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Scott Baret

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  1. ADB Wedge Mouse Variants

    The ones I have seen are as follows: USA MODELS Dark unscrewable retaining ring, darker ball, very click-y clicker. Seems to have shipped with the first batch of IIGS models. Light unscrewable retaining ring, beige ball, same click-y clicker. Common with the early SE and II. My 1988 manufacture SE came with one for reference. NOTE: Neither of these used Apple's traditional serial number scheme. It's hard to date them, but the 1988 date above seems a good indicator of when these were the only player on the block. My guess is they were discontinued at some point in early 1989. TAIWAN MODEL Black ball, lighter in mass and overall size, retaining ring doesn't unscrew like the other models. Clicker isn't as click-y. Seems to have been produced from 1989 until the end of the lifecycle of this mouse. I have seen this model with later 1989 SEs up through 1992-manufacture Classic IIs. This one seems to be the most common with 1989-1993 compacts; some LCs got these as well. These were the most common mouse with Macs which shipped from 1989-1992; within my mini-lab, most of my square ADBs are this type. MALAYSIA MODEL Light unscrewable retaining ring, beige ball (similar in mass to USA models). Clicker is completely different. These seem to have begun production at some point in late 1990 or early 1991 and are far less common than the other mice. My LC, a late 1991 manufacture, shipped with one. I have seen these mostly on LC and IIsi models. (I'm not sure what the Quadras came with). A FEW OTHER NOTES Both Taiwanese and Malaysian mice were shipping at the same time. In fact, the Macintosh LC user manual describes how to take apart and clean BOTH types of mice. I have seen (and may still own, I'll have to check my spare parts box) a Taiwan model marked as "Apple DeskTop Bus Mouse" (note the capital "T"). It had a 1989 date and came with an SE. I also have seen (and also may still have this one laying around) a Taiwan model with a longer ADB plug on the end, similar to the cable which came with the Apple Extended Keyboard II. It came with a PowerBook I picked up years ago and was likely purchased directly from Apple rather than ship with a Mac (since it was inside the PowerBook case). I believe the manufacture date on this was also 1989, which would make it NOS for its day since the PB in that case was a 170 (long since sold). The Taiwanese models tend to wear out faster. I have one right now that needs a thorough overhaul. The ADB II models also have several variants. I believe Taiwan and Malaysia got similar models with balls (I'll have to check on those to be sure; I don't have nearly as many of them) plus I know China was also producing ADB mice by 1995. Apple's later ADB keyboards, notably the Apple Keyboard II and AppleDesign Keyboard, also came in many variants by country and style. QUESTION FOR ANYONE WHO WANTS TO ANSWER IT All of my 1993 manufacture Macs that I have either owned or currently own came with the ADB II. This includes any LC III, Color Classic, Centris, LC 520, etc. Does anyone know if the models in production prior to February 1993, when the ADB II rolled out, and continued for a while longer got shipped with an old-stock ADB I? This would be the IIvx, Classic II, Performa 200/400/600, and Quadra 950 (I'm guessing they got them eventually since they were on the market for several years thereafter). Boxes for the newer Macs advertised a "new, more comfortable mouse" (the CC box says this on the sticker).
  2. Small but Important

    I picked something up today that seems trivial. It was inexpensive, coming to $11. Nonetheless, it's something more important than most people realize. A box of DS/DD floppies. You know you've been around this hobby far too long when you know just how nice it is to open up a fresh new box of disks that will actually work in your 800K drives. Granted, they're NOS, and there may be one or two that don't format quite correctly, but having a few good disks is never a bad thing, especially when you have a floppy-driven 512Ke currently in service...
  3. LocalTalk file sharing and IWII printer?

    I highly recommend tracking down a LocalTalk card. It works better than using an AB switch (which also could solve your problem of sharing that ImageWriter), especially since the ImageWriter can be shared with many, many Macs. They're a bit hard to find on their own these days; your best bet may be finding a spare ImageWriter II with one already inside (check old elementary computer lab specimens, where they were used quite often into the late 1990s as inexpensive printers for Kid Pix drawings; I got my first card from one).
  4. CRT repair?

    Tubes are rarely the culprit. As stated above, flyback transformer and caps are the two things to check (in that order). If you have an identical monitor or can source one, swap the boards from it to rule things out.
  5. Massive collectoin of Mac 68k disks OS and applications

    Regarding 6.0.6: it was shipped with some very, very early Macintosh Classics. These Classics came with a set of 6.0.7 disks as well and users were advised to destroy the 6.0.6 disks. If you've seen one of those System disks with a green "6.0.7" sticker on it, it's from an early Classic that had them thrown in along with the memo not to use the original disks. My August 1990 Classic had such a disk set. 6.0.6 actually is usable if you don't put it on a network! I've run it on a Classic with minimal difficulty! Honestly, I like running it just for show...
  6. Best Way to Ship a 5xx?

    If there's any Mac that tends to not survive shipping, it's the 5xx series, likely due to a combination of cheap, aged plastic and the shape of the machine. Has anyone successfully shipped one in something other than the original container? If so, what do you recommend?
  7. Add to the list of issues the yo-yo power adapter, which can short out.
  8. Any point in using a CD-ROM drive on an SE?

    I know there's a list in one of the books I have. It's likely either Mac Secrets or Upgrading and Repairing Macs. I'll have to look. However, I do know some of this from personal experience, as I just booted a Classic II last year from a CD and know it works on all the LCs.
  9. Browsy - A browser for System 6

    This is awesome! Now I have to put that Ethernet card in my SE to try it out!
  10. Bridge Mac

    I'd pick a beige G3, any configuration, in this case. They can even get online in a pinch with OS 9 and Classilla.
  11. Any point in using a CD-ROM drive on an SE?

    Yes! The ones that CAN'T boot from a CD are the Plus, SE, Classic, SE/30, II, IIx, IIcx, and I'm pretty sure the Portable and PowerBook 100. I know the LC can, as can most anything made after it.
  12. Any point in using a CD-ROM drive on an SE?

    That is true. However, the amount of extras that come on that CD are worth it. Did you know it contained disk images for every System 6 version from 6.0.2 through 6.0.7 with the exception of 6.0.6? The only B&W compact that can boot from CD-ROM is the Classic II/Performa 200.
  13. Any point in using a CD-ROM drive on an SE?

    There are a few.... -BMUG shareware CDs are a good starting point. -System 7.0 and HyperCard 2.0 shipped on a CD-ROM at one point, as did 7.5. -Kaboom sound software had a CD-ROM version, including a good basic sound editor that does work on the SE. -Cosmic Osmo runs from a CD on an SE! (In fact, there's an SE hidden in the game). Of course, you can also play music CDs with it, although you'll need external speakers or headphones.
  14. StyleWriter I Problem

    Update to the StyleWriter problem. It seems there may be something stuck in the printer itself. When I press "power", it sounds like there is a motor trying to work, but nothing is moving. I acquired another StyleWriter I and noticed the large gray gear near the cartridge assembly turns freely on that one (which works normally). My printer seems to be stuck. How can I free the gears here? Nothing turns.
  15. StyleWriter I Problem

    I hadn't thought of the power adapter. I do have an adapter with multiple voltages and plugs I could try if need be, plus I have a second StyleWriter adapter sitting around. (Of course, there's also the logic board).