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Attempting to use OS 9 in 2014

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actually a good read but i wouldn't have used mac os 9 for internet think of it more for using a computer as a computer running word excel powerpoint listening to music watching movies basic things
 

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A pretty interesting article…glad they took the time to write it. Probably more interesting for folks who never used OS 9 natively. I certainly could have told the author of the article in 10 seconds what their conclusions would be.

You can do lots of things on an older Mac computer running OS 9…as long as you don't need to use the internet. Otherwise you can do lots of useful things…word processing, spreadsheet work, page layout, photo editing, etc. Of course as long as someone had access to very old software.

The article is also very good for all of the useful website links (topic specific websites, software, abandonware, etc).

Overall…and interesting read.:)

- Nick
 
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yep this is why we have abandonware sites because if you bought it legally own it and the disk is damaged or corrupted and the product is no longer produced or copyrighted it goes to abandon ware where hobbeist
computer tech geeks can go and play
 

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Ohh yes. I definitely have some original OS 9 (and earlier) compatible software on floppy disk. And if the floppy hasn't degraded over time…the floppy drives in the computers have definitely worn to the point that it doesn't read the floppies correctly (or some of both).

On the other hand…I'm always extremely surprised/pleased to boot up a 20 year-old Mac…pop an OS floppy disk into the floppy drive (or a software floppy)…and the disk mounts on the desktop no problem…and files are read no problem.:)

- Nick
 
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Antiquated? Antiquated?
As someone who started using Mac OS as of 10.4 and was in high school when OS9 was released, I'm sticking with my word choice. ;)
 

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I have a few older macs with OS9 but they are in storage. Time to get one out! :D
 
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My sole exposure to the classic Mac OS was in college back in... oh... 1988? I honestly didn't care for it and thought DOS-based apps were superior for their rapid navigation with keyboard commands (in Lotus, for example). I still miss WordPerfect. *sniffle*
 
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I can still run OS 9 on-demand, thanks to sheepshaver, in Yosemite. I find however, that as time goes by, I have less and less desire to.
 
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Couple of years ago I caught the retro-computer bug, and thought it would be fun to resurrect an OS/2, as I had some warm and fuzzy memories of that [time] ... turns out it's a pile of old [email protected] :(

However, not surprisingly, SunOS 4.1 on SPARCstation felt rather cute.

Anyway I'm glad the retro-bug has gone ;)
 
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Couple of years ago I caught the retro-computer bug, and thought it would be fun to resurrect an OS/2, as I had some warm and fuzzy memories of that [time] ... turns out it's a pile of old [email protected] :(
I wonder if this is, in part, becoming accustomed to what technology can offer you now. In other words, however much nostalgia might paint a pretty picture and however much those machines were capable in the past, they can't possibly match up to what we have now which tarnishes that feeling.
 

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I wonder if this is, in part, becoming accustomed to what technology can offer you now. In other words, however much nostalgia might paint a pretty picture and however much those machines were capable in the past, they can't possibly match up to what we have now which tarnishes that feeling.

Agreed 100%.
 

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Couple of years ago I caught the retro-computer bug, and thought it would be fun to resurrect an OS/2, as I had some warm and fuzzy memories of that [time] ... turns out it's a pile of old [email protected] :(

Anyway I'm glad the retro-bug has gone ;)

I wonder if this is, in part, becoming accustomed to what technology can offer you now. In other words, however much nostalgia might paint a pretty picture and however much those machines were capable in the past, they can't possibly match up to what we have now which tarnishes that feeling.

Building off of what you two guys said. I think that old computers & very old OS versions are a perfect example of how the "Good old Days"…sometimes…weren't all that great. At least when comparing capabilities/abilities of a 2014 computer/OS to a 2001 computer/OS.;)

It's cute & fun for a while…but then you say…"Ok…give me my 'real' computer!";)

- Nick
 
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My sole exposure to the classic Mac OS was in college back in... oh... 1988? I honestly didn't care for it and thought DOS-based apps were superior for their rapid navigation with keyboard commands (in Lotus, for example). I still miss WordPerfect. *sniffle*


Check MacUpdate, I swear I saw a new WP viewer and converter (unofficial of course) posted there recently.

Ah yes, here we go: http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/40371/wordperfect-viewer
 
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I wonder if this is, in part, becoming accustomed to what technology can offer you now. In other words, however much nostalgia might paint a pretty picture and however much those machines were capable in the past, they can't possibly match up to what we have now which tarnishes that feeling.

Oh, absolutely! When my phone can do so much more, and a lot faster, clears any nostalgia right up :D
 
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"Good old Days"…sometimes…weren't all that great.


Well OS 7.0.1 is okay as it is the latest operating system my Apple Camera can use!
 
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I have a number of G3 and G4 machines lying around. Mostly running OS X in some variant, but I have one G4 with 9.1 which I light up on occasion to play some Starcraft. I also have a number of old PCs wth DOS 6.2/Win3.1 and even OS/2 3 Warp... but they seem to get less use these days. I have a Win98 macine open beside me right now that almost gave me fits the other day... Maybe its time for some of this old stuff to go...

Good read though. Thanks for posting that!
 

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