apple a day / 1990•1992

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MACINTOSH LC
"Released in October 1990, the Mac LC was named for its low cost. It was aimed at the home market, and included a 16 MHz 68020 processor. It shipped inside a newly designed small case and was one of the first Macs to come bundled with a microphone. It also came with a new PDS slot that became a standard in the LC family until its demise in early 1998. The LC was priced at $2,400, and was discontinued in December 1992." (photo credit: Upgrading and Repairing Macs)

CPU
CPU: Motorola MC68020
CPU Speed: 16 MHz
FPU: none (upgradable)
Bus Speed: 16 MHz
Data Path: 16 bit
ROM: 512 kB
RAM Type: 30 pin SIMM
Minimum RAM Speed: 100 ns
Onboard RAM: 2 MB
RAM slots: 2
Maximum RAM: 10 MB
Level 1 Cache: 0.25 kB
Expansion Slots: 1 LC PDS

Video
VRAM: 256 kB (upgradable to 512 kB via one socket)
Max Resolution: 4-bit 640x480 or 8-bit 640x400
Video Out: DB-15

Storage
Hard Drive: 40-80 MB
Floppy Drive: 1.4 MB SuperDrive

Input/Output
ADB: 1
Serial: 2
SCSI: DB-25
Audio Out: mono 8 bit
Audio In: mono 8 bit mini
Speaker: mono

Miscellaneous
Codename: Pinball, Elsie, Prism
Gestalt ID: 19
Power: 50 Watts
Dimensions: 2.9" H x 12.2" W x 15.3" D
Weight: 8.8 lbs.
Minimum OS: 6.0.7
Maximum OS: 7.5.5
Introduced: October 1990
Terminated: March 1992

This byte of Apple's history from Wired's, "30 Years of Apple Products."


apple a day / 1990•1992

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MACINTOSH CLASSIC
"The Classic was more or less a reissue of the Mac Plus. It shipped in a newly designed case and had a large 512 KB ROM, from which it could boot. Most found it extremely slow. It sold for $1,500." (photo credit: Insanely Great)

CPU

CPU: Motorola MC68000
CPU Speed: 8 MHz
FPU: none
Bus Speed: 8 MHz
Data Path: 16 bit
ROM: 512 kB
RAM Type: 30 pin SIMM
Minimum RAM Speed: 120 ns
Onboard RAM: 1 MB
RAM slots: 2

Maximum RAM: 4 MB*

Video
Monitor: 9" built-in
Max Resolution: 1 bit 512x342

Storage
Hard Drive: 40 MB
Floppy Drive: 1.4 MB SuperDrive

Input/Output
SCSI: DB-25
Speaker: 8 bit mono

Miscellaneous
Codename: XO
Gestalt ID: 17
Power: 76 Watts
Dimensions: 13.2" H x 9.7" W x 11.2" D
Weight: 16 lbs.
Minimum OS: 6.0.7
Maximum OS: 7.5.5
Introduced: October 1990
Terminated: September 1992

This byte of Apple's history from Wired's, "30 Years of Apple Products."



Whilst stumbling around on the net on this lazy, rainy day, I came across a quiz called the "Dante's Inferno Test." The background info on this test states that "the only agenda the test has is to stay as loyal to Dante's Inferno as possible." So, being an English major, I felt immediately compelled to take the test. And after all, I feel like I'm a good person. I am kind and generous. I am respectful. I do not hurt people. I went to church as a child, even. But today, on Good Friday no less, I have officially been deemed lustful! Puhleeez!
According to my results:
"The wretched King Minos has decided your fate. His tale wraps around his body 2 times. The sweet light no longer strikes against your eyes. Your shade has been banished to... the Second Level of Hell! You have come to a place mute of all light, where the wind bellows as the sea does in a tempest. This is the realm where the lustful spend eternity. Here, sinners are blown around endlessly by the unforgiving winds of unquenchable desire as punishment for their transgressions. The infernal hurricane that never rests hurtles the spirits onward in its rapine, whirling them round, and smiting, it molests them. You have betrayed reason at the behest of your appetite for pleasure, and so here you doomed to remain. Cleopatra and Helen of Troy are two that share in your fate."

Well... I never! And who is this damn (oops) King Minos fellow, anyway? Doesn't being a vegetarian or answering "NO" to "would you ever assasinate anyone" count for anything?!!!



