Posts tagged “classic”.

‘Something Old’ by John Carey

March 9th, 2012

Something Old by John Carey

This lovely image comes courtesy of John Carey over at fiftyfootshadows. Carey shares desktop images available for download — and boy, is this one gorgeous for all kinds of reasons. Says John:

I came across an opportunity to take this old Mac out back and shoot it recently. We were cleaning out old storage space and came across our Mac graveyard of sorts. Also In there was a Cube and moving head iMac. Good stuff.

Good stuff, indeed. Download the full version at the blog. You can see more of Carey’s work at his Flickr gallery.

And extra points if you can guess the Macintosh model.

Matt’s Macintosh: 1984

February 27th, 2012

Matt over at Matt’s Macintosh has a lovely office setup.

[via Stephen Hackett.]

An iPod for music lovers

August 24th, 2011

iPod classic

Kirk McElhearn at Macworld:

Both iPod classics (black and silver) are ahead of the iPod nano and shuffle in any of their colors. So while many people think the classic is a niche device, this might not be the case. Even if it were a niche, it would be one worth holding onto, because the buyers of this model are the real music fans, with lots of tunes, and want a device that holds as much as possible.

Agreed. My first iPod, a 30 GB iPod video from 2005, is still my only classic iPod, and it’s no longer big enough for my music library. I’ve thought about shopping for a refurbished model just so I don’t have to worry about the song juggling that McElhearn talks about.

For true music lovers, and especially for those of us with large music libraries, the iPod classic is still a viable option – sort of like a Mac Pro for tunes.

System 7 update

June 21st, 2010

Funny how one little driver can set your plans back.

Here I was, all ready to begin the week-long experiment using nothing but classic Macs and Newtons, when I discover that I lost my Entrega serial-to-USB dongle’s driver disc. The CD came in a little white envelope and was next to a bunch of other RAM sticks, adapters, Firewire cords, and software CDs. Now it’s gone.

A search through the Internet yielding absolutely squat, and the Newtontalk list didn’t offer any suggestions. The closest I came was one of those sleazy driver sites that makes you wade through stupid ads to get to what you need. When the driver download came up, it still wasn’t what I needed.

Apparently, Entrega was bought out by Xircom, who was in turn bought out by Intel. Intel posts a bunch of downloads for the old Entrega/Xircom adapters, but only an old manual for the one I needed (model U1-D8). The driver is nowhere to be found.

The Entrega adapter was a marvelous piece of technology, helping me to connect to my iMac G3 and becoming my go-to gadget for all things Newton. Even though it’s a USB adapter, it needs a driver to operate correctly. And the usual Keyspan adapters don’t work on my pre-OS X Macs.

My hope in this system 7 experiment was to have my PowerMac G3 run as the hub of the whole operation, syncing my Newton, doing most of the heavy lifting, and connecting with the outside world. It’s true that I could simply connect my Newtons with my iMac G3, but I’d rather have just two Macs running during the experiment: the PowerMac, and the LC 520.

So everything’s on hold for now, until either that Entrega disc shows up (after a fifth or sixth sweep of my apartment) or I give up and go with the iMac for everyday tasks.

Vintage Mac Museum

June 14th, 2010

The Grouch

How fun: a site dedicated (more or less) to classic Mac graphics.

The Vintage Mac Museum is in Japanese, but for us English speakers it’s still navigable. The author, Motohiko Narita, posts photos of projects, too, which are a hoot (check out that vertically-aligned monitor for the Mac IIci!).

Lots of fun to poke around, and a great resource for classic Mac graphics.

[Via vintage Daring Fireball.]

Classic Mac setups

March 16th, 2010

Riccardo Mori over at System Folder had a neat idea: post Mac users’ classic setups using low-end hardware.

His first profile comes from Stories of Apple author Nicola D’Agostino, who uses two PowerBook G3s – one running OS 8.6 for scanning and the other sporting both OS 9 and OS X 10.4 for music.

It’s great to see recent-era classic Macs still in everyday use, and I look forward to see who else shares their classic setup with Mori.

Quote of the week: anything newer?

March 5th, 2010

“The question is not ‘why do you want something that old?’ but rather: Why would I want anything newer? This computer serves my purposes perfectly well. It would be nice to be able to run Mac OS X Leopard and run all the latest software, but for somebody like me whose heaviest task is editing a photo taken with a point-and-shoot camera, I’ve found that this computer is quite powerful enough.”

David Kendal, my podcasting buddy, with a good pre-emptive piece that nicely accompanies my rant from the other day.

On my Mac hobby

March 2nd, 2010

Almost five years ago, I acquired a new hobby. It started when I purchased my first Macintosh computer, an iBook G4, and it’s been chugging along ever since.

I have many other hobbies: writing, comic books, traveling, working out, politics, and sometimes playing some video games. But the one I’m probably most recognized for is the Mac hobby.

Someone asked, on a little experiment I ran last week, whether they thought my Macs would “possess” me. By this, they probably meant, “Don’t you think this is getting out of hand?” Or, “when will you stop acquiring and dinking around with Macs?”

To which I would answer: no, and maybe never.

I’m not sorry about my hobby. The Macintosh, both old and classic, interests me in ways that have long reflected my personality. I’ve been a computer geek for 15 years, and messing with Macs fits perfectly into my lifestyle.

