Posts Tagged ‘Mac OS X’

News on Symbolics keyboard adapters

June 9, 2008

I wanted to post a link referring to recent progress on adapting Symbolics keyboards to modern PCs. Hans Hübner announced that the kbdbabel project (apparently based on 8051 microcontrollers) was able to be adapted to support the slim-line (Rev. C) Symbolics keyboard, adapting it to PS/2 protocol.

My own work in this area ground to a halt pretty soon after I received the ADB adapter from DKS. I’m happy to see that others have been able to make progress!

UPDATE: Rainer Joswig has commented on his experience using the kbdbabel adapter to connect a Symbolics keyboard to a Macbook running Mac OS X.

UPDATE 2: Hans has developed a USB adapter solution.

System 7 Accessing Mac OS X file servers

December 3, 2007

Using my MacIvory, until now, I have been using an old Mac Powerbook running Mac OS 9 with AppleTalk file-sharing to allow me to copy files from a USB key to the Mac IIfx host running 7.6.1. Trying to access shared folders on my newer laptop running Mac OS X failed, as did sharing in the opposite direction.

Presumably, the problem is that Mac OS X uses a revision of the AFP file-sharing protocol which is incompatible with the version used by the default Mac OS 7.6.1.

It turns out there is a fix for this issue:

  1. Install Open Transport 1.1.2 (a dependency for the next step) on the 7.6.1 Mac
  2. Install AppleShare Client 3.8.3 on the 7.6.1 Mac

The Apple article on AppleShare Client 3.8.3 has more information on this release of the software.

Apparently AppleShare 3.8.8 requires System 8.