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  1. I did not know about that, nice ! I wonder if designing one would be worth it ? Pros : - fast to design - cheaper (especially because the one you suggest does not cheap to EU) If I can't find one to buy on ebay I'll do this little project I think I managed to loose a detailed post yet again! At any rate this might help you get off to a start with your PowerBook case project. Had a hunch and tore apart one of my L-shaped adapters, it uses a wire terminated part similar to or iden
  2. Hi, love your site, especially your scan collection. I noticed that there's a missing link in the Macintosh technical documentation series:


    Macintosh Family Hardware Reference sits between Technical Introduction to the Macintosh Family and where Guide to the Macintosh Family Hardware would be in a more recent version of the roadmap which you host on your site already an I couldn't a PDF anywhere online.


    I really want to keep mine bound, but I'd love to PayPal a donation of $8.50 toward the purchase of one. Are you in the USA? I'm poor as a church mouse, but positive I can get a couple up others to donate the remainder of the cost via PM if you'd like?


    https://www.amazon.com/Macintosh-family-hardware-reference $28.50


    It could prove most helpful in the Reverse Engineering the Macintosh SE PCB & Custom Chips for 1:1 reproduction thread and that gang will surely chip in the remainder.



    On a side note, I've always wondered if a formatted text only version of the MacUser and Macworld could be done sans the artwork. One big PDF of each (both?) series in that format would be wonderful for keyword searching info on specific products. Then go to the artwork encumbered versions of specific issues for illustrations, historical context and such. I'd started a listing of the yearly indexes, but they are hard to locate, varying from year to year and seemingly missing from some years.


    Thanks so much for your efforts, especially hosting Gamba2, love your breakout of specific articles!




    1. pcamen


      Hey JT,


      No worries, I am happy to cover this for the team.  I just ordered a copy. 


      In terms of text only MacUser and MacWorld, I could probably hack together a python or perl script with some pdf libraries to extract the text.  But I'm not sure about formatting.  Hmm.  The PDF files are first and foremost images, which text added after the fact via OCR.  So if you remove the images, you would just have text left, unformatted.  . 


      What I typically do is just search using spotlight on my Mac at the top level where I have all my magazines and books, all of which have been OCR'd.  That brings up matches and shows what file they came from which is how I typically find things.


      Separate text files could be also used with grep, for a little more search control than spotlight. 


      What do you think?



    2. Trash80toHP_Mini


      Thanks much, Peter. I'm sure the SE builders will really appreciate your contribution. Each volume builds upon the last and hopefully there are a lot of cues in MFHR to better aid cryptological methods for deducing and recreating the PALs/ASICs as needed.


      About the search thing, using reader an issue at a time is as far as I've gotten, I'll have to research Searchlight. [:I]  Unformatted text from each complete series would probably be workable enough for down and dirty research purposes in terms of issue/page spelunking.


      I've always wanted a good reason to learn to GREP something. :lol:


      BTW, I just found/remembered that the link to Ports_Pinouts.PDF in your (all?) Gamba2 hosting pulls up a DOA Apple page. Directly hosting it along with the books on the development tree would be much appreciated, maybe redirecting that link in Gamba too? I imagine it's out there, but didn't find it in a few seconds of search today. I have it if you can't easily scare it up.


      again, really love your site,


    3. Trash80toHP_Mini


      Hi again and happy Thanksgiving!


      Was musing and now rationally thinking about the Image/text thing regarding text extraction from magazine pages within a PDF.


      As a longtime AI user, I've been opening development book PDFs for grabbing artwork and text since they became available. Text characters, lines and paragraphs are objects with their own coordinates on the baseline page grid. My guess is that the OCR'd text is much the same, it's probably an overlay, invisible text objects located within page coordinates. Can't imagine it's not in its own layer across every graphical page layer and fully formatted within the PDF, page returns and all. Can't open a volume file using AI 9.02 on my QS, likely due to file size. It normally asks me which page I want to open, which is a guessing game as the intro/contents pages in Roman numerals count as pages.


      I haven't got any graphics programs set up since the move to X. Nothing appealed to me about upgrades to my apps and X was HORRIBLE when I tried it at first release, still haven't tried it on my 12" AlBook, heading right to and still loving my OS9 bubble.


