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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.)

The inbuilt search for Applefritter's old forum (prior to 2007, now archived) works fine. Make sure to put a very large number of days (like a row of 9s) in the field for "Max Age since last post".

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.

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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 Output Enablers Overclocking and clock chipping information, sell kits Vintage Radius Documentation

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