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Here at the 68kMLA, we encourage everyone to do some searching of available resources, as well as the internet in general, before posting a question or request for help in the forum.  By searching for as much information as you can reasonably find yourself before asking, you save the forum's members (tbc)
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==The Art Of Vintage Mac Search==
  
Often a well-structured search of the forum itself will show that your situation, or one much like it, has been dealt with before.  In addition, searching or browsing this wiki may turn up the information you seek.
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Here at the 68kMLA, we encourage everyone to do some '''searching''' of available resources, as well as the internet in general, before posting a question or request for help in the forum.  Often, a well-structured search of the '''forum''' itself will show that your situation, or one much like it, has been dealt with before.  In addition, searching or browsing this wiki may turn up the information you seek.
  
Another forum worth checking out is Applefritter.  Like the MLA, they have been around for years, and a wealth of knowledge is contained in their database.
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Another forum worth checking out is '''Applefritter'''.  Like the MLA, they have been around for years, and a wealth of knowledge is contained in their database.
  
Unfortunately, the search function at Applefritter is a bit ... not good.  A handy workaround is to use Google, with the argument "site:applefritter.com" (without quotes) after your search terms.  This site specific search is available for any website that Google has already indexed.
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Unfortunately, the search function at Applefritter is a bit ... not good.  A handy workaround is to use '''Google''', with the argument '''site:applefritter.com''' after your search terms.  (This site specific search is available for any website.)
  
Another useful Google argument is "inurl:your_search_term".  This will turn up any page with the exact string "your_search_term" anywhere in its URL (web address), rather than in the body of the page.  For example, if you know the exact filename of a PDF (say, "Obscure_Manual.pdf"), but don't know where it is located, this search will turn up any sites that host it.
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Another useful Google argument is '''inurl:your_search_term'''.  This will turn up any page with the exact string your_search_term anywhere in its URL (web address), rather than in the body of the page.  For example, if you know the exact filename of a PDF (say, '''Obscure_Manual.pdf'''), but don't know where it is located, this search will turn up any sites that host it.
  
In the event that your search turns up a dead or lapsed link, you can go to the Internet Archive Wayback Machine, and copy and paste the URL of the missing page into their search bar.  This will show (where available) a list of backup copies of the page, and the dates that those copies were stored.
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In the event that your search turns up a dead or lapsed link, you can go to the '''Internet Archive''' Wayback Machine, and copy and paste the URL of the missing page into their search bar.  This will show (where available) a list of backup copies of the page, and the dates that those copies were stored.
  
Should you find yourself looking at a wall of text in a language you cannot read, with intriguing hints (photos, model names/numbers, etc), go to Google's Translate service, copy and paste in the page URL, or a block of text, and a rough, machine generated translation of the page will appear.  This works best when translating between two languages in the same family (ie, Dutch to English); the translations from Asian to European languages are approximate at best, and a source of much mirth, befuddlement, and philosophical musing.
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Should you find yourself looking at a wall of text in a language you cannot read, with intriguing hints (photos, model names/numbers, etc), go to '''Google's Translate''' service, copy and paste in the page URL, or a block of text, and a rough, machine generated translation of the page will appear.  This works best when translating between two languages in the same family (ie, Dutch to English); the translations from Asian to European languages are approximate at best, and a source of much mirth, befuddlement, and philosophical musing.
  
Links to specific useful sites will be added below.  TBC.
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===Links===
  
forum wiki lowendmac applefritter everymac welovemacs ifixit overclock drivermuseum jag gamba pickle's faq kan.org google wikipedia howstuffworks
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Search this wiki - box at the left.
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[http://68kmla.org/forums/search.php| 68kMLA forum search]
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LowEndMac:
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[http://lowendmac.com/profiles.htm| Hardware Profiles] - some inaccuracies remain
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[http://lowendmac.com/compleat-guides.html| Compleat Guides] - models compared by family
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Guide to Video Cards: [http://www.lowendmac.com/video/| Nubus] [http://www.lowendmac.com/video/lc/index.html| LC PDS] [http://www.lowendmac.com/video/pds/index.html| 030 PDS] for IIsi and SE/30 and [http://www.lowendmac.com/video/68k/index.html| for 68000 Macs]
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[http://www.vintagemacworld.com/radiusmain.html| Vintage Radius Documentation]
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applefritter everymac welovemacs ifixit overclock drivermuseum jag gamba pickle's faq kan.org google wikipedia howstuffworks

Revision as of 11:28, 1 November 2010

The Art Of Vintage Mac Search

Here at the 68kMLA, we encourage everyone to do some searching of available resources, as well as the internet in general, before posting a question or request for help in the forum. Often, a well-structured search of the forum itself will show that your situation, or one much like it, has been dealt with before. In addition, searching or browsing this wiki may turn up the information you seek.

Another forum worth checking out is Applefritter. Like the MLA, they have been around for years, and a wealth of knowledge is contained in their database.

Unfortunately, the search function at Applefritter is a bit ... not good. A handy workaround is to use Google, with the argument site:applefritter.com after your search terms. (This site specific search is available for any website.)

Another useful Google argument is inurl:your_search_term. This will turn up any page with the exact string your_search_term anywhere in its URL (web address), rather than in the body of the page. For example, if you know the exact filename of a PDF (say, Obscure_Manual.pdf), but don't know where it is located, this search will turn up any sites that host it.

In the event that your search turns up a dead or lapsed link, you can go to the Internet Archive Wayback Machine, and copy and paste the URL of the missing page into their search bar. This will show (where available) a list of backup copies of the page, and the dates that those copies were stored.

Should you find yourself looking at a wall of text in a language you cannot read, with intriguing hints (photos, model names/numbers, etc), go to Google's Translate service, copy and paste in the page URL, or a block of text, and a rough, machine generated translation of the page will appear. This works best when translating between two languages in the same family (ie, Dutch to English); the translations from Asian to European languages are approximate at best, and a source of much mirth, befuddlement, and philosophical musing.

Links

Search this wiki - box at the left.

68kMLA forum search

LowEndMac: Hardware Profiles - some inaccuracies remain Compleat Guides - models compared by family Guide to Video Cards: Nubus LC PDS 030 PDS for IIsi and SE/30 and for 68000 Macs

Vintage Radius Documentation

To be added:

applefritter everymac welovemacs ifixit overclock drivermuseum jag gamba pickle's faq kan.org google wikipedia howstuffworks