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  • Apple I to Go Up On eBay Next Week

    image via Apple1forsale.com

    One of the last remaining Apple I computers is being put up for auction on eBay next week, and the 82-year-old owner, Monroe Postman, and his son have posted some pictures online, including one shot of the logic board signed "Woz."

    The Apple I had a 1 MHz MOS Technology 6502 CPU, with 8 kB onboard RAM upgradable to 32 kB, and a maximum resolution of 40◊24 char at 60.05 Hz.

    The computer was purchased at an estate sale some time around the year 1980, though Postman doesn't recall how much he paid for it. "It wasnít an historic event for me," he says, "so I didnít make note of how much and where at the time."

    Postman was a member of the original Homebrew Computer Club back in the 70s when it met at the Stanford Linear Accelerator (SLAC) site in Palo Alto. In a chat interview with the Applefritter website, Postman says his "interests have evolved over time... [a]nd there are so few of these Apple 1s out there, itís time for someone else to enjoy it.Ē

    Postman currently works with the Department of Veterans Affairs, using sensors, hydraulics and computer control to build solutions that provide rehabilitation and assistance to stroke victims, paraplegics and quadriplegics.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple I to Go Up On eBay Next Week started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 26 Comments
    1. jordan04's Avatar
      jordan04 -
      Woow I'd love to own it >.>
    1. Fallguy's Avatar
      Fallguy -
      I'll start the bidding at $.99
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      I will mod the chip and make the Apple I run faster and better..too bad I don't have the skills to mod one, but I would like to own this piece.
    1. plcrules's Avatar
      plcrules -
      wonder how much its gonna sell for
    1. -Blue-'s Avatar
      -Blue- -
      it will probably go for quite a bit of money
    1. NCMacMan's Avatar
      NCMacMan -
      That is some fantastic graphic resolution! No wonder all of the other computer makers were afraid of the Homebrew Club!
    1. bootx2's Avatar
      bootx2 -
      does it support snow leopard?
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      i second the bid at $1.99




      nope only tiger at this moment lol
    1. suland's Avatar
      suland -
      ha-ha! I like those pink RAM chips on the left lower part of the board. They remind me of my first self-made computer RADIO-86RK!!!
    1. xwinger's Avatar
      xwinger -
      i wonder how much it will go for
    1. bbillh77's Avatar
      bbillh77 -
      $2.99
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      My budget is $400 for this
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Geez, Stealthly...eventually someone will make a bid of $1,500.
    1. eortizr's Avatar
      eortizr -
      thats a totally useless piece of equipment. Will not pay even for the shipping. The only ones interested on this will be Apple fanboys w/ money to spend and bragging rights.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by awesomeiPod View Post
      Geez, Stealthly...eventually someone will make a bid of $1,500.
      I know
    1. VBLUE42's Avatar
      VBLUE42 -
      The last one to sell on ebay was in 1999 and fetched 50,000 dollars. Apple is a far more popular company now then it was then so I would say the sky is the limit for this thing. Dont be surprised at how much it can bring.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      So you are saying my $400 is not going to be good enough?
    1. dirkbreeuwer's Avatar
      dirkbreeuwer -
      Does it have a blu-ray drive?
    1. Gustavo Saliola's Avatar
      Gustavo Saliola -
      Weta Digital is on talks to get it, to manage its render farm.
    1. boe_dye's Avatar
      boe_dye -
      Quote Originally Posted by eortizr View Post
      thats a totally useless piece of equipment. Will not pay even for the shipping. The only ones interested on this will be Apple fanboys w/ money to spend and bragging rights.
      ...and your point is?

      This is an awesome piece of computer history. It came out in a time when you had to actually know what you were doing with a computer. None of this point and click GUI nonesense.

      In many cases, I miss the days when you actually had to know command line parameters, where you could go onto a BBS and chat with some other computer people who were more concerned about using the boards to convey information as opposed to going "FIRST" "FIRST" "FIRST" all the time...

      Back in the day when a person would actually take into consideration what they were going to say as opposed to joining a forum, making some drive by comment and never hearing from them again.

      Back when there were no browsers or bloat or adspace, when the collective network of computers was actually used to convey information...

      Back when you didn't have stupid idiotic children (of all ages) installing tons of useless B$ software and having 20 toolbar addons and then looking at you profoundly stupid eyed when they couldn't figure out why their "internets" ran so slow.

      *sigh*...

      And in this particular case, when Apple really was all about homebrew, and letting users do whatever they wanted with the computer cause it was cool...

      If IBM was Big Blue, then Apple is now Big Grey...