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  1. Quadra 605/LC475: "EViL RAS LINE HACK" revisited . . .

    I admit that I only looked at one ad in that particular issue of BYTE. As I mentioned, it's a few months ahead of the actual LC launch. I took a closer look and I see I've missed a few details. The ad I happened to see is for an ultra-budget brand (ZEOS) however. There's the whole "Apple prices vs. real street prices" issue in the '90s, but the 286 I saw was around $1400 and a bit closer to the LC's price, there's a 386SX (they say 4MB onboard, 16MB total) and for $3000 there's a regular 386 with a much more straightforward 16MB limit. A more ad-heavy or PC-hardware-focused magazine would probably show some more close comparisons. Of course the other thing is Apple has almost never sold to people who look at specs and then do some weird algebra to figure out how many kilobytes of ram and disk and how many cpu clock cycles they're getting per dollar and then determine the "best deal" on that alone. Windows 2 would have been available this time and 3 became available in 1990, so depending on when you look, you're looking at the Mac LC vs. a DOS PC. This was in the era when Apple advertised heavily based on needing to add a bunch of things to a machine to get a graphical interface running on it, and even then it's pretty widely agreed Windows 3 wasn't even good until 3.1, in March 1992. If there's interest, I can look at a more timely PC magazine to make some better comparisons, but ultimately, even the Mac was limited compared to a theoretical total on a PC, 10 megs was pretty much fine through the mid '90s as far as running normal desktop Mac software on system 6 and 7 would've gone. Apple was shipping systems with 8 until almost 1996.
  2. USB Switch For Keyboard/Mouse

    This should work fine. USB 1.0/1.1 and USB 2.0 are very compatible. I've only heard of issues with some USB 3.0 hubs on USB 2.0 systems, but even then seems intermittent.
  3. LaCie MO 230 drive for PB 190 or 5300

    Hate is an awfully strong word here. I don't hate Zip. I even have a couple of them, and I happily used a few Zip mechanisms back in the day, too. It has yet to do me wrong, but I know for a fact it will one day, so I'd rather use almost anything else. MO has one of the better mixes of flexibility, ubiquity and findability, and cross-platform and cross-generation compatibility, with IDE, Firewire, SCSI, and USB mechanisms being available and usable in a variety of systems, and being well documented. (vs. Bernoulli in particular, which in theory should be a good option, but that's only available for SCSI systems, has a lower overall capacity, and can be more difficult to find. Networking, where feasible, is very better. There are ways to bridge wireless networks to old Macs and with some cleverness, rewiring home phone lines for appletalk/phonenet can be done. Anyway, consider the occassional warning against Zip as exactly what it is: A reminder that Zip is provably one of the least reliable superfloppy/cartridge data formats. It's handy and it served lots of people really well - until it ate their data.
  4. Quadra 605/LC475: "EViL RAS LINE HACK" revisited . . .

    How dare Apple not build a $2500 Mac with a memory limit competitive with a $25,000 workstation. Notably, in 1989, the Sun 3/80 and the new high end Sun SPARCstation 1 boasted RAM ceilings of 16 megs - in the UNIX workstation market of $10,000 or more. The 286es with which the LC was directly competitive with PCs that had 4-meg RAM ceilings, many of which shipped with 512k of RAM. (Yes, I know that the LC was announced in 1990, not 1989, it's just that I have a BYTE from May 1989 handy, and not one from October 1990.)
  5. Quadra 605/LC475: "EViL RAS LINE HACK" revisited . . .

    OK I see. You can use the report function to make suggestions that threads be moved. We get those kinds of reports from time to time and when we do, we move the thread to the right forum, leave the 30-day shadow topic in the old forum, and make a post in the thread mentioning we did it. Even still, we are getting a lot of members onboard who aren't used to the world of classic web forums. For as different as it looks, this forum software is conceptually the same as the Snitz installation we had then the forum was founded. Almost everything else on the modern Internet works pretty differently, and I suspect many people aren't used to the idea of subforums. It's an honest mistake that gets made. When we notice, we make corrections to classification. The report tool is the best way to make us notice, since not every one of us clicks on every thread in the forum. Interestingly, you write all the time about using the centralized new content feed for the whole site, so from that particular perspective, all the content is in one big list anyway. I wonder how many people use the site that way. The other thing that this software has that our previous forum software didn't is a global "Create" button which asks you to select a forum. News & General and Lounge are the first ones there, which probably explains why so many things from people who are less than totally familiar with forum conventions ends up in those two spots. Indeed, I had misread it as an indictment against anybody who wasn't here doing hardware hacking. If indeed the issue is threads end up in the wrong place, just report them. The great thing about reports is anyone can click on that little button and it notifies the mods and admins.
  6. Lost Thead Recovery: database search hacks & finds

    This is a known error. We have a solution that has been developed, but enough time and a couple invision patches have passed, so it needs to be re-tested. This takes time. You'll see an announcement of some downtime posted ahead of when we do it. Announcements will also be made on twitter.com/68kmla and in #68kmla on irc.oshaberi.ne.jp.
  7. More information is here: We know about the problem and a fix is developed, but it takes time to download a coyp of the site for testing, re-test, then take the site down for a while to do another backup, deploy the fix, test it, and bring it back up. You'll see an announcement that things are proceeding when they do.
  8. Quadra 605/LC475: "EViL RAS LINE HACK" revisited . . .

    Yes! I remember reading about this long ago and it slipped my mind that the 475/57x et al could do this. 128+4=132. Why? Some people only have time and effort to participate by being present in mroe casual discussions. Not all of us fancy being hardware or electrical engineers. It's bad gatekeeping to suggest that we should be or want to be in order to be on the forum or to participate in vintage 68k Mac enthusiasm.
  9. Quadra 605/LC475: "EViL RAS LINE HACK" revisited . . .

