Who can tell, without Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs I wonder how long it would've
taken for the PC brigade to cotton onto the concept of a mouse related operating
environment? Both Steves met at the Homebrew Computer Club (whose membership
also boasted one William Gates III) where Woz had been working on a MOS 6502
based micro kit. That machine became the Apple I after the company was formed,
and it sold for $666.66.
Its successor, the Apple II, was a massive success in homes, schools, colleges
and universities all over the world - it was very expandable and many companies
jumped on the expansion bandwagon, offering everything from memory expansion
through colour TV cards to SCSI interfaces once SCSI had been accepted as
a standard, Z80 co-processors etc. I've got a massive box of Apple cards here
that range from printer interfaces to %DEITY% knows what. Maybe one day I'll
catalogue them :)
Despite the fact the computer mouse had been a reality since the mid 60s
(1966 I think) only bigger workstation manufacturers like Xerox and Three
Rivers had used the rodent in their machines. Apple changed all that with
the Lisa and the Macintosh - named after the designer's
favourite brand of apple. They also gave us floating toolbars in applications
(MacDraw, 1984) and very small pre-emptive cooperative multitasking operating
systems - LisaOS plus the Lisa Office applications fitted on 7 400K floppies!
Many stories surround the flop of the Apple III, I like the one that says
Steve Jobs had designed the case before the hardware boys had finished the
electronics, which resulted in a machine that failed a lot due to overheating.
Success of the Apple ][ line of machines led to competition from companies
who copied the design and beefed it up a bit, 2 names spring to mind here
- Franklin and Laser both made Apple
][ clones that did more than irk Apple themselves (lawsuits abounded in those
days :), they made 'em produce machines like the ][c and ][c+ to try and outdo
There are many sites documenting Apple's creation and successes so I won't
do that again here. Have a look at the links
page if you're after more info.
Lisa 2 - ho yus.....:o)
MacXL, aka a Lisa 2/10 with Sun Remarketing SCSI card and Seagate ST225, new ROMs etc III with Monitor III and ProFile. ][+ on its own.
][Europlus from Stuart, rescued from Port Talbot steelworks
//e also from Stuart, badly corroded but should clean up OK, hopefully ][gs personally signed by Woz and dedicated to the
previous owner. SMART machine! ][gs, boxed with keyboard and mouse. ][GS with keyboard/mono monitor and a pair of 3.5" floppies, donated by Jon Newson - thanks! 120V ][c+ - another smart machine, released in
the US only. ][ Europlus with 128k card, twin floppy drives
and loads of books ][e with tilting screen and twin floppy drives Mac 512K with extended keyboard and rodent, donated by Stuart Northfield - thanks! Mac Plus with keyboard, mouse and SC40 external hard
drive. Mac Plus in Apple carrying case complete with 800K
external floppy, keyboard & mouse. Mac SE with a Radius Accelerator 25, er, accelerator.
Classic with 4MB, 40MB hard drive, books,
disks etc. Classic II with 4mb, 40mb HD, books, disks
etc. Colour Classic with 80mb HD. Macintosh II complete Macintosh IIfx with hi-res video card IIci complete with monitor, keyboard and rodent.
IIcx on it's own. Cheers Rich! IIsi, just missing the hard drive
tray - swapped by Chris Davies. LC with extended keyboard, mouse, monitor and disks
LC II with keyboard, monitor, mouse
LC II with keyboard and PDS Appletalk card
LC III on its own but working. Performa 400 with monitor and
CD-ROM Centris 650, on its own but then
again it was only a quid :)
Centris 650 with high framerate video capture card, found in a skip
LC475 with Monitor, keyboard, rodent and CD-ROM Performa 6200 with Apple Design
keyboard and mouse. Performa 6320 with Apple Design
keyboard, rodent and Multi-Scan display Powerbook 180 with PSU
Green and White G3 with matching monitor, keyboard and mouse
PowerMac 6500/266, on its own and not very well (from Freecyclers)
PowerMac 7100/66av with a Sonnet Crescendo G3 CPU upgrade (from Freecyclers)
Powerbook Titanium G4, from Jay on Freecycle, it's unfortunately dead
'Quicksilver' G4 with 15" LCD Studio Display
MDD G4 currently needing a PSU, from freecycle
Indigo iMac DV, complete and running OS9 very nicely
15" Flat Screen Telescopic iMac G4 from Judith on Freecycle, thanks!
PowerPC Mac Mini G4, the machine that's serving this site
G5 dual core with 20" Studio Display Newton Messagepad 2000 with documentation, smart wallet and CDs Newton 120 with a ton of extras I haven't documented yet, an excellent donation from Richard Cassidy - thanks!
Fileware 'Twiggy' disk for the Lisa 1! *bounce*
External floppy for the Plus. (visible in the Plus picture) External floppy for the Apple /// 3.5" floppy for the Apple
5 1/4" floppy for the ][GS
MacinStore external hard drive for the Mac
MacinStore external Magneto-Optical drive for the Mac
External CD-ROM for Macs
System board for the Apple ///
System s/w, books, Visicalc etc for the Apple ///
Integer BASIC card for the ][, boxed.
Parallel card for the ][, boxed.
Super Serial Card for the ][ and //e, boxed
More ][ add-on cards than I can count ATM including CoPro cards, cache cards,
serial cards, parallel cards, ROM cards etc
A bundle of books and software for the ][ and ///.
Original spares including chips, screws, mountings, feet, paint for the ][ series Newton Fax Modem with manual.
Mac II Video cards
Bundles of Appletalk, ADB and SCSI cables This is what you need to get
your Mac IIfx working properly with external SCSI devices
Stylewriter II printer
Laserwriter Style, er, laser printer Apple printer for the Lisa and others,
looking suspiciously like the DEC LA50....or was it the other way round? :o)