My first Mac
aek at bitsavers.org
Tue Jan 2 10:32:00 CST 2007
> This is a university town and,
> so G3's aren't hard to come by cheap if the urge should ever hit me
Beige G3's are OK, and still have SCSI and serial ports. I have a gaggle
of G3 powerbooks that I use at CHM for various recovery projects. Blue
and White machines switched to USB and dumped SCSI and serial, which
make them less interesting. If you want that sort of machine, get 2nd
generation or later Grey G4. Avoid the last couple of generations of
G4's, they had cooling problems...
Putting a 1+GHz CPU upgrade into the earlier G4s makes a pretty decent
system. I'm using one as my main machine at CHM.
> I'd probably have to BUY an AAUI-to-RJ45 ethernet adapter
Probably not worth messing with. You aren't going to be happy with the
performance of a first generation PowerMac.
If you really want a shell in the OS 9 environment, there's MPW.
I remember someone playing with getting a bare-metal OS going on PPC
Macs at one point with a CLI. Don't know how far they got.
This is sort of interesting if you wanted to do some low level turn the
interrupts off kind of programming on the machine, since you can't
actually turn interrupts off completely in the OS 9 environment.
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