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I've been spending the last few days -- when not teaching, writing, parenting cooking, doing dishes, or being ill -- copying the contents of my 3.5" disks onto the hard drive of my Power Mac 8600.

Tonight I plugged that aging beast into the prim 15" Gateway flat-panel Kim just got to use with the Windows machine she's bringing home for work. It seemed wrong, somehow, even though the results were satisfactory. Here I am, typing away in front of a Mitsubishi CRT on the G4-Dual 867, wasting all that electricity and suffering flicker, when the Clinton-era machine in the other room is conserving, unwavering.

[NEWS ALERT: The late Clinton-era ZIP disk from Kim's dad is now behaving strangely as I write this, whirring and blinking.]

My sense of what is and isn't "appropriate" for a particular computer is only magnified by the exercise of copying old Word Perfect files taken originally from my Windows-deprived 386 clone or, in some cases, First Word files -- not that they are readable, exactly -- from my Atari 1040ST onto the hard drive of the 8600, so I can later transport the worthy ones to this George W. Bush-era computer for a purpose yet to be determined, most likely blogging.

There's something strange about opening a file from 1993 in 2004, precisely because eleven years doesn't feel quite that long ago in other arenas of daily existence. My students still listen to Nirvana and Pavement, the way I listened to Zeppelin in the 80s. NCAA men's basketball still looks a good deal like it did in 1993. And, from the standpoint of food culture, Tucson has only recently arrived in the place that the hipper portions of the Bay Area achieved in the early 1990s. But a file from back then, saved onto a computer where the mouse was still an accessory? It feels like entering King Tut's tomb.

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Mode: musing
Muse: Perfect Depth - Pavement - Westing (By Musket And Sextant)

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cpratt From: cpratt Date: February 11th, 2004 06:35 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I've actually managed to convert your old hard drive into a Mac Virtual PC file - everything's on there and it'll run on your G3. That way you can actually open those old files in WordPerfect if you'd like - believe me, it's very strange seeing old DOS apps return to life on a 2001 vintage iBook.

Of course, I still haven't burned them to CD and mailed them out. Yeah, I suck. I'll get around to it eventually though... sorry for the delay. In the meantime, if you need/want DOS images to get a DOS environment running on your Mac, I can get those to you over the wire somehow...
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 11th, 2004 06:39 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)


That's super. I'm not sure what "DOS images" means, though I can guess. So I guess that means "Yes."

The software just came. Do I just install it all now?
cpratt From: cpratt Date: February 11th, 2004 06:47 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: Great

Glad to hear the software showed up. I'd go ahead and install Virtual PC on your Mac - just make sure to get the security update from http://www.mactopia.com after you install it.

The "DOS images" - I should have been more clear. By that I mean three floppy disk images. Alternatively, if you actually have DOS floppy diskettes around, you can use those to create a DOS based PC on your Mac [assuming you have use for that - it's one way to run your old word processing programs that may not work very well under Windows XP].

The copy of XP and the copy of MS Works: those are basically for fun. I figured that if Kim couldn't bring a PC home to work on, at least she could "create" a PC on your Mac and work there. You can boot a new virtual PC from that installation CD [of Windows XP Home] and create a Windows XP PC on your Mac that way.

Complicated, eh?
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