Apple G4 Cube

Model: G4 Cube

Manufacturer: Apple

CPU: 1.2 GHz G4/7445

RAM: 1.5 GiB

Hard Drive: 750GiB HD (largest IDE ever produced!)

OS: Debian Unstable with Mac-on-Linux running OS9/10.4

Upgrades: Nvidia 6200/Superdrive/CubePort

Wikipedia Link:

Nick’s Take: This machine defined art to me as a young computer geek. The Cube had so many shortcomings, but when you walked in a room to see the pulsating light from the top of it the view was catching. People who are totally disinterested in computers see this and stop. Very cool system. I had it setup as a media center/retro game center for awhile. Pics here!

Apple Performa 6400

Model: Performa 6400

Manufacturer: Apple

CPU: 300MHz G3 Sonnet Upgrade

RAM: 256 MiB

Hard Drive: 10 GiB

OS: BeOS 5 Pro

Nick’s Take: With the demise of the BeBox there was a lack of hardware that would support BeOS on PPC architecture. I was on a mission to build the fastest BeOS PPC box possible and this is it. With the G3 Upgrade card in place and a special boot hack this will blow the doors off any BeBox.

Apple PowerMac 8500

Model: PowerMac 8500

Manufacturer: Apple

CPU: 120 MHz 604 PowerPC

RAM: 128 MiB

Hard Drive: 4 GiB

OS: Apple MacOS Server 1.1

Nick’s Take: I am enamored with early UNIX derivatives. Soon after Steve Jobs came back to Apple there were projects on-going to create a UNIX-ish OS for the system. OS9 was showing its age and the lack of total network solutions was loosing them market share. These early OS betas required very specific machines to run. This 8500 was one of the few to run Apple Rhapsody MacOS Server 1.1 (not OSX Server) and as such is in the stable. Click the OS Link above to read more about the early betas.

Apple IIci

Model: Mac IIci

Manufacturer: Apple

CPU: 25MHz 68030

RAM: 64MiB

Hard Drive: 240 MiB

OS: Apple A/UX

Nick’s Take: Another rare UNIX derivative from Apple. A/UX was the weirdest hodge-podge of UNIX and Mac underpinnings I have ever seen. Apple sold these A/UX machines to lots of government agencies for workgroup servers. They were incredibly expensive and unsupportable, but they were SOOOO easy to setup compared to the early SunOS and Novell servers. In order to get the install on this machine I had to find an equally rare CD Drive that would read the weird ISO images needed for the install. Very cool to see it serving AFP/NFS shares to my new machines though :)

Apple Mac Mini G4

Model: Mac Mini

Manufacturer: Apple

CPU: 1.5GHz G4


Hard Drive: 80GiB

OS: Amiga OS 4

Nick’s Take: The G4 1.5 was an oddity in the Mac Mini product line. Right before the demise of the G4 series, Apple snuck in a few of this version with upgraded processor and GPU. The box still stated that the 1.4 GHz processor was inside, but the OpenBoot didn’t lie. I purchased this machine with the sole intent of loading Amiga OS 4 leaked code. All the swirl around Amiga meant that the remaining developers needed to target a single platform. The G4 1.5 was chosen and ONLY the 1.5.

Apple Mac Mini Intel 2009

Model: Mac Mini

Manufacturer: Apple

CPU: 2.26GHz Intel Core2Duo


Hard Drive: 160GiB

OS: MacOSX 10.6

Nick’s Take: I hate this machine. Well, hate is a strong word. The machine is gimped by Apple by disallowing VT extensions on the CPU even though they are there. It still serves its purpose as a media center loaded with Plex. It was cheap and small therefore fitting the bill. Paired with an EyeTV the machine is a joy for using in the livingroom. Due to the limitations of the hardware though that is the only place it will be.

Apple Mac Mini Server

Model: Mac Mini

Manufacturer: Apple

CPU: 2.66GHz Intel Core2Duo


Hard Drive: RAID1 500GiB

OS: MacOSX 10.6 Server

Nick’s Take: Now that the Mac Mini could do dual monitors and have two hard drives I was sold. The need for a OSX server cinched the deal and I was off to the Apple Store. I had fully intended to sell this soon as the development work was done, but I have moved it to my primary desktop. The Core i7 bad-ass machine is in the basement and out of the office. I find that the Nvidia card is more than sufficient for the occasional game and the dual monitor support makes it great for daily use. I love how quiet it is and the lack of space it takes up. Easily has become a favorite machine of mine and shows that hardware is outpacing software. More power (IE the i7 machine) doesn’t mean more work completed.

Apple 11" MacBook Air

Model: MacBook Air

Manufacturer: Apple

CPU: 1.6GHz Intel Core2Duo


Hard Drive: 128GiB SSD

OS: MacOSX 10.6

Nick’s Take: On the short list of greatest Apple products of all time, the 12″ Powerbook holds a special place in my heart. I regretfully sold the 12″ many years ago and have since longed for something in a smaller form-factor from Apple. The 13″ was just too big compared to the powerbook. When the 11″ dropped I knew it was time to give the Air form-factor another shake. So far the machine has been exactly what I hoped for. Quick enough for 95% of my daily computing needs in a small, long-lasting, beautiful package. For the other 5% I just SSH home and kick one of the machines awake. It has replaced the iPad for me.