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, http://lowendmac.com/ (for information) and http://www.jagshouse.com/ (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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