    Not that 36 itself is bad per se. I could actually use just a few mroe megs myself, as 8.1+PWS+IE4+GC+CHP is just a tiny bit more than will run in the 24 I've got, so I have to swap between things all the time. The 610 can run 68 as an option for a small machine that can use more RAM and fit two disks and a nubus card and sometimes has ethernet onboard anyway.
  10. Quadra 605/LC475: "EViL RAS LINE HACK" revisited . . .

    I agree. I'm genuinely curious as to what's worth running on a 475 that needs more than 36 megs of RAM anyway? AppleShare surely can't possibly use that much, can it? Hell, I don't even have 36 in my 840av and I'm multitasking 1998-era apps and running a web site with it.
  11. Self-Contained POTS System?

    I know Qwest was like that. It's one of the reasons T1-fed DSLAMS were at all practical - if your max speed is 384k and the 48 subscribers on your 1.5 megabit T1 all disconnect when they're not using it, it's easier to justify overselling that badly. These kinds of systems are often still in place and are extremely over-sold as the baseline went up to 1.5 megabits. Fun times. Qwest was replacing these with fiber-fed lines, but that stopped pretty shortly once CenturyLink bought them, which has been a shame. Using PBX hardware to do it can still make it a lot mroe convenient, but yeah, it's possible and it has been done to build line simulators that are barely any bigger than, like, a phone cord coupler. Ultimately, it depends on what you've got and how you're using it and how your modem and software works, etc etc. Ultimately, the better way to do this is probably to either use an analog telephone adapter with a bit of smarts to just simulate dialing directly into whatever system that's connected to (you might be able to do this with asterisk, for example) or just use a serial cable between two machines to make your connection. It's just that sometimes a machine has a modem and so I can understand wanting to use that.
  12. How can I tell A1025 Tibooks models apart?

    The label should show, vaguely, Proc/Ram/GPU/Disk/Optical/Wifi/Modem, in that or a similar order, of course varying based on the particular machine type. (Beige G3s also showed whether Wings or Whisper had been purchased, for example.) The GPU is, if I remember correctly, directly tied to the CPU on that model, and everything else on those TiBooks is relatively easy to swap. The stock disk is miserably slow -- to the point that nothing I did on my 1GHz G4 felt any faster than doing it on a 450MHz G3 -- and so 100% you should absolutely replace it as one of your first actions anyway, if you're looking to get something that works any better than a late stock blue-and-white or pismo.
  13. Self-Contained POTS System?

    Wow, who is this? I haven't seen this in particular. CenturyLink here in Arizona is still pretty good with the outside plant, but it's also Arizona and so probably the biggest challenge in most of the state is heat. In the mountains, it would be boxes near streets during the snowy season. I know Verizon is spectacularly bad, Frontier wants to do better but can't with the money it's got because it's been dumped on badly, and I don't know about AT&T, but they (like CL) are investing in better DSL technologies so it would make sense that they'd take okay care of their plant. That's a fairly permissive and normal definition. Some people go crazy if their line has been in any way modernized from how it was originally installed, or if they're in an area where remote terminals had to be used to accommodate growth or because the customers were too far from their local phone switch. Believe it or not, there are people who are against the idea of "the phone company" supplying services via fiber, for essentially bad aesthetic preference and historic reasons.
  14. LaCie MO 230 drive for PB 190 or 5300

    It depends on your outlook. Whatever you happen to have is certainly a good enough bridging tool. I'm personally in favor of networking in general, and running a persistent file server for whatever you need. For me, in particular, I've got a gaggle of older Macs and most of them have a lot of the same software and I regularly need to move documents and data around, so networking is easier from that specific perspective, too. But, if you are looking for something that's likely to last longest and you don't have an awful lot yet: Almost anything is better than zip. Bernoulli and MO are probably objectively the best 68k-compatible removable storage formats, in terms of reliability and everything, and MO is more available, bigger, more compact (fits internally on man Macs) and better documented.
  15. Self-Contained POTS System?

    It's probably worth distinguishing between "POTS" and "PSTN" since they technically mean different things and they potentially describe different technologies. Most people use POTS to basically describe (in US terms) a a phone line that's entirely analog from the local central office switch (a DMS-100 or ESS5, or similar) to your house. PSTN refers more widely to the entire public switched telephone system, and I'd argue, to more modern implementations of "home phone line" which basically involve things like DOCSIS cable modems that have analog phone adapters in them, or DSL modems that have analog phone adapters in them (your cableco and AT&T U-Verse, respectively) or a copper DSL line terminated at a DSLAM which itself can generate dial tone and has an analog telephone adapter in it (these exist but IDK who is using them yet) or a fiber version of the same (almost any fiber line, some are IP-based up to the home, some are TDM over the fiber, but the distinction sometimes matters.) And really, to put a finer point on it, neither of them is being asked for here. What OP really wants is a line simulator so they can more easily dial one computer from the next, or a PBX so they can do the same but either multiple times at once or without having to re-wire things. I had dial-up until 2006, so I associate it with newer computers than some. Like, if I had a PBX set up as such, I'd probably get a modem for my Beige G3 or for an iMac G3 and connect it to my LAN that way. It would be overly complicated and arguably it would be bad since there's really nothing preventing me from buying that length of normal Ethernet cable and putting a gigabit switch in my room and using the network that way, but it would hit an oddly specific nostalgia button for me, especially with something like hotline or the 68kMLA IRC channel (and wider Internet, so I can look at system7today) on the other end.