Vintage 680X0 mac photos - post your computer shots

mtbdudex

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Based on suggestion from member "gkarris" in the Photo of the Day - October 2009 thread http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=8703349&postcount=660 I'm posting here.

Thread title says it all, simple rules:
Vintage 680X0 mac photos - post your computer shots.

Only 68k macs, no PPC, no intel, we are talking vintage stuff here.
Simple background on the shot and where you were in your lifestage for the shot.
Neat to see the people in these as well, lends to the slogan "Of the 235 million people in America, only a fraction can use a computer... Introducing Macintosh. For the rest of us".

Here is my to start:

Here's a blast from the past, that's me circa Oct 1984 going to Engineering school.

My 128k Mac, yes that is MacPaint (gotta be version 1.0?) you see onscreen. I used it and MacWrite for report writing, MacBasic for programming.

This was a self-portrait I took for one of my "fun" non-engineering electives, B&W Photography. I developed this photo myself in the "real" chemical darkroom.



For me, I was learning darkroom basic techniques at this time also, which always intrigued me and was fun to do/experiment with.

I had played with the stuffed bear be during the shoot, in/out, besides that this was my real college study table exactly.
25 years ago........
My 128k Mac was delivered 10/1984, ordered thru U of M education program thru inacomp, I still have that receipt, the original; plastic box the systems disc's came in/manuals/etc. Sadly the 128k mac, which was upgraded to a MacPlus, is long gone. I was a member of MacTechnics in AA also 1986-ish thru mid 1996.
 
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mtbdudex

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Courtesy of my "way back machine", aka , file cabinet....
Related to my 1st post, some historical documents:
Letter to students about selling the 128k Mac on campus


Invoice:


Pricing Mac:


Pricing Lisa:
 
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mtbdudex

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My desk at work my MacPortable being used.
(I got a tax write off for using it as a work computer, that passed IRS audit also)


Original 1MB Static RAM with 40MB internal hard drive, upgraded to 4MB Static RAM via 3MB card.

More "way back machine" stuff I found....kinda neat to look back.

My invoice, I owned this computer, not a work one.
$5200 not $6999 like I thought...hmmmm


I even got my hands on this marketing material




So my 3MB module costs $700 (3MB + 1MB built in = 4MB usable)


Work group job#1(prototype vehicle) party, I'm in here somewhere.....
(I used my MacPortable daily to track/manage build progress, plus play "Crystal Quest" during lunch )
 
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JRLfrom68k

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Yea, I got so lost with all the LC XYZ numbers over the lifespan of those.
LC meant "low cost", correct, the nickname also was "pizza box"??
Yep on both counts.

The LC 475 is just the educational version for the Quadra 605.

BTW, great photos!
 

mtbdudex

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Yep on both counts.

The LC 475 is just the educational version for the Quadra 605.

BTW, great photos!
Got it now - thx for reminding me, my dad had a Quadra 610 for quite a few years.

Yea, they call me "Mr Peabody" at times here.....
 

gkarris

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"No escape from Reality..."
^^^ is that a Polaroid up there? :eek:

WOW....

A Virtual Cornucopia of old Apple photos!

Did you want recent computer shots of old computers or mainly old pictures?

:p

Gosh, I don't think I have any. Who would've thought to take pics of the computer you are using on your desk? :eek:

(I think I have an old pic of my buddy from high school using my TRS-80... ;) )
 

mtbdudex

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^^^ is that a Polaroid up there? :eek:

WOW....

A Virtual Cornucopia of old Apple photos!

Did you want recent computer shots of old computers or mainly old pictures?

:p

Gosh, I don't think I have any. Who would've thought to take pics of the computer you are using on your desk? :eek:

(I think I have an old pic of my buddy from high school using my TRS-80... ;) )
The 6/92 is a Polaroid, the 10/89 work group shot is 35mm film print.

Guess most of us (me included) go thru life and some things seem trivial/just daily stuff become nostalgic 20+ years later.

Ha, I'm laughing at me typing that even, but it is true.
So, look around, what today will be just "junk" in 20 and what will be truly nostalgic worthy??

For me, it's the old/authentic picts that are need to reminisce upon...so post that TRS-80 if you have it. In 1983 I had a Timex Sinclair w/tape module, 16k RAM extension, thermal printer, but no picts of that. I think my Uncle Ben may still have it, I gave it to him in mid 80's once I got the 128k Mac.
 

mtbdudex

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Nice, I had the non back-lit one. I see you still own them, cool.
What "upgrades"? 3MB or 8MB static RAM card?
 

