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Apple Software Updates, New Mac Game, 1984 Mac History:

My first Apple computer was a 1984 Macintosh ($2,495). I made a tool to open it and did my own 512K ram upgrade. (Because of that a dealer refused to take mine as trade-in for the later 1MB board.) I still have a Color Classic, a Macintosh SE and even an Quadra 840AV (w/Photoshop accelerator card) here. (Not to mention many later PowerPC macs including a PowerTower Pro, Power Center Pro (both w/CPU upgrades), 2 Daystar Genesis Macs (one with an original Quad 604 CPU card, the other with a rare Dual G4 (ZIF) CPU card plus 3Dfx 5500 video card, Dual PCI SCSI cards, 12 dimm slots, internal raid array), a UMax S900, 8600, and 9600 Macs. Old articles on some of these still on the Macs page here.) My first SE from 1987 was sold in late '88 IIRC. I'd installed a Radius 030 CPU and Radius Full Page Display card inside. I still have photos of doing that mod here somewhere. In addition to my full-time job, I also did part-time computer related work. Otherwise I'd never have afforded the cost of the Radius Upgrades. (IIRC appx $1500 for the CPU card and about $2K I think for the FPD+card at that time.)
   Also boxed up here somewhere are lots of old Mac software on floppys from that era. Including the unreleased Apple (multitasking) 'Mac Basic' (and a thick book on Mac Basic, rare I suspect), Chipwits (a great game to learn logic/programming concepts) and old system discs. (I think I even have a retail box Photoshop 2.0 (1991?) on floppy.)
   I also bought Microsoft Basic for the original Mac. (Old mac fans will remember the rumors back then on why Apple's Mac Basic was never released.) IIRC after loading MS Basic on my 128K mac (before DIY ram upgrade), I didn't have enough ram free to allocate a decent size array.
 And I still remember debates on "who needs color?" back then. (It wasn't even grayscale, only B/W. But the force ("reality distortion field") was strong, as it was revolutionary compared to the typical IBM/clone 808x PC with DOS that many of us used at work every day.) In late 1985 I bought an Amiga (1000), which in many ways (graphics, audio, multitasking, etc) was the most advanced (consumer) personal computer of that time. Just goes to show that alone is not enough.
  

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Previous News Archive Summary:
    Tuesday January 21, 2014 News
  • Classic Mac Quake Server
  • VLC for iOS v2.2.0 with New UI, Streaming and More
  • Apple Expands Worldwide Access to Educational Content
  • Updated Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Articles:
    - OS X Mavericks: About Activity Monitor
    - Isolating an issue by using another user account
    - Macs that support authenticated restart with FileVault
    - How to connect OS X to an IP-based printer or AppleTalk printer
    - How to migrate data from another Mac using OS X 10.8 and earlier
    - How to Authorize or deauthorize your Mac or PC
    - Setting up Home Sharing on your iOS device
    - Troubleshooting USB-related alerts when syncing iPhone/iPad
    - iPad: Using the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit
    - Multipath TCP Support in iOS 7
    - Identifying iPad models
  • Other News/Reviews/Tech/Tips/Op-Ed/OT:
    - Build you own Raspberry Pi tablet
    - Beta SteamOS ISO now available for testing
    - Amped's 802.11ac router with High-Gain Antennas
    - Intel intros 9 new Haswell mobile CPUs
    - Toshiba Completes OCZ Acquisition
    - Securing the Smart Home

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