I'm new here and hopefully ignorant of this world. I have documents in Word6 on a MacIntosh Plus (68030 Power! - if that means anything) that I would like to download so that I can email them to a scholar in Europe, but my laptop is a PC. Is there a means to establish communication between these systems?
I'm working from memory here, but if you have a floppy disk formatted for MS-DOS, you might be able to copy your files to it. Then someone with an older PC can either a) email the files for you, or b) burn them to a CD that your laptop can read.
There are other ways, but I'm not sure how you'd get a Mac Plus on a network these days.
Maybe you could have a student transcribe the files for you, depending on their length, of course.
By the way, this thread should be moved to the Mac & iPod Help & Troubleshooting forum, where you would get better and faster answers than mine.
The MacPlus has an 800 KB DSDD floppy drive that IIRC can NOT write or read MS DOS formatted floppies. Later 680x0 Macs had a "SuperDrive" (notice how Apple recycled the name?) which could read and write DSHD 1.44 MB disks and MS-DOS disks.
As mentioned, the easiest way is to find someone with a beige G3 Macintosh, which can read the old 800 Kb floppy format and write to 1.44 floppy, or to CD-R (if the CD drive had been upgraded) or email the file to someone.
An alternative would be to hook up the Mac to a phone line with a modem, and see if you can get a vintage email program or FTP running. Or use a null-modem serial cable and hook it to another machine and FTP it. This requires digging up some antique software and instructions.
(The MacPlus was a 68000 machine - the sticker you have on it that says 68030 Power! is either a random thing, or the MacPlus has had some funky 68030 accelerator card installed in it)
Thanks for the correction, CanadaRAM. As I said, I was working from memory (which becomes a scarier proposition with each passing year). I was thinking, too, that the '030 seemed a bit advanced for the Plus.