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  1. Mk.558

    Struggling with an Asant├ęTalk box

    I have heard about people having issues with their Asante AFP bridges. One feature I like about the Farallon iPrint LT is that it has PhoneNET right on the unit. This makes wiring up other computers to share the bridge effortless. Of course if you use AppleTalk connectors then you'll have to use something else. In their "AppleTalk and OS X" pdf, I am compelled to disagree with their statement that "OS/10.x and OS/9.2.x do not support AFP (Apple File Protocol) over AppleTalk. OS/10.x and OS/9.2.x use instead AFS (Apple File Services)." I have had System 3.3/Finder 5.4 connect up to Jaguar. Furthermore, as the AppleShare Client 3.7 Manual specifies, you can force a connection over AppleTalk versus AppleTalk over TCP (the default in 3.7 and above) by holding down the Option/alt key when double-clicking a server. Also I've never heard "OS/10" and "OS/9.2" used before. *insert sarcastic remark about OS/2* EDIT: Forgot to add, the A2SERVER project leaders found out that the famarilar AFP bridges do vary in their internal operation slightly, and this was one of the things they had to account for. As for my iPrint LT, I've never had a single problem with it. If you have only one computer, it could be worth hunting down the fickle-tempered Farallon EtherWave Mac/PB -- unless you have a PPC machine or something with I/O Serial (IIfx, Q900, Q950) or GeoPorts, in which case you should look elsewhere.
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    Image Gallery: Radius Rocket

    That's the proper way to do it. 040 top to bottom. How does that Turbo 040 compare to the Rocket in RW mode? Elfen tells me that you don't get 040 boost until it's loaded the INIT, which makes sense. It's just that to me, the Rocket loads the system right from the top down in 040 mode, so it's more "pure 040".
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    Solar Powered Mac/PC Laptop?

    You mean a eMate? On topic, you'll want a solar panel that can provide twice the total wattage that the computer will ever need. This ensures ample power to charge the battery and run the computer at the same time, whilst still having enough for non-ideal circumstances, such as: - Winter time - Low sun angle - Cloudy days - Non-optimal angle relative to sun or strong light source - Dirt on the panel - The fact that you'll have to have a plastic cover over the panel because glass won't work very well, despite its much better light transmission capabilities - The panel's decay over time (solar panels are typically rated to supply a certain power wattage, but after a certain time, they drop to about 80% of their original output, and that's about the time the warranty runs out) - Stickers that uninformed users will put on the panel ... and so on. Ideally you'd use 3rd (4th in design phase yet?) generation panels but those are costly. Most solar panels of the monocrystaline form have an efficiency range of about 12-15% at best. Polycrystaline panels are cheaper but are not as efficient and take up more space. It's certainly doable. We've been making ultra-low power gadgets and other stuff like that for 30 years now. (Not I, just the industry at large.)
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    Image Gallery: Radius Rocket

