Table of Contents for this issue:
Re: Web Browser for System 6 / LYNX
Re: Fans--Cooling Old 128k & 512 Macs
IDE HD to a MacPlus
Early Experiences With An ImageWriter I
Subject: OneScanner and HD Formatters
Re: Opening A Classic Mac Case
Mouse Failure on LC
MacWWW 1.03 (Samba) works on 68000 macs (at least on System
6.0.5 - it
crashes on System 7.0.1*). It opens fine, loads the startup page fine
(doesn't know how to read files from disk, text-only, no ISO 8859-1
translation, opens a new window for each link). Do not close any
windows as this crashes the mac; also quitting MacWWW seems to cause a
crash. The only real advantage it has over Lynx is that the links can
Mmmm, sounds lovely. Um, is there a Lynx (or Lynx-like) client
which can run by itself on a Mac, or is it a VMS or UNIX or whatever
program, so the only way is to telnet to one on somebody's server?
So this is the way it was told us as we read in the magazines.
hated fans so the 128 k did not have one, ditto, 512, 512e and so on.
MacFanny was one of the early fan add ons. However one of the most unusual
solutions was MacChimmney. It was card board hat placed on the Mac which
created a draft. It was quite and evidently lowered the internal temperature
enough to prevent premature failure because of heat build up. Another fan was
a vibrator placed inside the Mac and the ossicollation of the little blade
created some air movement and hence cooling.
Terrific! Just what you're sensitive, heat-stressed electronic
and solder joints need: *vibration*!
A Clever Guy I used to know put a PVC pipe chimney on the top of
which went all the way up through the top floor of his house, and either
into the attic or clear out the roof. I don't see how the heat from the
computer would be enough to create a serious draft over that distance;
maybe he put a small AC fan somewhere along the line. It could be someplace
else then, so the noise wouldn't be right with you. Or it could have one of
those spinning Whirlybird attic vent turbines on top....
I got from a friend an internal 100 MB Quantum Prodrive LPS. I
is a IDE hd since it has been taken from a WinPC. I'd like to know if
there is any possibility to connect it to the SCSI port of my MacPlus if
I put the hd in an external powered box of his own or having it work
together with the Plus by any other means.
Thank you very much.
We came from a typewriter background to an ImageWriter. The print
outs we had
seen from computer printers looked like a primary scrawl to us, so when we
saw the output of an ImageWriter (C.Itol?) we thought it really was great.
Geneva had evidently been optimized to work fairly well with it. We
immediately developed some letter templates which incidently we still use, 5
printers later. We were unable to print envelopes satisfactorily on an
ImageWriter so we fixed up a letter form in the manner of a speed note with
the address placed so it would show through the window. It worked great. So
we have never gone back to addressing envelopes. Our laserwriter will print
envelopes now with bar codes etc. But since most of our correspondence is
between lawyers, we never added the formality of a non-window envelope.
The ImageWriter was an impact printer with 9 pins. Since it was
added a carbon form to our speed note for a reply. People actually began to
save time and write replies to us on the bottom of our carbonized speed note.
Great we thought.
There was this thing that the ImageWriter used 9 round dot pins
and the Mac
128 and later models used square pixels. The result was that you did not
always get WUSIWYG. A circle in MacPaint would print sorta oblong a little.
You corrected this I think by asking the thing to print tall adjusted. A
print menu option made this possible.
The ImageWriter was a fairly decent machine but it had a bad habit
the paper (connected computer sheets) if it was left unattended for a period
of time. The result was a misfeed which would wrap around the roller again
and again and again. An after market accessory, a small plastic plate
semi-cured this by keeping the paper from rolling around the roller
The ImageWriter I was slow, our ImageWriter II was sorta faster
but we were
just so happy to have a printer, the lack of speed never bothered us. You
could do color with color ribbons. There was a four color ribbon we never
used one but we did do some color work with single color ribbons
Because we used the printer constantly and all day, the duty cycle
heavy. A bankruptcy form usually had at least 30 pages and the ImageWriter
usually could do about a full page of text at one a minute, so you can see it
would take 30 minutes to print a bankruptcy schedule out. The machine just
chattered along rolling the paper out. Beautiful we thought.
Constant use meant we used ribbons up at a fast rate. At first we
new ribbons which cost about $10 each at the time. We had to change the
ribbons about every three or four days. A machine on the market allowed you
to re- ink the ribbons it was called appropriately MacInker. We never
purchased one but did buy some stamp pad ink and would pry the top off the
ribbon holder and dobb some ink on the ribbon and set it aside to rest for a
couple of days so the ink could soak through to all the ribbon. This homemade
re inking work.
We would never able to get the ImageWriter to fully function so
that we could
use pre- printed forms. Somewhere along the line it would lose its
sychonrization pattern via creep. We just accepted this and never
Because of this habit we sheet feed pre- printed forms. We got an
II when it came out and thought it would cure some of the problems but it did
not. It was the same only faster. However we understood it could be networked
via AppleTalk. We never did this. Each secretary just had her own printer
after a while.
