Two great Apple-retro-styled items: the Disk II SD Card Reader and the Classic Macintosh iPod Nano Dock

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The world of retrocomputing (or computing history, if you wish) and modern tech products seldom meet.

I have been asked a few times to haw^^advertise new products for sale but have always refused since I never found new stuff which had something in common with the old technology I write about on Stories of Apple and its italian version. That was until a couple of days ago, when I found, on Etsy, two very nice Apple-retro-styled items made by RetroConnector.

The Disk II styled USB SD Card Reader is an external reader of SD memory cards, which has been styled after the iconic Apple II floppy disk drive from 1978. It’s available in beige, mimicking the color of the original disk drive, or in an unpainted in white and black which were the colors of a rare Bell & Howell edition of the Apple II.

Here it is, in a view embedded from the Etsy listing.

Disk II styled USB SD Card Reader

The other item is a Classic Macintosh iPod Nano Dock, a dock for 6th generation iPod nano. It resembles a Macintosh from the late Eighties, in a painted “platinum” beige to match the color chosen for the Mac Plus by frogdesign. Also: when inserted, the iPod nano acts as a screen for this tiny tiny computer for the rest of us.
Here it is.

Classic Macintosh iPod Nano Dock

Both items are quite costly ($50.00 USD for the card reader and 60 for the dock) and are obviously absolutely unofficial products, not licensed by Apple.
On the other hand they succeed in recreating the look and the memory of the original items, which are now over 30 years old, while also being useful accessories for modern Apple products, which is quite a feat.

Well done, RetroConnector!

p.s. There is no referral in the links and I do not get any percentage or kickback from the sale.

Thursday 17 April 2014, 6:59 pm
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At Apple, The Times They Are a-Changin’

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“We’re starting to do some things differently”.

That’s what Phil Schiller supposedly said in February 2012 to blogger John Gruber at a one-to-one media briefing for the upcoming release of [Mac] OS X Mountain Lion.

If you needed further demonstration that Apple is looking beyond Steve Jobs and Tim Cook is doing things differently, the 30th anniversary of the Macintosh is quite a big proof.

mac 128k 1984 font iconaApple created a mini web site to celebrate the “Computer for the rest of us” with a video, pages for each and avery year with profiles about key developers, artists and teachers, stunning pictures of Macs from back then and even created a font with stylized Mac icons for almost every model ever released.

As Cook said at a Special Event which took place at the Apple Campus:

“We don’t spend a lot of time looking back.”
“We spend all of our time looking forward and working on the next big thing. But we’re making an exception for today, because 30 years ago today, the Macintosh was born.”

I can only agree. And while they get back to work and continue to look forward, Stories of Apple is here for you when you want to take a look back and see where Apple came from, so you can better understand where’s it’s headed.

Monday 27 January 2014, 3:02 pm

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Thursday 06 October 2011, 11:31 am
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Captain Crunch needs your help

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One of the most iconic hackers ever, and a very important figure in Apple history, John Draper, needs some money for surgery and therapy otherwise soon he won’t be able to code, type or even use his hands.

savingcaptaincrunch.comAccording to what Draper has written on Facebook and then has been published on the savingcaptaincrunch.com website, It looks that due to a too vigorous hug from a fan, Captain Crunch has sustained a very serious injury:

A few critical nerves have been trapped and despite a program of physical therapy and painkillers, Crunch’s fingers and forearms are now approaching total paralysis.
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Crunch is in such pain that he can barely put his shoes on in the morning. One of the pioneers of the Word Processor can barely type any more, let alone code. And the doctors have told him that within 3-6 months he risks losing the use of his hands permanently because trapped nerves die after a while.
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A straightforward surgical procedure can release the trapped nerves before they wither away, and return life to his hands.
The bad news is that Crunch cannot afford it. It costs $6,000 just for the Medical co-pay for the surgery, $2,000 for the post-surgery convalescence and even more for the drugs and physical therapy that will get him back at his Mac and coding again.

You can help the man who inspired Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs to get in business, by donating some money to cover for his medical expenses. I did.

p.s. Yes, that’s me in the picture with Mr. Draper.

Sunday 05 December 2010, 5:53 pm
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My Classic Setup

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There is a kinship between Stories of Apple and Riccardo Mori‘s System Folder blog.

My Classic Setup - nda (02)We both share a mix of love and curiosity for the history of Apple and see it worthwile to delve and discover interesting tidbits of information and trivia to better understand the past, the present and even the future of the company at Infinite Loop.

This is why I answered Riccardo’s call to “vintage Mac geeks out there” to share their “corner, small desk, or other secondary space with their vintage setup”, i.e. nothing newer than Mac OS 9.

The questions he asks are the following:

What does your desk look like? [Photos here]

What is your vintage Mac setup?

Why are you using this setup?

What software do you use, and for what do you use it?

If you are using older Macs and feel like sharing a small piece of your Mac world please do write him at: rick [at] compunabula [dot] com

In the meantime I’d like to point out the first installment of “My Classic Setup”. It features the answers of yours truly, describing the two PowerBook G3s still actively in use in the house.

Monday 22 March 2010, 7:22 pm
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