Showcasing a 1999 iMac G3 & iBook G3 Clamshell

Dear Alissia,

First of all, I want to say sorry because I got those pictures uploaded so late. It is great to know you are an IT specialist, there are few instances that I can show my little machines to others and all of them they only admire only the aesthetics of the Macintoshes, forgetting what is also important: its electronic soul, the operative system, the personality of Apple-branded computers. After all… what can I say? Kocham Macintosh 😀

At least once each two months, I have to turn on those machines for obvious reasons. The obvious part could be justified with a Citroën 2CV6… if you don’t start the engine in a considerable time lapse, the engine could rust, meaning the “death” of the vehicle. Today was the day 60 for the iMac G3, the iBook is frequently used with word:mac 2001 (sic) for university projects.


That is the first picture… my drawer ^_^ and in order: the iBook G3 Clamshell and the iMac G3. The iMac G3 is a desktop consumer device that was presented in 1998 with a notebook CD tray. Later models were replaced with slot-loading drives. Bad choice, though! The rubberband inside the CD tray weakens over time, causing discs not to be correctly inserted or ejected. Using a clip and a credit card is the only way to use this drive. I get used to, though :). When I have proper skills and an exact rubberband size, I will repair it. With a friend of mine we have repaired one of the Harman-Kardon speakers using a Chinese one. Still looking for the spare part… unless my Water Speaker has the correct size >:-) Ok, no! Hahahahahahahahaha. If you ask… yes! Those are COPiC markers.

That is the 3/4 view of both computers. They are still good looking machines. Keeping them far from sunlight lets not to have chemical damage on their plastics (e.g. becoming yellowish).

This is the iBook G3 Clamshell, the first version of the iBook G3 series that has a unique plastic design -this is the Blueberry model, mixed up with white transparent polycarbonate. Those white-ish borders are actually metal frames inside the screen zone. Aesthetical failures in a normal model include the apple logo prone to unglue from its carving and the breakability of the latch. Fortunately, the apple is OK, but the latch is showing its breakage points.

You see? The Apple logo inside the computer shows a consequence of the aesthetic failure. Broken. TTT.TTT So, so hard to see. Really. Despite of all, I still take care of it. Did I mention you that this model was bought with a little mod? The metal cover behind the screen was removed, making the apple glow when the screen is on. Pretty cool!

Look at the little hole in the iMac G3. It is an internal microphone. Primarily used for Voice Recognition, Vocal login, Praat or whatever the user wants to.

Both Macs have something called “passive cooling”. They do not need fans to keep internal temperatures in an appropriate range. Call me crazy, but I love the smell of circuits after I turn off the iMac G3. It’s just like being in the 90’s, or in the first half of 2000’s.

This is called the Apple USB Keyboard. Bought separately, hence the inconsistency with the computer’s blueberry color. This variation is called Graphite. This keyboard is a 2×1: it acts as an input device and also as a hub. In the upper side, there are two USB 1.1 ports for the USB mouse or a energy-economic USB stick. Tried to use my sticks, but Mac OS report lack of energy for the device.

This is the charger of the iBook G3. Isn’t it cutie? Looks like an UFO. The computer-side connector has the feature that you can roll around the plastic, just like a Yo-Yo. In fact, the nickname of the charger is Yo-Yo.

My iBook G3 is currently running Mac OS 9.2.1, whilst the iMac G3 runs Mac OS X 10.4.11. It is stupid that the former has 300MHz of processor power and feels faster than the 350MHz desktop Mac. The wallpaper you see is a fanart of “Spirited Away” that I have downloaded a long time ago.

The iMac and the iBook can not run natively Mac OS X 10.4.11. I had to use an addon called XPostFacto that tricked the installation media to be installed in unsupported hardware. Now I know why such decision: it is slow as hell, even with its 256MB of RAM memory.

The iBook G3 has a 6GB! hard disk drive and 256MB RAM, whilst the iMac G3 has been upgraded with a 60GB HDD and 256MB of RAM memory. Originals were 64MB. What a pain when using Fireworks MX! :O

And that is the slot-loading CD-ROM tray. That is a disc of a Chilean independent composer, called Felipe Moreira Flores (de Concepción). His disc is just like listening to Jean-Michel Jarre, each track has the same name: En Tu Viaje (In Your Trip). I suggested him to use roman numbers to identify each track. At least, that’s what I have done in Gracenote when I uploaded the CD-TEXT information in iTunes.


Taking pictures to a CRT monitor is a trial-and-error issue. At least, reducing the resolution from 1024×768 to 640×480 made the black band problem be less severe.

That is iTunes v4.7. Notice the Music Store label in the sidebar. Do Apple knew that in the future will not only sell digital music? At least not until v4.0.  iTunes 1.0 and 2.0 have no Music Store links. The words in Japanese are caused by the origin of that Pat Metheny Group album… a special JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Edition, coinciding with the transmission of the Egypt Arc on Japanese Television.

This is the Mac OS 9 finder. Flash Player 7! Office 2001! Outlook Express 4.5! America OnLine 5.0! MacRAR? (Yes, it is real, although it only reads RAR 2.x files). My best software is Opera 6.03 and ResEdit. Can not live without them. Ah! And Macromedia Fireworks MX. My favourites.

This is the strangest piece of software ever rescued for the Classic platform. It lets QuickTime files be appended with SRT files, with the purpose to have videos with subtitles.

Awwwwwww! This is a precious piece of original hardware. This, is the Apple USB Mouse. Nicknamed by the yankees as the Hockey Puck, this one-button device uses a bi-colored trackball. I thought it was like a Jawbreaker (In Chile, we call them Rompe-muelas). The circuitry evidences it has been manufactured by Logitech.

The keyboard, the mouse and a inherited professional headphone. This is a Sony S7, and its year of production was circa 1985. If you ask me how does it sound, I can say it has an exquisite balance with bass frequencies. The cord is like a telephone one: like a spring, giving me an effective length of 2 meters.

This is the last picture. This is the iBook running Classilla, the only actively forked version of Mozilla that has been compiled by Kameron Kaiser. He is the responsible of making those computers useful for internet enthusiasts. This is an early draft of a website I’ve done myself and is not supported anymore: Cornica, a replacement of YouTube using videos encoded in QuickTime 6.0.3 (Sorenson Video 3, QDesign Audio 2).

Dear Ali, hope you enjoyed the photographs. Sorry again for making this big letter available in WordPress, but it doesn’t matter. Nobody visited this site a long time ago, just like other WordPress blogs because of the popularity of Tumblr and Facebook. I had a great time chit-chatting with you.

Take care, and greetings from Chile 😉 (nioch again)




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