Lately, I’ve come down with the vintage Mac bug. “Back in the day”, I first started using the original toaster style Macs. I then made a regrettable side turn into PCs before being able to return to the fold. The thing is, I still miss my old 512k Mac. The one with the tortoise and the hare preferences. The one that said “hello” to me when I turned it on.
I realize that this sickness is purely nostalgic. My “underpowered” MacBook Air can do more computing than an entire room full of networked vintage macs. Nevertheless, I’ve now caught myself several times haunting the vintage Mac sales on ebay and watched several very familiar looking old Macs sell in the $50-$100 price range. A part of me wants to buy one of these really badly. The problem is, I have no clue what on earth I’d do with it. I certainly don’t have space in my home office for another computer and I have no idea how anything I would write on a 20 year old computer could even get onto my current rig. Frankly, I’m afraid to ask if anybody does use these old machines productively because I suspect it would just enable me. As things currently stand, every time I get tempted, common sense seems to take over. Does anybody else have Vintage Mac Sickness?