Linked by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on Tue 22nd Sep 2009 16:50 UTC
Apple We all have our most favored machines of yesteryear; in this I assume that most people are like me, anyway. Breaking away from the mundane every-day news of boring (I jest) new technologies such as touchscreens the size of a wall and upcoming operating systems that support graphics cards with 1.5 GB of vRAM, take a walk down memory lane-- or "Neurological Alley" as I like to call it-- and take a look inside, outside, and in all of the nooks and crannies in between the circuits of the Macintosh Plus and its accompanying System 6, fresh from the splendor of 1986.
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Old Macs Online
by PAPPP on Tue 22nd Sep 2009 19:23 UTC
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I've taken a couple of old (the oldest being a Mac SE, which also has MacMinix and some other fun vintage toys on it) Macs online just for sport, without resorting to a dialup modem. The key is an intermediary machine. To attach the old machine to the Internet, one needs (aside from appropriate software on the old machine) a second Mac from the 1991-1997 era that has both AAUI (or Ethernet) and mini-din-8 Apple serial ports on it (I used a Centris 660/AV, and later a Powermac 6100 as intermediary machines. Bonus points if the intermediary box is running A/UX, I never went for it despite having copies of the appropriate install media) . You can attach the intermediary to a modern TCP/IP over Ethernet network (and through it the Internet) over a 10-T transceiver on the AAUI port (or directly through the Ethernet port were possible), and share the connection via a LocalTalk network over the serial ports. There are lots of guides on doing this (and similar, a few of which apparently avoid the intermediary machine under specific circumstances) around the net, as always when playing with older Macs, (for information) and (for finding software) are the best places I know of to start.
The other bonus of this kind of setup is you can share out resources across the age gap, I had an old Personal Laser Writer (300?) connected through the intermediary to use as the household printer until a couple years ago.

(I haven't done this in a while, I may be misremembering/omitting some details, lately I've been using Basilisk][ and a couple disc images for my vintage Mac "needs", which far more convenient, but not quite as fun)

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