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Flashback: Mac Classic

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Hello, my name is Joe Whitcomb from from Austin, Texas. In today's post I intend to take you on a journey through time back to 1990. Expect a video demonstration to be posted soon after this article.

Have you ever heard of or remember using a Macintosh Classic? The Mac Classic was a personal computer from Apple Computer released on October 15, 1990. The Classic was produced as a successor to the Macintosh Plus and the Macintosh SE and was similar to both. The Macintosh Classic had a 9 inch (23 cm) monochrome CRT display with a 512x342 resolution, and up to 4megabytes, yes MEGAbytes, not GIGAbytes like you kids are used to these days. Apple decided not to give the Classic more RAM or a color display so that it would be more compatible with Mac's already stable software and also to keep the price down to $999, although a faster version was released later for $1,500. The Macintosh Classic was the last compact mac to use a Motorola 68000 which ran at an incredible 8 MHz. Only the more expensive model had a 40 MB hard disk and 2 MB of memory, the low end model had no hard disc and 1MB of memory. The Classic ran Apple OS 6.0.7 but was compatible up to Apple OS 7.5.5.


Display: 9-inch (23 cm) monochrome CRT display, 512 × 342 pixel resolution

Storage: 40 MB SCSI hard disk drive optional, Built-in SuperDrive 3.5 in floppy disk drive

Processor: 8 MHz Motorola 68000

Bus Speed: 8 MHz

Random Access Memory: 1 MB, expandable to 2 or 4 MB using 120 ns 30-pin SIMMs and optional custom RAM-slot expansion card

Read-only Memory: 512 KB

Networking: AppleTalk

Battery: 3.6 V lithium

Physical dimensions: 13.2 in × 9.7 in × 11.2 in (33.5 cm × 24.6 cm × 28.4 cm; depth by width by height)

16 lb (7.26 kg)

Port connections: 1× ADB (keyboard, mouse)

2× mini-DIN-8 RS-422 serial ports (printer, modem, AppleTalk)

1× DB-19 (ext. floppy drive)

1× DB-25 SCSI connector (ext. hard drive, scanner)

1× 3.5 mm Headphone jack socket

Expansion slots: none

Audio: 8-bit mono 22 kHz


The Macintosh Classic was criticized by some members in the PC community as a cheap computer with slow processing speeds and a lack of expansion slots and was not meant or used for graphic design, it was used more for home computing or "limited computing on the road," and many schools opted for the more expensive Macintosh LC which had a color display and a faster processor.


Reviews from 1990:

Liza Schafer of Home Office Computing: "The Classic's value is more impressive than its performance, but its performance will get you working on that novel, database, or spreadsheet."

PC Week: "The 7.8 MHz speed is adequate for text applications and limited graphics work, but it is not suitable for power users. As such, the Classic is appropriate as a home computer or for limited computing on the road."

PC User "The slow processor and lack of expansion slots on the Macintosh Classic offset the low prices."

MacWEEK described it as a "fine, inexpensive replacement for the Macintosh Plus that best embodies the original Macintosh vision six and a half years later".

Robbert McCarthy of Electronic Learning: "Teachers, educational administrators and software developers are enthusiastic about the new, lower cost Apple Macintosh computers".

Steve Taffe of MECC: "[it] is terrific – both because it's a Mac and because of that low price. Everyone can now afford a Macintosh."

Scholastic: "They are just as cost-effective and as powerful as MS-DOS computers, but the Apples will have a superior comfort-level."

Sue Talley, Apple's manager of strategic planning in education: "we see it going into applications where you need a fair number of powerful stations, but where color is not a big issue." She also said The Macintosh Classic was most suited for writing labs and other basic productivity uses.



The New Droid X by Motorola

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I got my new Droid X from Verizon about 3 weeks ago and I must say that this phone gives the iPhone a run for the money. The Droid X comes with a large full-color screen and a bunch of accessories, which make it a fun phone to have. The reception has been great so far, and with five home-screens and easy-to-use buttons at the bottom of the display panel, the Droid X has been very easy to use.

The sales guy at Verizon actually gave a special Droid class on Sunday morning, explaining the features of the new phone. Let me tell you: I was very impressed. All the icons for the apps show up on the screen once I press the Apps button. I can always hit the Home button, which takes me to the fully customizable home screen. Picking a wallpaper was easy, as I just selected an image from the Photo gallery. And searching for new apps was a snap, once I entered the Market place.
Some cool apps that were recommended were Lookout, which is an antivirus, and Ebuddy, which is a great general IM program for chatting on Yahoo, MSN, AIM, or Google. I also got Advanced Task Killer, which could close any app I had open, in order to save battery power.
The only bad thing about the Droid X was the battery usage, which was not the greatest. I could go one full day on a fully charged phone, or 2 days if I left the phone on standby mode. Other than that, the phone is a dream to use.
Surfing the web is great, using browsers like the new Dolphin browser. There are tons of apps, games, and many other great items up for sale on the Market place, along with plenty of freebies. I was able to get everything I wanted, pretty much for free!
The Droid X is a big phone, but it is worth it. Check it out!!!



What is happening at LALA.com?

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It was founded by Silicon Valley entrepreneur Bill Nguyen, LaLa was once a music extravagance, users of the site could create playlists on the site and share them legally, it was know as stations similar to what you could do on blip.fm, you could also purchase and stream music, buy new CDs from the store, leave blurbs (messages) on members pages, and participate in forums, this was all until apple came along and shut the site down on December 4, 2009.


Since it has been offline, executives of LaLa were told they would receive key positions helping shape music strategy on the iTunes Store, users that had credits on the site would be refunded with Apples iTunes gift cards.


So what is to come on LaLa?
It is speculated that Apple's current construction of the the server farm in North Carolina could be the grounds for the storage of a new cloud, It is also believed this could be a video cloud no doubt this would greatly help out iPod, iPad and iPhone members with streaming movies and TV shows as the ultimate solution to watching on the go, it could also extend further if Apple so choose's, onto laptops, desktops or other compatible devices, not only that Apples iTouch, iPad and iPhone devices have limited ability to store movies, apps, songs and e-books.
The cloud would defiantly help make hard drives problems disappear and help users avoid losing content that happens eventually when hard drives fail.


Though this service would be great if there was free access to iPhone users, it would likely be a massive hit with users of the iPhone, iPad and iTouch.


There already great for watching YouTube over WiFi, I could just see myself in the future holding one of these devices while on a plane or just relaxing at home watching a movie over the internet.


Thanks for Reading,