Apple’s Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh (20AM / TAM)…
Dr Gil Amelio, CEO Apple Computer Inc, 1997
For twenty years, Apple design engineers have been building bridges
between what people dream about and the amazing new technologies that
can take them beyond those dreams
It’s our magnificent obsession
It’s about working and playing and listening and learning and creating
and communicating - sometimes all at the same time
It’s about the delight of doing things faster and better and easier
It’s about turning your back on conventional wisdom and finding new ways
Now, it’s about celebrating the last twenty years, and heralding the next twenty
It’s about the most beautiful thing we’ve ever built
It’s the Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh
Almost 20 years ago Apple released the TAM, an over priced, under powered, simply beautiful machine that has created its own mythology within the Apple, and computing world. The TAM may be nothing more than a pretty skin over top of some off-the-shelf parts (oh, and there’s the Bose sound system), but at the same time it is so much more…
Never mind me; just re-arranging the furniture here at AppleTalk til I feel comfy… And beating leon to the TAM punch.
This thread is here for the TAM owners and fanciers alike to learn, share, and enjoy.
Firstly, I’d suggest checking out the [TAM’s wiki] for a good general overview. Unfortunately it would appear that the TAM’s tech-spec page has now been archived by Apple… but I’m sure someone will track them down on the Wayback Machine one day. That happens, you know…
Of major interest, is the fact that TAMs are popping up less and less frequently on sites like eBay. The only one I have seen for some time was from Switzerland, and sold for around AU$1,015, with an estimate of AU$100 postage quoted. That machine had a Sonnet G3 upgrade, but from what I could tell, no boxes.
I guess on the bright side, I can finally stop obsessing about the TAM’s NTSC tv card… seems getting a PAL card would have no point now - there’s no analogue TV!