The Critical 'I'

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Thursday, July 22, 2004

I get a kick out of running across old relic computers that are for sale. Today, I found a Craigslist ad for a Macintosh Powerbook 520c for the low-low price of $25.

A computer for 25 bucks? What a bargain!

Until you get a gander at some of the specs on this vintage model:

CPU Speed: 25 MHz
Minimum RAM Speed: 70 ns
Onboard RAM: 4 MB
RAM Slots: 1
Maximum RAM: 36 MB
Level 1 Cache: 8 kB
Screen: 9.5" dual-scan
Maximum Resolution: 8 bit 640x480
Slots: modem, optional type II/III PC Card bay
Floppy Drive: 1.4 MB SuperDrive
Hard Disk: 130-320 MB
Ethernet: AAUI-15
Minimum OS: 7.1.1
Maximum OS: 8.1

Suddenly, it seems like the guy should be offering you $25 to take it off his hands.

Actually, the seller's not trying to pull a fast one. He admits it's got limited usefulness, with Internet connectivity doubtful. You probably could find a way to Web surf on it, but it would be so much trouble, and so unbelievably slow and clunky, that it wouldn't be worth it.

Still, I wonder what something like this is worth on a collector's market.

UPDATE: The Powerbook 520c would probably make a fine addition to the Computer History Museum. (Via