Around the Web: Working with Pre-Intel Macs – A Blog

I ran across a fantastic vintage Apple blog today and it’s absolutely worth a look if you have any interest in the pre-Intel era of Apple Computer. 

It’s titled Quadras, Cubes and G5s: Working with Pre-Intel Macs – A Blog. It’s a very clean, simple, easy reading design housing fantastic write-ups including lots of screenshots and nostalgia. Whether you want to get started with System 6, learn about the problems with leaky capacitors (a common problem on vintage Macs), or reminisce about the old “molar” All-in-one Power Mac G3, there is tons of content here. I’ll certainly be staying up way too late, plowing down LaCrosse Lager (cheap macro brew is a staple for me when reminiscing down retro Mac road), soaking in every byte of this classic Mac goodness.

lacrosse lager in a glass
My favorite cheap 30 rack for a long night of retro computing.

From the About page:

I started using Macs back in 1986, when the original Macintosh became my company’s first choice for creating overhead projector slides (remember THOSE?). I used Macs from then until 1997, when in a particularly misguided move, the company chose to replace ALL of its Macs with PCs (Windows 95 was deemed “good enough” and PCs were less expensive). I purchased my own personal Mac for the first time in 2006, and haven’t looked back since. Three years ago, nostalgia for those old Macs I had used at work took hold of me, and I have been acquiring and restoring selected Macs ever since – typically ones that are the same model as, or very similar to, the ones I had at work.

My current collection includes a Macintosh Classic, a Macintosh SE, a Quadra 660AV, a Quadra 840AV, a Power Macintosh 7500/100 (upgraded with a 350 MHz NewerTech G3 Accelerator), a Power Macintosh 7300/200 (upgraded with a Sonnet 500 MHz G3 Accelerator), a PowerMac G3 All-In-One (the Molar Mac), a G4 Cube (upgraded with a 1.2 GHz Sonnet G4 Accelerator), a 2.3 GHz Dual Core PowerMac G5, and the last of the G5s, a 2.5 GHz G5 Quad. I also have a 2.2 GHz 2008 MacBook Pro, a 3.2 GHz 2008 Mac Pro and my current “daily driver”, a 3.4 GHz 27″ iMac. My favorite? The G4 Cube, hands down – the Cube defines the word “innovation”.

I cut my computing teeth on the Apple Macintosh platform starting with a Performa 575 back in 1995, and I have a deep appreciation and love for anything classic Apple and Mac. This person loves old Macs more than I do I think, and has an amazing collection. This blog is worth a permanent bookmark.

I’m sure I will write up my meager collection at some point down the line. I did have one of those “molar” All-In-One Power Mac G3’s in college and I really now regret sending that to eBay back in the day. I’ve had a few interesting Apple products throughout the years, and managed to hang onto a few at least.