This week has been filled with offers from Cult of Mac Deals that aim to get you back to school with all the tools you’ll need to make the year a success.
Whether it’s been the ideal backpack, an app to fill your task management needs, or some games to help you escape the books from time to time, there’s been no shortage of offers through the Deals portal. You can check out all of the deals we’ve delivered during Back to School Week here.
This rare Macintosh 128K prototype with Twiggy floppy disk drive has been lovingly restored to working order.
Nearly three decades after Apple Computer introduced the Macintosh, a pair of incredibly rare Mac prototypes have been discovered and restored to working order.
The computers, known as Twiggy Macs because they used the same 5.25-inch Twiggy floppy disk drive found in Apple’s doomed Lisa, were tracked down and painstakingly brought back to life by Adam Goolevitch, a vintage Mac collector, and Gabreal Franklin, a former Apple software engineer.
“Throughout the past 15 years, I have heard stories of and researched the fabled ‘Twiggy Macintosh’ computer,” Goolevitch told Cult of Mac in an email. “It was a thing of myth and legend — like a unicorn.”
Locating these Macs was the first step, but getting them to work was the real challenge. Goolevitch and Franklin embarked on an all-out effort to resurrect these long-lost pieces of Macintosh history.
Now two Twiggy Macs have been returned to life in full working glory. They are — without a doubt — the oldest Macs in the world. With auction prices for Apple-1 computers nudging upward toward the half-million-dollar mark, these incredibly rare prototypes — which look a lot like something you might find at a garage sale — could prove priceless. Here is the story of their amazing resurrection.
There’s a key difference between paper clutter and digital clutter: you can actually see paper clutter. Digital clutter can clog up your Mac in various places, and sorting your files into folders will only help you to a point. There are tons of other little files that can keep your Mac running at less than optimum levels.
Your Mac is a finely tuned, intricate machine. Just like a car, every aspect of your Mac plays a crucial role in your computer’s overall performance. But you need to have something that will help you get your Mac running at optimum levels. That’s where this offer from Cult of Mac Deals comes in.
xScan has been specifically designed to help you monitor the behavior and health of your Mac in a simple and straightforward manner. This is the same software many professionals use to diagnose technical issues with Mac operating systems and now you can get xScan for a third of its original price – just $9.99 – during this limited time offer.
There’s nothing like watching a movie at home – or wherever you are – with stellar high-definition and a quality that rivals that of seeing film on the big screen. Blu-ray allows for us to get that much closer to the experience of watching a film in the theater, but watching a Blu-ray on your Mac has been next to impossible. Now thanks to MacGo, you can watch Blu-ray discs natively on your Mac without issue.
If you’ve wanted to take in a Blu-ray film on your Mac, then Mac Blu-ray Player is the product you’ve been looking for – and Cult of Mac Deals has it for just $30 during this limited time offer.
Why does Apple put all kinds of weird screws on your Mac and iPhone that take an Apple Genius to unlock?
Because a little guy lives inside there doing all the work! HaaHAa! *rimshot*
Microsoft commissioned Eldon Dedini to make the comic above and a couple others back in 1985 to poke fun at the Macintosh. The comics were made for Microsoft’s marketing team, but weren’t distributed. To Microsoft’s credit, opening the original Mac was difficult as hell, and it took more tools than just a screw driver – and Apple certainly hasn’t made it any easier since then.
Plain and simple, managing your finances can suck. The app featured in this Cult of Mac Deals offer was created to change that.
Moneydance sports an easy-to-use interface and its syncing capabilities make for a streamlined experience that will get you saving your money, rather than washing it away. It easily handles online banking, account management, budgeting, and investment tracking all in this single application and the best part — you don’t have to pay thousands of dollars to hire a financial manager.
The famous Macintosh Picasso logo was developed for the introduction of the original 128k Mac back in 1984. A minimalist line drawing in the style of Pablo Picasso, this whimsical graphic implied the whole of a computer in a few simple strokes. It was an icon of what was inside the box, and became as famous as the computer it represented.
The logo was designed by Tom Hughes and John Casado, art directors on the Mac development team. Originally the logo was to be a different concept called The Macintosh Spirit by artist Jean-Michel Folon, but before the release Steve Jobs changed his mind and had it replaced by the simple and colorful drawing by Hughes and Casado. It’s been beloved ever since, and the graphic style has endured across decades.