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The things you find when you’re packing…

By Brian | April 27, 2008 | Share on Facebook

As some of my loyal readers know, I’m about to move out of my house for 4-6 months to undergo a major home renovation. As exciting as it is, it means this weekend is dedicated almost entirely to packing up every single thing we own, so we can move it into a storage container on our driveway while the wrecking ball has it’s way with our beloved home.

It’s amazing the things you find when you have to physically handle every single one of your possessions. This one’s for Jeff Porten:

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That, my friends, is the manual for the Fat Mac (now with 512K of memory; hard drive not yet invented). The actual machine itself is in the guest room closet, right next to the ImageWriter printer. That closet is on tomorrow’s list – maybe I’ll post some updated pics here when I get to it.

Oh, and just so everyone doesn’t think I’ve gone over to the dark side, this was on the same shelf:

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Ah yes, Windows for Workgroups and MS-DOS 6.2. Man, those were the days… ;-)

Topics: Tech Talk | 4 Comments »

4 Responses to “The things you find when you’re packing…”

  1. Jeff Porten says at April 28th, 2008 at 3:29 pm :
    I have a vague memory that the 5 or 10 meg hard drive that Apple shipped for the //e, //c, and /// was hackable for use with the Fat Mac. I also recall that said drive cost several thousand dollars, which is why I don’t have first-hand experience with said hack.

    This anecdote is not known to Wikipedia, so here’s your chance to decide which of us you trust more.

  2. Brian says at April 28th, 2008 at 3:49 pm :
    I had an Apple II+, and friends of mine had both //e’s and //c’s (funny – the II+ used capital I’s, and the //e and //c used slashes – not sure why…). Anyway, I don’t believe I ever saw one with a hard drive. Doesn’t mean it never existed – probably means my friends and I didn’t have thousands of dollars (we were in junior high at the time).

    I think the best way to reconcile the discrepancy is for you to put your anecdote in Wikipedia & see if anyone takes it out. ;-)


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