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PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2005 9:11 pm    Post subject: Great Modification: The Electric Clerk Reply with quote

Great Modification: The Electric Clerk by Andrew Leman

This is the Fun Page of the Month !

Modification of a
    1988 Macintosh Computer,
    Underwood Typewriter c. 1923,
    Fresnell Linse
    and much more hardware... Honored Honored Honored


Built for a game of Cthulhu Lives! that has yet to be played,
this piece was inspired by the retro-futuristic machines
in the movie Brazil by Terry Gilliam.

It was one of the most difficult and time-consuming pieces
Andrew Leman ever attempted...

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Despite the ridiculous amount of abuse I subjected it to, and despite the fact that all its components are now exposed to the air, the 1988 Macintosh SE which forms the heart of this piece still works just fine.

The computer's keyboard is hidden beneath the typewriter keyboard, and the keys are connected to each other with plastic rods. Most of the computer keys are in roughly the same place as the corresponding typewriter keys, so connecting them was a fairly straightforward process. But a 1923 Underwood typewriter has no "enter" key, no "option" key, etc., so some connections were harder to make. The silver rod running along the top of the typewriter runs from the chrome return lever on the left to a cam on the right, which rotates and pushes down on another rod which is connected to the computer "return" key hidden beneath the console.

All the typewriter keys were resurfaced in vinyl so that they would match and so that they would be correctly labeled.


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Keys salvaged from a second vintage typewriter are attached to the extension of the computer's keyboard. A trackball is removed from its housing and its buttons are replaced with vintage typewriter keys.

The original Macintosh housing has been removed and all the circuitry rotated so that the floppy drive access is on the left side of the machine. The CRT is mounted in a custom-fitted bracket behind a swing-away fresnel lens, which hangs from what was the platen of the original typewriter. Radio tubes stand in front of the screen. A new wooden back with vintage labelling provides support for one circuit board, the fan, and gives access to monitor controls.


See the presentation at http://www.ahleman.com/ElectriClerk.html
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2005 1:28 am    Post subject: ... Reply with quote

Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked

More stuff...



... the very first MACINTEL ?.

The link: SE3000

A CUBE inside a SE ?... no problem !!!...



Gallery index: CUBE MODS

Enjoy !!!

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2005 3:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And some more:
have a look to the "rare macintosh" Section at my Apple & Mac Gallery:

http://myoldmac.net/cgi-data/gal/index.php?cat=17

Featuring the rare transparent SE


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 17, 2005 1:48 pm    Post subject: LC as well Reply with quote

once, when I went to Apple technician training, the trainer brought out an old LC in a transparent case as well! Very rare... I didnt know there was a SE version before.
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