Re: Reversing screen mod

From: Peter Leonard <pleonard_at_email.domain.hidden>
Date: Wed, 3 Mar 2010 12:38:49 -0800

I should perhaps mention that my background is the Mac, not the Lisa, so I definitely don't have anything against running MacWorks. My perspective was one of preserving a rarer predecessor to the Mac, rather than 'homogenizing' Lisa hardware to support a more mainstream OS.

As folks in this thread have pointed out, it is amazing that an early 1983 machine can run System 7.5 off a SCSI drive (with appropriate cards, etc.). However it would be a shame if all Lisa's were converted to this use, as despite the excellent LisaEm (which I use and appreciate), non-square pixels are rather central to using the LisaUI as it was intended to be.

One could also say that far more people (perhaps an order of magnitude?) used, and got work done, on Lisa's running MacWorks, than ever did the original OS and apps. I remember that converted Lisas made far superior Aldus PageMaker machines, due to the screen size, compared to a Plus. So there is certainly an argument for MacWorks Lisas having their own history within the Mac ecosystem, and all that followed.

On Wed, Mar 3, 2010 at 10:28 AM, <rick_at_email.domain.hidden> wrote:

> I don't agree with this statement! A screen-modded Lisa has no less
> "historical" value. Lisa's running MacWorks or Xenix are still
> Lisa's, all the hardware is exactly the same. It's pretty impressive
> from a "historical" point of view that Lisa can run newwer OSes (just
> try running Windows95 on a 1983 PC/XT).

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