First Apple... WOOD??

Discussion in 'Apple Collectors' started by yargyarg, Apr 17, 2004.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    My big thrill when I visited the Smithsonian was the dizzying array of early calculators and computers. I should have allowed an entire day to devote to genuflecting before such sights as the enormous Eniac, Jerry Pournelle's very own Compupro 'Zeke II' , and (of course) the almost hippy-looking creation built in Jobs' garage, with its rough, hand-tooled, wooden cabinet. The "Apple" mark is routered into a vertical plaque on a case that (sadly) hides the board, but there it sits in its hermetic case, amidst other cybernetic brethren like the Altair 8800, Babbage devices, Radio Shack's TRS-80 and the Cipher Machines of WWII.

    We couldn't LIVE without our extended keyboards, flat screens and killer apps, but on a blackboard behind the Smithsonian's early Apple is the handwritten word "INCOMPARABLE", simulating some early PR showcasing the unit. It really *was* incomparable at the time. We might not be e-mailing one another screenshots illustrating our petty peeves without that humble machine.

    You can see a pic faithful to the one I took if you go to: http://americanhistory.si.edu/brc/4f4.htm

    It's identical right down to the funky angle brackets and drilled cable holes. This site is associated with the Smith so I first thought it was the same one that I saw, but there's a difference in the appearance of the device. Inexplicably, *this* Apple has some additional carving at the rear of the horizontal panel. If anyone's familiar with this machine, can anyone tell me what the additional inscription says?
     
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    topicolo

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    Lol. I read this thread expecting something completely different :D
     
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    SilentPanda

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    Here's a pic I took of it when I was there this past February....
     
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    Capt Underpants

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    It says incompatible, not incomparable. I may be wrong, because im just judging by your picture.
     
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    stoid

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    Well, there certainly is a big difference between incomparable and incompatible. Maybe that's why people think that the Mac is so incompatible, it says so at the Smithsonian! :eek:
     
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    I'm not actually sure that the word "Incompatible" was referring to the computer itself. There was a lot of other stuff on the chalkboard. The picture I posted was cropped (no sense in showing anything else) but in the uncropped picture there are more words although the only one I can actually make out is "disk drive".
     
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    Macmaniac

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    I saw that Apple I it is pretty cool, I wish you could see the ancient innards, it is really amazing how far we have come.
     
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    mkrishnan

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    ROTFLMAO!!!

    Is that an iPod in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me? :D
     
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    Spock

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    Really Far
     

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    Anyone know the specs?

    Anyone know the specs?
     
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    jimsowden

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    CPU: MOS Technology 6502


    CPU Speed: 1 MHz


    FPU: none


    Bus Speed: 1 MHz


    Data Path: 8 bit


    Onboard RAM: 8 kB


    Maximum RAM: 32 kB


    VRAM: 1 kB


    Maximum Resolution: 60.05 Hz, 40x24 char


    Power: 58 Watts


    Introduced: April 1976


    Terminated: 1977
     
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    Capt Underpants

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    Is this where macrumors gets their ranking system?
     
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    If they could have a fsb that is equal to the speed of the processor back then, why cant moto get a fsb to go faster then 167 on a 1.5 ghz g4?
     
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    Spock

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    Yes it is. I would love to play with one of these. I seen one on eBay a long time ago for like $25,000
     
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    kiwi_the_iwik

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    I took my son to the Science Museum in London a few weeks' back - and, lo-and-behold! To my surprise, I saw an Apple I in its wooden box. AND, the lid was off, to show the innards!

    Pretty cool...

    :)
     
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    Their is one at Apple Australia with just the guts no box. In a glass case of course:)
     

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