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ATPM 7.09
September 2001






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The Legacy Corner

by Edward Goss,

Welcome to The Legacy Corner, where each month we feature items of interest to owners of older, “experienced” Macs. If your Mac has a built-in floppy drive, this column is for you. If you have anything that you would like to see featured, or if you have an interesting use for an older Mac, e-mail me. Anyone who submits an idea, tip, or a feature that I use in The Legacy Corner will receive a super-cool ATPM T-shirt!

This month I received a nice letter from Ian Roberts about his use of an older Mac:

Hi Ed. I work at a Department of Energy National Laboratory, and we use various forms of high-end computing equipment (Mac and PC). Our desktop machines are all G3s and G4s but we have one special machine that no one is allowed to take. We have been running a program called Chat on our Mac IIci for about six years now. Chat is a telnet-based chat server, and we use it internally for staff in our group to connect and discuss things. It has saved us so much time because we can usually get decisions made and questions answered without holding a meeting. The little chat box just keeps going and going. It crashes maybe once every three months.

Last month I installed Macjordomo and the Eudora Internet Mail Server on there to run our own e-mail lists. The IIci chugs along perfectly. I love that so many old programs still work flawlessly in today’s high-powered environment.

Thanks for the great site.



Each month we feature a few legacy Mac trivia questions. The answers are at the end of the column.

  • Which Mac model, released only in Japan, was the ultra-thin, ultra-light PowerBook—code-named “Mighty Cat”—that never made it to the US?
  • Which Mac model was the first to offer an internal CD-ROM option?


My friend Eric Schwarz of ClassicMacWEEKly tipped me off to a neat site: It has pictures of many strange and wonderful Macintosh prototypes on it. Everything from a “flat screen” SE to a translucent Portable. Although the site is in French, the pictures can be enlarged by clicking on them, and most are self-explanatory. I want a Paladin!


My friend Gary Lyons informed me he has “a ton of complete older software on floppy disk for 68K Macs…” If there’s something you need, let me know and I’ll see whether we can provide it for you.


Last month I asked for input on some older Mac games. Getting a few mentions were:

  • “The Uninvited”—it’s a System 6, 1st-player game from 1986, but won’t work any longer.
  • “Starglider ll”—by MicroPlay Software. I used to play this one on my Mac Plus. (the Plus still runs, but not the game.)
  • “PT 109”—the coolest old war game ever! This one still works well even on a minimum Mac OS 8.6!
  • “Space Rogue”—a leap in role playing games in its time. This one also runs on Mac OS 8.6.
  • “The Scarab Of Ra”—my personal favorite Mac game. It is still available at this page. A challenging, ever-changing, maze-based game that even works with Mac OS 9.1.

ATPM staffer Greg Tetrault mentioned that Delta Tao has modern versions of two games: Dark Castle and Strategic Conquest He also mentioned he has a number of older games he would be willing to part with. You can contact Greg here.

Quote of the Month

“So we went to Atari and said, ‘Hey, we’ve got this amazing thing, even built with some of your parts, and what do you think about funding us? Or we’ll give it to you. We just want to do it. Pay our salary, we’ll come work for you.’ And they said, ‘No.’ So then we went to Hewlett-Packard, and they said, ‘Hey, we don’t need you. You haven’t gotten through college yet.’”—Apple Computer, Inc. founder Steve Jobs on attempts to get Atari and H-P interested in his and Steve Wozniak’s personal computer.

Trivia Answers

  • The PowerBook 2400c/240
  • The Mac IIvx

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Have a great month!

Ed Goss, the doyen of ATPM.

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