An old find!

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You generally seem to find things you've forgotten you own when you move and have to go through everything. This is the case, as I have found several CDs of a "MacCubed" CD set. At the time, I think it was around '96 or so, it was a distribution of shareware and freeware across about 7 CD's, that when shrinkwrapped, resembled a cube. The CDs were split up into things such as "Arcade", "Games", "Utilities and Internet", and so on. I've recovered about 4 of them. Some of the things I had to make sure I saved off to the server before these CDs die were a few things:

Galuxus and Dark Coronoa, both shareware versions of the Algomedia games, which were top scrolling space shooters. I loved them, and the run reasonably well on 68030 Macs with color screen. The music in them, for the modules (not the MIDIs) is EXCELLENT. I went through great lengths recently to track down the theme song to Dark Corona, which can be found here in MOD format. These are both shareware, and hense perfectly fine to distribute today, even though Algomedia seems to have bitten the dust, although their site displays... something.

Another one is PlayerPRO, which has interest to me because it's a MOD, S3M, IT, and whathaveyou tracker for 68k and PPC Macs (included is the FAT binary version). It holds pretty true to the ProTracker 1 standard set for Amigas, but things done later in ImpulseTracker and FastTracker 2 may sound a bit off, but generally the good old modules play just fine. There's a bit of history to this one. Most games that incorperated modules at the time used some form of Rosette's PlayerPRO embedded code in their games, such are the two example games above. In the last few years, the application was carbonized and *then made Freeware*. However, Quadmation, the site it was hosted on, has taken it down per Rosette's request, which is sadly the end of one of the best trackers for the Mac. But here I contain one of the older versions, that I use currently to track on my PowerBook quite happily. Hit up the modarchive.com and find some tunes to play on your old Mac. Great fun, check out the screensaver too.

I have a few more CD's like this, so perhaps I'll find more of these old goodies laying around that can't be found anywhere else.

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it takes a lot longer than 10

it takes a lot longer than 10 years for a cd to die, more like 20 years

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While that is true, it depend

While that is true, it depends on how the CDs are stored and treated. These things have taken a bit of abuse, but surprisingly, I was able to pop them into my Linux box, fire up BasiliskII with the CD drive listed as a volume, and they worked wonderfully. But still, I'd hate to lose these things ever again. A server is much harder to lose. ;p

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why dont you just burn copys

why dont you just burn copys of them, and keep them as back ups

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That would be the best, most

That would be the best, most logical, and least complicated idea of what I could possibly do. Joy for me overcomplicating things. Still, it doesn't hurt to share, but I should go about duping them.

Also, I thought some screenshots wouldn't hurt (sorry, this thread just became bandwidth heavy Tongue):

The first two screens are Dark Corona and Galuxus, respectively. They were screenshots taken within my BasiliskII emulator under Linux. The last one is an actual screenshot of my PowerBook 180 using PlayerPRO.

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cool i think i might have tha

cool i think i might have that cd set somewhere. what os is that, and what is that second control strip?

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The first two screenshots are

The first two screenshots are running MacOS 8.0, in which I should probably locate the 8.1 updater, but for now it seems stable. It's just an emulator emulating a Quadra 900 using my PowerBook's dumped ROM, but changes the gestalt ID to that of the Quadra, and emulates the 040 as well, even though 8.0 would run on 030's anyways with IWishIWas or BornAgain.

The second one is the actual Mac, the PowerBook 180. It's running 7.5.3 with I think with 8MB of RAM, everything else stock. I'm not sure what you mean by "second control strip" though. You might be referring to the gauge for MyBattery on the lower right. An old app where you can tweek the gague of the app to any way you like. I have mine configured to sit there in the corner, show things like disk activity, if it's running in 16 or 33Mhz mode, and if it's cycling or not. I believe the InfoMac has a copy of it lying around somewhere.

Although, perhaps a quick question to ask here. I managed to get a background working on MacOS 7.5.x using a control panel called CDU which takes care of many EnergyStar-like settings, I snuck it away from someone else's Performa while playing a LocalTalk'ed game of Bolo ages ago. But I realize now that it's not that portible. Is there any other way (perhaps, more lightweight) methods of setting a desktop picture within 7.5.x, and not just a pattern?

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I remember the MacCube set

I have that set somewhere at my parent's house in Florida. Lot's of good stuff. When I go down to visit in April, I think I'll dig em out and bring them back to Pittsburgh with me. Also bring my IIsi back up, dig out my Performa 6200 (have it in the basement) and PowerBook 180 (use it for creative writing - hard to do on my AIbook). Fun fun fun!

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i thought it was wishiwere, a

i thought it was wishiwere, anyway i found my copies of those CDs, they run okay on my 040 upgraded IIci

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It's been awhile, but I think

It's been awhile, but I think you're probably right, something alone those lines is what it was called. Like other things, like Pseud040 and BornAgain, it's mask your Mac's gestalt ID with that of an 040 Mac, or in the case of WishIWas, any Mac you want, which was rather spiffy.

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