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Hmmmm...come to think of it I DO have the Lisa developer's kit! Trouble is it's PASCAL based and I have never programmed in PASCAL.

 

The processor I would use is LisaWrite. It has a spell checker but I'm not sure of the word count function. I have to dig my Lisa out, haven't fired it up in a few years, and will check on that sometime.

 

Alternately I guess we could scan it in after printing it (on an Imagewriter I) and use OCR in a modern word processor.

 

Haven't used the Lisa keyboard much but it feels pretty good for long-term typing.

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If the LISA keyboard is anything like that of the original Mac, I would be comfortable writing my novel on it. I don't think my roommate would appreciate that though.

 

(Unrelated: I have considered getting an Extended II or a Model M and the appropriate USB adapter for my iMac. My roommate advised me that I shouldn't. I think he even put in a comment about how my iMac's current keyboard is very loud. [:P]]'>)

 

I've got my ThinkPad 760ED (or was it the EL? I always forget) configured now, with a nice keyboard. I'm going to put OpenSTEP 4.2 on there pretty soon, and I think I may use that for some challenging retro activities.

 

I may shuffle my summer retro novel-writing activities around between the PB180, the PB520c, and the two TP760s, I'm not 100% sure yet.

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Oh I don't think it's that he feels like they're bad keyboards -- I just tend to get roommates that like sleeping. My roommate for the normal semester is fine, but my summer roommate is a very light sleeper, and I'm not sure he'd be able to sleep through me using the ThinkPad's keyboard. [:P]]'>

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Haha, I know the feeling. I used to use an IBM Model M at school in study hall all the time and used to write stories on that particular computer. Let me tell you, the kids who were trying to read or take tests loved it :-p I actually own that particular Model M today and took it into work for a while when I had a massive project to take care of and didn't want to use a mushy 2007-era HP keyboard. I got a lot of comments on its size, its noise, and its age. Stories of WordPerfect 5.1 and MS-DOS were shared--but my desktop picture was (and still is) a Mac Classic on that machine at work.

 

Anyways, I have decided to use the Plus and MacWrite II for my novel project. And yes, I will print it and send it to whoever is judging the RetroChallenge--or e-mail it after converting it to a more modern format. I would have used the Lisa, but I don't want to put excess wear and tear on the Widget hard drive since I'm trying to preserve it (especially since my system has the original box and manuals).

 

I'm also going to write it without any iPods. Instead, all music for inspiration will come from CDs. That's right, CDs. (I don't think most kids these days even know what CDs are, let alone records or tapes). Played on an Apple CD 300e connected to the Plus, they will be sure to stimulate my mind. Expect me to play a lot of Depeche Mode and ATB...especially since I found a CD containing "Enjoy the Silence: Quad Final Mix" at The Exchange, which I will probably buy at the end of the month when I get paid...

 

I have a lot of ideas for the novel and can't wait to start writing them!!!

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It is indeed possible. CD-ROM Toolkit on System 6 handles it just fine. Since the Plus has SCSI a CD-ROM is as connectable to it as it is a Power Mac 7200.

 

I will definitely work on a video, but only after I prepare some special audio for it...give me a few days on that.

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Corey, have you suggested he try using ear plugs to sleep? I have a friend from my college days who used them and, I think, still does.

 

The Keyboard II was very cool. My uni had Model M keyboards in its labs. It's a wonder anyone could think with all the clacking. I'd go to the Mac lab for peace and quiet instead. :)

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Need to look up the rules on the endurance challenge. I'm really torn on which computer to use this year... Atari 800, a Commodore CX-64, or a Newton 2000. Wanna use the Newton 2000, but there are no other Atari users on the challenge. :{ Need to recruit more.

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Need to look up the rules on the endurance challenge. I'm really torn on which computer to use this year... Atari 800, a Commodore CX-64, or a Newton 2000. Wanna use the Newton 2000, but there are no other Atari users on the challenge. :{ Need to recruit more.

 

No need to choose... the rule is "exclusive use of qualifying system(s)" – it's more about what you *don't* use than what you do.

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Dru, yeah, actually my roommate probably could sleep through just about anything, at least my roommate from the normal school year.

 

My roommate over the summer wanted me to turn my iMac off because of the soft white glow from that little power indicator on the front, and says he can "barely sleep" when I use the ThinkPad. I daren't try to think of what would happen to him if I were in posession of a Model M or an AEK-II. [:P]]'>

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Welp shut off the G4 Mac's last night at midnight and now the fun begins.

