Apple Macintosh 128k
Donor: Jim Hough (and 2 others whose names I
regrettably cannot recall)
Location: Williamsburg, VA
Following the less than spectacular Apple /// and the Lisa, the Mac 128k rewrote the rules
of the game. Featuring loads of graphically oriented
features shamelessly swiped from Xerox, the Mac 128k
worked like no other personal computer. It has taken the
IBM-compatible world years to catch up. And many argue
that Windows 95 still doesn't come close. (On the other
hand, most techies I know find the Mac's operating system
to be very confining. It often seems as if you are only
allowed to do what Steve Jobs decided you should be able
The first Macs had only 128k RAM and used
single-sided, 400k floppy drives. The signatures of the
original Mac designers are molded into the inside back of
the case. One entertaining aspect of this is the
placement of the names of Jobs and Woz. Jobs signed his
name nice and big smack dab in the center of the case.
Off in the lower right hand corner is a little scribbled
"Woz." However, in the actual stamped case,
there is a thickened strip running down the center,
presumably to provide stiffness. This strip partially
obscures Steve's name, while the little Woz in the corner
remains unscathed. I find this delightfully ironic.
This little Mac 128k is not running right now. One of
the RAM chips has failed. My plan is to desolder it, then
put a socket in its place. Then I can try different RAM
chips I have laying around. I'm not sure, but I believe
that you can convert a Mac 128k into a Mac 512k by simply replacing the
RAM chips with higher capacity chips.
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