Donor: Mary Jo "Kriss" Winchester
Location: Williamsburg, VA
After hundreds of complaints (4) from Mac users that
the Macintosh SE wasn't obsolete
enough, we finally have an older Mac in the Museum. In
addition, I finally have one at home. (It was donated by
my former co-worker Mary Jo "Kriss" Winchester,
who insisted that I mention her by name as part of the
deal!) This particular model is the enhanced model, with
800k double-sided drives, instead of the original 400k
single sided ones. The external drive in the picture
actually belongs to the Macintosh SE.
It also has a signed case. The frightening thing about
this system is how good the Mac OS is, so early in the
game. The entire OS fits in around 250k of disk space,
and the whole system boots from power-up in less than 13
seconds. The external drive, eliminates disk swapping,
making it a pretty usable little system. I just have one
question: Where are the cursor keys? Do I really have to
use the mouse just to move up a line or over a few
characters? At least there's an optional number pad.
Fellow Mac 512K owner Bob Bacus adds:
This computer is
the second produced in the Macintosh line. It
addresses the complaints of those who bought the
original Mac that it didn't have enough memory (it
had 128k). This model has 512k, and mine in
particular has been upgraded to 1Meg. It has one 800k
3.5" floppy drive, and no hard drive. This
design means that running a program that is not on
the system disk requires several swappings of floppy
disks. Needless to say, all my disks are system
disks, so swapping is minimized. From the picture I
think you can see that it still functions, although
very little Mac software will run successfully on it.
Apple decided to give this machine an 'advanced'
serial port (actually two of them), thus assuring it
cannot speak to any RS-232 device. Mostly it gets
used to play card games.
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