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  1. ianj

    SoftRAID Level 5 for OS9, suggestions, possibilities?

    I'd probably handle OS 9 backups with an external FireWire hard drive and maybe some simple entry-level backup software like Retrospect if there was enough data or frequent enough backups to merit automation (the province of "IT backup gurus" would be something more like TSM).
  2. ianj

    A Vintage PC...

    How many expansions slots you get varies widely depending on the model, but ethernet cards were generally not something Unix workstation users had to worry about.
  3. ianj

    A Vintage PC...

    Putting things in one file doesn't necessarily make them simpler (and certainly not more flexible). What are you trying to use that was last updated in 1997, anyway? That's your problem, not Unix's problem.
  4. ianj

    A Vintage PC...

    That's probably because, compared to Unix, DOS can't do much. That's why Unix systems are still relevant in 2013 and DOS systems aren't, outside of a very small number of niche contexts. DOS doesn't have a built-in network stack, or multitasking, or anything that would make it remotely functional for anything other than gaming or word processing past the early 1990s, but sure, it's "more flexible" because you happen to be used to it and therefore it is easier for you to use. If anything, you're showing how pointless it is to attempt to draw comparisons between DOS and Unix, which were designed for completely different purposes and completely different types of users.
  5. ianj

    How to unbox a NeXT Cube 25 years later

    This is fantastic. I have a NeXTstation with all of these accessories (minus CD-ROM drive), but no Cube.
  6. Or you could buy a manual and not have to worry about flushing the transmission fluid and all the other crazy stuff that goes on inside of a slushbox. off topic> As for the tools, my process for buying them is much simpler than for anything else. I generally import any electronics with built-in software or with extensive panels of buttons for language and style reasons (home appliances like air purifiers and dehumidifiers on the Japanese market tend to have a lot of thought put into the design, while US-market ones generally look like something that belongs in a garage), and before I buy, I do a lot of research, read reviews, etc. Hand tools are easy, though, because there are no internal electronics and little to no mechanical parts to guess about, and they're basically the same everywhere. I just go to the store, look them over, handle them, and buy the one that seems the most solid and ergonomic. I've accumulated a number of different brands this way and I haven't really paid attention to which they are, or been unsatisfied with any of them.
  7. Just a few things I noticed in my apartment that were made in China: SHARP LCD TV SHARP air purifier Mac Mini Retina MacBook Pro 2006 MacBook Pro iPhone 4S Several ThinkPads Desk chair Lots of other things Some things that were not made in China: Various SGI workstations (Switzerland) SGI CRT monitors (Japan) Rice cooker (Japan) Panasonic/Sony/Yamaha stereo equipment (Japan) Various household goods (Japan) Sun Ultra 24 workstation (United States) Power Mac G4 (United States) Wristwatch (East Germany) Lots of other things They all seem to be of roughly the same quality (except for the East German watch, but I still love it). I guess "China" isn't so terrible at making things after all, except... wait a minute... China is actually a complex society of over a billion people and countless companies, not a monolithic entity. So much for being able to make blanket judgments about the quality of something (much less something as simple as a hand tool) based on which country it was made in.
  8. For someone who is supposedly married, you're rather intent on imagining Macs as romantic partners, aren't you?
  9. I used an MDD G4 as my primary, and sometimes only, computer for 7-8 years. It is definitely loud, but I got used to it. Mine is one of the OS 9-bootable ones Apple released together with the first G5 in summer 2003, so it's a bit of an oddball... it boots OS 9 and has a 167MHz system bus, but has no FW800 and a dual 1.42GHz CPU implanted from a January 2003 FW800 model (I got it new as a single 1.25 and kept it up with modernity the best I could). It got me through high school and college, and it still retains a place of honor under my desk even though I don't really use it anymore. For OS 9 gaming, though, I'd probably go for one of the earlier G4s. By the time you get to the MDDs, everything was really designed for OS X, so if you want OS 9 gaming, any graphite G4 with a good (for the time) video card and a fast single CPU should do. Are the games you plan to play Mac OS-specific, though? All of my Mac OS 9 games are ports of PC games, and if that's the case for you, too, you might be better off just grabbing/building a new PC and the original versions of the games you want to play. It would be faster, more compact, and more energy-efficient. If you want a general-purpose computer, I second the suggestion of a Mac Mini.
  10. ianj

    iMac G5 Logic Board

    1. Get this. 2. Use it. 3. PROFIT
  11. ianj

    Quadra 800 and stuff

    No kidding. Mine didn't have a CDROM bezel when I got it, so I bought a new one. It's been on for five years, but it finally fell off. I can't find any more for sale like I used to be able to, so I'll probably just glue it back on.
  12. ianj

    Getting files onto old compact Macs

    I offered an answer to the question posed by this thread. There was no obligation for that answer to be friendly, specifically, but if you actually found it hostile, you may want to grow a thicker skin. Ultimately it's not my concern whether you find my comments, or this community as a whole, to be friendly, though, so do as you like. Try posting a WTB on the LowEndMac Swap List or the Trading Post here. I've gotten some good things off of eBay, but swap lists and forums tend to be more effective and cheaper (and people tend to be more flexible about shipping, which sounds like a major concern for you). There's no getting around the fact that old computer hobbies cost money, though, and this particular one will probably get more expensive as time goes on.
  13. ianj

    Getting files onto old compact Macs

    I'm not sure what you've got, but the original poster has an SE/30, which can take an ethernet card. Other compacts can use SCSI-to-ethernet adapters, although I have no experience with them myself (I am mostly into NuBus machines). If you are just trying to move files as a one-off and sneakernet is easier for that, you may have a point, but if this is to be a regular thing, a network is the proper way. Whether they were designed to be on a network or not is irrelevant unless you are trying really hard to be period-appropriate, but even then, LocalTalk was a thing at the time that Apple pushed, even if not for much more than sharing one LaserWriter between multiple machines. It may not have been commonplace among machines that ended up in homes, but almost all Macs were absolutely designed to be networked. Declaring networking to be an "addition" (whatever you mean by that) is no good reason to not make use of it.