Gene Roddenberry's Apple Up For Auction

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News Posted: Thu, Sep 17 2009 5:04 PM
NOTE: This story has been updated, to correct erroneous information from the auctioneer.

A early production Macintosh128 (#776), a gift from Apple Computer to Gene Roddenberry, is up for auction.

If that's not enough to entice your inner geek, Apple later upgraded it to a Macintosh Plus for Roddenberry.

If you don't know who Gene Roddenberry is, just move along, nothing to see here.


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Profiles in History, "the world's leadingauctioneer of Hollywood memorabilia," is selling the computer, whichbears the serial number F4200NUM0001, at its auction Oct. 8-9 — bidding begins at noon both days.. Thecomputer will be sold along with a "signed letter of provenance fromRoddenberry's son, Rod," and is expected to fetch $800 to $1,200

It probably won't be the top-selling item at the auction, as MichaelJackson's "iconic illuminating white glove" worn on the Jacksons'Victory tour and the original cover art for the brothers' Victoryalbum, are part of the same auction.

The Macintosh is the very first one to come off the assembly line atApple Computer in Fresno, Ca., and had a then-whopping 1 Mb RAM (whichcould be upgraded to 4Mb). It supported the 3.5 inch double-sidedfloppy disc, was the first Mac with an SCSI port for fast data transferto and from an external hard drive and was the first mass-producedcomputer to use the mouse. It was in production longer than any otherMacintosh, lasting four years, to 1990.

Remember the seemingly high-tech beige-colored case with the nine-inchdisplay? Roddenberry's had the short keyboard, external floppy drive,mouse and Apple logo deluxe padded carrying case.

And it can be yours. If you're a confirmed P.C. lover, but Star Trek fan, you can go where no PC owner has gone before.
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Dave_HH replied on Thu, Sep 17 2009 9:31 PM

That's megaBIT not megabyte, folks.... yeah baby!

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3vi1 replied on Thu, Sep 17 2009 10:50 PM

A keyboard! How quaint.

What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?

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ClemSnide replied on Thu, Sep 17 2009 11:48 PM

Frankly it's not worth it. The Mac Plus only had a temporal dissonance range of 11 years, not enough to do any serious time travel. Professional chrononauts preferred the Macintosh IIfx, which used a weird, unique, and expensive memory scheme but had a 2047-year range (1023 past, 1024 future).

Well! How do you think Roddenberry did his research?

Of course, time travellers preferred the Motorola chips because of their mathematical precision. You could use an Intel chip, but because of the math flaw you never knew when you'd wind up.


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realneil replied on Fri, Sep 18 2009 11:47 AM

You could cut the top off of it, hog out the guts and plant flowers into it,..........

Visualize grass growing between the keys on the attempted keyboard,.........

A real "Green" machine!     What a conversation piece!

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Megabit means it is 128KB of RAM?  My, my, how the times have changed.

I laughed at the dismissal of anyone who doesn't know who Gene Roddenberry is.  Hardware geeks are still geeks, so I hope we all know.Big Smile

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3vi1 replied on Fri, Sep 18 2009 6:26 PM

You should buy it and do that realneil! Then, we'll finally be able to confirm whether or not time travel will ever be possible.

Because, if time travel *is* possible, some ST fanboy from the future will come back and kill you.

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realneil replied on Sat, Sep 19 2009 8:44 AM

Let me see,........a 1200 dollar early production Macintosh 128 (#776), a gift from Apple Computer to Gene Roddenberry,................?

Or a really nice new laptop?

Hmmmm!

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ClemSnide replied on Sun, Sep 20 2009 2:37 AM

@realneil: Guy Kawasaki, or possibly Andy Ihnatko (in-joke there... I keep attributing one's articles to the other), made a "Macquarium" out of a toaster-Mac case. It was fun and something you just can't do with a laptop. Unless you have really, really skinny fish.


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3vi1 replied on Sun, Sep 20 2009 9:11 PM

Seriously... if anyone here does get this system, I suggest you give it the Retr0bright treatment: http://retr0bright.wikispaces.com

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starwhite replied on Mon, Sep 21 2009 3:40 PM

It would be cool to retrofit it with modern parts.

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neilganon replied on Wed, Sep 23 2009 6:37 PM

The real question is, does it work? Smile

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neilganon:

The real question is, does it work? Smile

If it doesn't work, it can't be  much slower than if it actually did!

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3vi1 replied on Fri, Sep 25 2009 11:42 PM

Super Dave:

neilganon:

The real question is, does it work? Smile

 

If it doesn't work, it can't be  much slower than if it actually did!

ROFL!

I might be in the minority, but the first thing I would do is scan the hard drive for deleted files.  There's probably the pilot for another ST series in there, that would include Majel in some form, of course.

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eunoia replied on Wed, Sep 30 2009 5:33 AM

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...pending.

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eunoia replied on Thu, Nov 19 2009 9:48 PM

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...pending.

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Super Dave replied on Thu, Nov 19 2009 11:35 PM

Cool!

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