A lot has changed today that there are times we feel nostalgic and long for the good old days. Unfortunately, we can’t turn back time and we can only heave a deep sigh and look back on all the things that we miss from yester-years. From movies, TV shows, fashion and even habits and lingo, many of them define an era and older people can’t help themselves but long for the things they used to love but no longer have today. These changes are more noticeable among tech gadgets since they do stand out in the crowd.

The story of the Mac is among the first computing devices that showed everyone how technology can change our lives. While most of us, including Hard Drive Recovery Group engineers, got annoyed by the many eccentricities and limitations of the early Internet Explorer, the elite was enjoying the perks only an Apple Mac desktop can offer. And over the following years, we have seen how Apple continued to shape the computing world like no other had the ability to.

The Internet Archive is a great resource if you’re looking to play with older PC apps and operating systems—thanks to a JavaScript port of DOSBox, you can run stuff like Mario Teaches Typing and Windows For Workgroups 3.11 right in your browser, giving you a quick and easy way to get some idea of what it was like to use a computer 20 or 25 years ago.

Now, the Internet Archive has some retro computing offerings from the other side of the great Mac/PC divide. Using a version of the PCE PC Emulator that has been ported to JavaScript, people interested in the Mac’s early years can run System 6, System 7, and dozens of old apps, including MacWrite and Microsoft Basic using their browsers.

The hardware that this old black-and-white software would have run on is wholly different from modern Macs—it hearkens back to the pre-PowerPC days when Macs still used the same Motorola 68000-series processors as the original 1984 Macintosh. Even so, the user interface is recognizable even if you’ve only used Macs in our current post-Mac OS X, post-Intel era. 

(Via: https://arstechnica.com/apple/2017/04/classic-mac-os-and-dozens-of-apps-can-now-be-run-in-a-browser-window/)

Vintage Macs became more popular, especially after Steve Jobs passed away in 2011. From Apple 1 to the 1st generation iPad, they are selling like hot pancakes today on eBay and Craigslist and it makes you wonder whether is it worth buying one again or give it a try if you haven’t owned one in the past. This is for folks with extra money only – you won’t get a warranty on these ancient devices.

Last year, Apple switched from OS X to macOS as the naming scheme for its desktop operating system. But long before the days of Yosemite or El Capitan, Apple had a very different MacOS.

The Macintosh computer, and its easy-to-use graphical interface, was the product that put Apple on the map. You’re not going to see any original MacOS computers in use today, but luckily, the Internet Archive isn’t going to let a technological gem like MacOS die so easily.

That’s why the Internet Archive has put up a page that allows you to run a version of MacOS in your browser, for free. If you click here, you can fire up a Mac from 1991 with an operating system and a bunch of software already pre-installed.

The Internet Archive, being a good responsible library, even includes a good description of what you’re playing with and why.

(Via: https://bgr.com/2017/04/17/macos-emulator-internet-archive/)

If you’re a practical person, you won’t be tempted to part with your hard-earned money just to satisfy your sense of nostalgia but people are actually longing for old-school gadgets, and so, they got their wish. Most people today look for new devices that have powerful features that allow them to do more while technically doing less while there are a few who will actually pay more to just let them relive a part of their past.

Whichever the case, your computer is still at risk of hard drive failure and you are bound to lose data when it happens. So, check with us for our expert help on issues like these. Our staff is knowledgeable and trained to recovery Mac drives and devices and fix common Mac issues. You may be tempted to try to fix it yourself but don’t make that mistake or end up doing more damage than there was before.