The first possible question, the “getting out of hand” one, probably refers to the amount of Macs I own, and there I’ll give the questioner some credit. By now, I’ve reached a certain limit, where anything new that comes in replaces something I already have. I don’t want any more Macs. To make room, I’ll replace the ones I have with one I want more. Out with old, in with the new.

But every once in a while, someone will walk in an ask, “How many computers do you need?” Truth is, I don’t need any of them, any more than you need four pairs of blue jeans or seven guns hanging out in a (hopefully) locked safe. It’s not about need.

There are a million different hobbies out there, each with their own culture and lexicon and history. I think each and every one of them – from velvet Elvis paintings to horses – is fascinating in their own way. My roommate is interested in World War II, so he watches TV shows about the war and plays a video game that lets him re-experience the battles in his own way. World War II doesn’t define him. It’s simply what interests him.

Another friend switches hobbies like he switches underwear. Something will catch his fancy and, zoom, off he goes to collect and learn all he can about it. Then something new comes along and, zoom, off he goes to that. Maybe his hobby is hobbies.

Here’s the thing: as a creative professional, I feel like I can get my work done best on a certain computing platform. And it’s fun to use, and has a compelling history, so that I’m interested in more than its practical aspects. Also, the older models are interesting in their own way, and they give me an affordable way to mess around with computers.

Fact is, I rarely pay for the Macs I acquire. More often than not, they’re gifts or eureka finds. Just my luck that I can get my hands on something I love to tinker with. My grandpa used to get bikes at yard sales, fix them up, and sell them in his front yard. Sometimes people would stop by just to give him their old bike. He made a little income, got to fiddle with chains and tires, and spent time in his old garage tinkering by himself.

I do this with Macs.

Some women love to take their credit card and go shopping just for shopping’s sake. For them, it’s an activity to do with friends and they – hey! – get something on the other end. Their closets are full, they spent a bunch of money on stuff they really didn’t need, and they’ll do it again next weekend. Shopping can be a hobby.

So can anything. That’s the great part about life: we can be unapologetic about our interests because they’re our interests. Having a hobby is never having to say you’re sorry, unless your hobby is hurting other people. In that case, look into professional wrestling (look, another hobby!).

Now, hobbies can become destructive. If you don’t have any money, you probably shouldn’t go shopping just for shopping’s sake. If my Macs distracted me from any of the other fun and wonderful things I enjoy, it would be a bad thing. When all you care about is your hobby, not only are you boring, but you’re hurting yourself.

But I can tear apart an old iBook or figure out a way to install some Newton software and read, write, spend time with my girlfriend, and get out of town on the weekend. I think I live a well-rounded life, dominated by nothing more than anything else. Sometimes it feels like I’m interested in too much, because the world fascinates me to no end. So I have to set limits.

The question a hobbyist has to ask themselves is, if I lose all this stuff, will it matter? Or is it the doing that’s enjoyable? Honestly, if a fire were to consume all my hobby Macs tomorrow, I wouldn’t shed a tear. They’re just things. In fact, I had the Mac of my dreams for an entire year, and I sold it. Just like that. I had it, and then I didn’t have it, with no regret involved.

The things I would miss in a fire are the things that I really care about, like – oh – my pictures and identity and stuff. Everything else is replaceable. It’s just a hobby.

Hobbies can lead to other hobbies. Lately, I’m learning how to make a podcast, and learning how to make and manage web sites. Because I love to learn so much, my hobbies sprout new hobbies, and maybe I’ll stick with them and maybe I won’t.

Whatever. It’s what I like to do. So the number of Macs I own becomes pointless, as long as I’m enjoying them and they don’t crowd out my roommate’s living space. You won’t understand my hobby any more than I understand your “American Idol” obsession, or your garage full of car parts, or the time spent on FarmVille, or your bookshelf full of books (well, I do understand that one).

Are they destructive? No? Then carry on.

Hobbies don’t define us. They help define us, as in, “This is part of who I am and what I enjoy doing. But it’s not the whole me.”

John Gruber and Merlin Mann, in their South By Southwest talk last year, said the moment you know you’ve got a blog topic is when you talk about something so much your friends tell you to shut up about whatever it is you’re talking about.

That’s what I did. I started a blog about retro Apple stuff, and it gives me an outlet for my hobby. Best part: I don’t have to shut up about it. People actually read what I have to say. It’s one of their hobbies, too.

So I’m not alone, even though sometimes I feel like I am, since my circle of friends roll their eyes when I start in with Mac stuff. It’s probably why I glob on to people who are interested. I remember seeing a G5-era iMac in a Chelsea market a few months back, serving as the store’s register/inventory home base, and struck up a conversation with the owners. That happens rarely, but when it does it’s memorable. Online, I can have that conversation every day.

You’ll have to pardon me when I do start mentioning Mac-related things that interest me. I’ll do the same for you when when you dig out your Beanie Baby collection and start talking about thread counts and quilting and riding your Harley on a warm summer’s day.

In the midst of all that, I’m sure we’ll find something talk about.


October 30th, 2009

Mac-O-Lantern time. on Twitpic

Happy Halloween, everyone.

Via badbanana.

Classic Mac iPhone wallpapers posted

March 13th, 2009

PowerBook 540 iPhone wallpaper

I had so much fun creating Mac iPhone wallpapers last time that I went back and collected a bunch of classic Mac pictures to do it again.

You can see my entire collection on my Flickr site, or head to the iPhone Wallpapers group to see a bunch more.

Nothing says “classy” like a 68k Mac on your home screen, eh?