    Let's start right off. The Rocket is already installed, software already good to go. Off to the races first with System 6. Let's hope the images don't go down because I won't have backup copies. Radius Rocket under System 6 with RocketWare control panel. Showing Rocket information. It's actually a Rocket 33. All that QuickCAD and Radius MATH comes default. The RadiusWare control panel is usually intended for Radius display cards and monitors. Here, there's another view that shows Rocket cache settings. Let's move on to System 7.1 with RocketWare 1.5. Everything relevant is here. RocketWare cannot run while RocketShare is active. Both are installed at the moment, although as you see in the upper right corner, RocketWare is active. The main RocketWare control panel, with Rocket info window open. No idea what happens when you have more than one Rocket. Turning off the Startup Screen makes the 2nd reboot happen quicker. (In System 6, it takes about 25 seconds to boot from power-on to desktop. System 7 is slightly slower.) About... dialog. Cool icon. Help window. (It's just a PICT image. You can see it in ResEdit.) QuickColor and QuickCAD control panels. QuickColor is for enabling the hardware video acceleration feature of the Rocket, among other hardware video accelerators -- a Radius display card must be installed. QuickCAD is for certain CAD programs which have specific math instructions that the Rocket can handle quicker than stock systems. As you see, the Rocket disables virtual memory. It also makes Disk Copy think there is no floppy drive installed. Let's move on to RocketShare. Mission Control program, Edit menu. Showing main window and Cache Settings. Preferences. Rockets menu. Disks menu. Because of space reasons I had to delete the default Rocket Disk that you can install along with the Installer. It's about 6.5MB and includes a bootable startup folder. I needed the space at the time for other matters, so let's create a new one now. Afterwards, it gets mounted to the desktop, where you can copy things to it like any normal volume. When you're done, you just unmount it, drag the disk to the Rocket, along with any other devices like the FDD, CD drive, another SCSI volume, etc to the Rocket. It's time for liftoff. Press Launch to start the Rocket. I just love that "Launch Now!" text -- has a hint of enthusiasm to it. It plays the same "whoosh" sound that RocketWare plays when it switches over to the Rocket. Active and ready for duty. Rocket info. Has to be restarted between changes. The little Rocket menu has shortcuts. Mainly for when you let it take control of the entire display. I had determined to figure out some way of getting it online inside the Rocket. Previously I have been told it is quite difficult. Mainly, because of the way the Rocket works, it can make a large number of NICs worthless. Enter the Cayman Systems GatorBox. Add MacTCP 2.1 and ... what compatibility problem? CheckNET showing all the units involved. iglooLF4 is my iMac G4 using 9.2.2. What happens when things go wrong? Well, conveniently enough, my DSP card ate the dust, and I was using composite SIMMs. Last one is a no-no. With RocketWare. Shows this dialog after all the INITs and CDEVs are loaded. RocketShare. The crashed and broken rocket made me chuckle the first time I saw it. Impressions? Well, under System 6, it's awesome. Bullet-train feel. You know you're cooking with gas. System 7 is a little slower. Part of it is that System 7, with its many improvements, is still slower than System 6. I think you'll be more likely to convince yourself there *is* an improvement in System 7 with just day-to-day casual stuff because of the Placebo Effect. Does it make a difference? Yeah, probably 10-20%. The Rocket is more or less aimed for people who used their machines for work. The best example I can think of is when you'd have a SCSI image scanner attached, with an external HDD off the same SCSI bus running off a SCSI-2 Rocket daughtercard. Add 32MiB of RAM, and you can offload all that dirty CPU intensive work to the Rocket using RocketShare. I was using the IIci's vampire video. You won't want to do that. The lag you get in RocketShare is annoying. The manual says 4MiB of RAM is the minimum the motherboard needs, which is true. In fact all you will be able to do is launch RocketShare and not much else. The IIci had 8MiB on board, as you saw, which is not enough, really. Upgrade it? That's a dicey proposition because this machine has those dreadful plastic SIMM clips. (That bean counter...) One clip is already broken off...probably best left alone. I'm really happy that I got to play with one of these babies. They're not without their downsides (sound won't work inside RocketShare, networking via Ethernet is painful, ...) but I can finally tick this box off my list of Things To Play With. Also -- Achievement: Run System 6 on a 68040 processor. Still, I did get networking going inside RocketShare, as you see. I don't think anything else will work, except IPNetRouter. As for networking via Ethernet and AFP, the Rocket under System 6 posted the fastest ever old Mac bitrate: That's hard to beat. Perhaps if you had a vaunted Daystar Turbo 040 at 40MHz...that'd be something to look at. Have a great day!
  5. No. 512K, 512Ke, Plus, and SE. SE FDHD (1.44MB drive upgrade) I'm not sure about. There was discussion about a strange INIT for the SE/30, but nobody has it anywhere. The Mac II is still up on the air: I seem to recall something about the HD20 with the Mac II. You'd probably need some kind of NuBUS card because the Mac II doesn't have a floppy drive port, or hack some kind of weird thing which hooks into one of the floppy connectors on the motherboard. IFAIK the Classic II was the last one to have a port on the back for an external FDD. Even if you could plug it in, the ROMs won't have support for the HD20 in the first place.
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    How compress file from modern Mac into Compact Mac?