Q. How does one relax in a swamp?
Q. How does relax in a swamp w/ mosquitos?
Q. How does one relax in a swamp w/ mosquitos & leeches?
Q. How does one relax in a swamp w/ mosquitos, leeches & gators?!
Q. How does one relax in a swamp?!!



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Who knew window ads, of all things, could ever be so damn... adorable. If I was around in the 50's, and I was in the market for windows, I'd go with Rusco. That singing bird... the looks on their faces... they're postitively gleeful. I'd be sold.
I heart vintage ads. They just don't make 'em like this anymore. (Sad, that.) See more like this at Today's Inspiration: "Art For The Domestic Goddess."


apple a day / 1989•1991

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MACINTOSH PORTABLE
"Announced in September 1989, The Mac Portable was Apple's first attempt at a more easily portable Macintosh. It had a bay for a 3.5" half-height drive, and could support up to two Super Drives. Reaction to the Portable was poor. It was clunky, slow, had no expansion capabilities, and its active matrix screen (later backlit) made it incredibly expensive. It sold for $6,500." (photo credit: AppleDesign)
CPU
CPU: Motorola MC68000
CPU Speed: 16 MHz
Bus Speed: 16 MHz
Data Path: 16 bit
ROM: 256 kB
RAM Type: proprietary
Minimum RAM Speed: 100 ns
Onboard RAM: 1 MB
RAM slots: 1
Maximum RAM: 8 MB
Level 1 Cache: 0.5 kB

Video
Screen: 1-bit active matrix (backlit after 2/91)
Max Resolution: 640x400

Storage
Hard Drive: optional 40 MB
Floppy Drive: 1 or 2 1.4 MB SuperDrive

Input/Output
ADB: 1
Serial: 2
SCSI: DB-25
Audio Out: stereo 8 bit mini
Speaker: mono

Miscellaneous
Codename: Laguna, Riveria, Malibu, Esprit, Guiness. (Backlit configuration: Aruba, Love Shack, Mulligan)
Gestalt ID: 10
Power: 5 Watts
Dimensions: 4.05" H x 15.25" W x 14.83" D
Weight: 15.8 lbs.
Minimum OS: 6.0.4
Maximum OS: 7.5.5
Introduced: September 1989
Terminated: October 1991

This byte of Apple's history from Wired's, "30 Years of Apple Products."



Q. Who thought it was a good idea to assemble 9 former addicts to sing? We all know drugs are prolific in the music biz. Once the touring starts... these poor suckers don't stand a chance.
Q. Why are they all bodiless? Are they ghosts? Are they "former" meaning "dead"?
Q. Why would an album extolling sobriety look so much like a bad acid trip? (clearly the designer has a wee substance problem himself).



Q. Could they not get a designer with a firm grip on English? Are there any qualified spellcheckers on staff at V Records?
Q.
Does this mean understand you are a Swede, or understand your own personal Swede?
Q. Why is this man holding an axe? A father returning from work? A father readying to slaughter them all?
Q. Why are there so many children? Are they all his? (perhaps this would explain the axe.)
Q. Are they lured to him by the bag? What's in it? Treats for the kids? His 1st victim's head?
Q. Is that sassy young thing the wife? The babysitt... ohhh...
Q. If she is in fact the biological mother, how is she so young? Her figure so... pert?
Q. Why are there 2 children fighting? And, oops, lady, you forgot one back in the house. (child services would have a field day here...)
Q. Wait a minute! Does he even live here?! He could be a door-to-door axe salesman... or a wayward, lonely woodsman? (this might explain the magnitude of offspring... tsk tsk).


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Perhaps it may appear that I've been living under a rock, but I wanted to share this tip I came across on the Apple site. It's on how to make your own keyboard shortcuts in OSX. While it does ring a bell to have come across this pane in my prefs before, I seriously never thought to make use of it. But I think I just might now. Because truly, keyboard shortcuts are our friends.



MACINTOSH II
"Introduced in March 1987, The Mac II was the ultimate expandable Mac. Based on the new 68020 processor, the Mac II was the first 32-bit Mac (although it was not "32-bit clean). The Mac II included 6 Nubus slots, which allowed for a number of different Apple and Third Part expansion cards. The Mac II was the first Mac with color capabilities -- a graphics card could be installed capable of handling up to 16.7 million colors. It originally sold for $3,898 for the basic system, and at $5,498 for 1 MB of RAM, one 800K floppy disk drive and one 40 MB internal SCSI hard disk drive." (photo credit: AppleDesign)


MACINTOSH SE
"Released at the same time as the Mac II, the Mac SE further addressed the issue of expansion. It came in a new platinum case, had an expansion slot, and included a bay for either a second internal floppy drive, or an internal hard drive. The Mac SE was also one of the first Macs to include an Apple desktop bus (ADB), which allowed for up to 16 input devices. It sold for $2,898 for a dual floppy configuration." (photo credit: AppleDesign)
From Wired's, "30 Years of Apple Products."



