Back in 1989, members of Apple's Developer Program could still purchase up to ten computers per year at a significant discount. Image Club didn't have budget or need for ten new computers a year, so employees were allowed to use the discounts for personal systems. Taking advantage of this opportunity, my wife and I were able to obtain our very first Macintosh, a IIsi. Prior to being able to afford our own machine however, I purchased a Mac Plus and related peripherals on behalf of my in laws. They had passed down their Apple IIe to my wife's eldest brother and needed something to replace it. Well, that old Plus came back last weekend. Complete with an Apple SC20 hard drive, an ImageWriter II printer, all of the original cables, disks and documentation, which if you ask me, hardly looks thumbed through at all. After being passed along from household to household and sibling to sibling, it finally ended up on my porch, saved from being unceremoniously piled in with a bunch of other garage sale items. The screen on the Plus isn't currently working, but you get that wonderful chime when the power switch is flipped, and can hear the drive boot up. I'm assuming the dead display is due to some issue with the analog video board. Very likely it's a simple fix. Naturally, the platinum-coloured cases are a bit yellow with age and I had to replace an unsprung key on the keyboard. Otherwise, it'll be a nice system to play with. The best thing is, I know the history of this little beastie. That, and I didn't have a Mac Plus in the collection yet. Oh, and it was free. I'm going to track down that old IIsi next.
Last weekend was the annual 'sift through the pile of other people's junk in the church parking lot' sale. I have picked up many a compunabulish treasure at this yearly event, and this time around was no different. What did I spy this year? Why, an unused copy of the Lotus Magellan file management utility and a box full of Lotus 123 Release 2.01. Yes, I realize that they're both DOS-based programs, but they're also a part of history. And honestly, you can't go wrong for a buck. You'll also be either happy or disappointed to know that I passed up the opportunity to take home yet another Commadore Vic 20. This one looked as if it had a mouse living on top of it for quite a few moons. Thanks, but no.