    Just be careful, the Netatalk ./configure string is not correct there. You can't use --enable-zeroconf until Netatalk 2.2, and you don't need --enable-ddp until Netatalk 2.2 which disabled DDP by default. Unless, of course, you are using Netatalk 2.2a1 through 2.2.5. (I had problems with Zeroconf. Don't use it unless you can figure out what's going on wrong with it.) For Netatalk 2.1.6, use this: ./configure --enable-debian --sysconfdir=/etc --with-uams-path=/usr/lib/netatalk --with-ssl-dir=/usr/lib/ If you want to use CUPS for print jobs (I don't mention anything about printing, as I don't even have a printer and there's so many of them that it's not worth it for me) or Apple IIGS netbooting, then you can add the --enable-a2boot and/or --enable-cups flags. Version 3.2 update, which might come out in about two months, will be substantially better. More content, too. ,
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    How compress file from modern Mac into Compact Mac?

    Seems a little tedious. There is a speed control in Mini vMac? Control + S, then A. All out. Also Basilisk II should have a UNIX Root volume on a Mac, on a PC there is a directory browser with C, D, E et cetera drives. Netatalk: In my signature.
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    How compress file from modern Mac into Compact Mac?

    I am a big fan of CompactPro. Lightweight, runs under System 4.1 or greater (requires a 512Ke or above), has a built-in BinHex encoder/decoder, and just...works. Use Mini vMac or another emulator like Basilisk II to take the files, compress them, encode them via BinHex if you're using FTP, and push them over the wires. Not all Disk Copy 6.1.2+ images are compressed. Some are, and only DC 6.1.2+ can open them. You need a 68020 or higher to convert or create a Read-Only Compressed disk images. Make coffee in the meantime -- I tried converted a DC 6.3.3 Read/Write image to Read-Only Compressed and it took about seven minutes.
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    My first 68K Mac : a SE/30

    A scraggly grin is what I see... The first thing you'll want to do is take it apart and repair/replace all the capacitors on the logic board (there's an image to help you with that in my signature). The PRAM battery is famous for causing colossal damage, it should be inspected and replaced at once. Cleaning out the FDD is a really good idea too, they're usually gunked up with 10 year old dust from Argentina or wherever. Just don't touch the heads, or you'll be buying a new drive! Networking: There's an extensive link in my signature which elaborates on this. It should be updated in a little while which will make it much more accurate and comprehensive. I wouldn't bother with Zip unless you need it, although a bigger HDD and more RAM should also be on your list. I had 32MiB of RAM in my late one and it was plenty for anything. P.S. 10.3 will mount a 7.0.1 server, but you need the File Sharing Extension from 7.5.3. P.P.S. Your English is fine. Better than about 10% of English-only speakers/writers.
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    LocalTalk to Ethertalk?

    There is no need to upgrade the AppleShare Client in System 6, but it is a pretty good idea. The proper one to use is AppleShare WS 3.5. Netatalk is a touchy subject. Version 2.2 introduced a number of changes, many which I would like to use -- security, better handling of newer machines with OS X, and other things. However, 2.1.6 just *works* so I use that. I have gotten a 512K (could have been a 512Ke) with System 3.3/Finder 5.4 and AppleShare 1.1 linked up to OS X Jaguar, Netatalk 2.1.6 and 2.2.4. I got build errors when compling with the --enable-zeroconf option.
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    MacTerminal 1.1 MacBinary file transfers

