March 31, 2003
Birthday honor

Over at her Birthday Party, AZ writes

1995: E. and I crash computer at my office trying to install "Web browser." I get the dreaded "dead Mac" symbol. Woe is us!

In the interests of accuracy, the issue that crashed the beast was updating the TCP/IP drivers on the box so that the early web browser (NCSA Mosaic v. mumble if I recall correctly) could work with the even more antiquated OS on that thing. If memory serves, the issue was that there was a SCSI (?!?) or serial interface to Ethernet involved. And was it 95 or 94?

It was a nightmare. The hardware was older than even Mike's or the stuff we keep stashed in our basement just in case. We're talking an SE/30 I recall. Or maybe a daughtercarded SE... IU was very generous with the editorial staff at the IUAA that year...

Oh the agony.

Posted by esinclai at March 31, 2003 07:09 PM |

To kibitz: serial to ethernet.

Although I've heard of SCSI to Ethernet, that would be wildly exotic even for you.

Posted by: mike on April 1, 2003 01:17 AM

And it had to have been an SE/30. The SE/30 and the Mac II are the oldest boxen (is thst legit?) that supported the TCP/IP stuff, becasue you ahd to fiddle-faddle some extnsion to enable, um, some 32-bit something or other. Oh Lordy.

My Mac II is, I suddenly realize, why I learned the Joy of Old Tech. Did you know that theoretically I could have put, um, I think it was A/UX on that beastie?

Posted by: mike on April 1, 2003 01:20 AM

Well, I'm pretty sure it was the Focus box:

that we were futzing with. The timeframe and supported systems seema bout correct.

I have a Mac IIx still sitting around somewhere (Motorola 68020 power!) and an old IIcx (030). The IIx needs a new power supply, but I have a spare as well. I can box it up any old time for you if you wish....

Yes, it would have been A/UX. Of course, we could now be running various FreeBSDs on them, cranking out tiny quantities of RC-72 keys....

Posted by: Eric Sinclair on April 1, 2003 06:47 AM

Thanks for reminding me of this horrid event in excruciating detail. :)

Posted by: Anne on April 1, 2003 09:26 AM

pass on the exciting opportunity to extend my ever-accumulating collection of Old Tech. But thanks.

Ah, the IIcx - I remember visiting you in '91 or '92 and playing SimEarth ALL NIGHT. Why? It was the first time I'd seen color well-integrated into an OS - Windows was not yet in wide release, and I'd been on Win 2.0 and DR-DOS only here.

Posted by: mike on April 2, 2003 12:50 AM

more on enet/scsi adaptors:

Posted by: mike on April 2, 2003 12:53 AM

Ok boys that's enough. Move along. Get back to work.

Posted by: brian on April 5, 2003 04:30 PM
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