Archive for June of 2006

The Future of Mass Storage

June 27, 2006
Here is another vintage data storage article. This time from the March 1986 issue of COMPUTE! by Selby Bateman. It begins:
"Dramatic changes are occurring in the ways we store computer information. Technological advances and lower production costs are affecting both magnetic and optical data storage media. Traditional 5¼-inch floppy disks are giving way to 3½-inch microfloppies. Hard disk drives are rapidly becoming cost effective for average users. And low-power lasers are making optical storage technology the medium of the future. Here's a look at how far and how fast data storage technology has come, and where it's headed next."

The Future of Mass Storage

The Sider; 10Mb of Mass Storage for Apple II Computers at a Bargain Price

June 20, 2006
An article at by Barry Bayer originally published in Creative Computing, August 1985 issue.
It Begins:
"Five years ago I drooled over the new 5Mb Winchester hard disk drives being introduced to the Apple II market. Although I knew how useful a hard disk could be, I also knew that I would never be able to justify the purchase of a $3000 mass storage device for a $2000 computer. I also knew that I would never be able to fill 5Mb of disk space."

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The Sider; 10Mb of Mass Storage for Apple II Computers at a Bargain Price

Evolutionary To The Core: The Apple IIc Heads For Home

June 16, 2006
This article by Selby Bateman, Features Editor of COMPUTE! magazine, originally appeared in the July 1984 issue. From the archives, it begins:
"Apple Computer has made 1984 its year of surprises, first with the 'revolutionary' Macintosh and now with the 'evolutionary' Apple IIc. The new 7½-pound portable has already achieved critical acclaim and impressive early sales. Is it the computer for you?
'The IIc is not a home computer,' says Apple President John Sculley. 'It's for the serious user in the home.'
Sculley isn't just playing word games with that comment. It is as succinct a statement of Apple's plans for the IIc as you'll find. And it addresses the biggest challenge and the greatest opportunity for the Cupertino, California, company: To convince a huge untapped home market that the IIc is not a low-end computer. And at the same time, Apple is targeting owners of low-end microcomputers who want more power, more software, and more portability."

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Evolutionary To The Core: The Apple IIc Heads For Home

The New Apple IIGS

June 12, 2006

An article at by David D. Thornburg, Associate Editor of COMPUTE!. Originally appearing in Issue 78, November 1986, it begins:
"Apple's new IIGS computer is the latest—and strongest—addition to the company's "Apple II Forever" campaign. Completely compatible with earlier Apple IIs, the IIGS offers exceptional advances in both graphics and sound (hence, GS). With a new 16-bit microprocessor, 256K of RAM, and plenty of peripheral ports, the IIGS redefines the Apple II series in some amazing ways—and IIe owners can easily upgrade their machines to the IIGS."

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The New Apple IIGS

Early Mac Serial Number Decoder

June 09, 2006
When and where was your vintage Mac made? Find out today with this handy decoder. Just type in your serial number and the online decoder does the rest!
Supported Apple hardware
Macintosh 128
Macintosh 512, 512e, and European variants
Macintosh Plus, ED, and European variants
Macintosh SE *
Macintosh SE/30 *
Macintosh Portable (Original and Backlit)
Macintosh II
Macintosh IIx
Macintosh IIcx *
Macintosh IIci *
Macintosh IIfx *
Macintosh IIsi *
Macintosh LC III
PowerBook 145
PowerBook 145B
PowerBook 170
Duo Dock II
Power Macintosh 6100 *
iMac (233 MHz)
PowerBook G3 (Bronze Keyboard, 333 MHz)
PowerBook G3 (Bronze Keyboard, 400 MHz)
Power Macintosh G3 (Blue and White, 350 MHz, DVD-ROM)
Power Macintosh G3 (Blue and White, 350 MHz, CD-ROM)
Power Macintosh G3 (Blue and White, 400 MHz)
iMac (17-inch 1 GHz)
iMac (17-inch) Flat Panel
Macintosh Color Display

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Early Mac Serial Number Decoder

Monkey Lives

June 08, 2006
A tale at by Andy Hertzfeld. This time the topic is the Macintosh, and specifically, the very first location in low memory. It begins:
"The original Macintosh only had 128K bytes of RAM (that's one eighth of a megabyte), so dealing with memory management was usually the hardest part of writing both the system and applications. We allocated around 16K bytes for system use, and another 22K bytes for the 512 by 342 black and white screen, so applications were left with only 90K bytes or so. The bigger ones like MacWrite or MacPaint seemed to be bursting at the seams."

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Monkey Lives