    I looked at MacTerminal 1.1 in Mini vMac. It doesn't support Hardware Handshake. Either none or Xon/Xoff which is software handshake. You could probably try that, I'm not exactly sure on how Xon/Xoff works. But HSK requires CTS/RTS lines, it's not supported by the other machine, so...I'd probably have to pick up a DE-9 (it's not DB-9) RS232 tester and see if the CTS/RTS lines blip the LEDs when I use software handshake. Try software handshake and compare it to none. I have MacTerminal 2.2 here and it looks exactly the same. However, instead of just offering XModem and Text file transfer (I will investigate the Text anamoly you found and see if it is "fixed" in MacTerminal 2.2 or 2.3.1), it has MacBinary, XModem Text, MacTerminal 1.1, Text and "Straight XModem". I also have procured MacTerminal 2.3.1, the last version of 2.x, (2.2 is the last to work on a 128K) and it looks identical to 2.2. (All top out at 19200bps.) MacTerminal 3.0 I have yet to play with on a real machine. I will hopefully have a chance to play with a 512K in the future so I'll look at the wiring and fiddle with the terminal apps. As always, I will take copious notes and put down my findings in the Serial Data Interlinks section of the Guide. I don't have a MacTerminal subsection there but I hope to get that done. EDIT: BTW what is your xfer speed set to? Hopefully you do have a more capable terminal on the other end that can show errors/missed data packets/etc like ZTerm can. If you have it set to 19200bps and it works A+ then I guess that's going to be the most you're going to get out of it. (I used 38400bps on the LCII test box because 57600 wasn't so hot.)
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    MacTerminal 1.1 MacBinary file transfers

    I got Mini vMac to start up MacTerminal 1.1. It appears that the only flow control it supports is either Software (Xon/Xoff) or none. Software flow control vs hardware isn't something I have tested personally back to back. I do know that if you have an option for hardware flow control (CTS RTS), you should used it. I would be quite pleased to have a go at fiddling with it on a 512K. It seems that it does have an option to send a file as Text but as my Receive option is greyed out (most likely because I have no active connection), you may be correct about binary files only. I had located MacBinary II 1.0.1 ...around the web. It only works with System 6 and above. This is why I don't care much for MacBinary archives. BinHex 4.0 just...works and is multi-platform. I found a worthy quote that I'll put in the next (and final) release of the Guide (source is the Handbook of Data Compression): Still, if you say PackIt works well, then I will investigate it, and note its type & creator information for reference alongside the other mini-library of type & creator codes. You should try out MacTerminal 2.2. It's the last version that will run on a 128K and should be just dandy on a 512K. I didn't get a chance to play with it before my LCII went KAPOW.
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    MacTerminal 1.1 MacBinary file transfers

    haha BixHex I'm pleased you found a solution that ought to work for your setup. Permit me then, to describe a couple of differences in procedure: 1) I like BinHex 4.0. The reason is that it is more compatible. BinHex files should survive any platform implementation or file transfer method. As long as you use TEXT when you send the file in HyperTerminal/minicom/ZTerm/whatever you're fine. MacBinary does have a slight kerfuffle with MIME types when sending across the internet but most email providers should be already smart about that. Also BinHex has many cross-platform decoders and encoders -- even OS X 10.5+ has it in the command line. 2) CompactPro can create self-extracting archives. I compressed KidPix, which is 200KiB, into a .sea of 60KiB. Adding BinHex 4.0 encoding raised it to 78KiB. I have never used or heard of PackIt before but I suppose it works fine. 3) Your DE9 RS422 to DE9 RS232 setup is interesting, using DSR and DTR over CTS and RTS. Your page omits details of bitrate and handshaking but I did notice that not using hardware handshake (CTS & RTS) was a significant speed detractor. 4) I have yet to even mention RS232 over RJ45. This could make a USB to RS232 adapter obsolete but I think I should conduct more research.
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    Profile: Newer Tech UltraDock 16sce

