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#26 2014-07-19 08:47:05

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Re: mcdermd the Applefool

Nathan, I guess we need to fix that...  ;-)  Maybe Dylan has a //c or an extra //e that he can fix up for you...

-J


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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#27 2014-07-19 14:32:24

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Re: mcdermd the Applefool

The only Apple II series I ever tried to play with was a Laser 128. I couldn't resist it because it was one of the three machines I researched to replace the C64 back in the day.  Its slot/expansion chassis knocked the //c right out of the ring. Thank bog it went down the storage room whirlpool before I got into the AII scene, those people are crazier than I am.

It's bad enough to be addicted to Mac hacking. hmm

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Speaking of which: Nice snag on the Lisa, mcd. That's another one I mean to avoid, even if I were to hit the Lotto ticket I buy once in a while to ride the dream. I got my "Little bit of Lisa" and that front bezel's plenty good enough for me!

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#28 2014-07-19 19:57:26

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Re: mcdermd the Applefool

The only machine I would be remotely interested is a IIc+ with the LCD display, and even then I wouldn't know what to do with it.


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#29 2014-07-19 20:09:05

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Re: mcdermd the Applefool

I was part of the generation that heavily used Apple IIs in school, from elementary through high school (starting with an Apple II Plus that I learned Applesoft programming on and did lots of FredWriter and Print Shop, and ending with a heavily upgraded IIe that handled the school newspaper).

A friend of mine had a IIgs, which I was jealous of. To this day I still say that the IIgs is one of the best computers Apple ever made. I think you'll like it much more than a IIc+. Mine has a SCSI disk and a TransWarp, and it's a great system.

I do have an Apple III in my collection, but it appears to be DOA, despite a few "repairs" (anyone who knows the A3 knows how to "repair" them big_smile ).

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#30 2014-07-20 07:23:08

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Re: mcdermd the Applefool

Same here. I remember we had two Apple ][s and a TRS-80 when I was in kindergarten in 1979. I had a blast meticulously drawing low-res images on graph paper, then tapping it all into BASIC to make images on the ][s. We did a fair amount of Logo also.

If MK wants a II of some sort, I have an extra //c that needs a power supply and I think I may have enough parts to make a junkyard IIe.

jt: Fortunately, I spent well less than a lotto winning on this one. A decade of looking, an incredible seller a couple of states away and a good friend less than two hours away from the seller made the deal happen. The other nice part is it wasn't only the Lisa. An SE/30, Classic II and beige Plus are also headed my way along with a few boxes of software. Did I mention the Lisa came with the Lisa 2 manuals and MacWorks XL? I got Lisa Office 3 installed on it yesterday. Now to figure out how to get it to dual-boot with MacWorks off the Widget drive.


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#31 2014-08-27 15:42:45

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I picked up a few machines recently, one of them a Performa 640CD DOS compatible. The only problem is that they ripped out the DOS card and replaced it with an LC 10bT card sad I was hoping for that odd-ball 6xx PC Card.


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#32 2014-09-06 05:14:53

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Re: mcdermd the Applefool

Here's my latest rescue case:

mba1.jpg

mba2.jpg

Mid-2011 11" MacBook Air, 1.6 GHz i5, 2 GB RAM, 64 GB SSD

It didn't start out so nice:

mba3.jpg

mba4.jpg

mba5.jpg

I don't know the back story but I can only guess that

A: Someone got mad and stomped on the keyboard. The battery smoked and they threw it away.

B: It got run over by a truck. They pried the back open and poked the battery cell and smoked it.

C: The battery exploded and they pried open the case to "remove the hard drive"

The top case was actually much worse that it looks in the before picture. I had actually bent it back near straight. It was curled up. The bottom case was missing altogether. I spent $98 on parts and shipping. Other than the worn keycaps, it's good to go.

The surprise is that despite it's anemic specs, it runs Yosemite really well. Not too much lag and definitely much faster than my 2007 2.4 GHz C2D MacBook Pro with 4 GB RAM.


Daily Drivers: 27" iMac 2.8 GHz Quad-Core i7 (Late 2009), 21.5" iMac 2.7GHz Quad-Core i5 (Late 2013), 11" Macbook Air 1.6 GHz i5 (Mid-2011)
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#33 2014-09-06 05:37:19

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Re: mcdermd the Applefool

Great score. And amazing that it was still salvagable after that.

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#34 2014-09-06 06:14:34

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That was the amazing part. I pulled the battery, then plugged it in and it booted right up. The trackpad even worked but it was too bent to click.


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#35 2014-09-06 06:22:28

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Nice restoration job. I have one of the current 11" MBAs with an i7, though I still prefer to use the iBook on the road since it's already configured how I like and I can play DVDs without dragging around the optical drive.

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#36 2014-09-06 17:50:51

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Re: mcdermd the Applefool

Oh man, I forgot those trackpads are glass.. That's one way to be reminded, lol

That's a hell of a restoration there, good work.


http://markyb.applefool.com for a list of my computers, my blog, and some random resources.

