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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RE: Seriously... This is cool!
by UltraZelda64 on Thu 26th Feb 2009 13:29 UTC in reply to "Seriously... This is cool!"
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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:

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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