Macintosh 512k ED
Posted 03 July 2012 - 01:13 AM
Anyway, I still bought it (read: saved it) for $65 which is obviously a lot of cash for a very dead Mac! The only reason I bought it was that it came with the original mouse, the 128k/512k style keyboard (the one without the numeric keypad) AND an original keyboard cable. Items that very rarely become available here.
Now, should i turn my butchered 512k ED into:
A. a letterbox
B. a plant pot or
C. back into a Macquarium...
Posted 03 July 2012 - 03:01 AM
This may be a bit extreme, but perhaps you could take a much more common beige Mac Plus, chop it's handle off in approximately the same place, and somehow JB-Weld/chemically bond that into the void left in the 512K ED.
It's a lot of work, and may not look absolutely original, but it's worth a try.
Alternatively, you could leave it as is and install a big fan in there. These machines need all the help with cooling they can get.
Congratulations on your find, though!
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Posted 03 July 2012 - 10:58 PM
You were right about the keyboard/mouse - they are nice to have and more often than not, the compact macs seem to no longer be made available with keyboards. I really can't say what to do, out of the three choices that you gave, but the case looked nice otherwise. An aquarium could use more surface area to work well long term, maybe a MacTerrarium - an alternative on the planter idea?
...or gumball dispenser (I like M&M's, but I like gumballs more).
The macs are winning...
Posted 04 July 2012 - 01:06 AM
Speakerbox / guitar amp / iPod dock?
On the other hand, the front panel looks to be in fairly good condition - if it's free from major nicks and blemishes maybe it's worth selling as a spare? Being flat (ish) makes it more feasible to sell internationally than a full shell, postage-wise.
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