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Tom's virtual museum

by punterjoe / February 5, 2008 11:29 AM PST

I like the idea of having all your old platforms virtualized on a current computer. I've actually played with running ancient software like Digital Research's GEM, and old DOS 1.2 tsr software under emulation just to see if I could. Today's hardware is so far advanced over the original platforms that no emulation hit is too big to hamper the programs... they still run alarmingly fast Happy

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the hardware museum
by StephenJBurke / February 5, 2008 9:30 PM PST
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I embrace the idea of virtualizing old platforms and environments as technology moves forward. It becomes painful when the hardware itself becomes deemed outdated however.

We have a Honeywell WebPad II circa 2001 that we used in our house. It was old windows CE, but allowed us to grab email quick, or pull up a recipe or do a quick google search using wireless.

To make a long story short, the batteries died and I tried to find new ones. It is no longer supported and the only active reference that I could find was a post from some museum in Arizona looking for one for a display of technology.

It is one thing to phase out hardware because the platform they use can be emulated, but I still loose the ability to use the hardware, which in this case is what was important.

Stephen

SideNote: Do they have a museum for everything in Arizona or what?

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I've done this
by Nicholas Buenk / February 5, 2008 11:32 PM PST
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I have every version of mac os up to version 8 running on my macbook pro.

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