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General 68k News icon - Find Apples - made easy ! - 03 Mar 2010

With the economy in the tank, you or someone you know is probably putting off the decision to buy a new Mac. But what about a used Mac? Sure, it doesn’t have all the glitz of a shiny new unibody MacBook, but an older-generation MacBook might just do the trick for a lot less money. Heck, you’d be surprised at how well an older iBook G4 can still handle just about everything that you might want to do.

Please visit my new project: ! If you’re looking for a used Apple Macintosh or Mac-compatible peripherals, at you can find a solution that fits your budget.

03 Mar 2010


General 68k News icon Happy 55th birthday, Steve Jobs! - 24 Feb 2010

Happy 55th birthday, Steve Jobs!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 -

Today is Apple CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs' 55th birthday. Jobs was born on February 24, 1955. Steve Jobs was a college dropout when he teamed up with Steve Wozniak in 1976 to sell personal computers assembled in Jobs' garage. That was the beginning of Apple, which revolutionized the computing industry and made Jobs a multimillionaire before he was 30 years old. He was forced out of the company in 1985 and started the NeXT Corporation, but returned to his old company in 1996 when Apple bought NeXT. Jobs soon became Apple's chief executive officer and sparked a resurgence in the company with products like the colorful iMac computer, [Mac OS X, the iPod, and the iPhone]. Jobs was also the CEO of Pixar, the animation company responsible for movies like Toy Story and Monsters, Inc. Pixar was purchased by the Walt Disney Company in 2006 for $7.4 billion in stock; the deal made Jobs the largest individual shareholder of Disney stock. Some sources list Los Altos, California as Jobs's place of birth. However, in a 1995 oral history interview with The Smithsonian, Jobs said, "I was born in San Francisco, California, USA, planet Earth, February 24, 1955." Jobs was given up for adoption after birth and raised by his adoptive parents in Silicon Valley... His biological sister is novelist Mona Simpson, author of "Anywhere But Here."

More info about Steve Jobs here.

24 Feb 2010


Selling icon Macintosh SE - 4/40 MB & "PROGRAPH V 1.0" Display Card - 15 Feb 2010

Macintosh SE - 4/40 MB & "PROGRAPH V 1.0" Display Card !

A very nice Macintosh SE from my collection, nearly unyellowed and in great condition. Including 4 MB of RAM and a 40 MB hard drive (original configuration). A very special gem is inside the Mac - a PROGRAPH v 1.0 display card to have an external display on the Mac SE. The card is not tested due the need of the correct driver and a suitable display. The Mac is running well and tested - the display card is sold untested and without any guarantee.


Or search at your local eBay for ID:   260552910825

15 Feb 2010


General 68k News icon The newest retro computing magazine, this side of the 21st century. - 30 Jan 2010

300 BAUD MAGAZINE is a print-only publication aimed squarely at retrocomputing enthusiasts. I contributed an article about the Vectrex in issue #1! Covering everything from the glory days of the mainframe to the home computer revolution, 300 BAUD contains an entertaining and informative blend of expert opinion, enthusiast ramblings and archival tidbits. A marvel that is - 300 Baud Magazine - the newest retro computing magazine, this side of the 21st century.

300 BAUD is 100% volunteer operated by people who care about dusty old computers.   CONTENTS

    •    Dragon 32: How to Make Friends and Influence People in the 1980s     •    Punched Paper Tape     •    Up From The Depths     •    Vectrex: Brings Real Arcade Play Home     •    Linintosh: how to bootstrap your vintage Mac from your Windows PC     •    Basic Repair Techniques: Soldering     •    Jupiter Ace Goes Forth

Get Issue #1 and more infos at

More about the Vectrex at

30 Jan 2010


Selling icon Apple IIe - //e - PAL - French / International Keyboard - Int. Key ROM - 17 Dec 2009
Apple IIe - //e - PAL - French / International Keyboard - Int. Key ROM

Here you can buy an original Apple IIe - P.A.L. Edition. The Apple IIe starts with an international BASIC ROM but I do not have a suitable System to boot the Apple from Disk. My systems are not booted - sold without guarantee. No Disk Interface installed. It has French and International key signatures, writing onscreen QWERTY because of an international keyboard ROM. Has not used often, there is the "French" Keyboard sticker still on the Space Key! It has yellowed due to the age. The auction includes: Apple //e P.A.L. eddition. No display included. 

Buy it now for 99 Euro at or search at your local eBay for ID:  260524733434

17 Dec 2009


Selling icon Apple //c in original package for sell! - 16 Dec 2009

  Apple //c in original package for sell!

This is a tested an running well Apple IIc including the 220 Volt power supply and QWERTZ Keyboard layout. It comes in its original box including mouse, power supply, manuals and other additionals. 

This rare Apple computer would make a tremendous gift or would be a fantastic addition to any collection - get this excellent piece here for a great price!

Buy it at or search at you local eBay for ID: 260523807867

16 Dec 2009


General 68k News icon What the hack is a Macintosh SE - 09 Sep 2009

The famous Mac SE secret slide show is a series of bit-mapped image of the Mac SE development team. Only a few other Macs have Easter Eggs as good as this!

Read a nice Article about "What the hack is a Macintosh SE" ? at

09 Sep 2009 icon Interview with Rob Janoff, designer of the Apple logo - 07 Aug 2009

Interview with Rob Janoff, designer of the Apple logo

Rob Janoff in 2009 

07 Aug 2009


General 68k News icon Thumb drive made out of an old Apple keyboard - 04 Jul 2009

If you’re sick of all these new Apple fanatics and you want to show them all that you’ve been a diehard fan since the early days, even sticking by the company through Newton and Pippin, then this thumb drive made out of an old Apple keyboard is for you.

