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May 15, 2006, 10:58 AM
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May 15, 2006, 11:08 AM
I still remember these babies. I'd love to get my hands on one of them.

May 15, 2006, 11:28 AM
Almost bought one of these way-back-when as the Lisa 7/7 package (the MS Office of its day) was hard to beat.

May 15, 2006, 11:57 AM
Never seen a Lisa, never used a Lisa. Would like to own one along with an original Mac though as a OS history lesson.

May 15, 2006, 12:13 PM
Never seen a Lisa? :eek:


Admire its dual disk drives, its sparkling 12 inch monitor and its incomparably compact external hard disk. Admire its two caucausian servants, engaged in a heated argument over who will bring Lisa its coffee and who will be pink slipped because of Lisa's pure computational office suite power.

Simply the greatest computer ever ...

May 15, 2006, 01:30 PM
I should clarify, I meant in person.

May 15, 2006, 11:47 PM
Someone put this banner up at TeamMacOSX.com a while ago :D

The price is right! :eek:

And if you consider Lisa the true birth of the Mac, then January 1983, NOT 1984, is where it all began!

EveryMac seems to think the XL was killed in 1986. Full specs here:

I assume the XL has the lone 3.5" drive, while the original Lisa flavor had dual 5.25.

May 16, 2006, 03:52 AM
The Macintosh was aimed at the masses, Lisa ended up being a business machine. That's why they promoted the original Macintosh as the third industry landmark after the Apple II and the IBM PC.

According to MacTracker, (and Apple-history.com where most of their info comes from), the XL was EOLed in August 1986. It also appears that the final bulk order was in 1987 and the remainder of genuine Lisa stock was buried two years after that.

As for disk drives, yes the XL had a single 400kB 3.5" drive, (keeping with all other Mac drive sizes). Folklore.org has a interesting story on the floppy drive for the Mac and how they got 3.5".