 

I'm thinking of getting my Duo 2300 working again. Well, correction, got it working, now to get my dock back out, get the internet/appletalk working again, and all that fun.

 

Have we all basically established that the Macintosh G3 Wallstreet (released May 1998) barely eeks into the ten year old bracket? :D Not that I plan to use the Wallstreet too much, but would be a good legal fall back machine if I need to pull resources for my other retro machines.

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RetroChallenge always seems to come up while I'm on vacation, I think RC2005 or 2004 (if there was a 2004) happened while I was on vacation to Michigan a few years ago, too. [:P]]'>

 

Although thinking about it now, my ThinkPad 760ed (or was it the el?) would probably qualify, and that' snot too bad a system, XGA display, 133MHz Pentium, 72mb of ram, and [whatever hdd I put into it], running NT4 or 98se. [:P]]'> All it lacks is photo processing software.

 

The scary thing is that one day, machines like the Pismo and the b/w G3 will be "old" enough for RetroChallenge. We'll see if there's anything too terribly massive that happens to the Internet in the next two years that'll make NT4 on the A21m too difficult to use as a main computer (minus photo processing, of course. I can shoot jpeg though, and use photoshop 4/5/ or 6.)

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Although thinking about it now, my ThinkPad 760ed (or was it the el?) would probably qualify, and that' snot too bad a system, XGA display, 133MHz Pentium, 72mb of ram, and [whatever hdd I put into it], running NT4 or 98se. [:P]]'> All it lacks is photo processing software.

 

The scary thing is that one day, machines like the Pismo and the b/w G3 will be "old" enough for RetroChallenge.

 

The Thinkpad is a great little machine and worth using. Love the cool foldout keyboard on the thinkpad.

 

There are actually a few G3's that I know of already available to use in the current Retrochallenge, and I might use some of these as "high end support/server machines"

 

1) The G3 Wallstreet.

2) The All-in-One

3) 8500... mine started with a 200 mhz 604, but has a 400 mhz G3 now. :D

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the foldout keyboard was the 701 I think, also called the butterfly keyboard. My ThinkPad 760s have a nifty little pop-up keyboard that puts it at a good typing angle, but no butterfly action.

 

For this year's retrochallenge, the iMac G3 is actually almost there, another month and the original G3 iMac will be ten years old. Kind of amazing to think about.

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For this year's retrochallenge, the iMac G3 is actually almost there, another month and the original G3 iMac will be ten years old. Kind of amazing to think about.

 

Hmmmm... whoever looks after things next year might want to be a bit more harsh with the rules. There's no challenge whatsoever in a G3 iMac... we'd have to rename it to RetroMinorInconvenience 2009.

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see, what with your winter warm ups and the old computer challenge and then running with this years summer games i thought you were now going to run it forever - you know, until you died!

 

i guess i need to think about that one then - along with others of course.

 

tum-te-tum

 

best get this one knocked of the head first tho-

 

R-C - HOE!!

 

(that was supposed to sound a little like 'thundercats')

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Hmmmm... whoever looks after things next year might want to be a bit more harsh with the rules. There's no challenge whatsoever in a G3 iMac... we'd have to rename it to RetroMinorInconvenience 2009.

 

LOL! Yeh that's about the truth. I was using the Wallstreet last nigt running 10.3.9 and wifi adaptor and you know, I barely missed my G4 12".

 

To me that just tells me how cool the technology is when ten years later the computer is very useful.

 

Anyway, working with my Mac Duo 2300 in system 8.6... took me a bit to get used to getting SimpleSound to record in a way that I had my G4 12" reocrding with QuickTime. First recording was 200 mb for a 19 minute recording. I then learned that if I turned it off CD quality and onto to voice quality that same recording is like 7 mb. :D Not bad when you only have a 2 gig drive to begin with.

 

Duo's were cool. Can't wait till I get my dock working again. :)

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Oops. I completely forgot about the RC.

 

Unfortunately, with my new job, I couldn't do the endurance challenge, even if I tried. (Sort of a requirement to actually *USE* the products I'm doing support for. Although it would be funny when supporting a high-end server to tell the user that I use an original IBM PC (or some such) at home.)

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