Mac GUI Releases Vault- Retro Apple Computing Archive

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Springfield, Illinois, September 09 2009 - Mac GUI, a web site originally focused on Mac interface customization, is proud to announce the availability of Mac GUI Vault, a comprehensive resource for retro Apple II and Macintosh computing spanning from 1978 to 1998. Mac GUI Vault includes software for, photos of, and text files on most every facet of vintage Apple computers.

D. Finnigan, the owner of Mac GUI says, "Retro computing is really becoming quite a hot topic these days, and it seemed as though there weren't any comprehensive sources for the Apple. Mac GUI Vault contains roughly 29,000 files gathered over a period of 12 months. These files came from many different sources and part of the fun was tracking down the rarer ones. Now they're all available in one place."

Mac GUI Vault offers the following advantages over similar sites: a modern design, fully cataloged and searchable listings, in-depth archive, and a growing collection of Usenet discussions. "I felt it important to start archiving the Apple II Usenet groups and I'm glad that I did. They're just another handy resource for the Apple user," said Finnigan. "It's great to have all of this information at one's fingertips."

Contributions to Mac GUI Vault are welcome in the form of photos for the museum, text files for the library, and software for the collection. Contributors and collectors alike may participate in Mac GUI's discussion forums where anyone may ask questions and give advice on all manner of Apple II and Macintosh computers. Both novice and experienced users will find suitable material for whatever interests them.

The complete Vault collection may be obtained on DVD, free of charge, and those with servers who wish to mirror the collection are also welcomed. There is no fee or any sort of limit on downloading from Vault. Everyone is welcome to use and redistribute the files. For further information, please see the Vault FAQ page or contact D. Finnigan.

Links:
Mac GUI Vault :: http://macgui.com/vault/
Vault FAQ page :: http://macgui.com/infobooth/faq/20/

Headquartered in central Illinois, Mac GUI was started in February of 2004 as resource for Mac user interface customization, but has since grown over the past 5 years to provide information on nearly every aspect of Apple and Macintosh computing. Mac GUI's free membership includes a 1 GB email address, 200 MB of web space, forum, photo gallery, blog and much more. Mac GUI was showcased in the January 2007 issue of Practical Web Design Magazine, a UK publication.

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I "was" enjoying this website

I "was" enjoying this website, but now it says "The account has been suspended". Hope they just forgot to pay the bill.

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Hoped it did not get pulled f

Hoped it did not get pulled for because of its contents.

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Fortunately, no. There was a

Fortunately, no. There was a billing error on the web host's side, so they decided to suspend my site until it gets resolved. This is certainly not the first time that a billing error on the web host's side has lead to suspension. This is, I believe, the second.

Bad timing....

Shoot first, ask questions later. Undecided

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Let us know when it is resolved.

I noticed this yesterday. I thought maybe you had gotten too much traffic and they suspended you for a bandwidth violation.

Great effort on this by the way, I really like it.

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Thank you. The site will be b

Thank you. The site will be back online in just a few days. There is no end in sight for Mac GUI.

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Did you..

did you try out the ware I sent you the other day , for the copy programs? I hope you liked it. If you are interested I can send you a copy of all of the stuff I have on a CDR and you can see if you are missing anything...

see ya

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Re: Did you..

A2forever wrote:

did you try out the ware I sent you the other day , for the copy programs? I hope you liked it. If you are interested I can send you a copy of all of the stuff I have on a CDR and you can see if you are missing anything...

Yes, I did try out the copy programs, and I'll get it into Vault as soon as I can. I would be interested in receiving your CD of stuff. Smile

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Vault is back online!

We are back online! Smile

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Your site looks awesome! I

Your site looks awesome!

I do however, have a small favor to ask though. Can you remove my 'old' version of SnakeByte and replace it with my newer version?

The old disk image is located here on your site:

Apple II -> A2 Games -> A2 Action Games -> Snakebyte Oct 25 04

I know, I know, it's on Asimov's site too, but I'm not terribly happy with the way I finished putting that version together.

Please replace it with a copy of the following:

http://www.apple-2.com/sb05.zip

Mucho Gracias!

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Upload to Mac GUI .

I agree! The site looks great so far , there's alot of stuff that could be added that is missing. I think it's important to upload as much as possible , to insure that the software that is still around , remains intact , before they disapere forever! That's why I have backup up everything that I have on a CDS to preserve it. I can't even imagine the number of software that still floats around out there on floppy disks , that can be transfered via ADT and made into a .dsk image for use with applewin! I hope people join in and upload these things.

I will do my part to send in what I can...

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Re: Your site looks awesome! I

Craig MX wrote:

Your site looks awesome!

I do however, have a small favor to ask though. Can you remove my 'old' version of SnakeByte and replace it with my newer version?

Please replace it with a copy of the following:

http://www.apple-2.com/sb05.zip

Cheers,
Craig

Hello, and thank you. Would you mind so much if I kept the old version while adding the new one? I'm too much of a pack-rat to delete or remove anything!

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Re: Upload to Mac GUI .

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I agree! The site looks great so far , there's alot of stuff that could be added that is missing.

Indeed. And it's not just software which is missing, but everything that goes with it: documentation, photos, information, source code, and all the rest.

I'm currently working on improving the Usenet Discussions archive, which had been open since May. As of today, it's a full-fledged Web-based newsreader. Visit http://macgui.com/usenet/ to read, sign up to post.

The next plans, for October, is to have a way to let anyone fill in a better title and description for the software downloads. Also, I need to implement a way for people to conveniently add and upload files. So far, I've just had people email me some things.

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Re: Your site looks awesome! I

Dog Cow wrote:

Hello, and thank you. Would you mind so much if I kept the old version while adding the new one? I'm too much of a pack-rat to delete or remove anything!

I guess, for completeness sake, it just makes sense. Sounds good, keep the old version as well. I just personally hate how I coded that version. 3-files to do the job of one! Ugh! Smile

As for the new version, I've decided to go in and update the intro-page to reflect my new host address. Right now, I'm reworking it to have 'www.apple-2.com' in there vice 'www.turbo-2.com'.

Done. Please grab the new version from the following address:

http://www.apple-2.com/sb09.zip

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Re: Your site looks awesome! I

Craig MX wrote:
Dog Cow wrote:

Hello, and thank you. Would you mind so much if I kept the old version while adding the new one? I'm too much of a pack-rat to delete or remove anything!

I guess, for completeness sake, it just makes sense. Sounds good, keep the old version as well. I just personally hate how I coded that version. 3-files to do the job of one! Ugh! Smile

I should have this file plus about 10 or so others online in a few days.

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Done. Please grab the new version from the following address:

http://www.apple-2.com/sb09.zip

One of the factors which made software difficult to sort into categories were the archives with cryptic file names, such as just acronyms. Now, since I've just downloaded this file, I know what it is and renamed it to snakebyte09.zip, but other people may not, or they get the file as part of a huge compilation.... Just something to keep in mind.

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Absolutely.

absolutely , keep any versions you have . just thought it would be nice to add in any new versions as well.

thanks.

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Dog Cow ... NetSnake!

Ok, so I was bored.

I know you already have a hi-res titlepage for it, but a fella loses out on so many colors when they leave the 'wonderful' lo-res screen behind ...

http://www.apple-2.com/netsnake.zip

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I need to finish that game! I

I need to finish that game! I got stuck with having to use Interrupts in July, so I set it aside for awhile. I plan on posting the code that I have so far on comp.sys.apple2.programmer and seeing if the people there can help out.

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