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    Spectrum/24 PDQ+ V3.1

    I have Spectrum/24 PDQ and an EEPROM programmer. I am not sure if it is + (the control panel only says PDQ) but I'd like a newer version.
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    Use PowerPC for a week?

    Until I had a 144hz gaming monitor, there was nothing with decent input lag other than my Apple 21" studio display. PPC Macs were the last time Apple made anything I wanted to buy. Maybe they'll start making computers that aren't kids toys again when Gil Amelio #2 is kicked out.
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    Use PowerPC for a week?

    Ok, so storage hasn't kept pace with Moore's law, but that doesn't explain why OS I/O requirements have exploded. I can easily explain why the number of transistors in CPUs and GPUs doubles every 2 years, but no one can reaally explain all the reasons why commercial OSes always immediately use that new silicon to make heat instead of do work. What new workload does 10.11 do that your 10.8 didn't do? My googling reveals such improves as Mail.app has tabs now and you can do Windows 7 window tiling...
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    Use PowerPC for a week?

    Usually things that are close (but not the same) are actually far worse than far off because the expectation of it being the same will drive the user mad. DEs like Gnome 3 and Unity, I believe, are a good way to break users away because they will expect to learn something new. GNU/Linux just can't be used like Windows or Mac, and thank goodness for that. The first time I used OS 9 on a G3 I thought I was in heaven, and I've always aimed for having that kind of responsiveness and overhead. To me, GNU/Linux gives me the same kind of experience I had pre OS X. It's fast if I want it to be, and the computer feels like mine because I can change anything. And it isn't sitting there constantly doing stuff I don't want it to. I used an intel mac running El Crapitan for the first time since using 10.6.8 on a Macbook 5 or 6 years ago. It took 4 minutes to boot on a 1st gen i7 with 16GB of RAM, and it was sloooowww because the hard drive was at 100% usage the whole time. I downgraded to 10.8 and it was fast again. The funny thing is, 10.8 is no longer supported, so you can't get the latest Chrome or security updates, meaning this 3 year old OS is now unsupported. Apparently, a minimum requirement for acceptable performance on a modern mac is a PCI-E SSD, so the OS can burn up 1GB/s IO bandwidth... doing what exactly? This PPC retro challenge is seeming like less of a novelty and more of a real solution.
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    Use PowerPC for a week?

    The folks here are opposed to using Linux on PPC macs to modernize them, as they feel it is not in the spirit of the challenge (PPC for a week on Mac OS). IMO, If you're going to use OS X, you're already failing the challenge -- the real challenge is OS 9. I mean, why use a bad version of UNIX that is severely out of date and performs poorly on PPC hardware. At least Ubuntu is modern -and- performs well. Debian 7 on my G3 Wallstreet using midori actually supports my wifi card and runs a hell of a lot better than Mac OS 10.3 ( the latest supported on that model ). Ubuntu also performs better than Mac OS 10.4 on my G4s.
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    Use PowerPC for a week?

    Anyone who considers flat HTML/CSS pages to be bad form are... part of the problem. There's nothing wrong with simplicity if it suits the content. Pages like drudge report have a format that I like (though I may sometimes find the content offensive ). I'd love to use PPC and 68k to browse, but unfortunately things like gmail inbox require that I use a modern browser. I have not yet found a desktop email application that can match the performance and accessibility of Inbox or Gmail. AJAX sites work on these old systems, especially running Firefox on Linux, but are painfully slow. I have to admit, I've never used a G5, and that machine is probably still good if upgraded to Linux or TenFourFox. On my modern machine, I have 15 tabs open at any given time in Chrome on Linux, and sometimes this uses ~4G of RAM on a laptop that has only a window manager. I've tried things like, netsurf, midori, and other lightweight things, but they just aren't compatible with a lot of things. It doesn't bother me that I can't use these old machines for daily use anymore, really. I can still go back for moments of nostalgia and look at things I created a long time ago. It's still really fun to play Marathon on my Wallstreet G3, or play Grid Wars on my SE/30. Compiling some C on MPW and doing a performance comparison between it and a modern system is astonishing. My nexus 5 and i7 laptop+linux systems work perfectly, and do everything I've ever wanted a computer to do, which is something I was never able to say about technology before. I just can't ignore orders of magnitude faster using the same amount of power with a more reliable operating system.
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    IIfx 64 pin SIMMs: are you interested

    Thank you for your kind words. Good luck with your projects.
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    IIfx 64 pin SIMMs: are you interested

    You're understanding the post correctly. I know there are a few die-hard Mac collectors that would pay $400 dollars to max-out their IIfx, but considering 32GB of DDR4 is half that price, I'm not sure everyone would make the purchase decision. I think Kickstarter is the way to go, though I haven't done it: my excuse is grad school and work, but I haven't forgotten.
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    IIfx 64 pin SIMMs: are you interested

    I have yet to find a quote that would put the price close to what people would be willing to pay. I'm considering starting a kickstarter or indygogo to fund a large volume. I'm in grad school and the semester just started, so I haven't had a lot of time to pursue it, but I haven't forgotten.
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    Check out these Quadra 700 feets!

    Would you consider selling a set?
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    IIfx 64 pin SIMMs: are you interested

    Sadly, the production costs for 64 assembled SIMMs would be nearly $35 per SIMM. I've asked the manufacturer to give me a quote for non-assembled SIMMs, which should be ~1/3 the price.
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    IIfx 64 pin SIMMs: are you interested

    I'll be using the chips you used: I don't think anyone is interested in anything less than 16 MB modules, and the chips for 4MB are the same price, so there's no reason to go with the smaller capacity SIMM. The only reason I first thought of 4MB modules was that they were the only chips I was able to confirm were actually put on IIfx SIMMs (I just didn't know what to look for and couldn't find pictures until you posted the designs). Finding FPM chips is hard to begin with, and going through datasheets on some unknowns to verify timing is probably impossible. I believe the strategy for getting the best price will be asking how many SIMMs they can make from a single PCB sheet, and order that many. The less time my project is in their machines the cheaper -- it isn't necessarily a matter of complexity or part volume. The shop I'm getting a quote from does very elaborate and high density boards, so a few J-lead chips on 4 layer is a cakewalk. I'm sending the gerbers tonight and should be able to get a quote within the week. Thanks again for posting the design files. I'm consistently surprised and impressed by this community.
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    IIfx 64 pin SIMMs: are you interested

    dougg3, This is great, if your SIMMs work then there's no point in me iterating on an untested layout. Thanks for posting! There is a local place that will build boards kitted, so I can send them a big stack of those samsung chips with the gerbers and have a bunch made. I'll get a quote this week and let everyone know. I would not expect to get an entire set ( of these SIMMs for less than $50. If dougg3 got them done flowing solder himself for 12 dollars a piece, it's impossible that a manufactured set will be close to that price.
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    IIfx 64 pin SIMMs: are you interested

    If I can find out what the chips that go on a 16MB module are, I will layout for that. Can you send me a picture or model number?
  15. I found some lots of chips on ebay used on 4MB 64 pin SIMMs, M5M44100BJ. I'm going to do a circuit board layout and will have a few SIMMs made at a local PCB shop. It would offset the cost to have a bunch made, and I'd sell them at cost. Would anyone be interested?
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