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  1. CPU Upgrade / Overclocking Centris 650

    I'm not even sure how I can really address the "what was it like" question. I remember having access to Price Waterhouse (not yet Coopers') consulting's private Intranet via Lotus Notes and marveling over their extensive collection of Windows 3.1 icons. I remember having an entire low-grade synthesizer (the Roland MT-32) to give my Sierra games better quality music, before 16 bit soundcards and wavetables became standard. And they sounded freaking amazing compared to any Nintendo at the time. I remember magazines on CD-ROM being offered as an alternative to the then-highly expensive online services of Prodigy, Compuserve, Imagination Network, etc for those of us who didn't want to tolerate plebian dial-up BBSes. They were based on cross-platform HyperCard-like software, used to be several of those programs out there. Among them, Macromedia Director nee Shockwave was spun out of a late 80s HyperCard add-on that gave HC good animation. I remember JPEG accelerator cards being a brief niche market before CAD software required its own hardware-based accelerator. Sound cards were more popular though, probably because the IBM PC speaker BEEP BEEP BEEP wasn't so pleasing to the ears. But at the end of the day, computers were awkward business machines that I found hilarious, and to this day, I still think they are awkward business machines with limitations that I find hilarious.
  2. ...oh, it looks like they removed those tools to handle AppleDouble in recent versions of OS X. Somewhere around the Sierra or High Sierra timeframe. Awesome. long sigh Well, I'm sure there's some alternative out there. The official tooling was mighty convenient with git commit hooks, tho.
  3. Don't forget that Git will merrily strip away HFS(+) resource forks. If you have any plans to use Git to archive your CWP sources, projects and rsrc files. Dash Board for Newton OS found what is probably the best solution for that, if you have access to an OS X machine; https://github.com/masonmark/Dash-Board-for-Newton-OS#act-vii--git tl;dr, use OS X's built in AppleDouble converter to preserve the forks into something UNIX friendly.
  4. I've been able to use my B&W rev 2 without any PRAM battery, Maxell paranoia perhaps getting the best of me. It boots Mac OS 9.2.2 right up without any complaints. Rhapsody was a bit harder, between the OS being more touchy about disk partitioning and Rhapsody's custom boot process requiring PRAM adjustments. So long as the computer was plugged in, the PRAM battery wasn't necessary, but as soon as I left it unplugged for a few minutes...
  5. Sherry's finds

    If 4 MB of RAM can handle it*, try putting QuickTime 2.5 on it. Should run pretty well on System 6, compact Mac with that accelerator. I had to use "Simple Player" from one of the QuickTime Alpha/Beta disks floating out on the interwebs, since QT's Movie Player requires System 7. Works perfectly fine on HyperCard 2.x as well! * - and it should. It is possible to get System 7.5.5 with QT 2.5 running on 4 MB of RAM, with a reduced set of extensions.
  6. Quadra 650 ATX/MicroMac Conversion

    Send me a PM re: 68040. I've got a 33 Mhz in storage plugged into a Nubus card, it'll be a week or two before it's unearthed.
  7. "Radeon 7200" was a rebranded original Radeon with SDR memory instead of DDR memory, from back when ATI's number-something-zero-zero scheme was supposed to correspond to DirectX API support. Although that was a bit fuzzy, as the 9000 and 9200 were DX9 compatible but didn't support the full set of DX9 APIs. Not sure why that was. Mac OS 9 supports OpenGL 1.x with ARB extensions. Apple's OpenGL 1.2.1 system extension is allegedly a wrapper around their proprietary graphics API (RAVE), but the ATI OpenGL driver for the 9200 does support 1.3 and 1.4 features. Haven't really dug in with CWP to see exactly what. I imagine it would be identical to what the ATI cards support for OpenGL on Windows.
  8. Clamshell iBook!

    I never did address the Office problem, didn't want to dominate this thread. 2001 is the latest that runs on OS 9, 2004 is the best for a PPC OS X computer, 2008 is the last version that will run on a PPC OS X computer but it was a not well optimized rewrite with some breaking changes from 2004. If you want a writing companion, 2001 and 2004 are best for the machine. Compatibility with modern Office is messy unless you have another machine to save to pre-docx/xlsx/etc formats. Even then, the conversion can be lossy for fonts and advanced formatting. It's something you'll have to strongly consider if you're serious about using the clamshell for school work. You might have better luck with Google Docs on a Chromebook for docx/etc compatibility. Really, I've filled out docx forms with sensitive info while riding on a train using that setup. Docs has come a long, long way from when it was a slightly janky word processor called "Writely". Disclaimer: I do work for Google, where a "work Chromebook" works extremely well for perhaps obvious reasons. But then, if you ever need to use a more obscure software package, a cheap generic PC laptop or an early Macbook running some Windows might work even better. It all depends on what the campus will support.
  9. Does anyone have Codewarrior 2 Pro?

    I know firsthand that CWPro 4 was the last version that could be run on 68k Macs. Pro 6 might have been the last version that could compile for 68k machines. Trying to track down specific versions of CWPro is tricky, the updates happened every six months and I don't know how many devs held onto their old CDs. Then there was the version number confusion; the early 1997 release was "CodeWarrior 11" and the late 1997 release became "CodeWarrior Pro 1.0", resetting the version numbers in the process. The Classila docs recommend CodeWarrior (Pro?) 7.1 and MPW. That might be a good place to look. Cameron Kaiser comes by these forums fairly frequently. He might know more about building the old Mozilla codebase.
  10. Clamshell iBook!

    Actually.. haaa. The original Airport card could only achieve a max throughput rate of 11 Mbps, which is slower than the USB 1.1 full speed signaling rate of 12 Mbps. You might not even notice a difference between the card and the USB adapter, besides that the adapter can connect to more networks and only works on OS X.
  11. Clamshell iBook!

    Another option for Wifi is to get a cheap USB wifi adapter and download + install its driver (v1.0.0.5 on this page) for Mac OS X Tiger. I can confirm the presence of PPC code in that. You're still sadly capped to USB 1.1 speeds on that laptop instead of 2.0, but in terms of connectivity options, it's better than the stock Airport. Throwing this out there for the sake of my inner Cory; if you're looking to go online on a laptop with modern wifi standards, why not get a Chromebook instead? Better support, easier to replace.
  12. I've definitely run a 68k capable MacTest Pro. Look for the February 1996 release.
  13. Clamshell iBook!

    I think a 45W yoyo charger should work, as far as I can tell only the later G3 iBooks needed something stronger. You can plug in a 512 MB RAM SIMM, and that plus the built in RAM (32 MB or 64 MB) should get you comfortably in the range of an OS X capable computer. Generally I leave dead batteries in old laptops be, but the G3 iBook's recent and popular enough that I see several batteries in circulation on eBay for a not-usually-small fee. NewerTech used to sell a replacement, but they seem to have stopped making new ones. EDIT: So very beaten by multiple peeps on several fronts.
  14. Clamshell iBook!

    You can get Tiger on that iBook with some Open Firmware tweakery and RAM maxed out. I'd recommend disabling Dashboard since it's a bit of a RAM hog. 10.3 is also perfectly fine, and installs with no additional assistance needed.
  15. Performa 6205 - YUCK!

    Takky upgrade for Color Classic is probably out of your price range. Allegedly, a 580 could be used if you swapped it out with the right back panel. I see a few Performa branded variants on *shudder* eBay.