I'm about to buy this old PowerPC eMac just for nostalgia, some fun and for playing some old games I have.

I know there's a beta site on retro computing.

However, is there any limit to age of Apple products in Ask Different's scope?

For example OS X versus older operating systems. Or Intel vs. PowerPC vs. Motorola 68040, etc.

To take two extreme examples, would questions about Apple Lisa or the PowerBook 100 be on-topic?

I realize that in such extreme cases it might be better to ask at the beta site I referred to earlier, but I'm asking if it's, strictly speaking, off-topic or on-topic.

And, if off-topic, where do you draw the line in terms of hardware and software?

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Yes - Questions about Motorola and PPC era hardware are on topic.

Apple products and services are considered on topic without regard to them being beta, in production or withdrawn from sale and/or support.

Definitely read through the entire article above - there will be likely questions from that era that will be off topic if they have other faults:

  • Cool! So even the Apple Lisa would be on-topic?
    – Fiksdal
    Commented Aug 31, 2016 at 11:30
  • @Fiksdal we have apple II questions so no problem with new hardware :)
    – mmmmmm
    Commented Aug 31, 2016 at 11:36
  • @Mark Nice :) And also cool that you consider it new, lol :) (jk, I know you meant old.)
    – Fiksdal
    Commented Aug 31, 2016 at 11:38
  • I don't think anyone's tried to ask about anything older than the Apple I yet - so you should be just fine with something as new as the Lisa hardware system and software. Again - we aren't wikipedia for asking to find history - the question should have a practical aspect about how to do something specific.
    – bmike Mod
    Commented Aug 31, 2016 at 11:38
  • bmike Sure, I'm talking about actual technical questions about use, software, etc. Anyway, cool. BTW, why do both you and @Mark refer to the Lisa as "new"?
    – Fiksdal
    Commented Aug 31, 2016 at 11:43

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