WardC

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One has the 3MB card (the backlit M5126), and the non-backlit one has the 1MB RAM card and is running System 6.0.4. I upgraded the backlit model to system 7 and it runs it great!

Both models are 100% working with newly rebuilt batteries. The only issue I am having is with the audio on the M5120, it doesn't seem to produce any sounds. I have changed the speaker out, but this didn't fix it. Other than that it works ok.

I am still working on a hack to get OS X and Wireless internet on these machines. I will let you know how it goes :p
 

mtbdudex

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WardC, your sig is missing something......I fixed it for ya.....:D

Mac Pro Quad 3.0GHz 16GB RAM, 2x500GB Array, 23" ACD MacPortable 4MB Static RAM 40MB HD
MacBook Pro 15" 2.4GHz 4GB -- iMac 20" 2.0GHz aluminum
 

WardC

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Thanks. I own a ton of other Macs but I really only include the ones I use on a daily basis in my signature. I own 2 Portables, a Mac Color Classic, a PowerBook G3 Pismo, an LC II, a PowerBook 520, a PowerMac G3 DT, a PowerMac 6500, and a few others I've problably forgotten, a Newton MP 2000, and a Clear Case Newton MP 110
 

mtbdudex

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Thanks. I own a ton of other Macs but I really only include the ones I use on a daily basis in my signature. I own 2 Portables, a Mac Color Classic, a PowerBook G3 Pismo, an LC II, a PowerBook 520, a PowerMac G3 DT, a PowerMac 6500, and a few others I've problably forgotten, a Newton MP 2000, and a Clear Case Newton MP 110
You are Mr :apple: !!

Besides the '84 Mac 128k>Upgraded to '86 MacPlus via Apple>Upgraded to '89 68030 via 3rd party motherboard, I've owned in order: '89 MacPortable, '92 Powerbook180, '97 G3 Mini-tower, '01 iBook G3, '03 iMac G4 1Ghz, '06 MacBook, '08 iMac 24" Al (typing on it now)....
plus a Newton 110 for 29 days, I returned it for full refund. I tried to go 100% digital @ work back then (1994) with it instead of my Franklin Planner, but could not do it. Newton was ahead of its time.

A few years back I calculated since 1984 I've spent over $35k on Mac's, supporting hardware/printers/scanners/HD/Zip and software, never owned a WinTel.
 

JRLfrom68k

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Thanks Mike! I would really love to have a Portable/128k myself.



My Macintosh LC (which was my first computer ever) Still works great, and I've upgraded it to max RAM and a 600 MB Seagate HD.



My Macintosh LC III with AppleCD 300.
 

mtbdudex

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ahhh, AppleCD300, been so long I forgot all about that until seeing it in your photo.
Yea, I had one also, and all those cool CD's back in the day, encyclopedias, dictionary's, "reference" info...
Thx for your post!

Some of my other Mac "stuff" still lying around:
Original 128k plastic box, with 1st edition MacPaint/MacWrite/Macintosh Manual. With original Mac Apple stickers. Back of original manuals:


Whan I got my Mac128k I filled out a card for MacWorld, here is my premiere edition:




And who can't forget seeing the MacDesktop explained, working off 400k disks with system and applications, documents:


How about system preferences long ancestor, Control Panel, Sys 1.0 baby!!!:


And having state of the art hardware:


To operate The state of the art graphics program:


With the state of the art word processor. Now tell me that none of you wrote and snail mailed letters to everyone in all sorts of fonts/styles....


With the trusty dot matrix imagewriter churning away, yes even on MS applications then:


Still even have all the original MacWorld subscription cards in it:
 
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mtbdudex

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Of course I also have the MacWorld edition showcasing my MacPortable:




And this sidebar......


I truly enjoyed the many years of daily usage my MacPortable supplied.

Here is best sellers from 20 years ago.
 
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JRLfrom68k

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My PB 180c which I recently bought with some other PBs for $50 total. It came with system disks, its original warranty guide with system info, an AC adapter, and a laptop sleeve. It's one of my favorite PBs that I have, and the screen is just awesome.





The PB 160 that I got in the above lot. Works beautifully!