OS 9.2.2 Still Useful?

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  1. 76ShovelHead macrumors 6502a

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    What Uses does Operating System 9 Serve us in Twenty Ten? Other than our Nostalgic sides:rolleyes:
     
  2. MacTech68, May 30, 2010
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    A webcam box for a USB webcam that has no OS X drivers.

    :p

    And probably others I can't think of right now.

    Really it depends on:

    1. the hardware you own

    2. the amount of $$$ you want to spend.

    Could my webcam run on OS X? Sure it could. Would I need to buy a new camera? YES. Would that cost me money? YES. Can I run it on OS 9 for ZERO $$$? Yup! So for me, in this instance, OS9 wins.

    ;)
     
  3. thebez macrumors regular

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    Edit: I forgot to mention that there is a new OS 9 web browser in the works. It is called Classilla, and you can find out all about it at the following link:
    http://www.floodgap.com/software/classilla/

    OS 9 runs like a speed demon on boxes where any version of OS X is a dog, Just don't expect to do a lot of multitasking.

    If you want to see a really fast machine, take a beige G3, drop in a 450mhz G3 from a blue & white, set the clock jumpers to 466mhz, install 256-512 megs of ram, throw in a fast HD, make a 7 gig partition on the beginning of the drive, and install OS 8.1 on it.

    "Hey, did that old box just go from happy mac to full desktop in 5 seconds?"
    "Why yes, yes it did."

    Heck, I'm still trying to find an original OS CD for my Bondi iMac. Oh yeah - 100ish megs of lean, mean 8.1 goodness.
     
  4. max¥¥ macrumors 6502a

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    sure os9 is still useful, especially if you only want to do things like browse the net, i was posting on the fourms yesterday with my 350mhz imac (not the one in my sig) with os 9.1
     
  5. Hrududu macrumors 68020

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    Lots of old games and software work great under OS 9. Web browsing is a little rough as most websites back then were pretty simple HTML based pages, so java, flash, and other plugins aren't up to date. OS 9 really does fly on older hardware, so early G3 and PPC systems that can't really handle OSX really benefit from running OS 9.
     
  6. coupdetat macrumors 6502

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    I still use 9.2.2 all the time for typing papers in LaTeX and Word 2001 on my 600mhz Snow iMac. It's fast and I love the interface.
     
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    I can still play CIV II under OS 9 on my quicksilver tower.

    My Black Macbook can not play CIV II!

    My Quadcore Intel I7 can not play CIV II!

    I also run some vintage audio apps under OS 9 once in a blue moon. I'm on OS X 99% of the time, but every once in a while, there is a use for certain things on my old OS 9 machine, a machine that's still running as great as the day I got it.
     
  8. MikhailT macrumors 601

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    If you're smart about it, you should do a full feature on it, review, videos and so on. Get hits for nostalgia reasons.
     

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