Rescuing Files From Classic Mac OS...with Swift!

My winter break project was getting the files off an old PowerBook from the 90s (my dad’s old work computer) that I’ve had lying around for a while. (There’s probably not anything of interest there to anyone but our family, but who knows?) I’ve looked at this before, but it’s hard to get a 25-year-old computer to talk to a modern OS.

ROSE-8 on Mac OS 9

Swift on Mac OS 9

It’s April 1, and that means it’s both April Fools’ Day and the anniversary of the founding of Apple Inc. While this year is a sober one due to current events, I think a lot of people still appreciate what people are creating and sharing to keep spirits up, whether that be music or art or…impractical programming projects. And while pranks on April Fools’ seem less and less fun1, obvious jokes and whimsy, not at anyone’s expense, are still something I believe in…and even better if they actually work.

Last year I implemented the world’s best code visualizer. This year I decided to seriously attempt something that I’d thought about in the past: getting a Swift program to run on Mac OS 9.

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