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  • New Video Shows Macintosh II Running on Android Wear Smartwatch


    Way back in the day before all of these fancy retina displays, thin notebook computers, tablet computers, smartphones, and smartwatches, there was a such thing as a huge desktop monitor, a computer tower, a click mouse, and a rickety keyboard.

    Interestingly, for the size, these huge computers didn't pack a whole lot of processing power. Personal computers back in the day were slow, and hardly packed any spec. Today's smartphones and smartwatches are incredibly versatile and they blow those old desktop computers out of the water in performance (don't even get me started on modern personal computers).

    A new video, that we thought was pretty interesting, has surfaced on YouTube this week showing the Macintosh II operating system running on a modern Android Wear smartwatch device. You can check out the video below:



    And just to think... in 1987 when Macintosh II was released, running that operating system required one of these clunky things:


    Image via Wikipedia

    BGR notes that the operating system was installed on the Android Wear smartwatch using the Mini VMac II emulator application, which is offered in the Google Play store as a legitimate download.

    Obviously, Macintosh II running on a smartwatch is in no way useful and will never be used for any real world scenarios. This video is purely proof of concept designed to make the true nerds out there drool with awe; like me. If anything, it's very cool to see the operating system running, and functioning as expected, on such a small device. Because of the small display size, it was difficult for the user to input certain functions into the operating system.

    Sources: YouTube via BGR
    This article was originally published in forum thread: New Video Shows Macintosh II Running on Android Wear Smartwatch started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 11 Comments
    1. bmwraw8482's Avatar
      bmwraw8482 -
      Why? Because we can!
    1. plcrules's Avatar
      plcrules -
      which is offered in the Google Play store as a legitimate download.
      while the emulator is legal it's still running illegally to run though because to run the emulator you need the BIOS file which is illegal to download unless you own a mac II or os 6 (or 7) copy
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by plcrules View Post
      while the emulator is legal it's still running illegally to run though because to run the emulator you need the BIOS file which is illegal to download unless you own a mac II or os 6 (or 7) copy
      We're not delving into the specifics about the Emulator and how to run the operating system on it or the legality of it for that matter; we are only stating that the application used was an application offered from the official Google Play Store and isn't some kind of third-party application that you'd need to download elsewhere from some non-legitimate, sketchy source.

      But you are correct about the problems with installing the operating system with the emulator. Due to the nature of the topic, we are not providing any guides or hints on where the OS files can be obtained.
    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      Quote Originally Posted by plcrules View Post
      while the emulator is legal it's still running illegally to run though because to run the emulator you need the BIOS file which is illegal to download unless you own a mac II or os 6 (or 7) copy
      Why do you think that is some insurmountable obstacle? It's no harder than backing up a PC BIOS. Cheap and easy to obtain for most who would be interested (most would have a Mac II).
    1. plcrules's Avatar
      plcrules -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      We're not delving into the specifics about the Emulator and how to run the operating system on it or the legality of it for that matter; we are only stating that the application used was an application offered from the official Google Play Store and isn't some kind of third-party application that you'd need to download elsewhere from some non-legitimate, sketchy source.

      But you are correct about the problems with installing the operating system with the emulator. Due to the nature of the topic, we are not providing any guides or hints on where the OS files can be obtained.
      just because it comes from a legit source doesn't make it legal
      he pirated os 7 copywrite of apple and you guys are promoting it
      i was under the impression mmi doesn't condone piracy
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by plcrules View Post
      just because it comes from a legit source doesn't make it legal
      he pirated os 7 copywrite of apple and you guys are promoting it
      i was under the impression mmi doesn't condone piracy
      We don't. That's why we did not condone it in the post or show you how it's done and where to get the necessary software to do it yourself.

      Please do not derail the conversation into something we do not delve in. It's a simple concept video.
    1. szr's Avatar
      szr -
      Quote Originally Posted by plcrules View Post
      just because it comes from a legit source doesn't make it legal
      he pirated os 7 copywrite of apple and you guys are promoting it
      i was under the impression mmi doesn't condone piracy
      I agree about not condoning piracy, but downloading a 20 year old OS is as much a real issue as people downloading classing video game ([S]NES, Genesis, Atari 600, etc) roms.
    1. sheltons.iphone's Avatar
      sheltons.iphone -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      We don't. That's why we did not condone it in the post or show you how it's done and where to get the necessary software to do it yourself.

      Please do not derail the conversation into something we do not delve in. It's a simple concept video.
      But you're still promoting it by posting it on the site.

      It's like saying "hey! Look what someone did illegally!"

      Since when is doing something illegally a good idea to promote? Even if it's just a concept, it's an illegal one.
    1. SpiderManAPV's Avatar
      SpiderManAPV -
      Quote Originally Posted by sheltons.iphone View Post
      But you're still promoting it by posting it on the site.

      It's like saying "hey! Look what someone did illegally!"

      Since when is doing something illegally a good idea to promote? Even if it's just a concept, it's an illegal one.
      Is there any real way to know if itís illegal? On the one hand it seems that it would be, but on the other itís plausable to me that someone nerdy enough to run an OS from Ď87 on a watch could get a hold of the legal OS. Idk just my $.02.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by sheltons.iphone View Post
      But you're still promoting it by posting it on the site.

      It's like saying "hey! Look what someone did illegally!"

      Since when is doing something illegally a good idea to promote? Even if it's just a concept, it's an illegal one.
      All we are doing is keeping you current with what is going on. It's news. We're not promoting it by saying "hey you should do this."

      Please stop derailing the thread.
    1. znbl's Avatar
      znbl -
      Quote Originally Posted by sheltons.iphone View Post
      But you're still promoting it by posting it on the site.

      It's like saying "hey! Look what someone did illegally!"

      Since when is doing something illegally a good idea to promote? Even if it's just a concept, it's an illegal one.
      It's not illegal. If anything at all, it's copyright infringement, which is a civil matter, not a criminal one. Downloading in and of it self is NOT an illegal activity. Rather it's the (unauthorized) distribution that gets into that territory. But the actual act of downloading, contrary to what many people have been led to believe, is as much a criminal or immoral act as recording music and television shows and movies from the air waves, which people have been doing (and legally so) for about as long as the technology to so has existed on store shelves.