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Apr 18, 2012
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Maple Ridge, BC, Canada
* Please note: I am not Steve Wozniak, nor am I attempting to impersonate him. My eBay ID is "wozniac", not "wozniak".
I have had this eBay ID since 2007. Also, I live in Canada. Steve Wozniak (co-founder of Apple, Inc.) lives in the USA.
My sincere apologies to you Steve, if this listing causes you any trouble. Cheers!
PROTOTYPE MACINTOSH 128k COMPUTER WITH 5.25" TWIGGY DISK DRIVE
Imagine owning the world's oldest known complete Mac...
The first Mac (Macintosh 128k) computer was originally planned to be released with a Twiggy floppy disk drive, just like the
Apple Lisa 1 computer (announced in January 1983). Due to high error rates with the Twiggy disk drive, Apple decided to switch
over to the 400k Sony 3.5" disk drive in the last 2 or 3 months before the Macintosh's scheduled release, on January 24th 1984.
To date, only bits and pieces of the original "Twiggy Drive" Macintosh have ever surfaced... A motherboard here, a plastic case there,
but never a complete machine or example. This is the only one! The computer and keyboard are authentic and original, dated 1982-83.
The computer and its keyboard were acquired together and complete, and have not been pieced together from miscellaneous parts.
In the early 1980's, before Apple contracted out the manufacturing of their hardware into Asia, Apple had a corporate division and a factory that
built their mass-storage devices. They had developed a proprietary disk drive (code-named "Twiggy") that could read & write onto a 5-1⁄4" floppy
disk with dual & opposing read/write heads. But by the time the Lisa was ready to ship in the summer of 1983, it was clear that the Twiggy was buggy.
Because the Lisa also came with a 5 MB Hard Disk drive, this was not a complete disaster. But the Mac had no Hard Disk drive, so it faced a crisis.
“The Macintosh team was beginning to panic,” said Andy Hertzfeld. “We were using a single Twiggy drive, and we didn’t have a Hard Disk drive
to fall back on.”
The team discussed the problem at the January 1983 retreat, and Debi Coleman gave Jobs data about the Twiggy failure rate. A few days later, he
drove to Apple’s factory in San Jose to see the Twiggy drive being made. More than half were rejected. Jobs erupted. With his face flushed, he began
shouting and sputtering, threatening to fire everyone who worked there. Bob Belleville, the head of the Mac engineering team, gently guided him to the
parking lot where they could take a walk and discuss some alternatives. One possibility that Belleville had been exploring was to use a new 3-1⁄2" disk
drive that Sony had developed.
Quick, Hide In This Closet!
If you would like to read an entertaining story about how the Macintosh
team secretly worked on the 3.5" Sony Disk Drive for the original Mac
behind Steve Jobs' back, please click here!
You may have noticed a mysterious white "Mr. Macintosh" icon on
PLEASE SEE ALL PHOTOS BELOW!
* Prototype Macintosh 128k computer with a Macintosh-specific version of the 5.25"Twiggy Floppy Disk Drive.
* Prototype Macintosh keyboard with pull-out card tray, works (tested on standard issue Mac 128k)
* Standard Apple-Branded Macintosh 128k mouse, works (tested on standard issue Mac 128k)
* Standard Apple-branded Macintosh 128k Power cord
* Photocopy of the US Patent (6-page document) for the original Macintosh case/housing design, showing a 5.25" Twiggy disk drive.
Nothing else is included.
This system has been carefully cleaned & restored. There are a few scuff marks and scratches.There are no chips or cracks in any of the plastics. The mouse and keyboard have been fully cleaned.
Plastics are slightly yellowed due to age and light exposure. All tone is even on the plastics.
I do not have any Macintosh software on Twiggy disk. Therefore, this computer does not boot.
SHIPPING & HANDLING:
* In contacting several shipping companies, they have indicated that shipping
** 4/15/2012 - I have now listed my complete and operational Apple Lisa 1 computer with
AN AMAZING ADDITION TO YOUR VINTAGE COMPUTER MUSEUM OR COLLECTION!
When the Macintosh design was finally locked in, Steve Jobs called the Macintosh team together for a ceremony. “Real artists sign their work”