Ingredients: an old Apple keyboard, a thumb drive you’re willing to destroy, some workbench-y tools and whatnot, time.

The basic process then involves gutting a regular thumb drive, carving out a notch for it to fit into inside an old Return key, and grabbing the Apple logo from another area of the keyboard. Sand, cut, glue, solder, slice, etc. and you’ll eventually have yourself a nice retro USB thumb drive.

Please observe the detailed directions at Instructables. My directions were NOT very helpful and may result in massive bleeding. By

04 Jul 2009


Selling icon Macintosh Plus Platinum - Signed Case - 4 MB RM - 13 Jun 2009
Here you can buy an original Macintosh Plus "Platinum" from my collection - The legendary MacPlus with 4 MB RAM (maximum), original Keyboard and serial Mouse. Inside the Mac case you find the signatures of some of the Macintosh developers engraved. The Mac is tested and running well, PRAM battery plate is still in place, the battery has been removed. You get also System 6.0 on a 3.5 inch 800k disk to boot this insanely great computer. There is a sticker shadow on the front and the case is light yellowed due to its age, also you find two original Apple rainbow logo stickers on the right side and at the handle. But all in one a very good condition - see the photos.
Buy it at
or search at your local eBay for ID: 260428284924
13 Jun 2009


Selling icon Apple IIe //e - PAL version + Disk II Interface & Drive - 05 Jun 2009

Original Apple IIe - P.A.L. Edition. The Apple IIe is tested, the logic board and Drive Interface are running well. The set includes: Apple //e P.A.L. Edition and Disk II Drive Interface. No Display included, only used for testing.

Now at
or search at you local eBay for ID: 260423368467

05 Jun 2009


General 68k News icon Apple Lisa Operating System Reference Manual (PDF, 1983) - 28 May 2009

Apple Lisa Operating System Reference Manual (PDF, 1983)

The Apple Lisa from 1983 was the first consumer-class computer with a graphical user interface and significantly more advanced than the 1984 Macintosh, which had a similar UI, but a comparatively primitive underlying OS. Here, I present a searchable PDF of the rare “Operating System Reference Manual for the Lisa” (1983), as well as a quick overview of the OS and how it compares to UNIX.

Download the Lisa Operatin manual here:


An online version of the  LISA Reference Guide you can find at


28 May 2009


Selling icon Macintosh 128k/512k, upgraded to MacPlus by Apple Service - 03 Feb 2009

This is an original Macintosh 128k / 512k case, upgraded with a original MacPlus motherboard by Apple Service in the mid 1980s. The upgrade is noted by a changed back-part case, on the front is a small corner part missing, please see the photos. The Macintosh works fine, no burn-ins on the screen. Running System 1 and 6 (copied). Sometimes the floppy drive works slowly, maybe it needs to be cleaned or later replaced.

Buy this collectible fom my collection at

or search at you local eBay for ID:  260355656066

03 Feb 2009 icon Happy Birthday Macintosh! 25 insanely great years... - 24 Jan 2009


In late 1983, people began seeing odd commercials on TV, commercials which promised a new kind of computer. One that promised (borrowing from the Orwell novel) 1984 won't be like Nineteen Eighty-Four."

Happy Birthday Macintosh! 25 insanely great years...


24 Jan 2009


Apple ][ icon Running With the Apple" about the Puma RS-Computer Shoe - 19 Jan 2009
Running With the Apple - about the Puma RS-Computer Shoe at
19 Jan 2009


General 68k News icon The Ultimate Apple II Font by Rebecca Bettencourt - 30 Dec 2008

The Ultimate Apple II Font

Download the world's most complete Apple II text font, in TrueType format. Works on Mac OS X, Windows, or any operating system that supports TrueType.

Also download the corresponding keyboard layout for Mac OS X, called IN Number Zero. Option key enables access to inverse characters. Control-Shift enables access to MouseText characters.

Additional characters have been added to the font to support all of ISO-Latin-1, Windows ANSI, and MacRoman, as well as box drawing characters and other miscellaneous Unicode characters. These additional characters have been modeled after the actual accented characters on international versions of the Apple II where possible. MouseText is encoded at 0x80-0x9F, and at the appropriate Unicode code points where possible.

30 Dec 2008


General 68k News icon RetroChallenge Winter Warm-up on for Jan 1/09 - 16 Dec 2008
It's that time again, retrogeeks... the RetroChallenge Winter Warm-up* is officially on for Jan 1/09. For those new to the RetroChallenge, it's a chance for retrocomputing enthusiasts to show off their skills (or lack thereof)... it's an excuse to forego the complexities of modern technology and relive the glory days of 8-bit processors and monochrome monitors... an opportunity to trade in the iPhone for a Newton... a chance to impress the ladies with your stunning command of FORTRAN... you get the idea. Unlike the Summer* RetroChallenge the WInter Warm-up is a less competitive event... think of it as a show-and-tell for retrogeeks. If it sounds like your cup of tea, be sure to check out the rules (such as they are) and announce your intention to enter.
16 Dec 2008


Selling icon A bunch of old Apple II Interface cards - 16 Dec 2008


I have added a bunch of old Apple II Interface cards. Nearly everything is there from RAM expansion, printer and disk drive interfaces to serial cards.

Its time - upgrade your Apple II



16 Dec 2008


General 68k News icon The very first sign used by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak - 16 Dec 2008

APPLE COMPUTER'S FIRST TRADE SIGN For sell is the very first sign used by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak to promote their fledgling start-up, Apple Computer Co. at the first trade shows they attended in 1976, and which remained in service for years outside the company's headquarters in Cupertino, California. The sign measures an impressive 100" long x 22 1/2" tall, and its original weathered wood frame is about 1 1/2" thick. You can bid on this piece of computer history at

picture courtessy of

16 Dec 2008



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