Yeah I'm pretty sure at least 3/4 of the vintage computer people (myself included) are more on the hardware side than software. I mean if you only want to use old Mac software you'll just download mini vMac or Basilisk or Sheepshaver or whatever emulator, not futz around with ancient finicky mounds of increasingly brittle plastic and metal that take up loads of space and require regular maintenance to continue operating and that cost tons of money to fix when they inevitably break (or if you want something like an original XCeed card, for which most people would have to sell one or more children for medical experiments to be able to afford). So here we sit, heads filled with grand ideas and fully realized hardware mods and nobody to write anything that uses it. Tragic. Good programmers are hard to find.
People love these old things but so far they've basically been limited to the original mid-80s experience (read: slow and monochrome) or a mod (several people have gutted classic Macs to use the cases to house iPads or minis with small LCDs). Once this project is released an unintended side-effect may be to drive up the cost of SE/30s since now you'd be able to do modern things at a reasonable speed, all in the comfort of your authentic vintage Mac. I'm just glad that I bought six of them before your case project was released to the world.
It doesn't matter if they're running on an '030 or '040: basically the legacy IIfx IO chips are intelligent to the point where they can do a number of things without the CPU micromanaging them, which allows the CPU to keep working on other tasks while serial transfers or disk activities were happening in the background. The most basic chips didn't require reworking for the new '040 bus but the memory, video, and NuBus controllers were revamped to work with the new bus protocols. In the case of the Q700, it received none of the IIfx/Q900 IO chips, but the RBV of the IIci was scrapped and it received basically the same video chip as the Q900 with its dedicated VRAM SIMMs. The Q650 shared many of the Q700's chips, though arguably the 650 was a better machine in that it was faster, with an extra NuBus slot and a built-in CDROM, but the downside was that you got the ugly case.
If you compare a Q900 and Q700 for basic software benchmarks (CPU, FPU, RAM, video), there isn't going to be a huge difference. However, if you're also running IOPs in the background and/or are benchmarking IOPs, the Q900 will clearly outperform the Q700.
In a nutshell: the IIfx IO chips help you get data into and out of your Mac faster but that's about it; if you're just doodling on a local file in Illustrator they're not really doing anything for you until you try to move that file somewhere else.
Welcome to the newly refreshed 68kMLA! It’s the same as the old one, but we moved the site to some new hardware!
My apologies for both the recent extended outage and the lack of any forewarning that this was going to happen. wthww and I have been workshopping this move for a little while, and, for me at least, some stress related to work and the real world got in the way of the communication between us about it.
With that in mind, and with the less than completely perfect introduction to the move, I wanted briefly to talk about what we (wthww did all the actual work) did and why.
We were due for a regularly scheduled outage for a software update and snapshot, which itself would probably have gone faster, but we also made the decision to re-locate the site to some new hosting, which turned out to take longer than we thought it would, for a couple technical reasons.
First, why a new host?
The short answer is that the 68kMLA uses over 200 gigs of disk space, as of this writing, between the content database for the forum, the media for the forum, and the existing wiki. In addition to the other stuff wthww hosts, both in terms of disk space and other resources, hosting at a cloud provider was beginning to cost approximately a car payment.
The second part of that is, on the hosting provider we were on, burstable disk activity was fine but continuous activity was severely limited, which was sometimes causing some problems with day-to-day forum activity, and more problems with larger maintenance and update projects.
The new hardware will allow the site more room to grow, and will make future upgrades easier and cheaper for us.
Second, why did it take so long?
Well, that’s still down to the size of the site and the limitations of our previous hosting arrangement. That continuous activity is most of what caused the long wait as the forum was migrated out of that hosting arrangement.
We’re still working on the last of the changes and fixes, so if you find any errors, please let us know in our brand new bug tracker thread:
And, if you’ve got any other thoughts on this, we’ve got a meta discussion in the lounge:
Thank you again for your patience on this!
- Cory5412/Cory W.
I have connected my Powerbook 1400c to an Apple 15" Multisync AV Monitor. Runs well
but I can't close the laptop without turning off the Monitor also. Is there some setting I can
user to do that? Much appreciated.