Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 26th Feb 2009 09:31 UTC, submitted by itomato
Mac OS X A few days ago, we concluded (yes, we did!) that it was cool to run Windows 3.1 on your Nokia N95 using Qemu. Of course, the Apple world couldn't stay behind, and now we have one of Apple's obsolete operating systems running on the iPhone: System 7, also using Qemu.
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Seriously... This is cool!
by Anon on Thu 26th Feb 2009 10:42 UTC
Anon
Member since:
2006-01-02

If you were lucky enough to be alive during the System 7 days (I was just at kid at school but still remember it vividly), then you’ll find this pretty cool.

Nothing demonstrates the power of Moore's law than seeing somebody have the Mac OS you played with at school with awe, now on your phone.

I’m sure in 15 years time kids will be running Windows 7 on their micro-gadget for a laugh as well.

You have just have love the pace in which technology betters itself. Amazing.

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UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

If you were lucky enough to be alive during the System 7 days (I was just at kid at school but still remember it vividly), then you’ll find this pretty cool.

You mean... those things that ran slow as hell in the computer lab, always getting disconnected from the server, always crashing, never allowing anything to be done...?

Ironically, Windows machines of the time shared those traits to an extent as well if they weren't properly maintained, and looking back the Macs could have very well been badly set up systems and the school could have done OS upgrades that the hardware couldn't handle. I would *hope* the school would hire competant system administrators, but that's probably not the case.

Who knows, but either way, I had a Gateway PC running Win95 (and later 98) that, as long as it didn't have any malware, smoked the school's Macs. Eventually the filesystem would somehow "lose" necessary system files though and fail to boot into Windows, requiring at least copying them back over to the hard drive from the CD-ROM within MS-DOS, or a complete format/reinstall.

Man, looking back, operating systems sucked bigtime back then. ;)

Mac OS X came out and I was extremely weary, but after trying it years ago in high school not long after it came out, I realized that it was quite solid for a change, stability-wise. Am I the only one who found Mac OS Classic to be a massive PITA? I hated Macs for the longest time, and used to make fun of them all the time. Ah... the good old days. ;)

Edited 2009-02-26 13:33 UTC

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paolone Member since:
2007-09-24


Man, looking back, operating systems sucked bigtime back then. ;)


That's why we used to say "Amiga does it better". It had its problems too, though.

MacOS Classic was the sum of other systems' problems: it had a ugly cooperative multitasking (as like as Windows 3.1), and was just a little more stable than AmigaOS (guru meditation anyone?). But I loved it. At least as much as I loved AmigaOS at the time. There was something magic in its GUI. For today's standard it was minimalistic, but I always had the feeling it was studied to follow human mind schemes, while other GUI pretended the user to follow their ones. Every operation was smart and intuitive, really, even my grandma would have used it without serious issues.

When I bought my 2nd hand G3/500 iBook, I wiped out MacOSX and re-installed 9.1 Classic for a reason: it was faster on that machine (while X was really, really slow, and I used it for very long time. Sometimes I turn it on again, make some really basic operations and think about how complex this world has become, since then.

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RE: Seriously... This is cool!
by vitae on Thu 26th Feb 2009 16:28 in reply to "Seriously... This is cool!"
vitae Member since:
2006-02-20

I'll tell you what was cooler still. Being used to working on an Apple IIe in computer class and then seeing the Lisa for the first time.

http://www.digibarn.com/collections/systems/apple-lisa2xl/index.htm...

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UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

Heh, I have an Apple IIe lying somewhere around the house. It was my first computer (not counting video game systems from Atari), although easily my most forgettable. I recall seeing green for a few seconds after looking at its screen long enough and then looking away (that can't be good...). My first PC (the '97 Gateway I previously mentioned, which as I said ran Win95 and later 98/SE) has many of my best memories of "older" OSes (specifically, Win9x and MS-DOS).

Ironically, that old Gateway is sitting on the floor in the other side of the room, and I still don't know for sure what to do with it since very little wants to run in 64 megs and what does run is either seriously outdated just doesn't run as well as I'd like... my only options for it (that I can think of) are:

1. Install Win98SE and set it to boot directly into MS-DOS (don't want to go through the trouble of finding Win98 binary drivers for the sound and video cards)
2. Install FreeDOS and use it pretty much as I would MS-DOS (put old games on it)
3. Install BeOS MAX Edition or wait for Haiku
4. Install Puppy Linux on it (doesn't run great, but it's better than nothing... and at least graphics and sound card driver are recognized)

Currently however, I just have it set up as a dual-boot of Win98SE (directly into MS-DOS mode) and BeOS MAX. I can't even get Absolute Linux installed on that thing without the installation CD giving me "out of memory" errors while attempting to boot from it...

Seriously though, as it is, I'm wondering if it's even worth holding on to that Gateway any more. It's virtually 100% useless these days. Same with the Apple IIe (I don't even know where that one even is).

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