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  • Vintage Apple-1 Boots up Again After 35 years


    Some of you may recall the Apple-1 that sold at Christie's auction house for an astounding $211,535. Well, it didn’t end up as a museum piece as many thought it would. No, instead it turned up at a presentation that was held at the Polytechnic University of Turin in Italy recently. What’s really amazing is the fact that they got it up and running with the help of a little modern technology.

    Engineers at the presentation went to great lengths to ensure that the aging Apple-1 would be able to re-boot in complete safety. The presenters weren’t about to take any chances with a system that was built by hand more than 35 years ago. The system restart went smoothly with the help of an oscilloscope and a MacBook Pro. The system then sent a message to a connected NTSC monitor that read, "Hello Polito," a nice little message to the university crowd in attendance.

    The original Apple-1 went on sale in July of 1976 for the devilish price of $666.66, because as legend has it, The Woz liked repeating digits. I doubt anyone at the time could have ever imagined that a few decades later a little computer, constructed in a garage, would sell at auction for such a high price.



    It may have taken an entire table full of equipment to get the Apple-1 to display a simple text message on screen, but to get to see a little piece of computing history up and running again must have been quite a sight. I know I would’ve liked to see it.



    Source: Engadget
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Vintage Apple-1 Boots up Again After 35 years started by Wiley John Wright View original post
    Comments 26 Comments
    1. Lamborghini615's Avatar
      Lamborghini615 -
      can you imagine that this was state of the art back then? what will it be like 35 years from now and how people will look at the high end Macs? I can only imagine people or aliens saying "ewww... whaaat peice of junk!"
    1. zoso10's Avatar
      zoso10 -
      It's funny now that old electronics are starting to become valuable collectibles.
    1. alexevo's Avatar
      alexevo -
      you could always sell that shrink-wrapped 2G to some unsuspecting hipster as "vintage"

      otherwise i'd be wary of the battery pack eventually leaking if li-po batteries do what alkaline batteries do.

      considering the fact that 2G iphones can be had now for less than 100 bucks even in good condition, i wouldn't expect them to ever get up over that price at any point in time unless someone discovered something completely revolutionary that you could do with one.
    1. ICydiaify's Avatar
      ICydiaify -
      I want to see it boot on YouTube
    1. Fenderbender's Avatar
      Fenderbender -
      Wow. First time it booted in 35 years? I bet it took forever to download all the software updates!
    1. CovariantTensor's Avatar
      CovariantTensor -
      Excellent article. On a side note, $666.66...hmm???...Apple, A bite taken out of it, ganden of eden... It's a conspiracy I tell you!!!!!