The Pros and Cons of BeOS

, Jonathan Ploudre, 

As Mac OS X was starting out in 2001, Jonathan Ploudre looks back at BeOS, which Apple had considered as a potential replacement for the Classic Mac OS. BeOS had much to commend itselft, including a whole different kind of system architecture that made even older Macs snappy.

iOS vs. Android: The App Is the Question

, Alan Zisman, 

I have a friend who has so far survived while living a smartphone and tablet-free life. He is thinking of getting some small device to give him Internet access of the go. He quoted a mutual friend – an iPhone owner -  who said that he got an iPad “because the apps are better”.

Speed Up LibreOffice on Your Mac

, Dan Knight, 

LibreOffice is a competent, free alternative to Microsoft Office. Like Office, it’s kind of bloated and slow to load. I’m using it to replace AppleWorks, which is incompatible with OS X 10.7 Lion and later – and I’ve discovered that LibreOffice is no speed demon.

Maximum Hard Drive Size

, Dan Knight, 

Hard drive capacity is limited not only by how densely bits can be packed on a magnetic platter, but also by the number of sectors and tracks and drive surfaces in the drive itself and the number the computer’s operating system is designed to handle.

The Great Emoji Controversy

, Dan Knight, 

First we had emoticons, those smiles, winks, and other usually sideways image created using standard keyboard keys. And then came emoji, those tiny colorful expressive faces, animals, modes of transportation, food, buildings, and so much more. And now they have come under attack.

MacPaint FAQ

, Dan Knight, 

MacPaint was one of two applications bundled with the original Macintosh; it and was the Mac’s default paint program. It was written by Bill Atkinson, and its user interface was designed by Susan Kare. It continued as freeware through version 2.0. MacPaint images could be copied to the clipboard and pasted into MacWrite documents.

MacDraw and ClarisDraw FAQ

, Dan Knight, 

MacDraw was the Mac’s first drawing program. The vector-based drawing program was based on LisaDraw, which had been created for Apple’s Lisa computer - both applications were produced by Mark Cutter. MacDraw was especially useful for technical drawing, such as floorplans and flowcharts.

Mac LC, a Compromised Mac

, Dan Knight, 

Second Class Macs are Apple’s somewhat compromised hardware designs. For the most part, they’re not really bad – simply designs that didn’t meet their full potential. The Macintosh LC is the oldest Compromised Mac, one of four models sharing the same problems.

Mac LC II, a Compromised Mac

, Dan Knight, 

Second Class Macs are Apple’s somewhat compromised hardware designs. For the most part, they’re not really bad – simply designs that didn’t meet their full potential. The LC II (a.k.a. Performa 400-430) was a slightly less crippled version of the LC.

Mac Classic II, a Compromised Mac

, Dan Knight, 

Second Class Macs are Apple’s somewhat compromised hardware designs. For the most part, they’re not really bad – simply designs that didn’t meet their full potential. Take the 16-bit motherboard of the LC, replace the 68020 CPU with a 68030, strip out the expansion slot, and put it into a Classic case – and you have […]