Island 8080 Emulator

Island 8080 running CP/M on MinivMac

I’ve never heard of this before, but a friend pointed me towards this this page, that has a CP/M version that’ll run on a Macintosh.  But as they list out it ONLY works on super ancient Mac’s namely the 128k & 512k varities.  Plus owners & everyone beyond them is out of luck.

So what is there to say?  Well it does in fact run CP/M, and the demo disk includes WordStar but without a clear way of getting data on & off the diskettes it is kind of .. pointless?  I’m sure back in the day this would have been an awesome programme for Macintosh users as you could run ‘all that CP/M’ stuff out there on these giant 400kb diskettes.  Needless to say the rise of the IBM PC killed that and everyone went to MS-DOS but for some people I’m sure this was the tipping point of why to go Mac.  In this day & age emulators to run emulators may seem silly but I figured it was at least worth mentioning that this did in fact exist…

I suppose I could rig something to transfer the 8080 version of Zork1 to it, but is it worth the effort?

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What is there to tell? I’ve loved UNIX like things since I was first exposed to QNX in highschool (we had the Unisys ICONS!), and spent the better time of my teenage years trying to get my own UNIX… I should have bought Coherent in retrospect.. Anyways latched onto Linux in 1992, and then got some old BSD admin books and have been hooked on the VAX BSD & other big/ancient things since…!

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