A Blast From The Past

Not only do I have a bunch of comics, videogames and a ton of movies, but I’ve also been working with computers for as long as I can remember. I thought this would be a fun new series to start. We can even post something like this on the site if you guys think anyone would be interested in the ubber geek in me lol. Anyways, if any of you have similar pics and whatnot, by all means post away with impressions.

Today I’m going to travel way back in time to 1990, yes, 20 years ago! I can’t believe it has been that long…

Anyways, around that time I managed to score a brand new, at the time, Macintosh LC (Low Cost Colour) computer. I didn’t have to pay a cent for it! The original asking price was $2,499.99US. Remember that back then computers were extremely pricey. These prices were coming down though in relation to some of the insane prices like the Lisa, which was $9,995.00 in 1983!!! Anyways, I dug this old relic out of storage to share it with you because it was the very first computer I ever received for free. Our school had just bought about 100 of these “low cost” Macs and I was so into them that I entered a contest to set them up at the school, won the contest, and won the computer :) By today’s standards, it’s slightly outdated lol.

The basic tech specs include an amazing 40MB hard drive, and 2MB of RAM. The original 68020 processor works like a dream, able to compute a whopping 256k VRAM calculations. Talk about hilarious. Oh and the OS, which was upgradable to System 6.0.8, was one of the first colour operating systems ever. This bad boy even came with a colour monitor, yes that’s right, COLOUR! Who would have thought!

So here it is, the Macintosh LC.

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I’m still proud of myself that this is in such good condition. Again, 20 years old is very old for computers.

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Nice little Apple logo for you to enjoy. Amazing how far they’ve come, no?

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Here’s a side-shot for you. This was taken at my work, because it’s close to the storage area where I had this computer :) The plastic has clearly turned yellow-ish thanks to the sun, light, etc. Still, it’s nowhere near as bad as some of the machines I’ve seen.

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The classic monitor lol. October 1990, wow that was some time ago.

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Look at all those high-end ports. Where’s HDMI when you need it?

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Another wide shot of this baby’s sexy ass.

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I’ve seen a lot of keyboards in my time, but damn, this one features a button that will actually shut off your computer. How cutting edge is that?!

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As you can see, even back then Apple was thinking about the future. Adding the mouse directly to the keyboard, brilliant! Of course if your keyboard stops working, you’re completely screwed!

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All you PC fans with your fancy mouse buttons, bah who needs them! With this bad boy you only had to worry about moving the cursor around and pressing one button. Believe me, for a lot of people, that was difficult enough. Keep in mind that Windows 3.0 was just brand new at this time and businesses were only just starting to use it.

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Speaking of operating systems, here’s the two floppies needed for System 6.0.8 activation. Thankfully Apple still supports all of its legacy platforms. They offer the OS for free via their site, with the final version ever released. I was thinking of updating this system to System 7.1, but I think the machine might explode from the sheer power of the OS. I better leave well enough alone.

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Once you turn the machine on, this is your desktop screen. This is the black & white mode. Look at the rich details in that wallpaper…if you can even call it that lol. You’ll also notice Microsoft Office has been installed on this computer. I used to do my homework on this bad boy. Yes, I was the envy of everyone. Decided to get Microsoft Office 2013 for cheap last year, by the way.

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That’s a shot showing off the operating system’s ability to multitask. Take note here, multitasking back in this time period wasn’t like today. Technically applications would simply go to sleep as you opened more than one app. Today we have apps that work as we move into another application. Back then though, we were just happy to see two windows open at once. That was a breakthrough marvel of technology!

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Notice how Steve is mentioned in there. I bet you didn’t realize our very own Steven was so popular. Damn you’re good. I knew we had a winner when we brought him onboard! I just never realized he was this into computers. On a more serious note, if you look at the date you’ll notice it say 1983-1990, that’s because System 6 was based on the original Macintosh OS, which was simply OS. In 1983 there wasn’t anything else on the market even remotely close to what Apple was working on, well except the Apple Lisa, but that’s a story for another day.

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Here’s the colour version of the same OS. Notice that ultra sexy Apple logo. Apple fans would get used to seeing that for MANY years to come. It was only with OS X that Apple changed the logo to it’s ultra sexy and sleek modern look. From System 6 all the way to OS 9, Apple used this rainbow colour.

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Microsoft even updated all of its icons to colour. Look at the detail!

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Sick!

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Here’s my upgraded Microsoft Word. Version 5.1a! Awesome. Today we’re at version 12, just so you know ;)

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Look at that work space, amazing!

So there you have a fun look back at my first free computer. I had many computers before the LC, and tons afterwards. I’m not old enough to have started with an Apple II, but I am old enough to have started with the original Macintosh 128K. That was my very first computer. While I had to learn DOS at school, at home, we were living in the future with a graphical user interface. Command prompt, HA, it’s for the birds!

4 thoughts on “A Blast From The Past”

  1. Exactly! The original OS actually shipped on 4 floppies, before the 1.4MB floppies came out. Imagine, upgrading to a 1.4MB floppy. Talk about breakneck speeds and insane amounts of data storage.

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