This post will be dedicated to Steve Jobs and one of the well known apple computer from the 80, the apple IIc. I found this video when I was watching some videos about second life and I saw the link, then i was so curious:
“The Apple IIc, the fourth model in the Apple II series of personal computers, was Apple Computer’s first endeavor to produce a portable computer. The end result was a 7.5 lb (3.4 kg) notebook-sized version of the Apple II that could be transported from place to place. The c in the name stood for compact, referring to the fact it was essentially a complete Apple II computer setup (minus display and power supply) squeezed into a small notebook-sized housing.
While sporting a built-in floppy drive and new rear peripheral expansion ports integrated onto the main logic board, it lacked the internal expansion slots and direct motherboard access of earlier Apple IIs, making it a closed system like the Macintosh. However, that was the intended direction for this model — a more appliance-like machine, ready to use out of the box, requiring no technical know-how or experience to hook up and therefore attractive to first-time users.”
I just still remember when I was so young one of my friends have one of this computers (I had a Apple IIe), in those ages there were not GUI, not hard disk, not internet and just floppy disk (one you use to load the operating system then you put a second disk to use your programs). Those years dealing with the computer was a mess!. Here is a screenshot of a floppy disk:
Sometimes it was so horrible just waiting that the os (operating system) loads and then you have to take out the os disk and put another disk with a program or with game and sometimes the disk could be damaged when it was loading on the computer!.
About the Apple IIc connecting to Second Life, it is quite interesting how this person could make an old Apple IIc to run Second Life. He is using an laptop with Windows XP then he just run Second Life on that computer and he capture the screen using a special program and sent the signal of Laptop screen to the Apple IIc using a cable serial port. As a example, this program is working like a live camera, just capturing the images and showing it to the Apple IIc.
The screen on the apple IIc computer is not the best or even it looks horrible, this is because in those years there were computers with not high resoultion graphics but also not colorfull like today’s computers, most of the computers in those years used to had like 4 and 16 colors. Now you can see how Windows Xp looks like on computer from 1980:
And now here are some screenshots how second life looks like on a Apple IIc, enjoy! 😀 :
Even this aren’t the best graphics it is amazing how someone with a lot of computer knowledge can make a old computer to see the lastest technologies!. This post is just a dedication of Steve Jobs and those who love their stuff (well I was one, now I am a PC guy :P) like Macs and their devices!. Thanks to Steve Jobs who discover the GUI (Graphical User Interface) in a hidden place!, here is a quote from wikipedia:
“In the early 1980s, Jobs was among the first to see the commercial potential of Xerox PARC’s mouse-driven graphical user interface, which led to the creation of the Apple Lisa (engineered by Ken Rothmuller and John Couch) and, one year later, of Apple employee Jef Raskin’s Macintosh”.
P.D: For those who are interested to see the Apple Computer running second life, then go to youtube and find on the search, I would like to include it and I sent a message to the person who upload the video but as I didn’t receive an answer from him then I decided to add some screenshots.