There was something homey about the ImageWriter output. We
actually took a
liking to it. In fact two years ago, we got it out of dry storage, dusted it
off and did some Christmas cards on it. Beautiful we thought, simply
beautiful. After a while we tire of the slick 600 DPI output of a laser
You got varying results depending on what type of paper you used.
We used #4
sulphite for office work, this was about as cheap as you could go. For
correspondence we used #1 sulphite or 25% rag bond. It was suspposed to make
a difference, the bond did help appearance some.
Special fonts began to be developed to make letter quality print
the ImageWriter. Boston was a very early one and a good one. There were
others and we have a collection of them in some disks somewhere. We once had
an appeal to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. They had strict requirements
as to spacing, print appearance, size, etc. etc. For the printed briefs. We
typed ours up and printed it with Boston in best mode. It looked beautiful.
We mailed it up to the 8th Circuit and the clerk accepted it without so much
as a question. She never knew it was a computer product so far as we know.
Other attorneys were having their's printed. 15 for Mac we thought as we sent
ours off and it was accepted.
The ImageWriter had three print modes. Best, Good and Draft. We
good except when letter quality was necessary then it was to Boston font and
best quality for us. Because print items required a week's handling time ( or
more) in a little town like ours, the ImageWriter and Mac were life, time,
and money savers for us. We felt smug when we could wait till the last few
days to "print" our briefs and other attorneys had to have two or so week's
lead time to get their work product to the printer.
The ImageWriter had several other print modes where you could make
print over each other, create a transparent mode of sorts, make white black
and black white etc. We never used these features because we were basically
word processors and not artists.
Trouble? We never had a day's trouble in four years it was in
daily use. It
still works. The head would get hot if you did a dense black over a large
area. We later got another ImageWriter II, a LaserWriter and then another
then a ColorStyleWriter Pro but all that is another story.
I've been following the thread about security software/ anti
software for schools and other venues with great interest. I'm the head of
IT at a high school and we've used MacPrefect for about five years now with
great success. In short MacPrefect is an extension which can be configured
to protect the system folder and applications, you can control access to
control panels, prevent creation of folders etc. but you still retain the
normal finder. There are versions for system 6 all the way to the latest OS
revisons, it costs around $25 per machine in the UK.
More info on their web site is - http://www.hi-resolution.com/MacPrefect/
Their email address is US_Sales@hi-resolution.com
I have no connection with Hi Resolution, I'm just a happy customer!
Regards to all,
On 8/3/97 Amitai Schlair wrote:
1) What kind of software does the Apple OneScanner need, and
what is its
compatibility with, say, a Mac Plus or a Performa 6115CD, or anything in
I use AppleScan on my PB165 - it's available from the apple web
site but I
couldn't say exactly where (I've forgotten!). Try an Archie search for
Hello Classic MacPeoples!
I was at a computer fair yesterday and as usuall, the NO REFUND NO
sign was out front. You can imagine my delight to find a baby mac
sitting at a table. Closer inspection revealed it to be a 128k mac- in
seemingly okay condition.
I toted the machine home, $20 later, and fired it up. There seems
a problem with the floppy drive. It won't stay in the "up" position. I
made a 400k System 1.0 disk with the help of my Quadra 800 and my Mac
Plus, and i managed to get the disk to sit corectly in the drive by
holding the drive open and insering the disk, then letting it close. The
Mac X'ed the disk and tried to eject it. So the disk drive is dead.
Next step was to remove the floppy drive and connect an Apple 800k
w/button eject (from my Apple IIgs) to the floppy port. Now the little
mac tries to read the disk, happy macs for a second, and sad macs, with
an error 0F0064.
What does this mean? Do I need to find a 400k drive and THEN it
work? Where do I get a 400k drive, or can I use an 800k drive as a 400k
What version System is appropriate? I have 1.0, 1.1, 3.2 and 5.0.
Can I copy the ROMS from my Plus and use an 800k drive? Do I need
upgrade my RAM to do it, and if I do, can I hack the original board to
get 512k on it, or even a meg?
Subject: Re: Opening A Classic Mac Case
We have opened Classic Macs by slapping the sides of the case
at the same
time... The slapping technique worked best for us.
Caveat: you might be knocking some innards loose by this strong
I am supprised that no one has brought up my technique for opening
compactmac cases. The slot that runs around at the opening has never been the
same width all the way around on any baby mac that I have seen. I use several
coins, the dime is the thinnest and the nickle the thickest, and roll them
around the seam between the halves. I put the coins in where they will fit in
and roll them around to slightly spread the areas that are narrower. Once I
can roll the nickle all the way around I tip the Mac screen down and gently
wiggle the back off. The back has been backed off and is loose enuf that I
have NEVER had to slap the case. It has always worked for me without any case
marks (as long as you don't use a penny).
I have an LC that has worked perfectly for many years that is
mouse button failed.. it made a flat click and stayed jammed in the down
position, I a have tried gently tapping the mouse on the side but it refuses
to budge back to its non depressed position, so my question is how do i take
it too bits and replace the spring mechanism?