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This vintage Frankenstein iMac is a dual-booting time machine

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It may seem hard to believe, but there was a time when Apple shipped computers without built-in monitor, not as an exception, but as the rule. Such was the case with the venerable Apple II, which shipped with a behemoth of a 320 x 200 CRT monitor that weighed a monstrous 22 pounds… more than a 27-inch iMac weighs today!

So in a very real way, this computer — built from an old Apple II connected by some kind of magic to an iMac running as the display by Franceso Zaia — isn’t just a sext Frankenstein. It’s actually a lighter, more efficient Apple II monitor than the original. And as an added bonus, you can dual boot up to OS X when the mood suits.

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

Everything that was in the 1984 Macintosh 128K’s original retail box. Swoon.

Back in 1984, Apple released the first Macintosh home computer, a magnificent piece of vintage computer design that would shape the destiny of the next 25 years of Apple’s corporate history.

What would it have been like to pull a vintage Macintosh 128K out of the box? To first separate the keyboard from its styrofoam lining? To first snap open the hard plastic floppy disc case? To first learn how to use MacWrite using an audio tape?

Over on eBay, one seller has been trying to sell a vintage Macintosh, still in box with complete documentation, equipment and even packaging. In his attempts to sell his prize, he has given us all a treat: a wonderfully thorough and loving unboxing of what it would have been like to open a vintage Macintosh up for the first time.

Since eBay items disappear when the auction ends, we’ve archived these incredible unboxing pics on our servers. Prepare to see a lot of them below.

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

What Was It Like To Unbox A Vintage 1984 Macintosh 128K? [Mega-Gallery]

Every Classic Mac Design, Beautifully Distilled To Its Essence [Gallery]

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Aakash Doshi is a third-year student at the Srsihti School of Art, Design & Technology in Bangalore, India, and he has a wonderfully hobby: he distills Apple’s Mac line-up down to their essence in bright, colorful, beautiful abstractions of their classic designs. I love them. We’ve put more after the jump, but be sure to check them out in hi-res on Doshi’s Tumblr, where he’ll be adding more over time.

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What’s A Vintage Apple I Worth? Not Much According To The Latest Christie’s Auction

What’s A Vintage Apple I Worth? Not Much According To The Latest Christie’s Auction

Speculating in vintage computers isn’t exactly the same as putting money into a blue chip. Here’s the proof: a rare Apple I being sold at auction at Christie’s has just failed to make its minimum bid of 50,000 British pounds (or about $80,000), despite the fact that a similar machine sold for $374,500 in June.

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Ghosts In The ROM: Hacking Into A 25 Year Old Macintosh Easter Egg

Ghosts In The ROM: Hacking Into A 25 Year Old Macintosh Easter Egg

An old-as-the-hills Easter Egg has been rediscovered by New York based hacker collective NYC Resistor: hidden pictures of the Macintosh team from 1986 hidden in the Mac SE’s system ROM. The Easter Egg has been known about forever — references to it on the Internet go back to at least 1999 — but more interesting than the Easter Egg itself is how NYC Resistor discovered for themselves how it was done: by good, old fashioned hacking.

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The Greatest Easter Egg Of All Time Was Exclusive To The Apple II

The Greatest Easter Egg Of All Time Was Exclusive To The Apple II

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of inserting an old floppy of Jordan Mechner’s classic beat-em-up Karateka into a vintage Apple II, you already know it’s one of the most timelessly classic video ames ever made.

Ever tried inserting the floppy disk upside down, though? If you’re one of the few people who have, whether by accident or design, you’ve experienced one of the greatest and funniest Apple easter eggs of all time: the whole game played upside down.

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NASA’s Nuclear-Powered Mars Rover Curiosity Essentially Has The Same Brain As A Bondi Blue iMac G3

NASA’s Nuclear-Powered Mars Rover Curiosity Essentially Has The Same Brain As A Bondi Blue iMac G3

Here’s an interesting little factoid for you. The Curiosity rover — which landed last night on Mars, remote controlled by a team of NASA scientists armed with MacBook Pros — runs on a RAD750 radiation-hardened single board computer.

This computer, in turn, is based on the IBM PowerPC 750 CPU, which Intel first introduce on November 10, 1997. This CPU was used by Apple in many computers in the late 1990s, including the original iMac.

As one insightful redditor notes: “Curiosity is essentially a 2-CPU Power Macintosh G3 with some nifty peripherals and one HELL of a UPS.”

This Sweet iPad Stand Will Make You Wish You’d Never Thrown Out That Old G4

This Sweet iPad Stand Will Make You Wish You’d Never Thrown Out That Old G4

Oh man, this is awesome. Check out this killer iPad stand that Reddit user cwtfozzy built for himself out of the base of a lampy old iMac G4. Wish I still had one bunging around so I could get Ive’s Lamp back in my office. That thing just had such panache.

Damn cool work, Foz! How about posting a step-by-step DIY?

Check Out This Bizarre Chinese Cyborg Made Out Of Vintage Macs! [Image]

Check Out This Bizarre Chinese Cyborg Made Out Of Vintage Macs! [Image]

Who is this muttonchopped Steve Jobs and crime-fighting cyborg partner, The Amazing Mac Man? More importantly, where can I get one of those Apple-branded codpieces?!?

[via MIC Gadget]

Rare 128k Mac Prototype Surfaces With 5.25” Floppy Disk Drive

Mac 128k with Twiggy Drive

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For fans of vintage Macintosh computers and truly rare finds, a very unusual item has just surfaced in the wild: a 128k Macintosh prototype that used a 5.25” “Twiggy” floppy disk mechanism, the same kind Apple used with the first generation Lisa workstation.

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