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Install iOS ’86 Theme on iPhone & iPod touch

Feb 22, 2012 - 17 Comments
iOS 86

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 - 46 Comments
Retro iOS UI on iPhone

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
Steve Jobs gives IBM the Finger

This is a classic picture of a young Steve Jobs giving the finger to an IBM sign in 1983, it has 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 by Hertzfeld along with the amusing image … Read More

Apple Spoofs Ghostbusters in Outrageously Cheesy 1984 Sales Video

Dec 29, 2011 - 10 Comments
Ghostbusters Apple Spoof video

In 1984, Apple spoofed the classic Ghostbusters song by Ray Parker Jr, and this outrageously cheesy video is the result.

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 - 6 Comments

In 1991, astronauts took a Macintosh Portable aboard Space Shuttle mission STS-43, and 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 … Read More

Classilla is a Modern Web Browser for Classic Mac OS 9

Nov 11, 2011 - 8 Comments
Classilla browser for Mac OS 9

Do you have an old Mac running Mac 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 … Read More

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 - 53 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 - 41 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

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