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#37 2014-09-07 21:32:22

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Re: mcdermd the Applefool

The DVD/Blu-Ray topic has now been split to a new thread in the Front Bar smile

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#38 2014-09-17 18:40:21

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Re: mcdermd the Applefool

The 2nd gen MBA 11" are the best mac's Apple makes. 2GB ram is rough, i'd want 4, but the SSD, backlit keyboard and size just make these the best best best portable mac's every built.

I love my 2012 11" MBA. But once you get used to typing on that keyboard, moving to a 13" is tough. I have a 2014 13" MBA i7 8GB from work, and it's really not that much better than the i5/4GB 11".

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#39 2014-09-18 00:10:03

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Re: mcdermd the Applefool

No laptop keyboard Apple ever made rivals a good ThinkPad keyboard.


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#40 2014-09-18 05:38:39

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Re: mcdermd the Applefool

I disagree and raise you the 1400. But I'd agree with you on any other Apple laptop.

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#41 2014-09-18 06:51:53

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Re: mcdermd the Applefool

The ex-grlf spent her life using ThinkPad/KBDs with that abominable Trackpoint, she loves the KBD and new-to-her Trackpad on the 13" Air.

I kind of like the Pismo KBD, but not as much as the 1400.

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#42 2014-09-18 07:20:02

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The Pismo is squishy. I stil maintain that my favorite keyboard after the old-time AEK is the new Apple chicklet keyboard. It's that very strong, bouncy action that does it for me.


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#43 2014-09-18 10:58:45

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Re: mcdermd the Applefool

Before me sits a 1400cs/117 in nearly mint condition, and I was forced to concede about a month ago that yes the keyboard on this particular example wasn't rubbish, and was actually not too bad. I haven't tried any other 1400 models though, and until I try a range of them, from mint to beat up and worthless, I can't say. So I'll rank the Apple keyboards in order of my pleasure of typing on:

M0116 (Standard Keyboard, started with the SE. Don't like the strong curvature though)
Portable (Not a laptop keyboard though)
AEK II (big enough to substitute for a barn door, but still a nice one)
1400 keyboard (judging by the one in front of me)

Pismo -- eh. Feels flat, just like the iBook G3 keyboards. I will despise chicklet keyboards until the end of time. Some devout ThinkPad enthusiasts rate the ThinkPad 600X has the model with the best keyboard. The 600X had, in my opinion, slightly more "depth" of stroke than this one but it's not significant enough to warrant downgrading to a 600 serious just for the keyboard, compared to the X200, which has the same keyboard as the T60/T61 if I'm not seriously mistaken, and it doesn't lack any keys. Especially considering that I was told dismantling a 600 series laptop is decidedly unpleasant, on par with a iBook G3 series.

It's built like a tank though. It will take abuse that would put to shame about 50% or more of all the newer laptops produced after 2011. Spec wise it is a little "meh" however.


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#44 2014-09-21 04:02:30

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Re: mcdermd the Applefool

I picked up a pair of $25 "scraptop" MacBooks at the reuse store. One is the early 2008 model (2.4 GHz C2D Penryn, 2 GB RAM, Intel X3100). The other is the last-gen, non-unibody model (2009, 2.13 GHz C2D Penryn, 4 GB RAM, 256MB GeForce 9400M). No hard drives or batteries but not bad for $50. The 2009 model is the only non-unibody MacBook that will run OS X 10.10 Yosemite.


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#45 2014-09-21 04:07:07

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Re: mcdermd the Applefool

I was using that 2008 macbook as my main laptop up until a few months ago. Man do I wish it was only $50! haha. Traded a 2010 Mac mini for it and $100.
That's a hell of a deal. What kind of shape is the unibody in?


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#46 2014-09-21 04:12:26

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Re: mcdermd the Applefool

It's 2 for $50 and none are unibody. The 2009 is the last non-unibody. It it essentially the same as the aluminum MacBook that came out in late-2008 (before it was redubbed the "MacBook Pro" in early 2009).


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#47 2014-09-21 04:30:51

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Re: mcdermd the Applefool

Ahhh misread that. Still a deal either way.


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#48 2014-09-22 01:08:14

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Re: mcdermd the Applefool

What will you do with them?

c


Main Macs: Early '09 Mac Pro, Mid '12 MacBook Pro 13"
Secondary Macs: Early '08 Mac Pro, Mid '12 MacBook Pro 15"
Playthings: Mac SE/30, 3.0 GHz Mavericks-based HackServe, Many others....
Desired: Lisa, Kanga PowerBook G3, Apple IIc, Apple II, Spare parts, etc.

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#49 2014-09-22 04:54:25

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Re: mcdermd the Applefool

Good going on the scraptops!

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#50 2014-09-22 15:44:13

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cc333 wrote:

What will you do with them?

I know a few people with kids that would probably want them.


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