My Macintosh Museum

My four Macs

The above photo was shot at 12:01 a.m. (PST) on January 1, 2000; happy Y2K! (Of course, if there had been Y2K-related power outages, the picture would have been dark except for the battery-equipped PowerBook asking "Y2K?")

The PowerBook was the first computer I ever bought, in 1998, when I decided I couldn't take one of the machines from work with me when I drove Clean Across America And Back (a journey from Los Angeles to Maine and back in my natural-gas-powered Dodge van) and I couldn't get my digital camera to communicate with the LC II that my parents had given me (yes, I had been planning to lug the LC II and a 15" monitor across the country; it's a big van!). Since then, I have learned a lot more about older Macs, mostly from the Low End Mac website; I ended up donating the LC II to a school in Hayward, CA, that I found on that site's Schools Needing Macs page. I have always had a soft spot in my heart (or maybe in my head!) for the old all-in-one compact Macs, though, and since then I have picked up a few. My collection as of Y2K comprised, from left to right in the photo:

Reading the above, I discern a distinct Frankensteinian streak! I've been lucky so far, though, and haven't electrocuted myself with a CRT or turned the PowerBook into a $2000 doorstop, though I did have to recycle one nonfunctional 64 MB RAM module that I still can't figure out how I broke...

Since I took the photo at top, I have acquired a Power Computing PowerCurve "Mac-clone" low-profile desktop box, circa 1995-1996, from Nexcomp; this is even more of a Frankenstein's monster than my other machines now, as I have added a Ratoc FireWire/USB card, an ATI XCLAIM VR 128 graphics/video-capture card, and a Sonnet 500 MHz G3 processor daughtercard to replace the original 120 MHz 601 card! (A note of interest to other "Reanimators": the PowerCurve had a 40 MHz system bus stock, in order to run the processor at 120 MHz with a 3x multiple; however, the motherboard was designed to run at 50 MHz, and it pops right back up to that speed when you install a processor that can deal with that, which is how I can run a 500 MHz G3 with a 10x multiple! Sonnet now makes cards for some computers with a whole separate bus to sidestep the problem; this is also the only way one can currently run a G4 on machines with this "Catalyst" motherboard.) With a 17" monitor, this setup cost me less than an iMac DV/SE, and for anything except watching a DVD movie or capturing video from a digital camcorder (neither of which I own anyway), it's better-performing and certainly more expandable!

And, most recently, I have added a Duo 230, circa 1992-1994, from Power Mac Pac and a Duo Dock II from Refurb Madness; in true Frankensteinian tradition, I have used Born Again to persuade that to boot MacOS 8.1! Of course, I've also got my own ideas about what I'd like for my next computer. No rest for the wicked...

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new 1 January 2000, revised 24 March 2001

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