I’ve been busy on eBay lately picking up new additions for the Mac museum. In the past two weeks, I’ve purchased the following:
- Quadra 660AV – One of the first Macs that included video input / output to and from a TV. It also included speech recognition, high quality sound recording, and a CD-ROM drive all inside a low profile case. Driven by a 25 MHz 68040 CPU, a 540 MB hard drive, and 36 MB RAM. $2,300 in 1993. I scored it for $27 including shipping.
- PowerBook G3 Wallstreet – The PowerBook that changed it all and the perfect machine for my Mac Museum. 250 MHz PowerPC G3, 64 MB RAM, 14.1″ LCD, CD-ROM, Floppy, 11 GB hard drive. $3,000 – $4,000 new, I got it for $50.
- PowerBook 3400c – The last PowerBook design released prior to Steve Jobs’ return to Apple in 1996 and the only PowerBook to include a subwoofer in its screen. At the time it was the fastest laptop in the world, sporting up to a 240 MHz PowerPC 603ev CPU. I scored one for $27 including shipping. I didn’t know the specs but lucked out with the top end 240 MHz version with a maxed-out 144 MB of memory. It includes a semi-working battery and a CD-ROM module
- Mac OS 8 – A boxed copy of the OS that ended the clones and brought a little bit of Copland to Mac users. The box was unopened and still shrink-wrapped, but it had been crushed. A little cardboard fixed that and it’s as good as new (almost). It even includes the rebate form for that copy of System 7.6 that I bought…
I’m working up some really fun stuff for these. Stay tuned.