Leo LeBron was born and raised in Michigan. He grew up on PCs athome and Macs at school. He says, "I remember using the old compact Macs all the way up tothe 5th grade. Then, in 1998, my school got dozens of shiny newBondi Blue iMacs. Those were anexciting experience - and made me regret going home every day to myfather's old 486.
"When I was in the 10th grade, I became facinated by the AppleIIes my biology teacher's used as classroom machines. This was backin 2003/04. I was interested in both what the machines could do andthat they still worked in the early part of the 21st century, overa decade after the newest ones were sold.
"He then offered me my first Mac, a Macintosh Plus, and from there I haveamassed a collection of over two dozen Macs - and growing.
"In this column, I'll dig through my collection of low end Macsand give my take on each one, as well as write about what I havethem doing today and crazy things I've done to them in the past.That includes everything from turning them into dedicated gamingservers to running Linux as a primary OS.
"Stick around, it is going to be one interesting ride for bothof us."
- PowerBook180 reincarnated, 2009.09.01. The dead PB 180 had once been king ofthe PowerBook line. Thanks to a PowerBook 165 and some part swaps, itwas brought back to life.
- Apple's largelyforgotten QuickTake 150 digital camera, 2009.08.10. Apple was thefirst to market with a sub-$1,000 digital camera, the fixed focus, VGAresolution, Mac- and PC-compatible QuickTake line.
- Beige Power MacG3: Maximum power then, great value now, 2009.08.03. The world'smost powerful personal computer when it was introduced in November1997, the beige G3 still has a lot to offer anyone looking for a verylow cost, powerful Mac.
- The enduringvalue of the Pismo PowerBook, 2009.07.27. The most expandable G3PowerBook ever is nealy 10 years old, yet it remains a great value forsomeone looking for an affordable field computer.
- The death, salvage,and resurrection of old Macs, 2009.07.20. Over the past two years,several Macs have died or been retired, often donating parts to moremodern replacements.
- The incredible transformingPowerBook 1400, 2007.11.07. You can change the look of the PB 1400with its BookCover, upgrade RAM to 64 MB, add a video card, upgrade toG3, boot from flash memory, and more.
- Why the Blue and White G3 isthe workhorse of the Mac world, 2007.10.26. Introduced in January1999, the blue and white Power Mac G3 was powerful, expandable, andsupported all the way through Mac OS X 10.4 'Tiger'.
- 8 MHz forever? Apple'sMacintosh Classic was no faster than the first Mac, 2007.09.26. Asuccessor to the 1986 Mac Plus and 1987 Mac SE, the 1990 Mac Classicwas slow, limited, and barely enough for basic tasks like writing.
- AppleWorks may be discontinued,but it's far from dead, 2007.09.12. AppleWorks combined wordprocessing, spreadsheets, and more in a single lightweight app, givingmany users all the tools they needed.
- PowerBook 540c: Still the kingof notebook computers, 2007.09.04. The PowerBook 500 familyintroduced a curvy new design, the trackpad, intelligent NiMHbatteries, drive bays, PCMCIA expansion, and 16-bit stereo sound to theworld of notebook computers.
- Adium: One instantmessenger to rule them all, 2007.08.22. Adium can replace allof your Instant Messenger clients with a single program and handleall of your threads in a single tabbed window.
- PowerBook 100: How Sonyperfectly miniaturized the 16 pound Macintosh Portable,2007.08.08. The PowerBook has the same speed, power, memorycapacity, hard drive, and screen resolution at the Mac Portable,but it weighed less than one-third as much.
- 2 pizza box Macs: Anoriginal LC and an LC III, 2007.08.01. Pushing an LC III to thelimit and dealing with a dead Macintosh LC.
- My first Mac, a Plus,shocked me, 2007.07.18. Going from the world of Windows PCs toa floppy-based Mac Plus provided several pleasant surprises, likebooting in just 30 seconds.
- Jaguar on WallStreet: Notas slow as you might think!, 2007.07.11. A 233 MHz PowerBook G3with 192 MB of RAM and a new hard drive performs quite comfortablywith Mac OS X 10.2.x.
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