19 Years More of Apple

by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on

To add to my nostalgic post from earlier today, I present you with this: a brief physical comparison of the Apple PowerBook 150 and the MacBook Air; the former being introduced in 1994 and the latter being the 2013 model, the two have 19 years between them. The MacBook Air is the mobile district machine I have been proffered for all mobile uses, and the PowerBook 150 is a quirky beast I found stashed away in the faculty room of Innovations. Its battery was irretrievably depleted, and the power adapter was nowhere to be found, so I snatched myself a used (obviously) adapter on eBay. Unfortunately the adapter didn’t arrive in time for the purported 80s day, but I found out that 80s day has been moved to sometime later, which gives me a chance to perhaps find a SCSI-to-Ethernet adapter or, at the very least, a middle-man Mac.

Regardless, the adapter arrived while I was at Innovations today, so I am at least able to test out the PowerBook 150 now. And it works– quite well. It sports System Software 7.1.1– about a whole generation after my Plus’ System 6.0.2. It brags a whopping 200 MB hard drive, a 33Mhz Motorola 68030 processor, a 3.5-inch floppy drive capable of both 800k and 1.44 MB disks, and a trackball. There are even a whole lot of documents left behind by the teacher who once used this lappy: one of the documents is instructing students to not spread the false idea that the new CTE (career and technical education) programs are just more “shop” classes, which is funny because CTE is now a very integrated part of high school education in Utah.

The glorious rainbow Apple symbol of the 80s and 90s

The 2013 Macbook Air side by side with the 1994 Apple PowerBook 150 A profile view of the 2013 Macbook Air next to the 1994 Apple PowerMac 150