Dec 272015
 

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I didn’t have time to give Santa notice that I’d like one of these in my stocking, but if you are looking for something that a retro-Mac lover will use and love everyday, there’s nothing better than a genuine, original Macintosh mouse updated to work in the 21st century with the latest MacBook, Mac Pro, or iMac!

To truly appreciate the effort Charles Mangin put into this product, you really need to watch the video of his presentation about it. You are sure to gain a new appreciation for the chunky original Mac mouse that shipped with the original 128k model, the 512k, and the original Mac Plus. The M0100 pre-dated ADB (Apple Desktop Bus) and features a DE-9 connector. You can purchase a complete converted original mouse with DE-9 to USB adapter, or if you already have a mouse you can buy a conversion kit.

There’s no better way to ring in 2016 for a retro-Mac fan than breathing new life into a 30+ year old Macintosh mouse!

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Dec 092014
 

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I was excited to see a new weekly column devoted to vintage Apple products debut on the Macworld web site in November. Written by Christopher Phin, the series is, in his words, “unashamedly in love with yesterday’s Apple.” He promises to provide readers with “a mix of practical advice, hidden histories and wildly nostalgic love letters to beautiful old pieces of hardware and software” in the coming weeks, and after reading the first 4 articles I am impressed and plan to be a regular reader.

Of course part of the reason is that I keenly appreciate anyone who shares my passion for classic Apple hardware and software, but what delights me the most about “Think Retro” is that is is quality content, with glorious photos and beautiful, descriptive words that evoke the genuine emotions I remember the first time I saw or used the items he writes about. It seems that 95% of content related to Apple that appears on the web nowadays is little more than recycled press releases, repeated gossip from a rumor site, or wild speculation with little basis in fact, all with click-bait headlines. After reading it you are no wiser for the experience and often feel like the writer and publisher ought to compensate you for slogging through their lame efforts you know any writing teacher would return to them with “F – Redo” emblazoned across the top in crimson.

In contrast, “Think Retro” is clearly a labor of love, written with genuine care and respect for the topics and illustrated with brilliant photographs you can tell weren’t culled from stock images. Check out the introductory column, A Love Letter to the Apple Logo and if you are at all interested in what the author calls “yesterday’s Apple” I am confident you’ll be a regular reader.

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May 272014
 

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image courtesy Wikipedia

Even though I have been using Macs for most of the three decades they have been around, I’ve never had a chance to use an Apple Lisa, the famous predecessor to the Macintosh that cost a cool $10K back in 1983 (or nearly $24K in today’s inflated dollars).

And while I’ve always wanted to add one to my collection of classic Apple computers, I’ve never had an affordable opportunity to purchase a working model. Thankfully modern technology allows us an opportunity travel back in time and experience using an Apple Lisa via a brilliant emulator written by Ray Arechelian. Thom Holwerda wrote about it on OSNews today and stirred up lots of new interest for LisaEm that appears to have been dormant since 2008. Be sure to check out the comments to see remarks from Ray who has apparently been coaxed into resurrecting the project with several offers of assistance.

Explore Ray’s site for the full story about his efforts to develop a software version of Lisa. If you are blessed to have a real Lisa and need help with troubleshooting it the Lisa FAQ is extensive. His Lisa Sites section includes a vast number of links to other Lisa-related sites and resources. I’ll be checking them out myself after I finish the steps to install LisaEm and find out what it was like to experience the Apple Lisa back in 1983.

 

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Dec 162013
 

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Long before there was an internet for us to shop for Christmas gifts there were early Macs, without any built in capability to connect to each other in the same room, much less connect to a computer across the continent.

The Mac Plus is such a computer, and getting it to speak TCP/IP to surf the web is far more of a challenge that you might expect. Read Jeff Keacher’s interesting tale of making his Mac Plus conversant with web sites and you might appreciate your speedy MacBook or iMac a little more.

Check it out: How I introduced a 27-year-old computer to the web

Jeff, I salute you for your relentless pursuit of bring your Mac Plus into 21st century communications just because you can. Now why don’t you put a web server on that Plus and let it show off its capabilities to the rest of the world?

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Oct 072013
 

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From the creator of ShrineOfApple.com comes a beautiful new 350 page book intended as a tribute to Apple innovation and design. Check it out at iconic book.com and place your order now. Author Jonathan Zufi amazingly spent four years taking more than 150,000 photographs of over 500 Apple products, including many rare prototypes never seen in public.

Sold only through iconic book.com, Iconic is available in two versions: a cloth hardbound edition for $75 and a special edition, priced at $300, which includes an engraved slipcase, vintage computer casing and an exclusive print of a photograph from the book. If you ever owned a beige Mac you’ll appreciate the special tribute in the design. Check out the demo video:

Thanks, Jonathan. Your sincere dedication to preserving the history of Apple products is deeply appreciated.

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