I bought myself an original Macintosh—the one from 1984—this weekend. I saw it on the streets of Williamsburg for $35, almost completely new, and I couldn't resist. Now I want to do something with it.
Now I'm having a dilemma.
Should I download the original system, save it to floppies, and leave it as it is so I can play Crystal Quest? In a way, I feel like I'm in front of some kind of god of the old times, a god that I should revere and keep in its pristine condition forever.
On the other side, I'm itching to make it into something else. Something that doesn't require to break the case in any way, which will allow me to put everything back together at a later date.
I'm thinking about taking all the guts out except the CRT and convert it into a mini-stereo. It should be a simple hack. Get my Apple TV or a big hard drive iPod, wire it to the tube, add a couple of good mini-speakers inside the case, and control it with the Apple remote. Simple and elegant, but I don't know if it's doable or not.