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  1. commodorejohn

    My first Apple IIc

    Oh, so that's why the keyboard on my IIc feels so surprisingly crappy. I'll have to get around to addressing that.
  2. commodorejohn

    Multiprocessor SE/30!

    That's an interesting question, since the history of multiprocessing is so eclectic. The CDC 6600 rolled out in 1964 (half a decade before Unix was even a gleam in Ken Thompson's eye) and sported one or two primary CPUs and ten "peripheral processing units" (smaller, simpler CPUs whose primary function was to serve up large sets of numbers for the primary CPU(s) to crunch.) From what I read on Wikipedia, the Burroughs large systems (introduced in the early-to-mid-'60s) also supported multiprocessing. Of course, VMS made clustering a byword, but that's a bit different than true multiprocessing; I'm not sure when the VAX line actually got true multiprocessor designs. (Of course, I'm also not sure when Unix got multiprocessor support itself...?)
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    Mac SE/30 wants to constantly initialize ghost floppy

    My first guess would be that the disk-present sensor on the drive is stuck.
  4. commodorejohn

    MacFox's Finds

    If you get the chance, could you image those CDs and post them to archive.org and/or Macintosh Garden? Old shareware CDs are always interesting, and Mac ones are harder to come by.
  5. commodorejohn

    The Miracle Piano Teaching system

    General convention is that C in the middle of the keybed equates to middle C on a standard 88-key piano, though of course most smaller keyboards provide some way to transpose up or down a couple octaves.
  6. commodorejohn

    Green Tones while in Greyscale... Quadra 700

    It sounds like what happens when a monitor that isn't expecting a sync-on-green video signal gets one. Not all of them handle this correctly by separating out the sync signal from the actual green signal, so you get exactly this effect - I had the same thing with my SGI O2 on one monitor and had to use a different one that knew what to do. Though that doesn't explain why you'd see this only on one particular Mac...huh.
  7. commodorejohn

    AllMacs re-cap service on eBay - experiences?

    Eh? His forum shenanigans aside, my experience with his recapping service was perfectly satisfactory and I'd ring him up again in a heartbeat if I had need of it.
  8. commodorejohn

    Difference between 1.0 and 1.1

    Yes, one is 0.1 more than the other.
  9. commodorejohn

    2017-04-30 A mod is Gorgonops!

    Excellent. Gorgonops is good people, and I'm not only saying that to cravenly ingratiate myself
  10. commodorejohn

    Gamer choosing betwen 10.4.11 & 10.5.8

    The option key's not a terribly optimal solution, though - I admit I haven't tried it on a G5, but on G3/G4 Macs it takes forever to scan for all possible bootable volumes before actually letting you choose one. It's more useful in a pinch if one of your bootable drives gets messed up to the point where you can't open the control panel.
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    Gamer choosing betwen 10.4.11 & 10.5.8

    10.4 for sure - Classic is the next best thing to actually running OS9. Were there even that many games for 10.5 that didn't support 10.4?
  12. commodorejohn

    SE/30 as MIDI sequencer

    I really need to dig into Mac MIDI software sometime myself... What kind of gear are you going to be hooking up to it? Do share
  13. commodorejohn

    Use PowerPC for a week?

    This is key. I'll grant that high-end flatscreen displays have gotten a whole lot better about depth of color and viewing angle than they used to be (although that's largely dependent on how much you want to spend on them,) but it's still vanishingly rare to find an LCD/OLED display that handles upscaling in a satisfactory way (how difficult is "nearest-neighbor scale to the nearest integer multiple and letterbox", really?)
  14. commodorejohn

    GS OS

    No, GS/OS requires a IIGS.
  15. commodorejohn

    Where did this mouse crawl in from?

    Nah, that's a generic 7400-series logic chip.
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