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Blast from the past (1985): 2 MB Macintosh upgrade!

February 22, 2012 1 Comment

I spent a little time over at Google Groups, searching the USENET archives for posts that I had made and found (among others) the following:

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From: crash!bwebs…@SDCSVAX.ARPA
Date: Sun, 30 Jun 85 01:26:31 PDT
Subject: 2MB Macintosh!

Well, space cookies, I did it.  In a fit of passion, I went down to
Levco Enterprises (which is conveniently located here in SD) and had
my 128K Mac upgraded to 2MB.  A bit of a jump, what?  I’m still
waiting for the final PROM set (due in a few days); when those come,
I’ll really start wringing it out and let you know the results.  In
the meantime, I’ve had fun running it, usually with a 1MB RAMdisk and
1MB of application RAM.  Makes the Little Beige Toaster scream along.

“What,” you may ask, “about the ROM upgrade problem?”  My basic
response is, “I don’t really care.”  However, since the big shakeup at
Apple, new rumblings have come out indicating that Apple is suddenly
concerned about supporting 3rd party upgrades and that the previous
hard-nosed attitude is becoming very soft indeed.  This would tend to
confirm suspicions that the previously promulgated (if not announced)
policy sprang from the brow of Steve Jobs.
..bruce..
[Usual disclaimer…I’m *paying* for my upgrade.]

Bruce F. Webster/BYTE Magazine
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Those were the days, eh? Here are more (contemporaneous) details on the Levco upgrade from my old friend Joel West. Something to keep in perspective when you feel constrained by 4 GB of RAM.  ..bruce..

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Webster is Principal and Founder at at Bruce F. Webster & Associates, as well as an Adjunct Professor for the BYU Computer Science Department. He works with organizations to help them with troubled or failed information technology (IT) projects. He has also worked in several dozen legal cases as a consultant and as a testifying expert, both in the United States and Japan. He can be reached at 303.502.4141 or at bwebster@bfwa.com.

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