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  1. dcr

    First print on my SE

    Well, modern common home printers anyway. Modern computers are really only limited by software and output device. Software probably isn't as limiting as the output device. You can still buy dot matrix printers but they aren't the primary printer for general use anymore. Most people are going to prefer a laser or inkjet printer. I think there are some that support paper rolls, but what's the likelihood of people buying a paper roll when paper sheets are the most common usage? They're probably only going to buy rolls of paper if they have a wide-format printer, which is not something most people have at home and also not something most people are going to need. It is interesting though when modern technology decreases the number of things you can do with a device rather than increasing. Sure, printing is higher quality than before and it's nice to be able to use normal paper instead of having to separate sheets and tear off the pin-feed strip, but now you can't really do banners at home anymore. I wonder if anyone has done a comparison of the cost of printer ribbons versus inkjet printer cartridges.
  2. dcr

    Dry joint example

    Shop carefully for those clip-on lenses. I've been disappointed with the quality of mine.
  3. dcr

    My quest is at an end

    I think that was likely the same paint I used in the 90s to make Halloween decorations. I'd take flat boxes, spray them with that paint and make them into tombstones. Fun stuff.
  4. Being able to create or write to HFS volumes stopped with Mac OS X 10.6 but HFS volumes could still be read. HFS support was officially ended with macOS 10.12, but HFS volumes can reportedly still be read. Not sure about macOS 10.13.
  5. dcr

    Apple IIc label

    Typefaces cannot be protected by copyright (at least in the U.S.). But font software can be and is protected by copyright. That creates an opportunity to copy the look of a typeface as long as you're not copying the font software itself. (By "font software" I mean the digital font itself.) Font names are sometimes trademarked too which is why "copycat" fonts might have a similar (or not) name, so long as it's not a confusingly similar name. I imagine some of the"copycat" fonts might be created by scanning prints of the original fonts and converting the scans to outlines, which will result in a messier outline than creating the outline from scratch. But it would be an easier method of reproducing large quantities of typefaces. I believe some of the copycat font companies have been caught creatively editing the font software itself to make it appear as though they created it rather than duplicated it. I haven't seen confirmation of this but I did see one site claiming this is more difficult to do with Open Type fonts as Open Type apparently allows for encrypted and/or hidden data that would make it easy to spot a copy, which were features unavailable in PostScript or TrueType formats.
  6. dcr

    Apple IIc label

    Same here. I'd always be looking at the type used on printed items and identify the typefaces used. And I bought typefaces whenever I could. A new FontHaus catalog was always a treat. And, since I worked in printing, well, most printers had a dozen or two typefaces to choose from. But when customers came in and asked what typefaces we had available to use for their flyer, I'd bring out a 2-inch three-ring binder filled with type selections. And then I'd have to go grab Volume 2, a second 2-inch three-ring binder filled with selections. And then it was like, um, just use what you think will look best. But then font companies started to get all sorts of crazy with licensing . . .
  7. dcr

    Apple IIc label

    Don't be too sure. I've seen plenty of inconsistent work by people that presumably ought to know what they're doing. I wonder if the italics were faux italics created by choosing italics for a font that didn't have italics available. Older versions of PageMaker, for example, would automatically skew a typeface in such a situation. I remember one time I had to take a copy of a font in Fontographer and skew it so that it would match the "italics" of the font to which the customer had grown accustomed. On an unrelated note, I also remember a customer that was shocked we didn't have the particular font they liked, because it was a popular font and "everyone uses it." Yet, in thirty-some years, we've only had a single request for that font.
  8. I got an Apple ADB mouse, model A9M0331, delivered today. Aside from the expected yellowing (and some ink marks on the cord I haven't gotten off yet), it is in really good condition. Except inside. The rollers in these were made of stainless steel (I believe). I took the bottom cover off to clean the gunk off the rollers and, when I did, I found the gunk had caused some rust to form beneath it which I have to say is kind of a bummer. I'll have to take it apart and remove them to see if I can get the rust off and hope it's not too deep. I guess maybe cost isn't the only reason they later switched to plastic rollers.
  9. dcr

    REALBasic 2.1.2 language reference

    The requirements for REALBasic 2.1.2 are "Macintosh Computer running System 7.6.1 or later, 68020 or PowerPC Processor, 4.5 megabytes of available memory (with Virtual Memory on), and a hard disk with 6.5 megabytes of free space." If I remember right, don't the compiled apps have the same system requirements as the IDE?
  10. dcr

    How to make GS/OS boot disks?

    Tested and worked!
  11. dcr

    How to make GS/OS boot disks?

    It worked but with an extra step. DiskCopy 4.2 would not recognize the DiskCopy 4.2 disk image created by Sweet16. I had to change the file and creator types with ResEdit in order for DiskCopy 4.2 to recognize the disk image. I don't know if the problem is with my setup or the way Sweet16 created the file. Anyway, after that DiskCopy 4.2 was able to load the image and copy it to a floppy disk. I have not yet been able to test the floppy disk.
  12. dcr

    SCSI zip drive

    The emoji code calls it a Lisa2. And this one a Lisa:
  13. dcr

    SCSI zip drive

    Not a Mac --->
  14. dcr

    SCSI zip drive

    I don't know if any of mine were the Zip Plus, but I am pretty sure the USB version came after the Zip Plus and I have two or three dead USB Zip drives. As a side note, why are there no Apple II emoji?
  15. dcr

    SCSI zip drive

    Oh, I thought you were talking about the 250 USB externals being cheap.