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dpaanlka
Nov 3, 2006, 09:42 PM
This farmer guy is clearly holding a PowerBook Duo, which obviously cannot run the advertised software:

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http://www.sun.com/software/



imacintel
Nov 3, 2006, 10:25 PM
This farmer guy is clearly holding a PowerBook Duo, which obviously cannot run the advertised software:

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http://www.sun.com/software/

Wow.

However it probably cant run anything but masybe System 6.

dpaanlka
Nov 3, 2006, 10:37 PM
However it probably cant run anything but masybe System 6.

Actually... no PowerBook Duo can run any version of System 6, which is far too old. The last model can run up to 9.1.

Aside from the fact that it's a 10+ year old PowerBook, the other part about that graphic that doesn't make any sense is... why would a farmer in a field be running Solaris?

imacintel
Nov 3, 2006, 10:47 PM
Actually... no PowerBook Duo can run any version of System 6, which is far too old. The last model can run up to 9.1.

Aside from the fact that it's a 10+ year old PowerBook, the other part about that graphic that doesn't make any sense is... why would a farmer in a field be running Solaris?

Good point. Why the hell would that farmer be sitting on his crops(I still feel that word is awkward) using Solaris on A PB Duo? He might as well run what ever Mac OS it can run.

Nermal
Nov 3, 2006, 10:50 PM
Virtual PC ahoy! :p

dpaanlka
Nov 3, 2006, 11:00 PM
Good point. Why the hell would that farmer be sitting on his crops(I still feel that word is awkward) using Solaris on A PB Duo? He might as well run what ever Mac OS it can run.

Why would he even be running Solaris period?

xsedrinam
Nov 3, 2006, 11:05 PM
He's definitely not out standing in his field.

Hummer
Nov 3, 2006, 11:19 PM
That must be one great wifi connection.

Edit: I just realized... what in the world could he be doing in the middle of a field with a laptop? It's not even like he's doing anything productive and jotting stuff down, he just looks like he's casually browsing.

someguy
Nov 3, 2006, 11:27 PM
It's the only place he could go to get some privacy.

dpaanlka
Nov 3, 2006, 11:30 PM
So, it seems the situation can so far be summed up with the question:

What in the world is a farmer doing running the advanced server & Java development operating system Solaris 10 (assumedly) through emulation software on a 12 year old Macintosh in the middle of a field?

RacerX
Nov 3, 2006, 11:31 PM
That must be one great wifi connection.Duos don't have wifi either... by themselves they have localtalk and a modem (optional).

Edit: I just realized... what in the world could he be doing in the middle of a field with a laptop? It's not even like he's doing anything productive and jotting stuff down, he just looks like he's casually browsing.he could be using the Duo the same way I use mine currently... as a replacement for hundreds of pounds of books, papers and manuals.

Put a large enough drive in it and a copy of Acrobat, and all of a sudden that 8.5"x11" at 4.5 pounds is an attractive little piece of equipment.

:rolleyes:

Specially if you have a working battery. :p

dpaanlka
Nov 3, 2006, 11:36 PM
Specially if you have a working battery. :p

I bought a new one about a year ago.

I only get about 1.5 hours out of it, though. Shame.

RacerX
Nov 3, 2006, 11:37 PM
What in the world is a farmer doing running the advanced server & Java development operating system Solaris 10 (assumedly) through emulation software on a 12 year old Macintosh in the middle of a field?I'd be willing to bet I could get Solaris 7 running (in the most broad definition) in VirtualPC 3 on my 2300c... but I doubt it would be very useful.

Heck, I don't run Solaris on my SPARCstation (which is running OPENSTEP 4.2). :D

xsedrinam
Nov 3, 2006, 11:37 PM
A little closer scrutiny shows he might not have come in on the last bale of hay.

RacerX
Nov 3, 2006, 11:42 PM
I only get about 1.5 hours out of it, though. Shame.Didn't you show me the link (here (http://www.fenestrated.net/~macman/DuoBattery/)) to rebuilding Duo batteries?

I was thinking about pulling apart the battery for my 280 and rebuilding it as a project.


Plus the lowest price I've seen for Duo batteries was around $125. :eek:

:rolleyes:

1.5 hours... that is about what I'm getting with my Lombard now. :eek:

dpaanlka
Nov 3, 2006, 11:45 PM
Didn't you show me the link (here (http://www.fenestrated.net/~macman/DuoBattery/)) to rebuilding Duo batteries?

