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Posted 28 December 2012 - 11:30 AM

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  Posted 28 December 2012 - 04:41 PM

Try using an iMac Bondi as I did. Really looks great, although a bit bulky. Good if you have the space on a large table or bookshelf. The iMac Bondiclock! I did not want to sacrifice the other older Apple computers. They're priceless to me, but the Bondi was available and there are more of them around, although not in the shape mine is in I'm sure (looks like it just came out of the box).
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  Posted 28 December 2012 - 07:22 PM

Run a vintage computer and a CRT 24-7-365 as a CLOCK. Great way to waste time on a project to waste electricity and waste desk space. Thanks!
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  Posted 28 December 2012 - 08:03 PM

I prefer to use old computers to monitor server logs over a ssh connection. My Powerbook 3400c is doing that right now. I don't know if I could make my old SE/30 do that.
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  Posted 29 December 2012 - 03:59 AM

I use my iPad for that... It's as simple as launching Clock Pro HD, set it for "black" numbers, adjust sliders for a black background, and then turn the iPad's brightness the whole way down. It works great. :)

This is kinda neat, though.
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  Posted 29 December 2012 - 07:53 AM

If you leave the MacPlus on for an extended period, it is almost certain that the power supply will fry itself. It was a very common failure mode when the MacPlus was fairly new. With extreme age it becomes a near certainty.

Fixing the power supply is possible but you are literally risking your life trying it if don't know what you are doing. The static charge from the capacitance of the CRT is high enough to hurt or even kill you if it isn't discharged properly. It is probably not worth the risk for a novelty.
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  Posted 29 December 2012 - 12:21 PM

That's a heavy carbon footprint for a clock. Thumbs down to that guzzler.
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  Posted 29 December 2012 - 02:44 PM

Method that is easier, uses less power and requires less maintenance:

1. Gut ancient Mac
2. Place modern clock in the convenient cavity
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  Posted 18 January 2013 - 01:31 AM

Just what I don't need... a clock that needs 60 watts to run... some people must have money to burn.
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