What ever happened to Micromac Technology?

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Remember these guys? Makers of various upgrades for older Macs. Always assumed that they went out of business, but their website is still alive and kicking.

When did they shutdown? Anybody know the story?

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You mean...

You mean these guys?

They still appear to be in business... you can still order from them, anyway?

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Are they shutdown?

My guess is there's still one guy with a garage full of junk keeping an eye on things, just waiting for some sucker to pay $399 for an LC475 motherboard.

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Their pricing is a little bit

Their pricing is a little bit high. A PCI to IDE adapter with a 40gig HD costs $600! You could get a G4 for that much!

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Hmmmm

Looking at their web page gives me an idea. They have an Performa 6200 logic board for $449. I'll be more than happy to sell the Performa 6200 I have laying around (full system, not just a logic board) for $50 less. At $399 it'll be a steal! Any takers? Anyone? ... Was that tumbleweed that just blew by?

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I have trouble taking this we

I have trouble taking this website seriously, what with all the references to "competitively priced" "affordable" and "low-cost".

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Micromac Tech

At the bottom of the page it says: Copyright ©1996 - 1999 MicroMac Technology Inc

This page was last modified on May 13, 2000.

I do not think anyone is taking them seriously

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Yeah... I really wonder who i

Yeah... I really wonder who is still paying the hosting bill for that website. No updates in 6 years? Wow.

That said, if it really is just one guy with a garage full of what used to be their products, I bet you could just call 'em up and negotiate a fair, modern price.

I'd like to try that out. Smile

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Called them....

I tried contacting them months ago but I got no answer. I tried again when I saw this post and actually talked to someone. No more Diimo 030's in stock.

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Maybe it's a front for Chines

Maybe it's a front for Chinese spies, or Al Quaeda, or the Bill Gates' Mac Fan Club.

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Anyone nearby care to stop in?

I'm curious, I've wondered about them for years. The address given on their contact page is 27121 Aliso Creek Road, Suite 125, Aliso Viejo, CA, USA 92656

Looking at maps.google.com, it's a few miles NE of Laguna Beach, off RT 73 in an industrial/office park. Be interesting to see what's there, eh?

off 73, Take the Aliso Creek Rd exit - go 0.4 mi, Turn south at Aliso Creek Rd - go 0.8 mi

Heh heh, the listed 800 number now has some kind of 'hot' talk sales pitch on it. I wonder if the address too is no-longer-in-service. I'd stop in except maps.google says it's a 2,798 mi (about 2 days 0 hours) drive from my house. Tongue

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I doubt whether MicroMac are

I doubt whether MicroMac are at the address listed above now. Newer occupants are listed:

http://www.biolucent.com/pdfs/Permission%20Form%202.pdf

I'd check it out too but maps.google says that I can't drive across the atlantic ocean.

Phil

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Carrera

http://micromac.com/products/90mhz_carrera040.html

I'd only be interested to know if the IIsi 90MHz Carrera works in the SE/30...

and just what does 90/45 MHz mean? Although expensive... many accellerator solutions for the SE/30 are still insanely expensive.

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Re: Carrera

catmistake wrote:

and just what does 90/45 MHz mean?

It means that they're lying to you and calling an (overclocked) 45Mhz 68040 a 90Mhz chip because it has a 90mhz clock signal input.

http://www.applefritter.com/node/9619

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I don't know the specifics but...

They are the authors of Tech Tool Pro. So I imagine they gave up on hardware and switched to purely software. Is Tech Tool Pro still an active product? I have versions 2 & 3 and I think I saw version 4 for sale.

They produced the interesting Brainstorm accelerator for the Plus and SE. It is long discontinued, but Sun Remarketing (who is now selling through Ebay) has or had many many of the Brainstorms for Mac Plus available. I picked up five of them. Smile

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Re: I don't know the specifics but...

trag wrote:

They are the authors of Tech Tool Pro.

I believe you're thinking of MicroMat

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Re: I don't know the specifics but...

eeun wrote:
trag wrote:

They are the authors of Tech Tool Pro.

I believe you're thinking of MicroMat

Ooops. You're right. My brain-fart.

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I just got the weirdest mac f

I just got the weirdest mac from MicroMac, it's called the micromac SE, it's where they took a mac se board, put it in a new chassis with an odd graphics card and PDS slot 68030 chip. I wanna use it but i have no idea what signal the graphics card sends out (EGA, CGA, Hercules, it's a DB9 connector), so i am using it as a headless paperweight Sad but if any of you guys know much about this computer, feel free to tell me

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Micro Mac? A Blast from the Past, Sugar!

Goodness. That is a name Miss lil 'ol Vixen hasn't seen in a long, long, LONG time. But I can tell you all about them since Miss Vixen had a brief stint being employeed there as a receptionist when the Macarena ruled the world and the only Bush in the White House belong to a young intern named Monica. ('Cuz between you and me, we all know Hillary has a penis).

Yes, I know, I was probably the sultry, sexy voice that greeted your pleading calls. I would listen to angry customers call in and ask why the damn ThunderCache Pro wasn't shipping, where the Power Master was, and when the damn PowerBoy would ship?!!! I know. I know. Talk about product names bordering on the teetering edge of gay sadomasicsm. But what would you expect? The company was run by, I believe, two German engineers. Oye! Vey! Farfegnugen they weren't. Another man who was their VP would run around half clothed in his BVDs while changing to go the gym. Goodness. Steward Little would be proud, and that's all I'm gonna say.

So long story short, I left before the going got good. From former co-workers I heard the company was bouncing checks and employees would make a mad rush to the bank to cash their checks ASAP before the coffers were depleted for that particular pay period. The company obviously couldn't keep up with the times and ended up back where I believe it started--in the CEO's garage. They no longer exist in Aliso Viejo and for that matter, do they even exist today? Like someone mentioned, their site has been stuck in 1996 for ages.

Sigh...to be so young and talented with my tongue in those hey day 90s. But of course, a girl never states her age and I'm forever 23. On that note, anyone for a Martini?

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Miss Vicious Vixen (The-Slave-to-Your-PowerBoy) Mission Stardust

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Yikes!

Ummm, I don't even know where to start. Sounds like you have some interesting stories, that's for sure.

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That's a wonderful story... I

That's a wonderful story... I hope you'll edit it before the mods come around and have to edit it for you. G rating and everything, you see.
But that certainly does share some good insight onto the company.

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VV's post better not get edited!

Or I swear I'll stuff a malapropism up somebody's overbearing id.

VV's post is one of the liveliest bits of prose this site has seen for a long time, and I love it.

Great stuff VV, and thank you for the memories!

dan k

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