Power Computing was one of the first Mac OS licensees, had the broadest range of Macintosh clones, and its Mac clone business was eventually purchased by Apple and then shut down.
On the Web
- Apple Squeezes Mac Clones Out of the Market, Dan Knight, Mac Musings, 2007.08.30. Apple started to license the Mac in 1994, the first clones arrived in 1995, and they quickly into Apple’s profitable high-end market.
- Power Computing: Fighting Back for the Mac or Stealing Apple’s Customers?, Tom Hormby, Orchard, 2007.02.20. Power Computing, the first company to sell licensed Macintosh clones, seemed more interested in stealing Apple’s high-end customers than expanding Mac the market.
- Sonata SD, Sonnet Tech, 2004.06.01. First new PCI video card for the Mac in ages sells for just US$99, supports System 7.5.3 and later plus Mac OS X 10.1.5 and later, works with VGA or old Mac monitors, and has 16 MB VRAM.
- Powerwatch, the unofficial Power Computing information site, is the best PC resource on the internet.
- CPU daughter cards. See our Guide to G3 Daughter Cards and Guide to G4 Daughter Cards
- DriveSetup 1.3 and later is compatible with many third-party drives (requires 68040 or PPC). See our compatibility list.
- RAM Charger from Jump Development ($40) lets you get the most out of your RAM – especially helpful on Macs with 8 MB or less. By launching applications using the minimum amount of memory they need, RAM Charger lets you run more programs. It also works well with RAM Doubler. You can even download a demo.