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#1 2016-05-08 15:58:52

bbraun
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net.sources.mac

I was just pointed to the google groups archive of net.sources.mac.  I had a fun several hours poking through the postings, it's a great history of early mac development/deployment/power users.
I grabbed some of the hqx postings and put them here.  Some of the earlier postings predate binhex4, and it seems like my modern Stuffit doesn't understand binhex2 and some of the other encoding formats that were used before the binhex4 standardization.

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#2 2016-05-08 16:07:31

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Re: net.sources.mac

Neat. I think some of those were on the Developer CDs too, at least in some form.

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#3 2016-05-08 16:23:58

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Cool! Any particularly interesting software you ran across?

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#4 2016-05-08 16:35:11

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I haven't fired up anything in particular yet, I was mainly enjoying the history.  Switcher and RedRyder are classics and should be available elsewhere, but it was fun to see the different versions being posted.  It looks like Darin Adler's posts predate his time at Apple (where his name is on the netboot stuff among other things, then I think he went to General Magic, and is now back at Apple), so that was kind of amusing to see.
There's the sources and binaries for the early MacIP implementations.
SegWatch and the later MegaWatcher DA's look interesting and I'd like to fire those up.  From the descriptions it looks like it tracks the loading of CODE and other resources.
There's also a couple documents describing upgrades to the pre-Plus macs with more memory and SCSI, some of which have been posted elsewhere, but this seems reasonably "up to date" (including revisions, that kind of thing).
RamStart also looks interesting, as an early ramdisk, presumably used primarily by folks that upgraded their 512k's.

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