SERIOUSLY! I heart this so MUCH! I must have it! I simply cannot STAND it! I want it! No... I neeed it! But, where or WHERE will I get $300 USD? I'm dyin' over here! Dyin'!!!
wood type impressions :: a hi-res digital toolkit


an illustration by the boy

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Don't you just heart the movement in this? I came across this during my nightly browsing on Blogger, and it caught my attention immediately. The wind whipping through her hair, her trenchcoat fluttering forward... the colours. The lines kinda remind me of the drawings in a Dr. Suess book. This illustration is by The Boy. (Sigh. I wish I could be an illustrator. What a talent to have!).
Check out the boy's blogs: "Remnant Lyme" & "Plots In Pencil."




MACINTOSH PLUS
"Announced in January 1986, the Mac Plus was the answer to complaints that the original Mac was not expandable. It doubled the ROM of the 512k from 64 KB to 128 KB, and increased the RAM to 1 MB (expandable to 4 MB). It was the first Mac to include a SCSI port, allowing for a variety of external peripherals, and was the first Mac to use the now familiar platinum case color (although it initially shipped in beige). The Mac Plus originally sold for $2,600, and was sold to educational markets as the Mac Plus ED." (photo credit: Personal Computing magazine, Dec. 1984)
CPU
CPU: Motorola MC68000
CPU Speed: 8 MHz
FPU: none
Bus Speed: 8 MHz
Data Path: 16 bit
ROM: 128 kB
RAM Type: 30 pin SIMM
Minimum RAM Speed: 150 ns
Onboard RAM: 0 MB
RAM slots: 4
Maximum RAM: 4 MB

Video
Monitor: 9" built-in
Max Resolution: 1 bit 512x342

Storage
Floppy Drive: 3.5" 800 kB

Input/Output
SCSI: DB-25
Speaker: 8-bit mono

Miscellaneous
Codename: Mr. T
Gestalt ID: 4
Power: 60 Watts
Dimensions: 13.6" H x 9.6" W x 10.9" D
Weight: 16.5 lbs.
Minimum OS: System 3.0/Finder 5.1
Maximum OS: 7.5.5
Introduced: January 1986
Terminated: October 1990

This byte of Apple's history from, "30 Years of Apple Products."



I guess what's hit me over the head like a huge mallet this past Saturday at the She Wants Revenge show, is that i'm officially old, and i'm just an all-around cranky person. I'm like Oscar The Grouch, furrowing his brow and slamming his lid shut when someone attempts to engage him. It's not that I strive to be -- I just can't contain it in certain situations. I have zero patience for people, I think. Well, maybe it's people younger than me, and/or people less self-aware.

You see, the thought of having to stand through the whole set bummed me out from the get-go. I knew it was going to be a tight fit since it was sold-out. As per usual, one of the tallest guys in the venue planted himself directly in front of me, so I had to watch with my head all cocked to one side, which resulted in a stiff neck the next day, thank you. The same tall guy, his friend, and his girlfriend were all totally tanked and dancing wildly as if they had the room in the world to do so, and kept bumping me and stepping all over my gorgeous, super-pointy Nine West boots. The girl beside me was snapping pics left and right with her camera phone and immediately texting them to her friends with little messages like, "What do you think of this one?," and I just wanted to ask her WHY this live music and this band that she's apparently a big fan of, a mere 10 ft. away from us, was not entertainment enough for her. Can't one just be in the moment?

