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Simon Royal Simon has been into computing since his early teens. He started with the likes of a Commodore 64 and Acorn 3010 and then bought an old 486 from his first employer. After that he built his first PC - being his first venture into the insides of a computer.

His first experience of Apple was on a Mac Quadra in 2001 at a publishing house where he worked, and a year later he got a free Beige G3/333 MHz tower running Mac OS 9.

From there he moved to a 450 MHz iMac G3 running Mac OS X, then to his first new Mac, a 1 GHz eMac, and then to a 1.83 GHz iMac Core Duo.

Simon has a huge passion for older computing and getting the most out of a WallStreet PowerBook G3, Lombard PowerBook G3, Pismo PowerBook G3,a Clamshell G3 iBook, a PowerBook 1400cs, a Sawtooth Power Mac G4, a Power Mac G4 Cube, an SE/30, a Classic II, and some LC IIs, as well as numerous G4 PowerBooks, Dual USB iBook G3s, iMac G3s and eMacs, G3 Power Macs, and a Newton 2000.

He recently upgraded from a 12" 1 GHz PowerBook G4 to a 2 GHz Core 2 Duo Early 2009 MacBook.

Simon has used every version of Windows from 3.11 upwards and the Mac OS System 7 upwards, and he also has a good knowledge of Linux. He has ripped open every computer he's owned and states, "From building a PC from scratch, replacing hard drives and optical drives in iBooks, fitting new hard drives in eMacs, or logic board replacements in iMacs - to name but a few - I have developed a wealth of knowledge, which I use for my benefit and to help others who need it."

In late 2009, Simon took a break to develop his knowledge of Linux, and a few months later he returned to the Mac world to continue his love of low-end Macs and Apple hardware.

Simon is not only a fan of low end computers, but also has a passion for the original iPhone and strives to keep it active as long as possible and has been following the whited00r project - custom firmware designed to bring iOS 4 and 5 features and increased performance to devices halted on OS 3.

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