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#1 2015-01-01 14:16:25

LCGuy
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Sending Snow White Macs through the mail

I'm currently visiting my parents up in Queensland for Christmas/New Year, and am going to send a big box of MacStuff™ back to Sydney. Naturally things such as CRTs and SpindlerPlastic™ Macs aren't being considered. However I am entertaining the idea of sending my Quadra 700 down, as it would be great to have it in Sydney. I have a big roll of bubble wrap that I'm going to wrap everything with individually...however I'm wondering as to just how good an idea it would be to entrust a Mac constructed entirely of Snow White era plastics such as the Q700 to the dimwits at 'StrayaPost. Its one of my favourite 68ks...I'm not going to be at all impressed if it gets destroyed in transit, as such I'm curious as to what kind of success people are having at sending Snow White Macs these days.

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#2 2015-01-01 20:31:56

markyb
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Re: Sending Snow White Macs through the mail

start with the bubble wrap, really tight.
get some inch or more thick solid foam pads, build a cardboard tube frame around the computer. (not like toilet paper tubes, but make squared ones out of cardboard. fill in the open sides with the thick foam, then put foam on the outside of that too. make it fit real snug into the box. I wish I could make this make more sense.

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if you catch my drift. take no chances.


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#3 2015-01-02 05:20:19

jt
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Re: Sending Snow White Macs through the mail

Check out how dedicated laptop packing box padding is constructed. It's foam, muuuuuch better than bubble wrap. Use that for a custom "built" inner box and cocoon that assembly in a significantly larger box with your bubble wrap  .  .  .

.  .  .  address BOTH boxes. roll

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#4 2015-01-02 09:53:26

LCGuy
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Re: Sending Snow White Macs through the mail

Ended up not sending the 700 this time, and sending my souped up LC475...which is almost as good, even if not actually as good. I packaged it similar to how I package servers at work that are going via courier...bubble wrapped the hell out of it, and then labeled the hell out of it.

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#5 2015-01-02 20:24:50

volvo242gt
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Re: Sending Snow White Macs through the mail

Next time, buy yourself a decent 1992-93 Volvo 240 wagon, head up there, fold the rear seat down, load it up with everything, then bomb back down.  It should be able to fit everything and then some.  Then, when you're done, either sell the car, or, use it as a backup vehicle.

-J


68K: Q650 48/1.2G/CD
modern: Mac Pro 2.8GHz 8-core 6GB/500G/DVD-RW, A1150 MBP 2GHz CD, 2GB/80G/DVD-RW
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#6 2015-01-02 23:25:16

jt
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Re: Sending Snow White Macs through the mail

What's an indecent 1992-93 Volvo 24x? neutral

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#7 2015-01-03 03:51:30

mcdermd
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Re: Sending Snow White Macs through the mail

I don't think you'd like the answer to that question, jt.


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#8 2015-01-03 13:23:56

jt
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Re: Sending Snow White Macs through the mail

Dunno, cars are kinda like Macs, every model having its own particular weaknesses. Sometimes things like the aforementioned SpindlyPlast construction cross entire model lines. Low end to high end model differentiation/design tradeoffs are particularly interesting to me. Price/performance and re-use of body designs with minimal changes across several model years would be another. You never know which ones might become the much sought after gem despite its original status as remarkably Meh-mobile.

Compacts ship well despite the CRT. They were pretty much the Ford Falcon, dress one up and put the (required) second FDD in the case and you've got an SE, the less than amazing performance, intro year Mustang. Transplant a V-8 a couple of years later and the Mustang becomes an SE/30. Juice it up by wedging in every amazing performance upgrade available and it's Eleanor.

Cars probably don't fare particularly well shipped 'StrayaPost. wink

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#9 2015-01-05 09:52:22

LCGuy
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Re: Sending Snow White Macs through the mail

Matchbox/Hot Wheels cars fare rather well, given that they have to be rather strongly constructed in order to survive kids smile

Real cars however are far above 'StrayaPost's weight limit...though I guess maybe if you send a ute through the mail the postie might be able to use it to carry his bike plus the mail)

(Translation: If you send a pickup through the mail the postal worker might be able to use it to carry his bike plus the mail) tongue

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#10 2015-01-05 10:19:08

volvo242gt
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Re: Sending Snow White Macs through the mail

David,

lol, wasn't thinking of sending you one.  But, I'm pretty sure that there are some available in your area, that way, you can go get your computer equipment from your family's pad without having to send it back piecemeal and without overloading your current car.

JT: an indecent Volvo 240 is one that hasn't been maintained correctly.  So, essentially a project.

-J


68K: Q650 48/1.2G/CD
modern: Mac Pro 2.8GHz 8-core 6GB/500G/DVD-RW, A1150 MBP 2GHz CD, 2GB/80G/DVD-RW
Pre-Mac: ][+, //e
other: iPhone 6s 128GB Space Gray

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#11 2015-01-05 10:36:54

LCGuy
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Re: Sending Snow White Macs through the mail

Trouble with cars like that though is that they drink fuel (which costs a lot more here than it does in the US), and are expensive to insure and register. Otherwise I'd be driving a nice Holden Commodore wagon. V6 power, rear wheel drive, and plenty of room for Macs.

Ideally I'd also have a place big enough for all my gear up in QLD. Unfortunately though Sydney real estate isn't exactly what you'd call "cheap".

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