68k Mac development environments
Curtis H. Wilbar Jr.
rescue at hawkmountain.net
Sat Sep 8 00:19:42 CDT 2007
Josh Dersch wrote:
> Liam Proven wrote:
>> On 05/09/07, Josh Dersch <derschjo at msu.edu> wrote:
>>> Hi all --
>>> I'm looking to do a bit of (simple) development targeting a 68k Mac (or
>>> two, or three, or six...) and since I've never done any programming
>>> on a
>>> Mac before I'm curious if anyone out there has any recommendations
>>> for a
>>> development environment to use or to avoid. I'd prefer C/C++, but I'm
>>> flexible :). I'd like to be able to run my code on a Mac Classic/SE
>>> I need to be able to compile to 68000 code) but I'll be doing the
>>> development itself on a IIfx.
>>> In case you're interested, I'm writing the software to build a clock of
>>> sorts out of a set of six "classic" form factor Macs I have lying
>>> (two Classics, two SEs and two SE/30s). Each computer will display one
>>> digit of the time, and will be synchronized over an Appletalk
>>> network to
>>> keep the system times in sync. Or so goes the theory. Figure it'll be
>>> a fun display to have set up, and a somewhat interesting use for some
>>> otherwise-idle Macintosh hardware :).
>> That is a really cool idea, which I like a lot.
>> I am sure you're aware of it, but it instantly brought to mind the
>> story of Jamie Zawinski's Dali clock and getting it running on various
>> elderly Macs...
> Thanks for the vote of support :). I think most of the code should be
> dead simple but I'm not sure how the time-sync networking portion's
> going to go. I also need to pick up some serial Appletalk cabling;
> the SEs and the SE/30s have ethernet cards, but the Classics are
> unexpandable and thus do not. Maybe I can just find some more SEs to
> use :).
time sync ? only one needs to tell time :-) ... the rest just need to
the remainder of the digits...
Either use messages over the appletalk of what to display... or treat each
computer 'up' the chain like a dumb mechanical counter....
call the boxes H1, H2, M1, M2, S1, S2.... S2 tells the time... when it
rolls over to
zero it sends a 'tick' to S1... S1 knows its 'position', so when it
rolls over from 5
to 0, it sends a tick to M2.... and up the 'ticking' goes.
Either way would be 'fun' :-)
> I hope to get most of the work done this weekend, assuming nothing
> interrupts me... ha ha ha.
> And I have a copy of the original Mac Dali clock on one of my macs...
> somewhere :).
> - Josh
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