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    eMailer to work with OS9 and Powerbook 1400

    How about Classilla? It has nice email client built in. I've used it with both Comcast and Microsoft (Outlook.com, Live.com) successfully, though not for a year or so.
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    Powerbook 5300ce power supply

    I have the VST expansion bay power supply module for my 5300ce.
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    PowerBook 5300

    $50 sounds about right and the more that is included in that price, the better. Mine came with a fantastic Targus bag built for the 5300, and the internal power supply module for the expansion bay that allows you to bypass the notoriously fragile AC power connector in the back. Throw in a working floppy module, the manuals, the boot disk, and a monitor adapter, and I had a pretty good score for about $50. It is in fine physical shape, fires right up, and what's more, it was stamped as having gone through the long ago repair extension program to fix the power connector and the hinge plastics.
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    Powerbook 1400 Jackpot

    Agreed! I've had a couple of "Oh, isn't that a nice surprise!" moments with eBay auctions, but never something like this.
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    Powerbook 1400 Jackpot

    I'm a big fan of the Powerbook 1400 - I have two of them in my small collection with 4 or 5 parts machines stashed away as well. So, a couple of weeks ago I logged into eBay to look through the Vintage Computing section. At the top of the list of items recently added was a listing for a Powerbook 1400 with a pile of accessories. The auction included a working 1400c/133, a VST ZIP drive module, a VST battery charger and auto/air AC adapter, some PCMCIA cards, an HP Deskjet 340 with a Powerprint cable, and some assorted parts and floppies. At $90 plus shipping, I thought it was at least good enough to keep an eye on, until I spotted two items in particular in the photos. The first was an antistatic bag that looked just big enough to hold a Powerbook 1400 processor card, and the second was a Sonnet Crescendo floppy disk. "OK," I thought. "I'm in." The box showed up at my doorstep about 4 days later, and I whisked it downstairs to the basement to get a look at everything. Over the next 30 minutes, I quickly realized I had hit the jackpot. The big box contained several smaller boxes. Sure, everything in the picture that I've described above was there, in very good condition - obviously well cared for - and that was great news. But then, I powered on the 1400c/133 to discover that original owner was a bigger 1400 nut than me. This little beauty had not only the 64MB RAM upgrade and working 12X CDROM with the plastic drive door attached, but also a completely unnecessary, but wholly welcome 40GB Toshiba hard drive (containing the entire Adobe creative suite and MS Office). But the best was yet to come - a little digging revealed that a Sonnet Crescendo 466 Mhz G3 processor upgrade was also installed. I had to sit down. When I snapped out of it, I noticed the aforementioned antistatic bag in amongst some items in one of the smaller boxes. I opened it expecting to find the original Apple 133 Mhz 603 daughtercard. But oh no, that's not what I found. Inside the bag, was a NewerTech 250 Mhz G3 processor upgrade. That's when I knew I had stepped in it on this one. These processor upgrades are not easy to find anymore and are way too expensive on eBay when they do show up - to get two of the best examples in the same box was more than I ever could have hoped. But that still wasn't the end of it... included in the box were some odds and ends that I determined were for a Powerbook G3 series including a ZIP drive module and a CDR/W module -- stuff that I could resell on eBay and get a portion of my purchase price back. Bonus! The tricked out 133 is in great condition and works great. After a little cleaning, another eBay win for a working power supply and a successful search for the original Powerprint drivers, I learned that the HP Deskjet also still works. The NewerTech upgrade is humming away in one of my other 1400s (named FrankenMac), the G3 parts are already on eBay, and my stock of 1400 parts is that much bigger. I'm glad I took the chance.
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    Powerbook Ti 550

    Always thought the TiBooks were sharp - just got one and love just looking at it.
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    Two in One Week! Merry Christmas!

