1986It was the year that The Hacker Manifesto was written, Halley's Comet was in the skies, the Chernobyl reactor disaster occurred and the Voyager aircraft did the first round-the-world flight without refueling. The year started on an auspicious note on January 14 with the introduction of the Mac Plus.
At the time, this was a heck of a computer. 1 MB of RAM (kids, that IS correct -- one megabyte), which could be expanded to 4 MB, a single 800 KB floppy disk drive and an SCSI port. The SCSI port allowed the Mac Plus to be attached (and not without a lot of pain) to external peripherals such as SCSI hard disk drives and scanners. It was a speedy machine, with a Motorola 68000 CPU crunching along at 8 MHz. The base machine sold for US$2,599.
Fast-forward to 2011. For a mere pittance, you can pick up a Mac Plus on eBay or at a garage sale. And, if you're Terrence Scoville, you'll use your ingenuity to turn that Mac Plus into an amazing helmet for DJ Kid Chameleon. The helmet features a gutted Mac Plus, strategically located sponges and an iPad to turn Kid's head into a work of art. There's video after the break, and if you happen to be anywhere near Glendale, CA this evening, be sure to see this helmet in action at LA Art Mix.