Has Anyone Seen Paul C. Pratt Online in the Last Year?

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Re: Has Anyone Seen Paul C. Pratt Online in the Last Year?

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I really hope that Paul is doing well and is just taking a longer break. But to be honest i have a bad feeling about the situation. To keep Pauls child moving on in his spirit, i have created a Github organization where i will upload all GPL licensed code from the gryphel website to coordinate further development there in case things work out badly.

https://github.com/minivmac

If Paul surfaces again, i'm more than happy to handle over the Github organization to him. In the meantime, as soon as the code is uploaded, feel free to make push requests or PM me if you want to join the Github organization. I saw that some people have hacked in various features in the 37.03 branch for their personal purposes.

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Thanks for this.

Just out of curiosity, is anyone other than Paul using the "mini" part of Mini vMac as he designed it? That is, to be able to instrument MPW (or other tools) from a host system in as light-weight a manner as possible?

Mini vMac is such a flexible programmer's tool, deployable on anything from a Mac Plus to an M1 Mac running Linux, but I have the sense that most of us just use it as a straight-up OS/Machine emulator.
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adespoton wrote: Mon May 23, 2022 6:43 pm Just out of curiosity, is anyone other than Paul using the "mini" part of Mini vMac as he designed it? That is, to be able to instrument MPW (or other tools) from a host system in as light-weight a manner as possible?

Mini vMac is such a flexible programmer's tool, deployable on anything from a Mac Plus to an M1 Mac running Linux, but I have the sense that most of us just use it as a straight-up OS/Machine emulator.
Well, I always thought using it as an OS/machine emulator was the idea. I thought Paul thought this too, or he wouldn't have had an entire section on his website dedicated to Macintosh software preservation (https://www.gryphel.com/c/sw/index.html).
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Recently I tried to modify the original vMac 1.9 source to build in modern MinGW GCC and found its structure and coding styles completely different from Mini vMac. I think most, if not everything in Mini vMac is rewritten by Paul instead of reusing original vMac code.
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By the way, does anyone know where Paul Pratt worked for a living? That might be a way to find out more.
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ClockWise wrote: Fri Apr 22, 2022 1:46 am Sadly no. But I tried another address this morning.
Welp, it's been 2 months. How many email addresses did you try, and did he respond yet?
If you need more info, tell me ;)
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I tried all of the addresses I have for him (three?) and did not get a response.
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Well that's very bad news then.

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How long do we think the variations service will be up? I'm beginning to think it would be prudent to make the most of my subscriber code while I can.
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The domain expires in June 2023:

https://www.whois.com/whois/gryphel.org

But the service provider may pull the plug at any time if the monthly/annual fees are not being paid.
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That's odd; I hadn't noticed before that the domain is registered to a Florida address, not a NY address. Possibly a new search grid?
I've found 3 Paul C Pratts in Florida, one is slightly too young, but the other two are promising.

Unfortunately, one of them is this one: https://www.echovita.com/us/obituaries/ ... t-12293846 - age is reasonable, places he's lived are reasonable. We shouldn't jump to any conclusions until someone (sensitively just one person please) has followed up though.
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Honestly, it doesn't really seem like him: https://www.tributearchive.com/obituari ... nard-Pratt

I put out a call on a Facebook group populated by emulation fans from the old days, but no one had heard from him.
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If you look up Paul Pratt of Lakeland FL, the man in the obituary turns out to have been Paul Leonard Pratt. Ours is Paul C. Pratt, so not the same, despite the birth in Corning NY and the appropriate timing.

https://www.tributearchive.com/obituari ... nard-Pratt
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Keep in mind that according to http://gryphel.net/c/info.html, Paul was in the 2nd grade in 1976. This means he was likely born around 1969, and therefore would have been about 52 years old last year. We also know that Paul's last post was April 4, 2021. The gentleman from Lakeland, FL passed in February 2021 and was 68.
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