Welcome! Seated-Parrothead (100x100)

I started using Macs back in 1986, when the original Macintosh became my company’s first choice for creating overhead projector slides (remember THOSE?). I used Macs from then until 1997, when in a particularly misguided move, the company chose to replace ALL of its Macs with PCs (Windows 95 was deemed “good enough” and PCs were less expensive). I purchased my own personal Mac for the first time in 2006, and haven’t looked back since. Several years ago, nostalgia for the old Macs I had used at work took hold of me, and I have been acquiring and restoring selected Macs ever since – typically ones that are the same model as, or very similar to, the ones I had at work.

My current collection includes a Macintosh Classic, a Macintosh SE, a Quadra 660AV, a Quadra 840AV, a Power Macintosh 7500/100 (upgraded with a 350 MHz NewerTech G3 Accelerator), a Power Macintosh 7300/200 (upgraded with a Sonnet 500 MHz G3 Accelerator), a PowerMac G3 All-In-One (the Molar Mac), a G4 Cube (upgraded with a 1.2 GHz Sonnet G4 Accelerator), a 2.3 GHz Dual Core PowerMac G5, and the last of the G5s, a 2.5 GHz G5 Quad. I also have a 2.2 GHz 2008 MacBook Pro, a 3.2 GHz 2008 Mac Pro and my current “daily driver”, a 3.4 GHz 27″ iMac. My favorite? The G4 Cube, hands down – the Cube defines the word “innovation”.

Don’t even get me started on my other “iStuff” – iPods, iPads, iPhones, etc… 🙂

This blog charts my travels through “vintage Mac land”, where long forgotten problems crop up daily (what WERE the Type and Creator codes for that application? 🙂 ). Along the way, as I solve problems and learn things of interest, I will document them here for the benefit of others who, like me, share a fascination with vintage Macs.

Thank you for visiting my blog – I hope you enjoy it!

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  1. hi, i would like to to sell my quadra 840av . i just connected it after 13 years …. it is still working very well…any ideas? there is also a 44mb syquest drive with disks 🙂 and a working monitor of course … and software…

    • Hi, thanks for getting in touch. Can you tell me a little more about the machine (how much disk, how much RAM, what size of monitor, the monitor’s brand (is it Apple?), what version of Mac OS, what major software packages, etc.)? As well, where is the machine located? I might be interested in purchasing it from you if the price is reasonable, but if I do not want to purchase it, I could probably find you a buyer without too much difficulty. Of course, there is always eBay as well… Cheers, Michael

  2. Hi, I have an original Macintosh PowerBook 165, and an original Centris 660av with original manuals and operating system, and also a ibm monitor. Would you or anyone be interested in buying it.? Ms. Thomas

  3. i cannot get anything to open in the 400/ 800 meg file tha mac hasn’t got the translation .. i am trying to run mac project 2 in chubby bunny

  4. Great blog, keep on writing!

    I don’t have any modern macs but when I was a kid I loved my blue G3 mac and my macAddict CDs. I recently found an Apple II and my old G3 mac and I’m hoping to restore them too 😀

  5. Hi hapymacs. I love your blog, it is really fun to follow your adventures. Hey, if you ever run out of space or grow tired of your ColorSync 850AV, I would love to but it off you.

      • Hi, thanks! I regret to have to say that the 850AV faulted out a few weeks ago, a flickering of the display, a sharp noise, and now it will not display any density greater than 800×600, which rather defeats the purpose of the beast. It is beyond my ability to repair it, but I am looking for someone who can. Shipping is an issue with something that weighs this much, so I am looking locally. I will update the readership here when I finally am successful in getting it fixed. Thanks again for your comments!

  6. Thanks happymacs. BTW, the hair product Retr0bright is a terrific find. I have been manually mixing Retr0bright, breaking bad style in my basement – definitely keen to try it out.
    Bad luck on the 850AV 😦
    Hope you can get it operational again – but please don’t scrap it if you can’t as i would love to buy it and restore it.

  7. I read your article about putting after dark on a mac with 9.1. But: can it be done with a one running 9.2.2, which is what I use?

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