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  1. I saw! The Scarab of RA and HyperCard progress is especially amazing. Not that you might find this interesting, but I've found all the MACE packaged apps that have been released work wonderfully under VMware (ESXi 6.7 and Fusion 11.1.0) on macOS Mojave. That's more than I can say for most games. The only other ones I've found to work really well are Thimbleweed Park and (to a degree) RenPy-powered visual novels. That all seems to come down to the software OpenGL driver being insufficient for most... so, props for avoiding the GPU as much as possible!
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    Best games/apps to showcase B&W mac?

    It’s come up before; you want to look for MountImage to mount DC4.2 images in System 6. For games I can strongly recommend Hidden Agenda and The Colony, both work great on a compact Mac. I liked Hidden Agenda more myself. It is a very good political intrigue simulation game.
  3. Maxis was a staple of homes and low-cost 68k Macs. Some lesser known ones still hold up in their own way, like A-Train and El-Fish, besides the obvious Sim series titles (SimTower!). "Quarterstaff: The Tomb of Setmoth", published by Infocom, is a Mac exclusive classic often overlooked. Pathways, as mentioned by Trag, has a fantastic online strategy guide from the fellow behind Marathon's Story. It also has some nice vintage cheating apps to get around the difficulty, if you really would rather play for the puzzles alone. The Colony is a 3D game that's made to run on compact Macs, very easy to die in it and it has its game breaking moments, but it's fun for what it is. A color version is out there and works fine on all 68k Macs, probably will run too fast on anything more recent.
  4. I am curious about that! Thunderbird has been a mostly JavaScript-based app for some time. Because of the joys of HTML e-mail, you can't really get around the problems of keeping web browsers secure in a dedicated e-mail client. I suppose it depends if that version of Thunderbird has all the fixes that Cameron Kaiser has been applying to make TFF seaworthy. Some of them are very Firefox/Gecko engine specific, like the one to protect against the recent Pwn2Own exploit. EDIT: For completeness' sake, here's the Thunderbird advisory for that same exploit.
  5. With the usual disclaimers around internetting on vintage hardware being unwise. Stay far far away from Mail.app and Safari.app. The WebKit engine on both web-based products is quite old and filled with known exploits and compromises. Consider TenFourFox and using webmail with that browser, instead. The blog announcing updates and the latest in web security holes is extremely up to date with what works on TenFourFox and what it does. For the purposes of my Aluminum G4 PowerBook, it gets the job done better than expected.
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    Quadra 650 and Houdini II Dos Card

    The classic Houdini FAQ claimed that it could fit in a Q700 without bulging the case, provided it was seated properly with the clips near the front of the case that normally secure a full size Nubus card or Quadra PDS card.
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    Link Mac SE with MacMini via AppleTalk?

    This really isn't a bad way to go, at all. My really old Macs all still revolve around Compact Flash cards, which is simply because at the time I was collecting them, the SCSI2SD was either not well known or in production yet, and Compact Flash to SCSI adapters were reasonably well available while the CF-to-Ultra ATA and CF-to-IDE solutions were as cheap as a few dollars at the local Fry's Electronics. One can't really go wrong with some CF or SD card based solution in a modular Mac. They're great for easy backups and physically exchanging data between computers through "sneakernet". For the Macs that are harder to take apart, a good fallback is to use one of those SD or CF adapters acting as the "hard disk" in an external SCSI enclosure. Although if the used market hasn't changed since I was last looking, the SD/CF adapter seems to cost more than a SCSI enclosure itself, and at some point the expense comes between that as a possible purchase versus a slower but more versatile Floppy Emu. Both have their advantages.
  8. I can't speak to what it would take to replace an existing ROM, but flashrom does support copying PowerPC firmware to a file, even though it's hard for me to determine what's supported given that the listings under supported hardware refer to firmware chips, and I don't know exactly which ones Apple used. This was the original announcement thread regarding flashrom working on PPC Macs to explain how it works. You might have to find an older version of Ubuntu that runs on PowerPC to pull this off "easily", but there should be something lurking around that you can boot from a CD-R with a recent flashrom on it. If you can't just download it from the package manager "apt-get". I believe flashrom also has the capability to overwrite as well as dump the existing ROM. Chances of bricking your Mac are high since I haven't seen anyone do this yet. However, this is the tool that people that like to take risks use to unofficially upgrade Mac Pro firmware in a Mac OS X GUI wrapper, such as upgrading a 4,1 to resemble a 5,1. YMMV, especially considering Open Firmware is certainly not exactly the same as EFI and UEFI.
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    Finally a Quadra 700

    I never did play around with A/UX much to see Commando, the Mac-friendly way to interact with a UNIX shell. Instead I did the dummo thing of trying to run as many Mac apps as I could, which sort of misses the point of what it's good at. Did you put Bash on there?
  10. I have just subscribed to your blog, and I'm really looking forward to having a HyperCard that I can run as a curiously black and white app in modern OS wrappings. Photoshop 1.0 looks great, too.
  11. I agree that it's strange, but I've had a totally different bucket of issues with G4e ZIFs, enough to give up and replace it later with a cheaper, more stable G4 ZIF @ 500 MHz. A bad RAM issue would easily manifest in the virtual memory hungry Mac OS X, Mac OS 9 doesn't really exercise that part of the computer. I think the only version of 9 that Sonnet officially supported with those G4e ZIFs was 9.2.2. My copy did come with a special set of drivers for Mac OS 9 support, which I think were largely for the L2 cache. That was version 2.3.1 of the Crescendo/Encore drivers. The last thread on these upgrades reported other stability issues, so you're not necessarily alone, although it seems nobody has the same set of issues. Personally I like 10.2.8 on these old Macs the best. It's something that only Power Macs of this vintage can run, and it's got its own funny quirks. Very different from what we take as "modern" Mac OS X.
  12. Three beeps usually implies something's wrong with your RAM. I don't think 9.2.2 works on that machine, or at least not unless it's a hacked version. The Aluminum PB was one of those machines that shipped with a Classic setup CD-ROM and Panther or Tiger. Still works great with Leopard, that's what I have running on mine.
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    MDD G4: $70 a good price?

    I agree. RISC-V is about where ARM could have gone, if it wasn't for the IP issues and licensing. Which likely got more complex after Softbank swallowed ARM whole. We'll see. It's early enough in its hype cycle that my enthusiasm is extremely tempered at the moment.
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    MDD G4: $70 a good price?

    This support document does a good job of laying out the situation; https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208436 Unless there's an unprecedented about face in the next iteration after Mojave, all signs point to "yes".
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    MDD G4: $70 a good price?

    The biggest problem with the ARM ISA has been, and will likely continue to be, that Apple has an impossible to acquire license to make their own variants on the design, and Apple appears to make the best ARM chips. Which is a nicer way of saying that stock, unmodified ARM is not really that impressive compared to POWER and even SPARC. If Qualcomm or Samsung wanted to get ARM there, that would make the industry more interesting, but Samsung's working on POWER10 and Qualcomm's happier to stay with embedded devices. I don't know. I would have thought that emulators would have knocked out the market for fast Quadras, but they ended up making a reasonable comeback on the second hand market as the supplies collapsed. We are about less than a year out from 32 bit Mac OS X software being unusable on what will be the latest iteration of macOS, and maybe there will be a special Apple ARM laptop to go with it. It will be interesting to see where things land later this year, going into the next.
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