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Does this count as a conquest?? :ppost-6438-0-56661000-1480301545_thumb.jpg

 

This trackball thingy is pretty big.

 

EDIT: This seems to be a "Mouse Systems" trackball. Not sure when, or what for. My guess is early Microsoft PCs, (Win98) with the DB9/RS232 connector.

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AFAIK, Mouse Systems didn't make any mice for the 128/512/Plus. That's a mid-to-late 1990s model based on the logo, anyhow. It's a standard PC DE-9 RS232 interface using the 5-byte Mouse Systems Corporation protocol. (MSC) Confusingly enough, DOS-based applications sometimes referred to it as "PC" protocol, while the alternative was "MS" for the common 3-byte Microsoft serial mouse protocol. IIRC, only two buttons function using the MS driver, but it will otherwise work. In Windows 3.x and later, you can usually specify a Mouse Systems device in Windows Setup or in the Mouse Control Panel. Windows 95 and later will probably be able to probe the device and set the correct protocol if plugged in prior to boot.

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Mouse Systems did make an optical mouse for the Apple IIc, and it's compatible with the pre-ADB Macs as well. I got one with a 512k Mac I bought, unfortunately it didn't come with the metal gridded mouse pad it needs. I picked up a pad at the TRW swap meet but still need to test if it's the right one.

 

http://www.oldmouse.com/mouse/mousesystems/aplus.shtml

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Congrats on the Flower Power iMac! During my first week working for Apple (early 2004) the store I was assigned still had one old Flower Power iMac in the clearance section. It's been way too long to remember the price or details, but I do remember it sitting there alone and sad for ages before someone finally bought it. I always enjoyed seeing it - the flower pattern has a slight depth to the printing that never translated to print ads, so it's understandable that people who never saw one in person assumed it's totally hideous. Same with the Blue Dalmation machines - they look *way* cooler in person vs. seeing them in print.

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Very cool to learn about the MSC stuff for Apple/Mac. I had no idea. I wonder if this trackball is fully optical, or just optomechanical like competitive products. The ball looks smooth with a solid color, so I'd guess optomechanical.

 

As for the as appearance of the iMac Flower Power and Blue Dalmatian graphics, I agree. I think the design was screen printed onto the inside of the case, giving the three dimensional look. I do photo and fine art printing onto acrylic panels at work. It's done onto the "back" of the panels so you view through the acrylic. There's a real sense of depth, particularly with a larger product. I'm experimenting with back and edge lighting. Fun stuff!

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I always enjoyed seeing it - the flower pattern has a slight depth to the printing that never translated to print ads, so it's understandable that people who never saw one in person assumed it's totally hideous. Same with the Blue Dalmation machines - they look *way* cooler in person vs. seeing them in print.

Yes, I agree. Sorta makes me sad that nobody liked it because of the """ugly""" patterns.

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That's cute! Funny thing though, I thought at first it was a real PowerMac 5x00, except the bezel around the "screen" seemed way too big and the keyboard and mouse looked funny (they could've been aftermarket, though).

 

And that's the original Macintosh! It's even edible ;D

 

That's also a good find re: the keyboard. I got a similar one, at a similar price, at a similar place about 6 years ago. It's still in my closet, unused, since I find wired keyboards to be more reliable (I really do like the looks of those older keyboards, though, and I'd probably use a wired one instead of the thin aluminum one that was stock with my Mac Pro, if I ever came across a good example at a decent price).

 

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I got a similar one, at a similar price, at a similar place about 6 years ago. It's still in my closet, unused, since I find wired keyboards to be more reliable 

 

I got a pair of those, one as my dailly one, pretty reliable, a set of batteries from time to time.

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Mini VGA was present on a plethora of Macs.

iBook G3, mid '02 and later, 12" and 14"

iBook G4, all models, 12" and 14"

eMac, all models

iMac G4, all models

iMac G5, all models

PowerBook G4 12" 867MHz

 

Officially it was for screen mirroring only, but a third party patch enabled use of the port for an extended desktop on many but not all machines: Screen Spanning Doctor.

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