Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 27th May 2014 17:28 UTC
Apple

As a follow up to this and this story - Steven Troughton-Smith goes a step further.

Tonight's project: learn how to write code that runs on Apple's LisaOS. In this piece, I am using Lisa Office System 3.1, with Workshop 3.0.

As you can imagine, there hasn't been any kind of documentation on this in decades, so it was all learned through painful trial and error, and scouring old manuals for information. Fun!

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Sweet!
by Morgan on Tue 27th May 2014 20:35 UTC
Morgan
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2005-06-29

I'm not one to complain about the occasional lack of "OS News" on OSNews; I understand and enjoy that it is a modern technology site with its roots in alternative OS coverage but an extremely broad range of topics nowadays. That said, I'm certainly loving all this OS nostalgia over the past several posts!

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RE: Sweet!
by zima on Tue 27th May 2014 20:55 UTC in reply to "Sweet!"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

And who knows, maybe Thom will even finally do that review of RISC OS that was promised 2 or 3 years ago... ;)

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RE[2]: Sweet!
by henderson101 on Wed 28th May 2014 15:51 UTC in reply to "RE: Sweet!"
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

He probably had a chance to use RISCOS and realised it wasn't worth it ;-P

Seriously, it's okay, but RISCOS is more nostalgia for me now, an ex-heavy user.

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RE[3]: Sweet!
by Thom_Holwerda on Wed 28th May 2014 16:15 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Sweet!"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

RISC OS simply doesn't boot on my Raspberry Pi.

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RE[4]: Sweet!
by Morgan on Wed 28th May 2014 16:27 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Sweet!"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

Not that this is a troubleshooting forum, but have you tried different SD cards? I had issues getting RiscOS to boot on a cheap class 4 card, but a PNY class 10 card booted it fine. For reference, this was a rev. 2 512MB Model B Pi.

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RE[5]: Sweet!
by Thom_Holwerda on Wed 28th May 2014 17:14 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Sweet!"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Tried both brand new top-class cards and crappy ones. No luck.

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RE[6]: Sweet!
by Morgan on Wed 28th May 2014 17:43 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Sweet!"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

That sucks, because it is fun to play with. It's probably something up with your Pi then; my first Pi was a launch unit and it had all kinds of bugs with various OSes. The Rev. 2 unit has been solid as a rock, given a decent SD card and stable power supply.

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RE[4]: Sweet!
by zima on Thu 29th May 2014 18:35 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Sweet!"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

RISC OS simply doesn't boot on my Raspberry Pi.

Hah, like I suspected once, emulation is with less bugs after all ;)

(still won't give it a try? http://www.osnews.com/thread?509236 You just did with Lisa...)

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BlueofRainbow
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2009-01-06

I also enjoy articles about "old technology" especially if time has shown it became a foundation for current (and future) technologies even if it was not a commercial success on its own.

Nevertheless, we should not aim at living in the past forever!

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Fun!
by Pro-Competition on Tue 27th May 2014 21:20 UTC
Pro-Competition
Member since:
2007-08-20

That really was fun! (To read about, at least - actually doing it sounds like a pain in the rump.)

I get a kick out of emulating these old systems, but adding development capability takes it to another level!

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Flash backs
by Drunkula on Wed 28th May 2014 12:32 UTC
Drunkula
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2009-09-03

I, too, like this nostalgic articles. However, as far as OS related I seem to have missed the follow up articles on the BSD family. Did I overlook them?

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RE: Flash backs
by Drumhellar on Wed 28th May 2014 16:13 UTC in reply to "Flash backs"
Drumhellar Member since:
2005-07-12

You haven't missed the other BSD articles I had promised. I just haven't had too much time to do a proper write-up for NetBSD.

It's partially complete, but I want to install it to a Linksys router I have lying around. Fitting a usable NetBSD system into 8MB of flash isn't terribly difficult (though it is very time consuming), but the serial IO header doesn't want to work properly, and in case it won't boot, the recovery process is poorly documented, which makes getting it right the first time much more important.

Otherwise, it'll end up almost exactly like the FreeBSD review, and that just seems like a disservice to NetBSD.

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