Wednesday, May 31st, 2023 Alive 19,027 days
I am both impressed and disappointed with macOS.
I set up a new user account so that I could telnet in to a macOS box to perform certain tasks that can only be done via telnet, and with a CLI.
Not surprisingly, in 2023, macOS doesn't come with terminal definitions for a TRS-80 Model 100. It's a 40-year-old machine, so it makes sense that I would have to build my own. Which I did.
But as I was doing so, I noticed that macOS still comes with terminal definitions for far older, and more obscure computers than the one I'm connecting to it with.
- Altos machines
- Apple Lisas (natch)
- 85 types of AT&T terminals
- C. Itoh (I didn't even know C. Itoh made computers)
- Commodore B-128s
- I.B.M. computers running Aixterm in Japanese
- Dozens of NCR terminals
- Several types of Kaypros
- Four types of Zenith machines
Granted, these terminal definitions are just part of the stock set that is packed in with many Unixes. But I still find it surprising that after a half-century, these files continue to proliferate, and still exist, even though the number of people who would use them is basically zero.