper five feet high. I did get some Mac goodies.

  • Elgato eyeTV Hybrid - for watching/recording HDTV on my main Mac
  • 1gb RAM to add to my machine
  • Ion iTTUSB05 Turntable to import vinyl into Garageband

Then of course there's the other goodies...

  • 2x Wii…

Added by Ken on December 26, 2007 at 1:37pm — 2 Comments

Anyone remember these monitors?

I found an old "Monitor ///" on ebay and the lighting of the shot reminded me of the fact that these monitors felt like they had nylons/stockings over them. It's as if the texture was because someone wrapped the tube in panty hose.

Weird stuff.

(Image snarfed from ebay auction - apologies to anyone that claims rights to the shot but think of it as advertising)

I remember a good number of //e's being sold with this… Continue

Added by Wholly Mindless on December 22, 2007 at 3:21pm — 4 Comments

Today's addition to the collection - Grape Slot Load iMac

Picked up a couple of extra machines for the collection.

Firstly a Performa 5260/120 for AUD$0.99. Case is damaged, but will make for good parts for the other 5260 I picked up this week.

Secondly, a Grape slot load iMac (AUD $67). Case in good condition and came with the black extended USB keyboard (no mouse). Yet to fire it up, but am told that it runs very, very slowly. Given that it reportedly only has 128Mb RAM and is trying to run Mac OSX.2.8 I am hardly… Continue

Added by macdownunder on December 21, 2007 at 7:02pm — 3 Comments

The only machine I have at the moment is a windows machine, and its perfectly fine. Theres no reason you have to buy into the whole, "You can only like one, Macs or Windows or Linux, or Ford, or Chev…

The only machine I have at the moment is a windows machine, and its perfectly fine. Theres no reason you have to buy into the whole, "You can only like one, Macs or Windows or Linux, or Ford, or Chevy " etc. I mean sure a whole lot of people are probably going to want me strung up after that comment, but seriously, who cares. If a windows PC does the job, great, sure it may not be as polished as the Mac OS and yes even I prefer XPSP2 to Vista most of the time, and sure, the pre-built machines… Continue

Added by Mike on December 20, 2007 at 3:28pm — 12 Comments

LisaEm on Windows...

Well, based on Sunder's recommendation (it's good to recommend your own app), I pulled down lisaem and tried it on my (accept my apologies) windows machine. Wow, it's pretty neat although a bit 'big" even for my 24" monitor. After some monkeying around and generally making a fool of myself (gotta love the drive noises), I went out to grab some disk images.

I found some system disks over at… Continue

Added by Wholly Mindless on December 19, 2007 at 11:32pm — No Comments

University clean up haul

Well, visited my friend at a local University on Monday and picked up a heap of retro Mac stuff. A big thanks to David!

Most importantly I got a Performa 5260 to round out the 5xxx series collection. Also snagged an SE/30 workhorse and a Laserwriter II (haven't seen the model number as yet).

I also got an Apple Portrait Display and an Apple 14" AV monitor (the one from the Centris/Quadra era) along with a pile of Apple Ergonomic (ie split) Keyboards.

Included was a… Continue

Added by macdownunder on December 19, 2007 at 4:14pm — 2 Comments


I'm doing inventory of Windows machines right now. I'm using two
different pieces of inventory software on a USB drive. Every three
machines give me an error message to the effect of "This program must
be run from a USB drive." Sigh...

Added by Ken on December 18, 2007 at 10:39am — No Comments

How do you use this newfangled "blog" thing?

Is it like an LAN party?? ;)

Anyhow, for the lonely soul or souls that may be reading this text, I'll post up my progress on my Apple Lisa school project, and use it as a rough outline for myself.

Since I can't afford to buy a good old, actual Lisa, I am forced to take desperate measures and create my very own Lisa out of cardboard. I'll probably poke around the backwater boonies of this newfangled "World Wide Web" and find the dimensions for the Lisa, her keyboard, and… Continue

Added by HeathBar W. on December 17, 2007 at 6:15pm — 3 Comments


Here's what I've got on my agenda now that the fall 2007 semester is over.
  1. File away the Apple IIe I restored. I live in a college dorm room so there isn't much space when I wrap something up.
  2. Finish making a 5.25 Floppy Archive before February. I will be using my IIgs to accomplish this before the spring 2008 semester begins.
  3. Restore the Atari 2600, Sega Master System, and Coleco Gemini units I've got laying around. Not really Mac, but definitely retro.

Added by Ken on December 17, 2007 at 2:41pm — 2 Comments

Retro Or Proven

Found this wandering the web at

Apple II. It's proven technology

But the Mac with that gorgeous black and grey was just hard to ignore. It may only be one bit, but it was a beautiful one bit. The "color bleeds" of Apple II hires displays were just… Continue

Added by Wholly Mindless on December 16, 2007 at 11:23pm — 2 Comments

Greetings Programs!

OK, I've been guilted into becoming a member.

Considering that I avoid EVERY other "Social Network", I find it strange that I signed up here. Maybe it's because I'm not too abnormal here.

I've been an Apple owner since 1979 (with a break in the middle) but still haven't managed to get back to day to day Apple use. Someday maybe.

I've got a PowerBook 5300ce that I haven't spent enough time with - between a bunch of dead batteries and a flakey power connector, it's just… Continue

Added by Wholly Mindless on December 16, 2007 at 12:50am — 2 Comments

Semi preemptive strike

Thought I better just get it out there after James noticed my comment regarding the number of Macs I currently own being Umm. Yes, the rumors are true, I own exactly...none. Having said that, I will remedy this oversight as soon as humanly possible. Only real problem I have is, none of the current models really fit the bill. Ideally I would want something with specs inline with an iMac, but with the customisation ability of a Mac Pro. Seeing that no such animal exists currently, I really don't… Continue

Added by Mike on December 15, 2007 at 5:56pm — 6 Comments

Recent news in the collecting front...

I had a great time chatting with James and John in making their last episode of the RetroMacCast. I hope that some people found it interesting, if maybe a little long. Thanks to James and John for inviting me along!

My collection is going pretty well at present.

I'm currently on the lookout to complete my PPC Apple Powerbook collection. I've recently found a 1400c to match the 1400cs I got earlier this year. It should arrive from interstate (Australia) soon.

I'm… Continue

Added by macdownunder on December 13, 2007 at 12:51pm — 3 Comments

First Blog Post

How's that for a creative title? I'm not sure if and how I might use this blog feature of this new website. With all the options for expressing yourself these days, it's hard to pick just one and then commit to it. Then there is the issue of whether or not anybody even cares what you are thinking. For now, I'll only say that I've been enjoying the early start of the RMC Social Networking experiment, and I look forward to getting to know other Macintosh enthusiasts a little better and bringing… Continue

Added by James on December 11, 2007 at 6:12am — 1 Comment

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