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  1. This is not that practical, but you could boot off a System 6 floppy disk image on a FloppyEmu plugged into the external floppy drive port in the back, unplug the internal floppy drive from the logic board and remove it from the SE/30, and then have a second FloppyEmu plugged in to the same logic board socket that was used to connect the internal floppy drive through an even longer ribbon cable. Although I think the SCSI2SD boards run for less than a FloppyEmu. This idea is probably not only awkward but more expensive as well.
  2. Mac IIx

    I like the idea of using the Mac II case as a tray table of its own. If only it had Snow White-inspired legs and a bigger surface for the mouse. If you could make do with a keyboard of less width, a TrackMan Marble might do the trick. Though it'd also be a little strange to have the Mac IIx without the keyboard it was made for. Hmm.
  3. Nope, no full screen mode that I'm aware of. You'll always have that lovely digital clock to look at, skeuomorphism at its finest. It will also require converting 5.25" .dsk files to the ProDOS format (.po). There's a freeware Mac tool that can do that for you, from an Adobe engineer from back in the day. Requires System 7 with PC Exchange according to the documentation, but PC Exchange might just be to read Apple II disks on a Mac: https://mirrors.apple2.org.za/ftp.apple.asimov.net/utility/ic.txt https://mirrors.apple2.org.za/ftp.apple.asimov.net/utility/ic.sit You might also be able to get away with changing the file type code on an already ProDOS formatted file to 'DISK' with another freeware tool like Creator Changer 2.8.4, which also requires System 7. Or just use Apple's more powerful ResEdit. Fun fun fun with resource forks. Allegedly the emulator also reads 800k ProDOS formatted disks straight off your Mac's floppy drive, if you happen to have a few. That would work quite well with the FloppyEmu, since it already reads .po and .dsk files...
  4. Randy Ubillos of Premiere and Final Cut Pro fame did a little emulator called "][ in a Mac" back in the late 80s.
  5. Yeah, the IIgs' ADB in the ROM 00/01 has some problems with extended keyboard features but they aren't likely to be an issue for you. I've had ADB touchpads and trackballs working under GS/OS 6 without problems. Not sure what you're suggesting with the disk format inquiry. There's a (Macintosh) HFS driver for Apple IIgs' GS/OS that's known to be prone to data corruption issues (and might have been addressed by the unofficial GS/OS 6 builds?). That's not something you can boot an Apple II OS from. Apple II ProDOS 2.0+ formatted disks are limited to a maximum of 32 MB to begin with, so I'm not sure what that would accomplish, when HFS is substantially better suited to handle gigabytes of data anyway. Maybe you're curious if Macintosh System 6-7 can read and write to ProDOS floppies, but it's so much easier to do that with a modern computer, anyway. You will have an easier time writing IIgs floppies from modern hobbyist software like ADTPro and the many disk images you can find from the internet.
  6. Transwarp GS clone made again

    You can convert images with SuperConvert faster than "days". But you can do that with an emulator, too. So, hmm. I'd jump on this if I wasn't moving soon. Definitely hope those with the bandwidth to preorder enjoy the super fastness.
  7. For number 2, I tend to go with eBay sellers. WeLoveMacs.com is always more expensive and I seem to recall they have trouble finding the products they openly report as selling in stock. Actually tried buying a rare component from them, think it was a battery, had it cancelled and money refunded without much of an explanation. Number 3, you could dump floppies with a USB floppy drive on a modern-ish computer via a tool that can do raw byte-for-byte dumps like dd on Linux and save them as .dsk files to be read via the BMOW FloppyEmu, which you can connect to the external floppy drive port on the back of the Classic II. That's what I'd do. But there are of course other ways! I keep my beiges at a toasty Italian Same, so can't help out on the Retrobrighting front, I'm afraid!
  8. Wifi Extension Development Thread

    I wish that author put last updated links on these pages. The second link, especially, reminds me of how easy it was to network with beige Macs from pre-Snow Leopard(?) Mac OS X. My suspicion is that the NAS might be running an older version of Netatalk, back when they supported the older version of AFP that made it possible to connect with a 68k Mac. Not sure if that applies to newer drives from WD. EDIT: Yeah, this compatibility table from mac68k.info illustrates what I've experienced back then. Though they claim 10.6 is "compatible" as an AppleShare AFP host if you copy 10.5's AFS command line app. Which is risky.
  9. Radius Rocket!

    Assuming you meant RocketShare (RocketWare doesn't work at all on the Quadras), it works as far as the early Nubus Power Macs, like the Power Mac 7100. I remember trying this on a PM 7100 with a Sonnet G(3/4?) upgrade, and it worked quite well. That was running Mac OS 9, though I don't recall if it was 9.1 or 9.2.2. Though as others have said on the thread, the Rocket is a better buy for the System 6 capable, slower 68k Mac IIs.
  10. Radius Rocket: Error #4102

    Not surprised here. One problem I ran into with having a Rocket in a Quadra (650/800) is that the Rocket refused to boot via RocketShare with a custom ROM burned onto the ROMinator I'd installed. It works fine with the stock ROMs, which makes me wonder if the Rocket software has some kind of authentication check to make sure you're using an official ROM on your host Mac. That'd make some sense.
  11. 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.
  12. ...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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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...
  15. 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.
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