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Archive.org is publishing a series a programs, that allows any Mac-aficionado to return to 1991 and play around with old software on a modern computer. All you need is a browser, and – like me – you’ll be playing Crystal Quest again. The only drawback: I had a Mac IIsi in those days – with a colour display, and Crystal Quest comes up in a monochrome version…

And don’t worry if you do not like Crystal Quest: the site contains already a nice collection of programs, including games.

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It has been a long time since I needed one, and it turned out that I did no longer have one available (installed) on my current machine: a hex editor. But there is ample choice on the web. I tried two of them: first Hex Fiend, from ridiculous_fish. You wouldn’t tell from looking at the homepage of the site, but the author(s?) has written serious code – and explanations about them to boot. Hex Fiend works well, and can supposedly handle very big files. That could come in handy.

My second test concerned 0xED, a tool (the only one?) by Suavetech. It has a somewhat different user interface, probably because it is a bit older. It works quite well too. Like Hex Fiend, it displays selected bytes in different interpretations, but it has more of them. As an extra, you can even write your own plugins to display your selection – that might come in handy if your dealing with somewhat more exotic data than text or numbers.

0xED examining its own download file

For the moment, I’ll leave 0xED on my disk.

 

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Brent Simmons isn’t a new name in this blog – I have cited his name several times since 2001. A few days ago he wrote:

It’s been years since I could build the Frontier kernel — but I finally got it building.

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The high-level goal is to make that tool available again, because I think we need it.

The plan is to turn it into a modern Mac app, a 64-bit Cocoa app, and then add new features that make sense these days. (There are so many!) But that first step is a big one.

“Frontier Is Interesting”, says Jim Roepcke – click to see what he writes

It’s an interesting development, from several viewpoints. I wrote some of my first “web applications” in Frontier, and that makes that Frontier will always have a special place in my book of tools. It’s also nice to see a relevant piece of software evolve so that it continues to run on modern hardware and OS’s. At some point, I will certainly download and run a copy on my Mac.

But the question is: do I want to go back to developing stuff in Frontier? Do you want to?

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Yup, the browser (in combination with serious hardware, of course) is an operating system. And JavaScript is good enough to run real applications, even an operating system emulator. Like this one, an Apple Mac Plus running System 6 or 7:

Click the image to go to the live site

For the non-Apple-minded readers: there’s a Windows 3 emulator as well. But I don’t like that one as much ;-)

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Here’s what we needed last Fall to reactivate a 2010 Macbook Pro, model A1278 (MC374LL/A).

The process for resetting the SMC for one of these machines is to:

Step 1: Completely shut down the computer.

Step 2: Attach the MagSafe or USB-C power adapter to your computer so you have a power source.

Step 3: Press the left-side Shift (⇧), Control, and Option keys, along with the power button on your keyboard all at the same time.

Step 4: Release all of the keyboard keys at the same time, including the power button.

Step 5: Turn your computer back on using the power button.

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Unfortunately, a few months later even this procedure no longer had an effect. I could try to replace the 16GB of memory with the original 4GB, but if that fails there will be only one conclusion: time to look for a new portable Mac!

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If I had an Apple Watch, I absolutely would need to have this charging stand!

Image of the Elago Vintage W3 Apple Watch Stand

The Elago Vintage W3 Apple Watch Stand

Thanks for pointing this out, BoingBoing (Clever Apple Watch stand that looks like an Apple Macintosh) !

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Since the update to iOS 10.2 my test devices emitted this message: “[Some application] May Slow Down Your iPad“. Specifically: I have seen the message once on each device and for the given app, regardless of the number of reboots.

Image of the warning message

Stackoverflow tells me (indirectly) that the message is caused by the fact that our app is currently built in a 32-bit architecture, and that we should upgrade to 64 bits.

Is that correct? And: is the message shown only once, or could it reappear later on?

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