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  1. nglevin

    Kida on a IIe

    Was Kid Pix on the IIe? I remember Rocky's Boots being fun... and Apple LOGO II, of course.
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    Daystar Genesis MP 600 + WGS 60

    I have a fondness for Rhapsody, Mac OS X 10.2 and Mac OS X 10.5. Rhapsody is kind of tricky to keep running as IIRC it changes some boot settings (in Open Firmware?) which are only kept alive by the good graces of your PRAM battery if you ever happen to disconnect your Mac from power. That might be the source of the corruption you witnessed. "Blue Box" also had a tendency to become less stable through continued usage. It was a public beta, after all.
  3. I am interested, having gone through at least three PSUs over the years.
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    PowerExpress/PowerMac 9700 Prototype

    Some fellow on Twitter recorded this as a video. Not isolated from background noise and missing two of your bezels, but still.
  5. ConcertWare+, which he identifies towards the end of his latest video (Macintosh ... corrections). At first I thought it was a Steve Capps music app, but no, turns out it's a full synthLAB equivalent with music notation that still mostly runs fine on System 6. Neat!
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    Centris 610 and other things

    I still see a number of db15 to VGA adapters on eBay, with and without dip switches, from Chinese and USA sellers. It helps if you zero in on the exact type of product and its specs, for upgrades. Model numbers, type of RAM (30 pin SIMMs), and so on. If you want speed, you probably will be happier with setting up a hard drive, partition, or equivalent with System 6.0.8L for most bits, especially if you're planning on keeping the RAM stock. There will definitely be some games that require System 7 but most games (even Marathon fwiw) and HyperCard will run fine on 6.
  7. Did you try going back in time?
  8. A small bump, but I can report that, if you turn off saving passwords to the system keychain and the auto-updater, GyazMail 1.5.21 works fine in Mac OS X 10.3 through 10.14. It's a shareware client that costs $18. The developer has had the wisdom to add sensible defaults, like turning off downloading images in HTML and triggering privacy-violating read receipts that caused a fuss a few months ago. Everything's customizable to a good degree. I think it's worth it. Michael J. Tsai gave it a nice shout out in the midst of reporting on Catalina woes. I can confirm that it works well on modern IMAP with SSL.
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    .dsk raw floppy format?

    Some of us settled on Mac OS X Leopard Server and VMware Fusion, in the absence of a solution like FuseHFS for the latest Fuse for macOS. As far as mounting the disk images with a double click in Finder, for any given Mac OS X going at least as far back as when Tiger introduced the file system metadata system that Spotlight is based on, if you change the file extension from "dsk" to "img" then Finder will attempt to mount the image through DiskImageMounter.app. The underlying hdiutil ends up sniffing the file headers and some other bits on the disk image to figure out what the image actually is, it doesn't really care about the file extension. The best solution for backwards compatibility on Mac OS is to keep some (virtual, actual) machines going with an earlier Mac OS X. As many are finding right now with Catalina.
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    .dsk raw floppy format?

    I'm confused about this conclusion: This is incorrect. MFS and HFS are both well supported by System 6; HFS support was supplied in the ROM of the Mac Plus (wikipedia). HFS is readable and writable on Mac OS X from 10.0 to 10.5, before the support for writing to HFS disks was dropped in 10.6. You might be confusing "HFS" with HFS+ aka HFS Extended, which was introduced in Mac OS 8.1 with some limitations. Are you using a Mac 128k? That would be the only situation where you need to transfer data as MFS back and forth between your Macs, which is a fair bit more tricky than the HFS route. Otherwise HFS is probably what you want.
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    Soph's mac finds

    This was a fun benchmark to run. All on Quadra motherboard video, with a Thunder/24 acting as the QuickColor accelerator and what I now realize is an incredibly underrated L2 cache card from DiiMO, called the "Quadra Cache" in the silk screen on the PDS card. @beachycove I have to apologize for my claims. It looks like while I can turn QuickDraw acceleration on when the Thunder isn't driving any video, the performance boost is instead a net loss. Which wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't also reflected in the numbers every time the Quadra L2 cache card was active. I guess I now have a free Nubus slot. MacBench3ResultsQ800L2QC.sit
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    Soph's mac finds

    I'll try digging into it next weekend! I know I have at least one benchmark that tests QuickDraw to try on it. It has been awhile since I've done much benchmarking with the Quadra. I'd also like to try it with and without the DiiMO QuadraCache PDS card I have for it, to see if that also makes some difference. There's should also be some boost for Photoshop by having the optional GWorld Memory plugin enabled, just by having a Radius Thunder card plugged in. It should work for a standard PrecisionColor, too.
  13. To be completely honest with you, it was a tongue-in-cheek means of plugging the project. Perhaps effective at that. Though I was following some train of thought that went something like, SheepShaver was originally created to bridge an applications gap with BeOS during its PowerPC years by bringing over Mac apps with the right hooks to support a full System 7 environment. MACE is bridging that same gap, with an earlier version of the Macintosh Toolbox, in a more interesting way.
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    Make 8.1 look like system 7

    Appearance Manager 1.0.4 has the ability to turn off applying the Apple Platinum style on all apps, except for those that need Platinum (Transmit, Mac OS 8 Finder). Should be a checkbox in the Appearance control panel. It works perfectly fine on Mac OS 8.1. For the Finder, you'll need to combine that with the finder from Mac OS 7.6.1. Mind you that some extensions will break in that arrangement, because you're using an earlier Finder with a newer System folder. The biggest offenders I know of are Speed Doubler 8 and the Japanese Language Kit.
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    Some software I have, are any of these rare?

    Value with second hand software is funny. In the way that, you can see copies of old Adobe stuff such as the later iterations of the Creative Suite going for hundreds on brand recognition and acknowledged use, while the vast majority of software that has no mainstream recognition can sit forever at $9.99 regardless of how obscure it really is. The other problem is, with computers, they're not like vintage video games in that you can pop them in a set top box and, boom, it works or it doesn't. Anything involving networks is likely to fall into extreme obscurity, and that goes for most Mac stuff too. Classic, PPC OS X, perhaps anything that shipped in a box at this point in time. We do have a Trading Post for actual trades, if the intent was selling to this community. Admittedly it's probably in better faith to do price assessment on your own if that was what you ultimately wanted to do. As your potential buyers we might not be the best judges of that. My vote is still to preserve it before the disks decay, if they haven't started to yet. Respectfully, that's up to you, whether it's for a private collection or a place like the Internet Archive.
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