Thanks for the pointer to Lunduke - skip to about 14:22 to see the GUI on the IIGS. (The preamble before that is mostly just an overview of the specs and OS features.) I don’t think I’d seen GS/OS - it does look like a Mac but with a dash of colour. Skip to about 21:00 for the applications (and then 34:00 for games.)
Thinking about what it means to have a retrocomputing day, what’s the minimum application set you’d need?
- Being able to write would be good, and perhaps enough, if you’ve got some writing to do. So any kind of text editor or word processor or note taker would be enough.
- Programming is always fun, so any interpreter, or assembler, or compiler would do for that. It’s a good measure of a system, whether you can develop for that system on that system.
- Being online is another way to spend a day, so a terminal emulator and a serial connection would be the minimum for that.
- A TCP/IP stack, and SLIP or PPP, or even an ethernet connection, would be another step up. Otherwise a modem and a list of BBS numbers to call would be enough.
- And then of course a web browser would be nice - even better than telnet and ftp put together!
Edit: oh, and of course, a spreadsheet would do for programming of a different kind, or even for the legendary “balancing your checkbook.” A paint program, as Lunduke finds, would allow you to spend a day on pixel art. And any kind of music program could be enough too, if that’s your thing.