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Dirty Macs - post your pics of the filthy ones

jessenator

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My erstwhile PowerWave didn't particularly look dirty…
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But it had sat as a restaurateur's office machine where many cigarettes were combusted. Here's the cleaning aftermath after getting the surface dust removed:
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slomacuser

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This one was posted on facebook group recently. It stil in use not powered off from the first boot. Serves as GMC parts database


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Phipli

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This one was posted on facebook group recently. It stil in use not powered off from the first boot. Serves as GMC parts database


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Outch.

That looks like it deserves to retire to the country.
 

macintosh2002

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I have some pictures too - the dirtiest floppy drive I´ve ever seen and the logic board of a Color Classic I got. By the way, both are working now and look like brand new
 

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joshc

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The problem is those floppy drives are the air intake on a lot of old Macs. They don't get as gunked up if they have the plastic sleeve around them, but I think that's only something they started fitting on later ones.
 

jessenator

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the air intake on a lot of old Macs.
Even the alumibooks and onward. Some youtubist who claimed to have been an Apple tech/advisor stated that the number 1 RMA for the last generations of MacBooks with optical was basically this. Air goes in the path of least resistance, dust collects on laser, bad times. He also claims that it was the primary reason for their push to abandon all optical and physical media... again, youtubistism, so IDK.
 

CC_333

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He also claims that it was the primary reason for their push to abandon all optical and physical media... again, youtubistism, so IDK.
To get totally abstract, esoteric, tedious and pedantic here, the computer itself can be considered a form of physical media, as can the wires and cables (fiber optics would be a hybrid physical/optical medium) that connect computers together to form the networks that constitute the Internet, not to mention the displays, which are an optical media that transduces the information contained in the physical media (an attached computing device) to a visual form that can be understood by humans or other creatures. So if one abandons ALL optical and physical media, they're basically abandoning anything that conveys information from one place to another and displays it via mechanical, electronic or optical means. Therefore, with that train of thought, all information not obtainable via the five normal senses alone (with no electrical or mechanical tools) must only be accessed person-to-person through either speech, sign language, telepathy, or some combination thereof. Even writing instruments such as pen and paper would violate the "mo physical or optical media" edict.

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Tongue in cheek statements aside, the point I'm making here is that this constant striving for interface minimalism, particularly on Apple's part, is becoming ridiculous. There are signs that they are perhaps beginning to moderate this a bit, but I'm not convinced yet. At least they've given up on making things infinitely thin for now (recent MacBook models seem to have actually gotten a bit thicker, with those molded, protruding feet of theirs contributing the bulk of the extra thickness, versus the minimal, almost flat plastic or rubber bumpers of previous models).

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AndyO

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.... the point I'm making here is that this constant striving for interface minimalism, particularly on Apple's part, is becoming ridiculous....

This is absolutely spot on right. The design journey from the necessary bulk of the early G3 systems, particularly iMac, to the wafer thin MBA, and the removal of all forms of thickness and texture from operating system appearance and structure was ultimately leading to Apple products being robbed of character and function. I suspect the realization they were heading for a dead end was at least part of the reason Apple and Jony Ive parted company after so long.
 
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