The Apple Lisa, successor to the Apple II, was the first and only computer to use the above pictured “Twiggy” floppy disks. It was a double sided 5¼” disk (most were still single sided) that featured heads on opposing sides of the spindle and a variable speed motor to allow more data [...]
Tech Support is not this adorable.
If you’ve been paying attention to this site at all, you’ve probably noticed there is a slight bias towards Macintosh computers here at the Atomic Toasters Galactic Central Command. And, you’ve probably noticed, we have a tendency to be passionately opposed to any severe brand rivalries. We [...]
Steve Jobs (February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011)
We find ourselves in a uniquely awkward position here today at AtomicToasters. As a site blatantly, defiantly and enthusiastically in love with technology, it’s difficult for us to ignore the passing of one of the personalities who has shaped the world of computing and [...]
Time to get creative!
Today’s User Input comes to us in the form of a cry for help from the wilderness. If by “the wilderness”, we mean “my hometown where Techie still resides”. And by “cry for help”, we mean “random musing”. Commenter johnnymac09 contacted me yesterday, and presented me with his dilemma.
While digging through a box of old magazines in my basement, I ran across this copy of MacUser, which I probably picked up at a newsstand almost exactly 20 years ago.
Continue reading 2011-20=7
Yesterday’s Happy Birthday Mac article spawned a few comments with readers listing their computing history – at least for the Mac-centric. I own a couple of the little darlings myself, but I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that there are also computers out there (decent ones in fact) that aren’t sold [...]
This is the first in a series (well, okay — two articles planned at this point) on “Guerrilla Networking” products that were designed to provide networkability to non-expandable personal computers.
In my account of trying to drag a compact Macintosh into the 21st century, I mentioned picking up a couple of Farallon Etherwave LocalTalk-to-Ethernet transcevers. I didn’t need them for that project and I have never used them, but I’ve kept them around because I still think they are pretty slick pieces of hardware. Continue reading Guerrilla Networking I: Farallon EtherWave for Macs
Back in the spring of 2006, which is incredibly already 4-1/2 years ago, I took my (at that time) 15-year-old Macintosh SE/30 — the most loved and capable of all compact Macs — out of storage and used it as my daily desktop computer for 30 days.
I posted my observations of the experience [...]