Getting an Old Mac Running

1999 – I’ve found/been given/bought on the cheap a 68030/68040 Macintosh. I’m a broke college student, and I need to set this machine up to do word processing and surf the Internet as cheaply as possible. What should I do? (A common question around here.)

Mac II Benchmarked

The Mac II uses a 16 MHz 68020 CPU. The hard drive is an ancient 5.25″ 80 MB Apple-branded Quantum drive – the one that originally shipped with this machine in 1987 – formatted with Apple HD SC Setup 7.3.5.

Lab Fun!

1999 – Occasionally you just stumble into a job that gets bigger and bigger the more you look at it. I’d airily made a promise early last summer to help our school’s technology coordinator clean up the machines in our two elementary computer labs. “It shouldn’t be too difficult,” I thought, “just wipe the drives, […]

Setting Up a Power Mac 6100

Five years ago, my employer was spending about $3,600 for a Power Mac 6100/66 with 16 MB of memory (so much!) and a 230-500 MB hard drive. And Apple’s extended keyboard, which was a separate item back then. And an Apple 14″ color monitor.

Power Mac 6100 Benchmarks

The Power Macintosh 6100 (a.k.a. the Perform 6110 series) shipped in two speeds: a 60 MHz version introduced on March 14, 1994 as one of the first Power Macs, and a 66 MHz version introduced on January 5, 1995. Until I benchmarked a 6100/60, 6100/66, and 6100/66 with 256 KB level 2 (L2) cache, I assumed the […]

This Week’s ‘Non-Column’

1999 – This week’s edition of A View from the Classroom will be appearing right here on MacInSchool sometime . . . next week! While I’d like to emulate some of my students and shift responsibility somewhere else, i.e., “But Dan, the dog ate my homework column,” I’ve got to fess up and say it […]

Mac Troubleshooting 101

1999 – While my job is to teach special education students, I still help out with various Mac maladies around our building. If you’ve read any of my previous school columns, you may remember that my elementary is heavily populated with LC 5200s with a lesser number of 5400s and 5500s. There always seems to […]

350 MHz iMac (Late 1999)

A Limited Mac At 350 MHz, it may not seem a whole lot faster than the Revision D iMac, but the new “Kihei” iMac uses a 100 MHz system bus – plus RAGE 128 graphics and 2X AGP for superior video performance. In addition to regular iMac features, the new iMac has two separate USB […]

Late 1999 iMac G3

Development of the slot loading “Kihei” iMac began the day after the first iMac shipped. The new model is an evolutionary development of Apple’s 2,000,000 unit best seller and requires Mac OS 8.5 or later. The new iMac design boasts slot-loading CD-ROM and DVD-ROM drives, a 100 MHz system bus, RAGE 128 graphics on a […]

400 MHz iMac DV SE (Late 1999)

The iMac DV Special Edition places the regular iMac DV in a graphite case, boosts memory to 128 MB for better video editing performance, and replaces the DV’s 10 GB hard drive with a 13 GB drive. Otherwise, everything is the same: DVD-ROM, FireWire 400, 2x AGP RAGE 128 VR video, and so on.

400 MHz iMac DV (Late 1999)

Development of the “Kihei” iMac began the day after the first iMac shipped. The new model is an evolutionary development of Apple’s 2,000,000 unit seller. The first iMacs with a DVD-ROM drive, the iMac DV  and DV SE run a lightning fast 400 MHz G3 processor on a 100 MHz system bus and are the […]