28 May '13, 5pm

An overkill network adapter for retrocomputers - If you want to get an old Apple, Commodore 64, Amiga, or any othe...

Since the Pi is most likely doing nothing 90% of the time, I think the next step could be a web proxy server. At the very least it could force websites to serve their mobile (or even WAP) versions, which would be more usable on low-resolution displays. It could also use something like Imagemagick to re-render images in a format old browsers can handle natively. For example, let’s say I have a Mac SE running Mosaic. When it requests a page, the Pi gets the mobile version of the site, strips it down to formatted text and tables (like Lynx but with images), and automatically reformats the images to 1-bit GIFs. Instead of a megabyte of script and images it doesn’t understand, Mosaic gets a page it can easily render. A built-in FTP server would be great to have, too. I know it’s not secure by today’s standards, but it’s cheap offline storage for the old computer and a dead-easy...

Full article: http://hackaday.com/2013/05/28/an-overkill-network-adapte...

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