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Create ASCII Art Text Banners at the Command Line

May 23, 2014 - 8 Comments
Mac Terminal icon

Graphics and large stylized text blocks constructed entirely out of the ASCII keyboard characters is called ASCII art. You may have seen it with the goofy ASCII Star Wars thing, but once upon a time it was very popular to stylize messages and images on BBS’s, IRC, MUDs, message boards, and across the early days … Read More

Relive Ancient Retro Mac & PC Boot Sequences on the Web

May 3, 2014 - 3 Comments
1994 PC BIOS Boot Screen

Miss the good old days of rebooting your Apple IIgs, Macintosh SE/30, or Performa 720? Maybe you’re a glutton for punishment and you’d like to remember with fondness what it was like to boot into DOS, Windows 1.0, or Windows 3.11? Or maybe an Amiga? Or a NeXT computer? The Restart Page has all that … Read More

A Fantastic 1984 Macintosh Built from LEGO Blocks Doubles as iPad Stand

Jan 24, 2014 - Leave a Comment
LEGO iPad Macintosh 128k

30 years ago today, Steve Jobs unveiled the very first Macintosh, and the rest, as they say, is history. If you’re looking for a unique way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the beloved Mac, why not grab a pile of LEGO bricks and build your very own Macintosh 128k that happens to double as … Read More

Run Classic Mac OS on a Mac Plus Emulator in Any Web Browser

Dec 20, 2013 - 7 Comments
Mac Plus emulator screen shot

Ever wished you could go back to the good old days of the black & white Mac Plus, running ancient versions of Mac OS like System 7? Your dream can come true with the help of any web browser on just about any platform imaginable, be it OS X, iOS, Android, Windows, or Linux, and … Read More

Check Out This Awesome LEGO Rendition of the Original Macintosh

Jan 25, 2013 - 4 Comments
LEGO Macintosh

This LEGO build of the original Macintosh 128k is a thing of retro beauty, all that’s missing are some wild eeps to go along with it. Check out the full size version, but the LEGO rendition image resolution maxes out at 1024 x 683, so if you were hoping to use it as a wallpaper … Read More

Watch Steve Jobs Work His Magic at NeXT in 1987 [Video]

Oct 22, 2012 - 2 Comments
Steve Jobs at NeXT

A recently discovered video of Steve Jobs at the early days of NeXT is making the rounds, it’s a great video and provides an interesting portrait of Jobs in 1987 as he was in between leading Apple. Whether you’re a fan of Jobs, interested in Apple history, or just a student of Jobs legendary thinking, … Read More

Another Unaired Macintosh Commercial from 1983 Featuring Andy Hertzfeld [Video]

Sep 29, 2012 - 3 Comments
Andy Hertzfeld of Apple, early Macintosh days

Another piece of early Apple history has been uncovered in a newly found unaired commercial for the original Macintosh computer. Filmed in 1983, the video features original Macintosh software designer Andy Hertzfeld discussing what he expects of the Macintosh, saying: “I expect to be totally amazed at what people are going to do with Macintosh. … Read More

Play SNES Games in OS X Mountain Lion with the BSNES Emulator

Aug 24, 2012 - 9 Comments
BSNES keyboard controls

Super Nintendo was one of the greatest game consoles of yesteryear, and with BSNES you can play the SNES classics right on your Mac running OS X Mountain Lion and OS X Lion. It may not be as full featured as the popular SNES9x alternative that works only on older versions of Mac OS X, … Read More

Bring Retro Macintosh Sound Effects to OS X

Aug 23, 2012 - 7 Comments
Get Classic Macintosh System Sounds in OS X

If you’ve been using the Macintosh platform long enough you’ll undoubtedly have fond memories of the classic Mac OS system sounds like Quack, Wild Eep, moof, Boing, Droplet, Monkey, Laugh, and Logjam. Those sound effects from the wee old days of System 6, System 7, and System 8, echoed throughout many school computer labs throughout … Read More

Run an Apple II Simulator on the iPad and iPhone with XScreenSaver

Aug 10, 2012 - 2 Comments
Apple 2 Simulator on iPad

iOS users who long for 1979, it’s time to rejoice. Just like you can run an Apple II simulator in Mac OS X, you can now run that same piece of computing history right on your iPad, iPod touch, or iPhone. It’s all part of the free XScreenSaver package for iOS, which includes a huge … Read More

This Original Macintosh Commercial from 1983 Never Aired [Video]

Aug 10, 2012 - 6 Comments
Andy Hertzfeld in 1983 Macintosh Commercial

A never-before-aired commercial for the original Macintosh has surfaced which any fan of Apple history should get a kick out of it. Coming in at just over a minute long, the unaired TV ad includes some big name early-Apple employees, including Andy Hertzfeld, Burrel Smith, George Crow, Bill Atkinson, and Mike Murray, all describing Macintosh … Read More

Make Your Mac Keyboard Sound Like a Typewriter with Noisey Typer

Jul 14, 2012 - 23 Comments
Mac Typewriter sounds app - Noisy Typer

If there’s one thing that modern keyboards and Macs are missing compared to old fashioned typewriters, it’s the loud typewriter sounds of yesteryear, because let’s face it, who doesn’t like an incredibly noisy keyboard? NoisyTyper is a hilarious Mac app that satisfies the need that nobody has, with different key and typing sounds for letters, … Read More

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