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.