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Installing old versions of macOS

Usually, you want to be running the latest version of macOS, which at this moment is 10.12 Sierra (version 10.12.3), available for free from the Mac App Store. But, sometimes, for one reason or another, you might want to install an older version of macOS. Here’s how you get them, and some of the less […]

Blast from the Past: Vintage iPod Circa 2004

  One of our clients just found an old iPod — this one looks like it’s 4th generation, from about 2004, based on Wikipedia’s iPod page. These had actual hard drives inside, with moving parts, so after many years often the drives failed. However this one is still working! We were able to get all the […]

Apple II forever, at least around here

As many of you know, my first computing love was the Apple II, which I was introduced to when I was approximately half my current height. It was Apple’s first mass-market computer, and it came with tapes (but we got a floppy disk drive as soon as it was available). Many people think that Apple […]

Apple II Conference

Ivan still loves his Apple II, which he started using in the late 1980s. He attends an Apple II conference every year.

Mac and Tech Gifts, Day 10: Mac Cufflinks

These cufflinks, made from Shrinky Dink material with silver-tone metal attached at the back, are in the shape of the old Happy Mac icon.

Hear me opine: Is Apple’s iOS a cool platform to develop for?

How has Apple evolved? Has using computers become more or less creative? What tradeoffs have we made between accessibility and empowerment?

Ode to the PowerBook 2400c

I’d like to take a moment to tell you about my favorite Mac. The Macintosh PowerBook 2400c, the subnotebook version of the more widely known 3400c, is one amazing Mac. It’s almost usable today if you have replaced its PowerPC 603ev CPU with a G3, which of course I did. In fact, I have the […]

urgent: Apple II floppy update

How to get a 5.25″ floppy onto a modern Mac Warning: this post contains some serious Apple retro geekery. I’ve actually had to exercise serious restraint with the details. You may want to skip this one unless Apple II’s, Color Classics, SCSI ethernet interfaces, PowerBook 2400’s, and other Apple ephemera get your blood flowing. Here’s […]

Apple II Update

A while back I planned to pull my beloved Apple //e (circa 1993) out of storage with the intent of a) having fun, and b) archiving anything noteworthy I found on my many 5.25″ floppy disks. I did, and the experience was both better and worse than I imagined. The experience was wonderfully tactile: the […]

Disks as Dolls

Well, for the time being this is going to me my retro computing blog, because that’s been what I’ve been putting a chunk of my spare time into lately. This all started with my desire to preserve my Apple II 5.25″ floppy disks. The short answer there: to my surprise and delight, they’re fine. Most […]

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