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The Original Macintosh User Manual

Aug 24, 2011 - 8 Comments
First Macintosh User Manual

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

165 Classic Retro PC Games for Mac OS X

Jun 9, 2011 - 16 Comments
Original Lemmings for Mac OS X

Update: We posted the games link under the assumption that all of the titles were abandonware or freeware, but some commenters are suggesting this may not be the case. We don’t have the resources to independently verify either claim, so we have pulled down the link. That said, you can play many of the definitely … Read More

Kings Quest 1, 2, & 3 are Free to Download for Mac – Blast from the Past!

May 28, 2011 - 51 Comments

If you grew up in the 80’s and you had an interest in video games plus a computer, you probably played Kings Quest. Now, you can relive the past for free thanks to AGD Interactive, who has remade and redrawn Kings Quest 1: Quest for the Crown, Kings Quest 2: Romancing the Stones, and Kings … Read More

The Original iPhone? Apple Phone Patent from 1985

Apr 29, 2011 - 5 Comments
Apple phone patent from 1985

Long before the iPhone, there was… an Apple phone? I don’t know if this is real, if it was actually patented by Apple Inc, or if it was ever produced, but it certainly looks like someones brilliant high-tech idea from 1985. Who wouldn’t want to be talking into a flip apple phone? For more retro … Read More

Once Upon a Time… Apple Cassettes

Apr 6, 2011 - 8 Comments

Long before the days of iPhones and App Stores, or even Macs and 3.5″ disks for that matter… Apple software came on 5.25″ floppies and… cassette tapes. Yes, like the same type of cassette tape your first album came on if you were a child of the 80’s or early 90’s. And here you are … Read More

Use an iPad with an old Apple Extended Keyboard

Apr 2, 2011 - 3 Comments

If you’ve been a Mac user for a while, you’ll remember the Apple Extended Keyboards. They were very responsive and made a wonderfully crisp clicking sound as you typed. If you’re still in love with the old ADB powered Apple Extended Keyboard I don’t blame you, and you can reignite that old flame by using … Read More

Hilarious Apple Corporate Video from 1984: “Leading the Way”

Mar 4, 2011 - 21 Comments
Apple corporate cheese from 1984

This glorious piece of work is an Apple corporate video from 1984 that was apparently used during the original Macintosh launch to get the sales team stoked. Three decades later, the video is still working its magic. From the production, to styles, to the Apple hardware, retro  Apple logo, to the amazingly eighties soundtrack … Read More

Browse the Web in 8-Bit Glory with Pixelfari

Feb 17, 2011 - 3 Comments

You’ve probably noticed we’re fans of some retro tech stuff around here, whether it’s flip clock screensavers, retro Cathode terminals, or the ridiculous 80’s block iPhone case, there’s just something fun about bringing back the old to interact with the new. Apparently popular iOS Developer Neven Morgan of The Incident fame agrees. So enthralled with … Read More

Flip Clock Screensaver: Fliqlo

Feb 14, 2011 - 40 Comments

Looking around for a clock screensaver I stumbled across Fliqlo, which is a simple and free flip clock screensaver that mimics the appearance of those retro flip clocks that existed in the time of dinosaurs. The Fliqlo flip clock screen saver is visually pleasing and it’s available for Mac users as well as offerin versions … Read More

The Ultimate Retro iPhone Case Turns Your iPhone Into an 80’s Block Cellphone

Jan 29, 2011 - 17 Comments

This is starting to look like flashback week, first with the flickering retro Terminal app Cathode and now this absolutely ridiculous iPhone case that is made to resemble the giant block cellphones from the 80’s. Is this thing hilarious or what? It’s not just photoshop either, here it is next to an Android:

The Ultimate Retro Terminal: Cathode

Jan 27, 2011 - 8 Comments

The Mac just had it’s birthday, but don’t you long for the days before a GUI? Don’t you wish you were in the 70’s or 80’s banging away at a DOS prompt connecting to a local BBS? Do you get nostalgic for the days of typing commands into a noisy green on black terminal that … Read More

Run classic Mac OS on iPhone or iPod touch

Jan 7, 2011 - 3 Comments

This is hilarious, you can run classic Mac OS from a Macintosh Plus directly atop iOS on your iPhone or iPod touch thanks to an emulator called Mini vMac. What you’ll need to get this working: A jailbroken iPhone or iPod touch (here’s our jailbreak downloads and info) Mac Plus ROM image (you can get … Read More

Transfer disk images to an Apple II from a newer Mac

Oct 17, 2010 - 3 Comments

New and old technology rarely work well together. In this case, not just the old, but the real old, the Apple II is pre-Macintosh hardware at it’s finest. If the urge to geek around with old Apple hardware ever strikes your fancy, you can use an app called ADT Pro that lets you transfer disk … Read More

Run Newton OS on an iPad

Oct 2, 2010 - 1 Comment

How’d you like to run Newton OS on your iPad? You can with an emulator, and it actually runs on your iPhone, iPod touch, and Mac OS X too. This is all done through an open source project called Open Einstein which now has a working iOS port. It’s not exactly an easy achievement, but … Read More

The Evolution of Mac OS

Feb 14, 2010 - 1 Comment

Mac OS has come a long ways since System 1.0, and there’s no better way to see just how far we’ve come than to look at screenshots. From the earliest years to the latest versions, it’s a journey that is rather remarkable over three decades of development and refinement. We’ve included some of the great … Read More

BeOS Reborn as Haiku Operating System, Run BeOS!

Oct 19, 2009 - 3 Comments
Haiku BeOS

Remember BeOS? If you don’t that’s ok, it was an operating system that came out around 1995 and even though its performance was leaps and bounds above Mac OS System 8 and Windows 95 at the time, it never quite caught on, so it died off and seemingly disappeared. Until now, that is. Now BeOS … Read More

Make Polaroid Pictures Easily with Poladroid

Oct 12, 2009 - Leave a Comment

The Polaroid film effect is a fun and retro look for digital images, and now you can make Polaroid style pictures without Photoshop! The nifty app called Poladroid is cross-platform compatible and works exactly as advertised: simply drag any image onto the Poladroid app and out comes a Polaroid style image. Poladroid allows you to … Read More

Steve Jobs at his Home Office in 1982

Sep 25, 2009 - 10 Comments
Steve Jobs picture by Dianne Walker in black and white

“This was a very typical time. I was single. All you needed was a cup of tea, a light, and your stereo, you know, and that’s what I had.” – Steve Jobs This is rather iconic, isn’t it? Something about that picture captures the minimalist aesthetic that Apple successfully translated to the digital age, with … Read More

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