My Compact Macintosh Story

My Favorite things about compact Macs

Old Mac Web Sites

Low End Mac
Macintosh SE Support Pages
Great Ideas for Old Macs

In the battle between computer formats, the two main sides are the PC and the Macintosh. I have had a PC for a couple of years (first a slow 486, then a buggy Pentium II-based Compaq Presario, and now a Sony Vaio laptop), but until relatively recently, never owned a Mac (I used Mac LC IIs when I was in middle school, though). When the technical school I go to decided to get rid of all their compact Macs (a few Mac SEs, a bunch of Mac Classics and a small amount of Mac Classic IIs), I was determined to save some of them. I ended up saving three: a Mac SE (the oldest [1988] of the trio, it is a 4/20 [4MB RAM and a 20MB hard drive] with a 1.44MB disk drive), a Mac Classic (from 1990, it is a 4/40), and a Mac Classic II (the newest [1992] of the trio, it is a 4/40 with a 68030 CPU). They all run fine, and they all run MacOS System 7.1. What is a compact Mac? For those who don't know, it is a one-piece computer (computer and monitor in one unit) with a built-in 9" black-and-white monitor and a floppy drive. Since other students at the school are going to be gutting them anyway, I took apart quite a few of them for spare parts for my Macs (unlike what most people think, they're not very hard to dismantle if you have a long Torx-15 screwdriver). I have saved a logic board (motherboard to PC people) and an analog board (the combination power/video board) for each model Mac I own. I use an Apple ImageWriter II dot-matrix printer (one of the first color printers) for printing. I think I'm gonna stick exclusively to compact Macs, because I don't have room for much else... Over time, I have come to love using Macs, but I will continue to use a PC (I downloaded a Mac emulator to close the gap), as well as the other computers in the museum (including my newer Macs). I like to consider myself a "multi-user" since I like using many different computer formats. Stay tuned for more news!

A story about my old Macs has been posted on Low End Mac! Read it here!

I have created pages for some of my latest Mac exploits. It can be found here, here, and here.


Here are some pictures of the compact Macs I own. Note that the Mac Classic II looks like a Mac Classic I, so the pictures stand for both models.

Macintosh SE

Macintosh Classic

Macintosh Classic II

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