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Get 200+ Free Retro Screen Savers with XScreenSaver for Mac OS X

Apr 14, 2012 - 16 Comments

Tired of all the OS X default screen savers? Breathe a ton of new retro life into your screen saver collection with the XScreenSaver pack for Mac. The free bundle includes over 200 old school screen saver classics, including an Apple II emulator, Flying Toasters, The Matrix, Blue Screen of Death, Missile Command, Phosphor BBS … Read More

The Original Apple iPhone… from 1983

Apr 13, 2012 - 6 Comments

Apple was busy dreaming about the future 29 years ago, long before the days of the iPhone, touch screens, cell phones, and even cordless phones. As this Apple product concept from 1983 shows, the company envisioned an Apple phone complete with a Mac-like OS, touch screen, touch keyboard, and even a stylus to navigate the … Read More

Simplify the OS X Finder to Look Like a Retro Mac OS Classic Style

Mar 20, 2012 - 9 Comments

Many years ago before OS X, the Mac OS Finder was much more simple. There was no toolbar, no sidebar, no drop shadows, and each folder opened in it’s own window showing you only the icons in that Folder. That was basically the default desktop experience from Mac OS 1.0 through Mac OS 9, and … Read More

Turn iPhone into a Giant 1990′s Flip Phone

Mar 5, 2012 - 5 Comments

Remember the old flip phones? Of course you do, they were huge and ugly and half of them wouldn’t fit in a pocket even when folded up, but oh were they cutting edge in 1998. Soon you’ll be able to have that same terrible user experience with the iPhone. From the company who brought you … Read More

Install iOS ’86 Theme on iPhone & iPod touch

Feb 22, 2012 - 17 Comments

Remember that retro iOS ’86 concept theme for iPhone that popped up recently? We were hoping it would become an iOS theme, and it has. To use the iOS 86 theme you’ll need to jailbreak your iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 5.0.1, here is how to do that with absinthe for iPhone 4S, or … Read More

If Apple Made iOS In 1986 This Is What It Would Look Like

Feb 13, 2012 - 44 Comments

Update 2/22/2012: Want your iPhone to look like this? Here’s how to install the iOS 86 theme on an iPhone and iPod touch! What would iPhone’s iOS look like had it been made in 1986? Maybe this, and it looks awesome in that retro sort of way. This is just concept art from a few … Read More

Young Steve Jobs Gives IBM the Finger

Dec 30, 2011 - 11 Comments

This is a classic picture of a young Steve Jobs giving the finger to an IBM sign in 1983, it’s been circulating again after all these years thanks to Macintosh co-creator Andy Hertzfeld who posted the high res copy to Google+. Here’s the text that was posted along with the amusing image: In memoriam for … Read More

Apple Spoofs Ghostbusters in Outrageously Cheesy 1984 Sales Video

Dec 29, 2011 - 8 Comments

In 1984, Apple spoofed the classic Ghostbusters song by Ray Parker Jr, and this outrageously cheesy video is the result. The video apparently played as the introduction to an Apple corporate event held in Hawaii to rally the international sales team. Instead of Ghostbusters, it’s “Blue Busters”, with Blue of course being a reference to … Read More

Get an 8-Bit Pixelated Virtual Fireplace for Mac OS X

Dec 22, 2011 - 5 Comments

Just in time for the holidays, Fireplace is a totally awesome interactive 8-bit fireplace app that fills your Macs screen with a pixelated fireplace. But don’t stop there, you can add logs, roast hotdogs and marshmallows, and even burn papers and photos. Each log ‘burns’ for about 30 minutes of pixel torching glory, and although … Read More

Macintosh Portable Ejecting a Disk in Space [Video]

Dec 3, 2011 - 4 Comments

In 1991, astronauts took a Macintosh Portable aboard Space Shuttle mission STS-43, amongst other things, it became the first computer to send an email in space. A slightly less historical aspect is this fairly entertaining video clip from that mission, demonstrating the Macintosh Portable’s disk ejection system, which works perhaps a little too well in … Read More

Classilla is a Modern Web Browser for Classic Mac OS 9

Nov 11, 2011 - 8 Comments

Have an old Mac running OS 9 laying around the closet? Dust it off and bring it into the modern age (of the web at least) with Classilla, an open source port of Mozilla, the same underpinnings of Firefox. It’s a work in progress so don’t expect it to be perfect, but alongside iCab it’s … Read More

The Original Macintosh User Manual

Aug 24, 2011 - 7 Comments

The very first Macs user manual is a fun look at the past, and despite being 27 years old, there are still some undeniably Apple aspects to the manuals imagery and text. The intro paragraph from the first page is classic: “You’re about to learn a new way to use a computer. If this is … Read More

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