The IT Center, located on the ground floor of Rush Rhees Library, will be replacing all public computers this month with the cutting-edge Apple Macintosh 128K. Touted as the original personal computer, it features a one-bit, black-and-white interface and a 9-inch CRT monitor. And in an innovative leap forward, the keyboard is not built in to the computer; instead, it connects to the computer using a spiraled cord similar to those used with telephones.
To help the University community acclimate to the exciting new interface, the University’s IT news site Plugged In has adopted the new interface.
Since the new computers do not support separate account logins, users must present their University ID card at the Help Desk to sign out the operating system and program floppy disks.
The Macintosh 128K will also replace the aging laptops that the IT Center currently loans out. A handle located on the top of the computer’s case makes it easy to carry, and the external keyboard and mouse can be stowed in a backpack.
View the video below to learn more about the new computers: