January has proven to be a great month for my Apple collection.  This post is to thank those who have generously given me their vintage gear or sold it at a bargain price.  I clean everything in my collection thoroughly with various styles of micro-fibre cloths, gumption, eucalyptus oil for the stickers and windex.  Keep in mind that computers of this age do collect a fair amount of dust so they have to be cleaned anyway.

For photos of part of the ‘conquest’, please visit:

The list for January, so far:

Macintosh SE Twin 800K floppy
PowerBook G4 17”
Commodore Amiga 1000
Macintosh Classic
Macintosh Classic II
PowerBook G4 15”
Apple Extended Keyboard II
Apple Mac Plus Mouse
Apple ADB mouse Wedge style
Apple iBook 2006 Core 2 Duo (with 4GB of RAM)
Performa 580

My impressions so far are:

  • SE 800K – The SE 800K has programmers switches and original everything.  It turned on first go with a very loud, clear chime into SSW 6.0.2 – 20meg hard drive installed too making it quite heavy.  Screen brightness is high and geometery correct.  Boots from floppy, reads quickly and ejects fine.
  • The Commodore Amiga 1000 is something I know nothing about and it didn’t come with peripherals
  • The Performa 580 is interesting to me as I have the Performa 580CD and assumed they all came with a CD drive.  Apparently not – this one just has a smooth line through where the CD drive is.  So a pretty useless machine for the time – a huge colour classic!
  • The PowerBook G4s run beautifully, and the iBook Core 2 Duo was restored to 10.4 and boots faster than my fully tricked out 2011 MBP!  The 17″ Matte screen is impressive and I wish we had a matte screen these days, battery lasts 3 hours and palm rests silky smooth.  The 15″ lasts about 50 minutes on battery, 1.25GB of RAM, OS X 10.5.8

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