Re: [stella] Oh No!! A Windows Troll! :^) [OT]

Subject: Re: [stella] Oh No!! A Windows Troll! :^) [OT]
From: Ruffin Bailey <rufbo1@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 16 Jan 2003 16:30:26 -0500
Wouldn't a VPC or other Windows based emulation on Mac be a little easier?
Macs don't have command prompt so you can't really instruct Z26 on special
mode or special instruction like -g11

[personal crusade] Ack, a Windows Troll on the Stella list. ;^) (jk)

Couple of answers.

On Mac OS 9 or below (Mac "Classic", the OS you're referring to):
1.) Often, as is the case in the OS 9 version of Quake 3, as an example, you can "Option-Click" something open to insert command line instructions if they're needed.
2.) You can "download a command line" from Apple, called the Macintosh Programmers' Workshop. (This is how you can hack up 2600 programs on the Mac. See ye olde Mactari for more: -- nice URL, eh? *sigh*)
3.) It really isn't that difficult for a programmer to hack up a quick dialog (so a *very* simple GUI) that asks you to input what mode or instructions you'd like to use before actually launching the rest of the app, so even if there wasn't any access.

And, of course, if you've purchased or used a new Mac over the last two years or so, it probably had Mac OS X on there somewhere. After this is some output from typing "fink --help" in my terminal window [sic] on OS X. OS X has a variant on FreeBSD at its core, and you've even got X11, etc, if you want to play around with that. (More on the FreeBSD variant, Darwin, here:

So buy a Mac already!  :^)
[/personal crusade]

Ruffin Bailey

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Read /sw/share/doc/fink/COPYING for details.

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