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Jabber server updated, new features added
February 2nd 2019

Few MacOS news during the past weeks. Maybe everybody was still recovering from Christmas? Don't miss out to send us any interesting news if you're "in-the-know", please!

Back to topic: There has been an update to our Jabber server that allows you to use Facebook Chat, ICQ etc. on your old Macs! Changes include a notification if someone has sent you an image (previously no message), Facebook GIFs are sent as a link and finally Discord support has been added. If you're a regular user, you don't need to do anything to get the new features. If you're not a user yet, then head over to our jabber page and finally sign up! :-)


Functional Keys version 1.7 released
December 15th 2018

Who says there is no new software developed for the MacOS? Brynjar Saunes Bye just released a new version of his Functional Keys that fixes some bugs and can be obtained for free from the Macintosh Garden.

Functional Keys assigns certain tasks to the F-Keys of your keyboard, including things like changing sound volume, color depth, screen resolution and music track. Functional Keys even offers a sort-of Exposé on the Mac OS, which is something OSX users have grown accustomed to. (not that we would understand why anyone would want it since we've got collapsing windows :-) )


68kTube: A YouTube proxy
October 21th 2018

One of things people seem fancy about doing on their devices is watching YouTube videos. 68kTube is a transcoding proxy that plainly downloads a YouTube video, converts it into Quicktime and streams it to your machine. Pretty neat, huh? Except it doesn't work. Well, it does, but when we tested it, it was rather crashy and wouldn't play many videos correctly.

Despite the name it needs a PowerMac running Quicktime 4.1 or later and MacOS 7.1. Unfortunately the last update was November 2017, so this project doesn't look very lively. However, the code is out there on Github to be grabbed (needs modern browser) and forked - maybe somebody else would like to take it up and polish it?



MacLua: Lua ported to Mac OS
October 20th 2018

Welcome another newcomer to the scene of MacOS programming. The latest contestant is MacLua, a port of the popular Lua programming language. Right now it only comes with support for MPW (sorry, Codewarriors!) and lacks bindings for the Toolbox (doh!). However you can add it yourself since MacLua is completly open-source. It is available over at Gihub. (modern browser needed)

System requirements are very modest, to say the least. A 68020 or better, at least 1MB of memory and System 7.1.2 or later.



MacOS9 on later PowerPC G4 hardware
October 20th 2018

Since we didn't cover that topic last year (because frankly, we weren't here yet) we'd like to point out the progress that has been made on getting Mac OS 9 to run on unsupported hardware. Meaning later PowerPC models that Apple never officially offered with OS9, even though they could run it. Among them eMacs, PowerBooks, PowerMacs and (!) the MacMinis.

Does it really mean you can run Mac OS9 in all its glory on a MacMini? Yes, it does! Head over to the MacOS9lives.com forums to get to know more! (Classilla browser or better needed)



USB Wombat: ADB-USB Input Controller
October 10th 2018

Some of you may not have heard about it, but this project deserves some attention. The USB-Wombat allows you to connect your favorite USB mouse and keyboard to your classic Mac - and vice-versa.

Want to keep using your favorite Gravis MouseStick II? No problem. Think about how cool it is to use a KVM switch and use your Apple Extended Keyboard for your old PowerMac AND your brand new iMac!

USB Wombat is 49$ plus shipping. There's an optional case for 10$. You can order it here. (modern browser needed)



Update on MacTorrent Development
September 26th 2018

Good news for those of you waiting for an update on the only GUI MacOS Torrent software "MacTorrent". Author Theo Knez let us know that he is planning on releasing an update in the near future. It will include Magnet link support along with some bug fixes. (the memory leak will be adressed)

Support for DHT (Distributed Hash Table) is on the horizon, but will likely take a bit longer. If you want to try out the current version 0.2.2, you can download MacTorrent for free at the MacGarden.


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