Archive for May 6, 2011

Friday, May 6, 2011

Dropping Rosetta and Classic

Matt Neuburg:

Now it was PowerPC that was emulated, using Rosetta. In Snow Leopard, the first Intel-only version of Mac OS X, Rosetta wasn’t installed by default; it would be downloaded and installed automatically the first time a PowerPC application launched, but the hand was already writing its ominous message on the wall. The rumor, which has become as loud as a roar, is that Mac OS X Lion will not support Rosetta. Snap!

As of this afternoon, PowerPC-only software that I had installed was:

I don’t use it anymore, but I have lots of AppleWorks documents, as well as files from ClarisWorks 4, 5, and 6. From what I’ve read, it’s not a good idea to rely on Pages and Numbers to read the word processing and spreadsheet files, so I should probably convert these to Word and Excel format while I can still run AppleWorks. The data from AppleWorks databases can probably be saved as CSV, but I guess there’s no way to use it short of recreating the layouts in another database program.
Presumably, FogCreek will have an update for this before Lion ships.
I only have this for testing with SpamSieve. The plug-in will likely not be updated again, and in fact it was built with CodeWarrior, which I no longer have installed.
FrameMaker and FrameMaker+SGML
These only run in Classic, and unfortunately there are no other applications that understand their files. I suppose I should try to fire up Acrobat Distiller to convert the documents to PDF while my PowerBook still works.
Internet Explorer
It’s been a long time since I even used this to test pages.
RealOne Player
I can’t remember the last time I used this.
Web Confidential
I converted my files to 1Password a while ago. I do have one file with unknown contents and an unknown passphrase; at this point, I have no real need for it and will probably never get it open.
This was easily updated by recompiling the source.

I suppose it goes without saying that the most future-proof old documents that I have are in Microsoft Office, LaTeX, and plain text formats. Annoyingly, Office 2011 warns about opening files with type/creator codes but no extension, making me get at them through the Open dialog instead of by double-clicking or drag and drop.

Update (2011-05-2): I found that, Office 2008 is much more reliable than Office 2011 at opening files from Word 5.

news:yc Rejected From the App Store

Grant Paul’s app for Hacker News was rejected due to Section 12.3. As he writes:

Of course, as with many App Store rejection stories, there are plenty of examples of approved and popular apps that do essentially the same thing. In this case, there are even other Hacker News clients, but Reddit clients and even Flipboard could easily fit under the same logic used to reject news:yc.