And for some traditionalists, the candy-colored iMac and the new G4 Cube will never replace it. The design looks modern even today. But the Web site called LowEndMac, which describes and posts rankings of older Macintoshes for collectors and die-hard fans, designated the Color Classic a "road apple" (a technological dud) because of its unbearably slow 16-megahertz processor and Appleis decision not to offer parts that let users upgrade their machines.
That does not stop fans like the Rev. Stuart Bell, who ministers to his parishioners in Sussex, England, by day and finds unorthodox ways of keeping his Color Classic up to date by night. He replaced the original circuit board with a PowerMac board, which he then upgraded with a 275-megahertz G3 chip.
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