Dinosaur sightings - old-school computer hardware

Mac 512Ke that sits on Stephen Howard-Sarin's desk at CNET

This was my main PC for most of college. It has a Dove board upgrade to add more RAM (a whole 1MB!) and SCSI. Those boxes sitting next to the CPU are an external Apple 20MB hard drive and an Asante SCSI-Ethernet thingamajig. This old Mac has MacPaint, MacWrite and MacHTTP on it. My dream is to get this up and running on the CNET network as the world's slowest Web server, but I'm not sure the IT department would let me.

P.S. There's a fortune cookie saying taped above the screen: "A handful of patience is worth more than a bushel of brains."


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I myself have a Tandy 1000 HX. Intel 8088 (4/7MHz) processor, 128K onboard RAM +a 512K expansion card (640K total), MSDOS 2.11 on internal ROM, 2x 720KB floppy drives, CGA & EGA video onboard, 4-voice PC sound with headphone jack (Deskmate's music program was a lot of fun growing up.) The keyboard and PC unit were cobined, which made taking it apart interesting if you spilled something on the keyboard. It also had 2 propriatary joystick ports which in Deskmate could function as a mouse. Which I did xD This was my first computer (inherited from my dad). It's as old as I am, and it still works like a charm.