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the Gryphel Project

The goal of the Gryphel Project is to help preserve software made for early Macintosh computers, the computers that Apple sold from 1984 to 1996 based upon Motorola’s 680x0 microprocessors.

Mini vMac

The center of this project - a family of free and open source emulators that allow such software to be used on modern computers


The rest of this project - software for the early Macintosh, links to alternatives to Mini vMac, links to related forums, lists of books, and more.

Latest News : June 17, 2018

I’ve decided it is time for this website to support HTTPS (encryption), mostly to make Google search and web browsers happy. Rather than making the changes on the current web server and hoping it all works, I set up a new web server with up to date software, and if all works well, will switch the gryphel.com domain to it.

Current recommendation is to force browsers to use HTTPS, and even for HTTPS not support some of the older versions. But this website is intended to work with the oldest web browsers. To satisfy both, this website will be available on two different domains: “gryphel.com” will use HTTPS, and “gryphel.org” is for HTTP.

http://www.gryphel.org currently works for static content. (Supporting the Variations Service and the feedback form is yet to come.) https://www.gryphel.online is the current location of the HTTPS version. When everything is working properly, gryphel.com will be changed to work as gryphel.online does, and gryphel.online will probably be removed. (‘gryphel.online” is a free sample domain from my registrar.)

While there are two web servers, any changes to this site have to be made on both of them. So hopefully this transition period will be short.

If you notice problems with the new web server, let me know. At my location, the HTTP version seems at least as fast as the old web server, and HTTPS is less than twice as slow. HTTPS takes more round trips to the server to set up, so may be even slower from locations further from eastern US.

I considered supporting HTTP/2, which speeds up modern websites that access lots of different resources, but for this minimalist website, it seems more likely to just add a bit more overhead, and possibly compatibility issues. I also considered IPv6, which seems simple to support on the web server, but neither of the two internet connections I have available support it, so I can’t support it.


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Thanks to Scott Rickard, Anonymous, Trevor Glahn, Leonid, Chris Hanson, and Henry Shawcross for sponsoring one month of web hosting for the Gryphel project and over 4 days of health insurance.

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