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    Documenting the Macintosh hardware graphics stack (NuBus/built-in/SCSI, QuickDraw and OpenGL acceleration, etc.)

    I don't have any sources to link to or anything, but anecdotally the heyday of QuickDraw 3D was the mid-to-late 90s. Most memorably most of the classic Pangea Software games (Mighty Mike/Power Pete, Nanosaur, Bugdom) rely on it.
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    Cheap and simple ADB to USB converter

    Do you see anything that would prevent this from working with a Pro Micro compatible board such as the Elite-C?
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    Idea/dream/wish: Exposé for classic Mac OS

    Very cool idea, and a meaningful experience enhancement for classic Mac OS. It looks like only the "show desktop" portion of Exposé is covered here, is there any interest in the window overview portion? It might not be as practical on devices with smaller screens due to the number of pixels...
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    Is it possible to make modern replica PowerPC Macs?

    In my mind the main benefit of building a "new" vintage mac would be the ability to design it to work with a standard form factor, e.g. ATX/micro-ATX/mini-ITX, which would enable the use of cases with vastly superior airflow and modern conveniences like dust filters and dedicated cable...
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    OS X 10.2 vs 10.4 on Quicksilver

    Same here. On the little 400Mhz G3 Summer 2000 iMac I was using at the time Jaguar was a remarkable improvement over either of the two previous versions. 10.1 was so minor that it probably could've been a point update for 10.0, mainly just addressing some of 10.0's crashiness. In comparison...
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    Nice conversion of iMac G4 with an M1 inside

    Yeah I definitely feel that. The form factor is cool enough to design a new case around, though… it'd be pricey but I could see 3D printing or CNCing a dome case for such a build. The arm would be harder but there are decent looking VESA arm segments one could design around which would then open...
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    Nice conversion of iMac G4 with an M1 inside

    Or if you wanted to put in a fan anyway, it wouldn't have to be a noisy one. Just grab a nice slim Noctua and use a splitter to cap RPM, which would be nearly inaudible and enough airflow to prevent throttling after 10 minutes of load. If you wanted to get fancy you could put in some nylon...
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    How come no got Classic to work on 10.5 Leopard?

    I would imagine that at minimum, one would need to be running a custom kernel with the Classic support bits from the 10.4 kernel spliced in, among other things. Probably feasibly doable, assuming those bits are present in the open sourced kernel code, but it'd have to be done by someone with...
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    How come no got Classic to work on 10.5 Leopard?

    Sorry for the momentary veer off-topic, but would you mind elaborating on this? Is OS 9 just more unstable on these or it more of a speed thing? I don't doubt what you're saying, but it's unfortunate because I had been looking at getting an MDD as an ultimate OS 9 machine, mainly due to its...
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    TenFourFox development has ended

    I may be wrong but I think the future of browsers on older platforms is probably going to look more like new web engines (and accompanying JS engines) written specifically for use on systems with limited resources, wrapped in native platform chrome. Or, perhaps a fork of WebKit that's been...
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    Modern G4 Cube PSU replacement?

    Excellent, very interested to hear of the results. One of the things that made me hesitant to buy a cube is the PSU that's bound to croak sooner than later with any level of usage.
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    Reverse Engineering the Macintosh LC III Logicboard

    I'm curious about something similar, except the rework instead making the board fit a standard form factor, e.g. mini-ITX/micro-ATX/ATX so it can be placed in a commodity case. Sacrilegious maybe, but prudent with the cases of so many of these old Macs disintegrating due to aging plastic.
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    Homebrew Mac case replacements

    Wow, so much information here. More than enough to get started with, thanks guys!
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    USB-ADB Converters. Tinkerboy, Drakware, or Wombat?

    Another benefit of the DIY route is that if you want to, you can use drop-in replacement boards for the Pro Micro/Teensy like the Elite-C to get USB-C connectivity and have one less reason to keep those pesky mini/micro USB cables around.
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    USB-ADB Converters. Tinkerboy, Drakware, or Wombat?

    I have a Drakware adapter that I've utilized for connecting an AEKII to my work/home setup (a couple modern Macs + a winbox). Feels just like using a native USB device as far as I can tell. I also have the parts for a Pro Micro TMK-based adapter as detailed in this GeekHack thread, which seems...
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    Homebrew Mac case replacements

    Yeah, designing and building a case definitely isn't trivial no matter how it's approached. My thought was to use something readily commercially available like slotted angle bars or t-slot framing to build a frame, on which laser cut aluminum panels ordered from services like SendCutSend and...
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    Homebrew Mac case replacements

    Does anybody here have experience with fabricating custom cases for their old Macs? What materials did you use and how much of a challenge was it? I’ve been toying around with designs for a case replacement for MDD G4s that adds modern niceties (ATX PSU support, room for better CPU cooler...
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