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Set up an Apple II as an OS X terminal System
I set up an old Apple IIc as a terminal for my Mac mini; you can read the full details of the project in this post. The basic steps involved are as follows:
  • Connect the Apple II serial cable to a Serial-USB Adaptor
    • $ cd /dev
      $ ls tty.*
  • Load terminal emulation software on Apple IIc
  • Use screen to connect and run getty
    • $ screen /dev/ttys.KeySerial1
    • Ctrl-A, Shift-: and then exec ::: /usr/libexec/getty std.1200
Ideally one should configure getty to run via ttys, yet something (USB controller?) hangs on the two different Mac Minis I've tried this on, mucking things up. However, a benifit of using screen is the ability to cut-and-paste between machines.

[robg adds: Definitely not your normal OS X hint, and there are obviously many easier solutions. Still, putting an old Apple ][ to work like this is pretty cool.]
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I use my Powerbook 1400 for Terminal access. It's pretty handy.
Authored by: Mr. E. on Jun 27, '07 09:05:56AM

Nice. Similarly, but not nearly as classic (well, maybe more nearly than I care to admit), but I'm using a Powerbook 1400 running MacSSH for a similar purpose. The PB has a wireless card, so I can run certain terminal aps from the living room via SSH while my wife is using the iMac in the office. My goal is get a VNC client working on the 1400 and, using OSXVNC, access all or most of my GUI aps as well. So far I'm not having much success there, which I think is due to the PB processor speed and maybe my connection speed, but I'm pretty happy with my SSH access. I'm trying to get a CLI e-mail client working, and use Links (CLI browser) for those pages and e-mail protocols that my 1400 can't handle natively. It's nice around the house, and has made my 1400 a functional traveling machine again, too. Not a powerhouse, by any means, but I can once again check my mail from my hotel room, retrieve files from home, and set my home computer to do certain tasks from afar.

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Set up an Apple II as an OS X terminal
Authored by: deef on Jun 27, '07 04:23:36PM
Sweet. Makes me want to dig our old Apple ][+ out of my dad's basement. How about combining it with this hint and using it as an iTunes remote?

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Set up an Apple II as an OS X terminal
Authored by: Johan Edstrom on Jun 28, '07 03:46:07PM

Would this be possible with a Lisa?

I got one that runs well and would be interested to hook it up to any old OSX box.

Johan Edstrom

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Set up an Apple II as an OS X terminal
Authored by: iDG on Jul 07, '07 01:53:09PM

You can use anything that can be connected to the mac via a usb to serial cable.

For the lisa, all you need is LisaTerm: The lisa systems are equipped with two serial ports.

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Tandy Model 102 to PowerBook G4
Authored by: victory on Jul 05, '07 03:52:03PM
Very neat!

A few years back I did a similar hookup between my (then) new 17" PowerBook G4 and an ancient Tandy Model 102 laptop, also using a Keyspan USB/Serial adapter and homemade null-model adapter. Things were made a bit simpler by the fact that the Model 102 includes terminal app built right into ROM.

I honestly can't say that I did it for any other reason than the novelty of seeing two of my notebooks talk to each other across a technology gulf of 15+ years. The Model 102 ran at 2.4 MHz with 32kb of RAM and a 40x8 char B/W display. My PowerBook runs at 1GHz with 1Gb of RAM and a 1440x900px 24-bit color display, meaning that it's roughly 400x faster and has 30,000x the memory capacity.

Strange. I don't feel I've become 30,000x (or even 400x) more productive since that time... =)


Just so this reply post contains some information of value, I might add that using a USBSerial adapter (Keyspan's or otherwise) under OSX can be quite useful if you have the need to work with legacy hardware such as old routers or even to do 'headless' installs/management on platforms that support it the use of a com/serial port (e.g. OpenBSD)

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