      If you're not set up with graphic design menagerie (sounds like you're a programmer?) bounce this notion off your Photoshop guy to test the theory. If it's correct, I imagine it would be a lot more productive to tweak the GIMP as an automated paged text extraction engine than working within the bars of Adobe'sproprietary prison?



  3. That checks out fine, it's not or shouldn't be a frequency problem, but TOBY doesn't play nicely with anything much newer outside of very capable high end multisyncs. https://www.vintageapple.org/gamba2/vid-mon-matrix.html Does the card show up in the slot reports of TattleTech, etc?
  4. I've never touched that Chip in operation, but I can't think it should be too hot to touch! First thing I'd do is pull the socketed expansion memory chips if those are installed and test again. https://lowendmac.com/1987/macintosh-ii-video-card/ What's the spec on that monitor? Those cards are very picky about monitor support. https://everymac.com/monitors/apple/classic_monitors/
  5. Someone warned in another thread recently that those types of adapters are to be avoided. Strain relief is provided by Apple's adapter cables. I heartily agree with that. I'll add to that the fact they also lack the slide-lock mechanism of Apple's HD50 connector on the cables. That lock makes a world of difference, I never had great confidence in using my MICRO EN/SC in the field, which uses the same type connector as the inexpensive L-shaped adapters, but in the office or at home I didn't worry too much about it. However, my high dollar T-shaped adapter from APS (with termination/
  6. LOL! Whacky notions from outside the box for solutions to problems were my stock in trade. Now I play at it for fun.
  7. I thought you guys'd get a kick out of that pic. I'm guessing the Modem uses the (missing) serial port of the 2300c and that it probably ties up the Modem port of the DuoDock and MiniDock, though I don't know from experience.*** That'd be the way things worked in the Performa era, Apple plugged up the Modem port connector on models with a ComSlot Modem. Who knows? The Dock and MiniDock are multi-function PDS expansion cards at Slot $E IIRC. Anything could go in such a setup, much did. As I'd said, these are the only Modem specific lines I found on the Docking Connector:
  8. Definitely +1 for AbeBooks, looked there first yesterday and search reported the title was sold out. Didn't know Amazon owned them or I'd have been more hesitant to use them in the past. Finally got past my hatred of Amazon, now it's just skin-crawly when I buy from there. This time a couple of Amazon prices are lower: https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0201192551/ref=tmm_pap_used_olp_0?ie=UTF8&condition=used
  9. LOL! Gotta love the listed prices for new books And that only gets you the paperback version! Click on the 7 used from $25 link to get over the sticker shock. I'm wondering if the selling of "new" books on Amazon angle is a faster, safer path to laundered money than the usual eBay schtick?
  10. It's ok for normal use, but not for gaming. The amount of colors will reduce the RAM from the powerbook. You can see it in the Screenshot That means less colors are better. You can use two diplays, one Monitor at each port. Right now I try different setups. Ok for Text. But all the extensions will blow up the System. +1 on the kudos! Why are you selling the setup after so much TLC? Interested in the lockup issues, what version of the PowerView drivers are you running? ISTR having the original (rebranded by Radius) SUPERMAC SuperView up and running for a bit on my 5
  11. I just toss my crazy notions out there to see what happens. Unfortunately, this stuff is way above my pay grade, so I'm hoping someone will run with that project as you suggested.
  12. Maybe someone can chime in with the product name? I recall a serial port/modem kinda thing for PowerBooks that significantly enhanced throughput.
  13. Simple two sided PCB, can't be much to it.
  14. I'm not sure the circuit could fit into that form factor easily. What is the use case you're thinking of? First off the, Duo 2300c, it has both SCSI and IDE cable availability for a 2.5" HDD so a new hardware board could be combined with an IDE to SD card. Also thinking about the PowerBook 150, but that would require bodged wiring to the HD-30's thruhole solder cones. One suggestion to consider would be doing a riff on the PB FDD form factor. You could take power off the FDD cable. Position the Micro-USB connector at the door and provide for a printed case plug-in
  15. Loving the progress of a great project! Any chance of eventual reduction of the size to match a 2.5" HDD and adding thruholes for the headers outside those for the DB-25?
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