I was not, actually, but that's very interesting, thanks.

RacerX
Nov 3, 2006, 11:45 PM
A little closer scrutiny...Hey... isn't that one of the grayscale Duos?

Would be a better choice for outdoors work (as far as reading the screen).

dpaanlka
Nov 3, 2006, 11:51 PM
Hey... isn't that one of the grayscale Duos?

Would be a better choice for outdoors work (as far as reading the screen).

Judging from the wider aspect ratio, and how thin the side bezels are, I would have to agree that is a grayscale Duo. Those supertwist displays are pretty easy to see outside when the internal brightness is shut off.

All this Duo talk makes me want to just, like, turn on my Duo and actually use it for something!

livingfortoday
Nov 4, 2006, 12:09 AM
Didn't you show me the link (here (http://www.fenestrated.net/~macman/DuoBattery/)) to rebuilding Duo batteries?

I'm glad I read this thread, that's amazing. My 210 has no battery life, and I've searched in vain for a while for some way to do this. Do you know of any other guide/tips that would help me out?

RacerX
Nov 4, 2006, 12:50 AM
Do you know of any other guide/tips that would help me out?There was another one (here (http://www.fastlight.demon.co.uk/jg/duobatt.html)) but the site is currently down.

Yeah, a 210 (which has a nice wide screen) and a good battery would make a great system for storing/reading PDFs (even outdoors... with the back light off like Dan pointed out).

I think the PowerBook Guy (http://www.powerbookguy.com/duo.html) has adapters to let you use EIDE/ATA drives in SCSI based Duos. And I use a localtalk-to-ethernet bridge to network my Duo (my dock is in storage... I only use it for installation of major software).

The large amount of documents I can care with me on my Duo has brought it back to life for me. If I can get my battery life up to what Dan has got, wow... it would be even better!

livingfortoday
Nov 4, 2006, 01:33 AM
Yeah, I like the Duo because it's actually smaller and lighter (or so it feels) than my 15" Powerbook, plus I like meddling with System 7. Unfortunately the screen on mine is patchy and prone to fading and flickering. But if I could at least get it to work off of a battery, I could take it around with me more. Thanks for the links, I'll see if I can try this out.

MACDRIVE
Nov 4, 2006, 01:59 AM
That picture is so vague that I can't see how you guys can tell what laptop it is let alone an Apple. :confused:

xsedrinam
Nov 4, 2006, 02:03 AM
That picture is so vague that I can't see how you guys can tell what laptop it is let alone an Apple. :confused:
They didn't even spot the Cannabis sativa in the foreground. :)

dpaanlka
Nov 4, 2006, 02:57 AM
That picture is so vague that I can't see how you guys can tell what laptop it is let alone an Apple. :confused:

A Duo has a very distinctive appearance and if you owned one (I have 4), you'd be able to spot one a mile away.

They didn't even spot the Cannabis sativa in the foreground. :)

I'm sorry, I'm not getting the joke :confused: what does weed have to do with anything?

PygmySurfer
Nov 4, 2006, 08:55 AM
I'm sorry, I'm not getting the joke :confused: what does weed have to do with anything?

The green leafy thing in the foreground looks sort of like cannabis

iSaint
Nov 4, 2006, 09:06 AM
There are so many advertising firms that use Macs, that when there's a shoot they put whatever computer is around in their hands.

Also, you wouldn't believe the amount of software and satellite capable data that farmers have access to these days. Satellites can read ground moisture data and terrain, and measure the best harvest results based on all of these measurements, plus how much fertilizer they used. Interesting link (http://www.123farmworks.com/site.htm) here.

I'm not a farmer, but I took my son to a farm to ride on a combine with a satellite receiver and GPS that was recording his harvest information as we rode. It also helped adjust the heighth of the combine according to the terrain as we drove along.

dpaanlka
Nov 4, 2006, 09:47 AM
The green leafy thing in the foreground looks sort of like cannabis

The green leafy thing wasn't in the original picture though, xsedrinam added it in. I don't get what the point of that was.

RacerX
Nov 4, 2006, 12:47 PM
There are so many advertising firms that use Macs, that when there's a shoot they put whatever computer is around in their hands.I don't think that it should be overlooked that the Duos were just about the sexiest laptops of the 90's. The fact that they show up in pictures and movies isn't because they were the systems people had on hand... it was because they were the most photogenic systems of the time.

Duos were the laptop supermodels of their period... and apparently they still hold their visual appeal as they popped up here. :D