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  1. 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. 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. 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. 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
  5. 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 b
  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 q
  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 O
  10. 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.
  11. 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 majo
  12. 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 pu
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