    Well I guess that wasn't a real popular post, but maybe someday someone will wander in courtesy of Google/str("Your Favorite Search Engine") and find it useful. Cheers.
  15. There are a few options for docks for PowerBook Duos. The first, is the regular Duo Dock or Duo Dock II. The second, which is probably the most common, is the official Apple MiniDock. It's a decent dock, has enough ports to make it comparable to a LC series machine or a regular PowerBook. But there are three docks that are The Ones To Have: 1) Newer Technologies UltraDock 16sce; 2) eMachines EtherDock; 3) the NewerTech MicroDock with Ethernet. The UltraDock is what we'll look at today; the EtherDock apparently won't work with the Duo 280 and the 2300c; and the MicroDock is basically like the floppy microdock except it has Ethernet and I think it has ADB as well. All three are somewhat hard to find. The unit has a reset button, power input, ADB, 25-pin "Macintosh size" SCSI port (Apple tied all the ground pins together, which is why it's not 50 pins, like it is supposed to be), PowerBook floppy connector (HDI-20), Macintosh display out to a maximum of 1024x768 pixels, stereo out, and RJ-45 10BASE-T Ethernet. Overall, it's a good dock to have, if you are a passionate Duo collector. It doesn't block the "Modem/Printer" serial port nor the built-in 14.4Kbps modem, if equipped. I believe it has 1MiB of VRAM onboard, or it could be 768KiB. Target Disk Mode is activated in the UltraDock control panel, along with a few other features like disabling the internal display (requires a restart, and if you undock without setting it back, you'll be stuck with no video). Here's a glimpse of the control panel (the focus on the screenshot was not on the UltraDock panel, it was just a generic screenshot for 7.6.1 under greyscale): Annoyingly, there is a prompt from the Ethernet software that comes with the UltraDock if the Ethernet plug is disconnected just after a fresh boot. Also I discovered that with a Duo 230 display on a 2300c motherboard, the first cold boot (with no power connected and the battery toasted) with a dead PRAM battery will cause the 230 display to display nothing until it is restart again. So I would start it up, let it get to the Finder (all with a black screen) and then shut it down with the Power button, then reboot it. Another computer that doesn't do so well with a bad PRAM battery -- but the 2300c display works fine. At one point in time, I had two UltraDocks. Let's have a look at them. We'll start by looking at the profile of a standard Apple MiniDock: The MiniDock elevates the back by about ten degrees. (Okay I didn't measure it...but it's about ten or fifteen degrees.) The UltraDock does the same: Now here we have a couple of images showing them together (Duo 2300cTB in the background): Here are two UltraDocks, side by side of the innards therein: EMI shield removed: Curiously, when I opened them up, one has a regular EMI shield surrounding the main board, while the other relies on a coat of anti-EMI material on the inside of the shell. It's probably applied with thermal spraying. Here's the detail of the latter: Notice the large cavity underneath the main board. It's actually quite roomy inside there. One of our comrades, Bunsen I believe, has been reported to stuff a Ethernet to WiFi adapter along with a lithium-polymer battery down there. Neat. Back to board images: Is it a good dock? Yes. How much are they worth? About 50 to 60 dollars. Better than the standard MiniDock? Absolutely. Unlike the MiniDock the UltraDock cannot be ejected when the machine is put to sleep -- has to be shut down to safely remove. The other is the Newer Technologies MicroDock, which I have only seen one for sale on LEMSwap (might have an ADB plug as well). Should use the same driver diskette because the Installer does let you choose between MicroDock and UltraDock series. Never seen an image of one, but that obscure Japanese website on Duo Docks might have a photo of one. There's also an eMachines NetDock. I have also heard of the eMachines Presenter which has just ADB and Macintosh display out -- probably not worth much. The original price for a UltraDock 16sc (no Ethernet) was $449 back in the day and $499 for the 16sce (with Ethernet): source here: http://www.smalldog.com/kibbles/9/. All the docks you see here have found their way to two members here. I can't say who but they know who they are. Still, if all you need to do with your Duo is networking, you could do fine with pseudo-PPP dialup, terminal file transfers or just a AFP bridge.
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