    So, I walked into my local thrift store last Saturday, and I spotted it from 50 feet away - a 17" Apple Studio Display... one of the clear plastic LCD models with the ADC connector. The tag said $25 and I said, "You're coming with me." I always liked the design of these... all that swoopy clear plastic and that neat kickstand in the back. Not everyone's cup of tea, I know (especially the ADC part), but a real find for me. A few days later on eBay, I bid on a Titanium Powerbook G4 that looked like it was in good condition, working, was advertised to be lightly used and in the original box. $45 won the auction - the Powerbook arrived last night. It turns out that it is in fabulous condition - a scuff here and there is all there is to suggest that anyone used this at all. It included the original box and packaging and the AC adapter... it is a 550 Mhz model with upgraded RAM, and 10.4.11 Tiger with all necessary updates installed. Again, this may just be me, but I love the design of these TiBooks. I remember watching Steve Jobs do his "One more thing..." intro of the TiBook back in the day.
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    5300c is Sad

    You'd need a docking SCSI adaptor to mount the Powerbook in SCSI target disk mode. The docking adaptors I've had (mainly made by APS) have a switch to allow the adaptor to be used to connect external SCSI drives to the Powerbook, or switch to allow the Powerbook to mounted as a SCSI disk.
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    Bone Stock Powerbook 1400cs

    Nice catch indeed! I swapped a 1400/133 CPU into my 1400/117 a while back - Definitely gives it a bit more "get-up-and-go."
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    Must have come out of a time capsule

    Thank you! The battery really surprised me, and I'm trying to keep it going as best I can. Ethernet has been easy, and surprisingly snappy, with a Global Village modem/ethernet combo card. I had the Global Fax software and the ethernet driver squirreled away on a ZIP disk somwhere and got the whole thing up and running in less time than I thought. I've used the Orinoco cards in the past, but I don't have any at the moment. Found a Farallon Skyline card that I might try at some point.
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    Need some G3 help!

    Check eBay... Just a matter of finding the best deal.
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    Must have come out of a time capsule

    Took a trip to my local thrift store a few months ago as I usually do a couple of Saturdays a month. Their electronics section usually good for something interesting, though not as much these days as that they no longer accept computers. On this particular day, the shelves were pretty bare except for a rack of vintage-looking Sansui and Kenwood stereo receivers sitting on a lone rack at the end of one of the aisles. As I was walking away toward their book section, I happened to look back at that rack of stereo receivers and notice a black laptop bag shoved into the bottom shelf. I was in need of one at the time, and since the store usually sells them for between $3 and $10, I doubled back. I pulled the bag out from the bottom shelf and quickly realized that it had something in it. When I pulled open the zippers, I was floored to find a Powerbook 1400cs is beautiful shape complete with the AC adapter, power cable, floppy drive, CD drive (with an intact plastic drive door, no less), the clear plastic bookcover, disk tools floppy and the original manuals/paperwork. The price? $25 with the case. I practically ran to the register to pay. When I got it home and fired it up, I quickly surmised that this old gent was VERY lightly used. It looked like it had come out of a time capsule. The case and screen were in pristine condition, there was no wear or even shine on the keyboard, and the AC adapter didn't even have scratches on it! Over the next few hours I discovered that while it was a stock configuration of RAM and HD, both the PRAM battery and the rechargeable battery still worked! After a few hours of charging, I booted without AC power and happily clicked around (I even watched the Powerbook 1400 demo video) for about 45 minutes before the low battery warning popped up. In the months since my discovery, I've been scanning eBay madly for parts and upgrades. I've added a 10GB IBM Travelstar hard drive (yes, 10GB is a bit of overkill, but the drive was only $6). I found someone selling a dead 1400 for a song that had the internal ethernet card installed and included the drivers on floppy! The internal card has been a disappointment, but I've gathered that these things are somewhat rare, so I'll keep it. So what am I doing with this Powerbook? Well, I've used it to introduce my 10 year old son to Civilization II. One of my favorites, and still stands up to any later version of the game. My son loves history and I thought the game might interest him, but I wasn't sure how he would react to an old game played on old hardware, especially when he's used to the Wii, XBOX, Nintendo DS and Minecraft. Long story short - he absolutely loved it. So there you have it.
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