Scott Berkun asks “What are your great machines?” Here are the three machines I thought of when I finished Scott’s post:
Apple LaserWriter 4/600 PS
Scott lists his HP 4L printer. I have an Apple LaserWriter 4/600 PS from 1995 — nearly the same vintage. To date it has never needed repair service. Sadly compatible toner carts are getting rare and expensive.
Five or six years ago I purchased a Farallon EtherMac iPrint Adapter LT, which is a LocalTalk/Ethernet bridge. At the time Farallon was capitalizing on Apple’s decision to drop support for LocalTalk ports on new Macs. The 4/600 is a LocalTalk printer and doesn’t support Ethernet. Thanks to the iPrint the 4/600 is accessible to all the machines on our home network, Macs and Wintels.
KitchenAid K5SS 5 Quart Stand Mixer
The KitchenAid was an engagement or wedding gift circa 1994. It remains a reliable workhorse in our kitchen.
Do you know how most cookie recipes start by directing that the butter should be allowed to soften before creaming with the sugar? Not a concern with the KitchenAid. The butter can go straight from the refrigerator to the mixing bowl.
1991 Honda CRX
In December 1991 I purchased a red Honda CRX with a 5 speed manual. It was the first car I ever purchased new. The CRX was sporty and fun. My wife and I drove that car across the country twice.
I miss it.
But it only sat two. In 2003 we used the CRX as a trade-in on a mini-van. Life changes.
So there you have it: three great machines with over a decade of service (plus an honorable mention for the iPrint).