Macintosh portable

jamesW135

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At a garage sale I found the case to a macintosh portable for 3 bucks I bought it and now I want to know if its work anything? so is it? the thing is missing a foot!
 

katie ta achoo

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jamesW135 said:
At a garage sale I found the case to a macintosh portable for 3 bucks I bought it and now I want to know if its work anything? so is it?
Just the case?

which one? Look it up on apple-history.com and post the name. there are so many portable things that Apple's made that I don't know what you're talking about....

and a search in mactracker for "portable" doesn't bring up anything.
 

katie ta achoo

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OHHHH!!!

I thought you meant like.. the case, like.. not a carrying case!

ooo, how big is it.. I want one if it can hold my PB... :)
 

katie ta achoo

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Man.. as I google more and more about it, I really really want it...

Why can't we have awesome garage sales like this in Houston!?

*sobs*
 

California

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jamesW135 said:
Yes, it is just the case I dont know what model but here is a picture

http://www.uknet.net/showcase/Museum/011_Macintosh_Portable_case.sized.jpg
that looks to me like an original case for the original Mac portable computer... ? So large but so was that portable, as I recall...

Might be worth something to someone who owns one of those. Maybe they were only prototypes, but I seem to recall in the late 80's some talk about them.

Take a look at it:

http://www.old-computers.com/museum/computer.asp?st=1&c=1005

Methinks this is an original Mac Portable case.
 

CanadaRAM

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that looks to me like an original case for the original Mac portable computer... ? So large but so was that portable, as I recall...

Might be worth something to someone who owns one of those. Maybe they were only prototypes, but I seem to recall in the late 80's some talk about them.

Take a look at it:

http://www.old-computers.com/museum/computer.asp?st=1&c=1005

Methinks this is an original Mac Portable case.
Yeah, that's the one.

17 lbs... I had to take these around to clients offices to sell them -- and look all cool and "yea it's PORTABLE - no problems" while I'm sweating underneath my smile humping this bloody brick around.

It had a Lead Acid battery, like a motorcycle. There was something you couldn't do with the ADB port (something like plugging in more than one mouse) because it would burn out the traces on the motherboard if it drew too much juice. Bizarre. THe first model had no backlight on the LCD, and you had to get the angle just right to see it. They came out with another model shortly after with an "improved" screen.

I had just bought Apple stock before this came out, and the price dropped like a stone as soon as the public saw the unit. This was near the end of the Scully years, if I remember.

Not The Best Times for Apple.
 

Sly

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jamesW135 said:
At a garage sale I found the case to a macintosh portable for 3 bucks I bought it and now I want to know if its work anything? so is it?
Nice case. Clean it up, stick it on ebay and I should think you will make maybe 10 times what you paid for it?
 

jamesW135

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katie ta achoo said:
OHHHH!!!

I thought you meant like.. the case, like.. not a carrying case!

ooo, how big is it.. I want one if it can hold my PB... :)

It fits my ibook fine so it should hold you pb, its a really nice case and it has alot of compartments.
 

California

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jamesW135 said:
It fits my ibook fine so it should hold you pb, its a really nice case and it has alot of compartments.
You're kidding us? You've got a rare apple collectible and someone wants to use the oversized behemouth to tote around their current laptop? And you are using it for an iBook? I dont' think it is worth a mint, but I do think it deserves to go to someone with a real 1990 portable machine. In other words, I wouldn't be using it day to day. JMHO. Sell it to someone who appreciates it.
 

Marky_Mark

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katie ta achoo said:
OHHHH!!!

I thought you meant like.. the case, like.. not a carrying case!

ooo, how big is it.. I want one if it can hold my PB... :)

Are you serious?! It'd hold about twenty PB's! Think like a large electronic typewriter and you'll be half way there.

:eek:
 

jamesW135

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California said:
You're kidding us? You've got a rare apple collectible and someone wants to use the oversized behemouth to tote around their current laptop? And you are using it for an iBook? I dont' think it is worth a mint, but I do think it deserves to go to someone with a real 1990 portable machine. In other words, I wouldn't be using it day to day. JMHO. Sell it to someone who appreciates it.

I do believe you're right however,

STOP CRITICIZING PEOPLE!
 

katie ta achoo

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California said:
You're kidding us? You've got a rare apple collectible and someone wants to use the oversized behemouth to tote around their current laptop? And you are using it for an iBook? I dont' think it is worth a mint, but I do think it deserves to go to someone with a real 1990 portable machine. In other words, I wouldn't be using it day to day. JMHO. Sell it to someone who appreciates it.
Geez-- it's just a case. Not like he gutted an original Apple Portable. Just be a fun, kinda retro thing to use.

Marky_Mark said:
Are you serious?! It'd hold about twenty PB's! Think like a large electronic typewriter and you'll be half way there.
:eek:
I knew it was huge. Pad it out with some quilting fabric?

Man, that'd still be so cool to have...
 

jamesW135

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Well definly need some fabric on the sides but my ibook just clears it actually not in height but in width the thing was huge but not long.
 

5300cs

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It's really only worth anything to someone who has a Portable (since it's too big for anything else.) Even then though, you might only get $5~$10 for it, I'm guessing.

How good a condition is it in? (Sorry, skimmed over most of this thread.) Clean it up and put it up somewhere, start your own Apple collection ;)
 

jamesW135

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Sorry I double posted. Can a mod or some admin delete this? SORRY!
 

jamesW135

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The case itself is in great condition but its missing one foot.
 

macg4

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portables

I use to have 2 mac portables. one non backlit model and one with maclit(with rare canadian keyboard)which i later sold on ebay for $86
 

zap2

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the 1st mac protable had 8-10 hours but now iBooks/PowerBooks get what 6 hours ( in real world less)

ANything Wrong with that PIc?
 

wordmunger

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zap2 said:
the 1st mac protable had 8-10 hours but now iBooks/PowerBooks get what 6 hours ( in real world less)

ANything Wrong with that PIc?
Ummm... no. Buy an extra battery and you'll have 12 hours in 1/3 the weight.
 

cluthz

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:D

Yeah that's the original case and i've seen them cost quite a bit at auctions!

I still have a working Backlit Portable and the case.
(HD is dead, but it boots from floppy)
 

jamesW135

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zap2 said:
the 1st mac protable had 8-10 hours but now iBooks/PowerBooks get what 6 hours ( in real world less)

ANything Wrong with that PIc?
You do know that the portable was less powerfull had no fans and wasnt light.