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Let’s kick Intel’s ass!

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Remember when the PowerPC was the processor to beat? Back in the mid/late 90s, the PowerPC showed a lot of promise. In fact, it claimed bragging rights to being the first mainstream desktop processor to get to 300MHz.

But these were dark times for Apple. Clone makers were eating Apple’s lunch. Apple licensed Mac OS (and Motorola and IBM licensed PowerPC chips and reference boards) to expand the installed base of Mac OS compatible PowerPC computers by eating away at the Windows/Intel market share. They hoped clone makers would market their boxes to PC users and be able to capture new business. Instead, the clone makers competed directly with Apple for the existing Mac users without capturing much if any new business. And Power Computing was completely annihilating Apple with machines that out-performed Apple’s at lower prices.

Power Computing had some pretty creative advertising. Unfortunately, they did less “fighting back for the Mac” and more biting the hand that fed them. But that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy some of the old propaganda.

I grabbed the following images from the web archive of the old PowerWatch website. Enjoy!

Flag Bearer Sluggo Soldier Billy

Pizzamac LC

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

Recalling the adventure of the P-P-P-PowerBook, an eBayer by the name of “solidus_mgs” has listed a rare Apple prototype Pizzamac LC. I won’t ruin the surprise for you, so you’ll just have to check out the auction for yourself!

No doubt eBay will remove this auction in short order, so when that happens, I’ve also printed the auction to a PDF (thank you OS X for your built-in print to PDF capability!) which I’ve attached to this post.


PowerBook 5300 Tour: “They’re Really Fast!”

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

This is worth a view if you are having a nostalgia moment. The youngest 5300 is now eleven years old, and it is no speed demon by today’s standards. Heck, it wasn’t even a speed demon amongst its contemporaries. But that didn’t stop Apple from touting their speed, multimedia capabilities, or other advanced features.


Go ahead! Download the tour, and give it a run. It’s about 2.6 MB. Sorry, it’s a Classic only application. And on my box, it set 256 colors but didn’t set the display back to millions. Get it here.



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