The old builds the new

by Giles Turnbull

This Flickr set of pictures from the inside of the Apple manufacturing plant in Ireland is interesting for all sorts of reasons, but the one thing that caught my eye most was the way the staff on the factory floor depend on old Macintosh computers to keep things working smoothly.

Just because you’re putting together the latest models of iMac and MacBook, it doesn’t mean you can’t get your job done with an aging G3 Blueberry iMac - maybe an eMac if you’re lucky.

The canteen food doesn’t look very appetising, though.

UPDATE:As noted in the comments, the photos in this set appear to have been deleted. Ho hum. Use your imaginations instead: above the heads of the factory staff, old iMacs and eMacs were suspended on a rack. Elsewhere, even older machines (again, see the comments) lurked on shelves. And the food? A bacon sandwich.

ANOTHER UPDATE:I got this amusing comment from a reader: I worked in Apple Cork facilities in the late 1990s. They were still using LocalTalk (peer-to-peer PhoneNet) networks, QuickMail, and pizza-box Performas with custom FileMaker databases (for quality control) on lines that were building Wallstreet and Yosemite (which everyone pronounced "yo-see-mighty"). My own computer was a PowerBook 5300 that was made up of three broken 5300s; it had a cracked case and couldn't close. Still, I can't fault Apple -- those machines did
their jobs and wouldn't die.



2007-01-15 10:01:30
The canteenfood's typically what people in Ireland eat for breakfast!
Wink Martidale
2007-01-15 10:59:36
All of the photos have been deleted!
2007-01-15 12:05:16
The food up there really isn't too bad :-)

And there are a lot of old Macs up there. As far as I remember the oldest ones are SE or SE/30's.

2007-01-18 04:38:11
Has anyone mentioned that you look like Giles the Watcher, from Buffy the Vampire Slayer? :)