I was so hot, I thought I was going to collapse at one point. It was so loud, my ears were reverberating and I couldn't stop thinking about how great it would be to have earplugs. The lead singer indulged himself with an oration on the different types of audiences in Canada, reprimanding us that we were not enthusiastically clapping along with him, nor dancing enough. Well how am I going to clap, Justin, with my hands above my head when I can't move move an inch? If I could move an inch, I would... if for no other reason to get away from this guy who while gyrating madly against his girlfriend is essentially gyrating against me, too. How violating! And who would hold my fabulous black-leather-and buckles clutch, pray tell??? There's no strap! It's not gonna hold itself!

a/g says that to enjoy the concert experience, especially in such a cozy venue, one must be sufficiently drunk so as to be unaware of the other patrons. She may have a point there -- that's definitely a feasible strategy... but what if I don't want to be? Do I really have to? Can't everyone just respect their own space and keep within a reasonable perimeter and not flail around with limbs every-which-way, gyrating like animals? I mean, I enjoyed the performance in itself, believe it or not -- I did. I even enjoyed the two openers. Because I heart live music -- I do. I heart discovering new bands, and witnessing a show. But I'm just a grouch, I guess. I am. As much as I dislike admitting it. I'm no longer fun-loving and kick-my-heels-up cuz it's all all-about-me and my reckless abandon. But strangely (hypocritically?), if given the chance to go again, same venue, same band, same crowd, I would go. Because I love the SWR album. Because I love a night out. And I suspect that what I heart more than anything is to complain about being old and cranky. And a grouch. Hmn. Go figure. Now go away.


apple a day / 1985•1993

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APPLE IIe ENHANCED / PLATINUM
"In March 1985 Apple introduced the Enhanced IIe. It was identical in every aspect to the original IIe, the only difference being four socketed chips had been changed on the motherboard: 6502, CD and EF ROMs, and the Video ROM. Essentially, the Enhancement was to make the IIe more compatible with the Apple II+ and IIc models.

In January 1987 Apple introduced the Platinum IIe. Changes were mostly cosmetic and superficial, with the biggest difference being that the case color was changed from beige to the then standard platinum/grey color." (photo credit: AppleDesign)

CPU
CPU: SynerTek 65C02
CPU Speed: 1 MHz
FPU: none
Bus Speed: 1 MHz
Data Path: 8 bit
ROM: 16 kB
Onboard RAM: 64 kB
RAM slots: expansion via 1st slot
Maximum RAM: 128 k, with Extended 80 Columns Card
Expansion Slots: 8 proprietary

Video
Max Resolution: 40/80x24 text, 4-bit 40x48, 6 color 140x192, 4-bit 140x192, 1-bit 240x192, 1-bit 560x192

Storage
Floppy Drive: optional

Input/Output
Speaker: mono

Miscellaneous
Codename: LCA
Introduced: March 1985
Terminated: 1993

This byte of Apple's history from Wired's, "30 Years of Apple Products."



It's a "bouncy ball" that makes bouncy sounds as it bounces all over your desktop! It's located in the "Fun Zone" (and aptly so). You can change how it looks, and can even change the sounds it makes as it bounces hither and tither on your screen. (For the record, I did not choose the farting sound. I'm much too mature and sophisticated for that).



Here is a rare example of youth marketing gone right. Fuse TV got themselves a funky, "outside the box" web designer, and allowed the fun graphics, humour, and interactivity to convey their brand, rather than posting lengthy text descriptions with phrases like "cool" and "hot" to describe (at length) how "hip" and "edgey" they are. This site is loaded up with so many quirky and amusing goodies that I was barely aware of the fact that it's purpose is to promote FUSE TV!
I heart the colour scheme, heart the illustrations, and heart the creativity that oozes from every pixel. Nice work, Mark! Way to let him do his thang, Fuse!


apple a day / 1984•1986

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MACINTOSH 512k
"Introduced in September 1984, The Mac 512k was a Mac 128k with 384 kB more RAM. It sold for $3,195, and was replaced in April 1986 by the 512ke". (photo credit: John Greenleigh/Flipside Studios)

CPU

CPU: Motorola MC68000
CPU Speed: 8 MHz
FPU: none
Bus Speed: 8 MHz
Data Path: 16 bit
ROM: 64 kB
Onboard RAM: 512 kB
Maximum RAM: 512 kB

Video
Monitor: 9" built-in
Max Resolution: 1 bit 512x342

Storage
Floppy Drive: 3.5" 400 kB

Input/Output
Serial: 2
Speaker: mono 8 bit

Miscellaneous
Codename: Fat Mac
Gestalt ID: 2
Power: 60 Watts
Dimensions: 13.6" H x 9.6" W x 10.9" D
Weight: 16.5 lbs.
Minimum OS: System 1.1/Finder 1.1g
Maximum OS: System 4.1/Finder 5.5
Introduced: September 1984
Terminated: April 1986

This byte of Apple's history from Wired's, "30 Years of Apple Products."



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