Here it is, folks!!
This machine is the personal computer that changed the way we
think of a computer interface. It was developed as a descendant
of the overpriced and unreliable but very powerful Apple Lisa.
When I found the machine, I was given it for free, seeing that
the owner was a PC user and didn't know how valuable the machine
could be. It wasn't working right-- no PRAM Battery, and the Analog
Board was going out. However, after performing an Analog Board/CRT
Transplant from a spare Mac Plus, it's working perfectly now!!!
It has the original 400k internal Floppy Drive, and I also have
the original keyboard, optional numeric keypad, and mouse! I also
have an external 800k floppy drive attached-- as long as I only
use 400k disks it works fine. This particular model was manufactured
in the 11th week of 1984, which means it predated the newer model
that was sold alongside its little brother, the Mac 512k. Below
is a various array of screenshots and pics of the case. The specs
were as follows:
Code Name: Macintosh
8 MHz MC68000 Processor
128 KB RAM; non-expandable except through expensive third-party
Internal 3.5" 400k Floppy Drive manufactured by Sony
Built-in Monaural speaker
Detached Keyboard with optional numeric keypad
9" Diagonal Monochrome CRT built-in
Analog sound out
9-pin Mouse Port
19-pin Serial Port for a second floppy drive
Two 9-pin PC-Style Serial Ports (Modem and Printer)
This is the badge, which was on the back of the machine. Note that it
just says "Macintosh." This is because when this particular machine was built,
it was the only Macintosh model in existence. When the
Mac 512k came out, it was re-christened the "Macintosh 128k."
This is the serial number on the front of the machine, next to the brightness dial.
Based on the serial, this machine was assembled at the Fremont, CA
assembly plant, in the 11th week of 1984. Therefore,
I can say this is indeed an original.
These are the ports on the back. Strange, huh? From left to right, they are Mouse,
Floppy, Printer, Modem, and Analog Sound out. That's it. PC-Style
9-pin serial ports, no SCSI, no ADB, and no Microphone Jack. So
where's the keyboard connector? This machine, as well as the 512k,
512ke, and Plus, had a small RJ-11 Phone Style Connector for the
keyboard on the front of the machine.
Say hello to System 0.97 and Finder 1.0. On the desktop is the boot floppy (for some
reason, with no icon) and the
Trash. Look closely at the window... notice anything different?
No Zoom Box, and the Disk info in the header is bold.
Also... no Menubar clock, and no Application menu. If you could look
closer you could also see that the Chicago
font is very different that the one we've grown used to for so
many years... One more thing... there was no Shut Down command
in the Special Menu! To turn the thing off, you just ejected all
floppies and flipped the switch on the back! Weird...
This is a closeup of the about box displayed from the Apple Menu.
No names, just the version number, the date of its final release,
and a copyright. How much simpler can you get?
This is the 1984-era System Folder... Look how much the Mac OS has grown since then!
Only five files populate it: Note Pad File, Scrapbook File, Imagewriter
(The only printer driver available), Finder, and System. Where's
my Extensions? Control Panels? Appearance files? Trick question.
To my knowledge there were no extensions, and of course the Appearance
file didn't exist till Mac OS 8.5. And what about Fonts and Apple
Menu Items? Well... both fonts and Apple Menu Items (which could
only be Desk Accessories) were stored in the System file and were
installed using the much hated Font/DA Mover. My how things have
Just for fun... here's System 0.97's one and only Control Panel. Eveything that pertained
to your preferences was here.Notice that there are no words, only
pictures. On the left is the volume slider (Only one alert sound,
the system beep), then on the top is date and time. Y2K compliant
all the way, but why the 24-hour military clock? To the right
is the Menu Blinking feature. The Middle row houses the keyboard
repeat rate and delay till repeat, and to its right is the Cursor
Blink Speed. The Bottom row features Mouse Tracking Speed (notice
there are only two settings, slow and fast), the Desktop Pattern
Editor (The pattern shown is my favorite; I made it myself), and
finally double-click speed. That's all there is to the Control
This is MacWrite, the first Word Processor for the Mac. It was very simple, but it got
he job done. It would eventually be assimilated into ClarisWorks.
And finally here's MacPaint. And no, that's no the famous "hello"
graphic in the picture; it's just a mock-up I did.
On a final note: It is common knowledge to most all Mac
gurus that this machine, along
with its successors up until the earliest Macintosh SE's, had
the signatures of all the members of the Macintosh Design Team
etched into the rear of the case. And the Macintosh was not the
idea of a certain Steven Paul Jobs; it was originally a concept
of an Apple Employee (and fierce rival of Jobs) Jef Raskin. When
Jobs saw what Raskin was doing, he said it would never work. But
then Jobs turned around and forced himself into the project, which
brought many of the Lisa's features into the design and made Raskin
angry enough to walk out on Apple. To this day, Raskin supposedly
is not happy with the OS, and now that Jobs is the CEO once again,
he is pretty much disillusioned with Apple. But he still uses
a Macintosh because like all Mac users out there, even Apple's
GUI (as quirky as it is) is believed to be far superior to a certain
evil shell-on-top-of-an-outdated-command-line OS manufactured
by the bane-of-all-existence monopoly whose name I will not mention,
seeing that this is an Apple fan page... ;)