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  • Does anyone have a wiring diagram for a direct Raspberry Pi Zero GPIO -> Classic Mac serial connection? (UARTs differ between multiple Pi models)
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    Phipli
    Phipli
    That isn't a thing, one is UART and the other is RS422. One is TTL, the other is differential pairs.

    At the very least you'd need to make some kind of adapter circuit.
    C
    cheesestraws
    You don't need to speak differential signalling into the Mac's serial ports. I think you ground RXD+ and the port goes into RS232 mode. So all you need is an RS232 driver and the right wiring. You still need some hardware, but nothing as scary as differential signalling.
    luRaichu
    luRaichu
    my brain hurts
    What's a cheap, easy, and super compact way to step down a 5v signal to 3.3v without a logic level converter? I'm not doing serial or any complicated communication protocol, it's just an on/off switch basically. and I only need one-way functionality
    Is there a 68k image manipulation software (other than Photoshop) that has basic support for layers and layer transparency?
    joshc
    joshc
    GraphicConverter might although I’m not sure about layers. The current version does but I’m not sure about the old ones.

    There were some Photoshop alternatives back then. CorelPaint I think was around in the 68k days.

    Photoshop was king though - version 3 runs well on 68k machines and was the first version with layers.
    Powerbase
    Powerbase
    Yeah, this was way before pre-prescription evil-Adobe days. I think Photoshop was actually pretty good back then. I know of Corel PhotoPaint (as already mentioned) but I don't know if that stretches back to the 68K era.
    How do I set my PowerBook 180's external video as the primary monitor? I'd like to get the Apple menu up on the VGA TFT and use it like a desktop
    Phipli
    Phipli
    And if you hold option you can drag the startup screen over too.
    Phipli
    Phipli
    To move the menu bar (I only have one monitor on the emulator, so imagine there is a second to drag it to)
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    Then to change the startup screen, HOLD OPTION, and drag the happy Mac to the other screen.
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    luRaichu
    luRaichu
    Thanks! It works.
    @Brooklyn Thanks for the PowerBook 180, I'm really enjoying itIMG_5706.JPG
    Any way to split a file in half for transfer over Mac floppies & reassembly on the target machine?
    Phipli
    Phipli
    I think DropStuff does it if you look in preferences.
    luRaichu
    luRaichu
    I used Split & Join to copy over Netscape. It works fine.
    What's that program you use to set a large image as your wallpaper? I use 7.1.1
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    finkmac
    finkmac
    there's a few tools you can use. deskpicture was integrated into later macOS I think. Décor is commonly used...
    Apple Keyboard II ~ Before and after
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    Iesca
    Iesca
    Congrats! I have one that was in similar shape, including leaves and debris inside, and a rusty backing plate. It's all cleaned up, although the keyboard membrane was also damaged, so many of the keys don't work properly. The membrane doesn't *appear* damaged, but obviously something's not making a connection. :(
    3lectr1cPPC
    3lectr1cPPC
    I can always appreciate a good keyboard cleaning.
    croissantking
    croissantking
    What a transformation.
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    What did .mobi websites look like?
    finkmac
    finkmac
    I think you can search wayback for particular tlds?
    Phipli
    Phipli
    Surely it only shows what it was like if you render it on a period phone, otherwise it is just half modern browser, half old. Pulling up a WAP site wouldn't look like it did on my early 2000s Motorola dumb phone.
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    finkmac
    finkmac
    there's a WAP simulator that nokia provided I think. could run mobi sites through that I bet.
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    I guess dodgy eBay sellers are trying to cash in to the PowerBook craze now
    3lectr1cPPC
    3lectr1cPPC
    Those have been around for years and work fine. Probably the same listings that have been around for decades. It's unusual to see chargers sold for such old laptops nowadays, but in this case, it's such a standard plug and voltage that it must still be worth it for them.
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    demik
    demik
    Got one a few years ago from Amazon. They are fine and as 3lectr1cPPC said they have been around for a while
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    joshc
    joshc
    They are fine, not dodgy, just cheap. A universal m/adjustable one would do the same job.
    Anybody know a PCB prototyping service that'll let you just get 1 or 2 boards made? Not 5?
    If not I guess I'll have to build my own PCB lab
    luRaichu
    luRaichu
    Five bare PCBs are cheap, but I wanted to have them assembled with SMD components by the PCB company. That's where having five boards sends the price through the roof.

    In case you were wondering I'm trying to DIY this project which hasn't launched yet (because I literally cannot wait): https://sr.ht/~jacqueline/tangara/
    Daniël
    Daniël
    You're mainly paying for setup costs and time on the pick and place machine and solder oven line on that. Two boards would likely still run about the same.
    C
    cheesestraws
    At least with JLCPCB, you can order 5 bare PCBs and get them to only populate two.
    I had another weird Mac dream. This time it was a PowerBook 140 that kept restarting in a loop before the Happy Mac appeared. I "reflashed" the ROM from a Linux box and it worked fine after that.
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