Author Archives: Patrick Blampied

Macintosh ADB Optical Mouse

The mouse had to be right as well so I set off on a mission to get an optical mouse’s hardware inside an old Macintosh ADB ball mouse. This is the one mod that was destructive. Every other part of the project could easily be reverted back if needed including the keyboard but this oneContinue Reading

Converting the original Macintosh Portable keyboard to standard USB

The keyboard was critical to this project. As I’ve mentioned in earlier posts of all the amazing retrofitted computer projects I’d seen, none had the original keyboard hooked up and I thought doing this and doing it properly would make the look, feel and experience uncanny. Looking back now, I was completely right about this.Continue Reading

Will it fit?

I’ve been modifying and creating things for years. Back in 2005 I converted a 1920s phone to use Bluetooth for a promotion at work (and I never imagined we’d see widespread commercial success of the old handsets plugged into iPhones otherwise I would have started producing them!) Anyway I spotted the Dockintosh video on YouTube.Continue Reading

Macintosh Portable running OSX tour

So here’s a tour of the final product! I took plenty of photos along the way which I’m going to turn into a post a week for the next few weeks. I’ll be covering the main hardware, mounting the screen, optical mouse conversion and the remapping/rewiring of the keyboard – which ended up being fairlyContinue Reading

About this Project

2 years ago I had a crisis of identity. The ideals of hipster culture were becoming ever more attractive with their careful balance of frugality and conscious consumption. What I loved most was the nonsensical obsession with artefacts and obsolete technology, which defines me. This works well for dusty, old, single-gear bicycles from Dad’s garage,Continue Reading