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Classic Macintosh Software: MacGolf 3.0
MacGolf 3.0, copyright 1985 Practical Computer Applications, Inc., by Robert Pappas, is a very good golf simulation game designed to run on black and white compact Macs. Given its 1985 copyright date, the game will probably run on just about any classic compact Mac, but we have only tested it on the SE running System 7. MacGolf is available for download at the bottom of this page.
Posted by Vectronic on 8/9/2010 in Macintosh Software





Classic Macintosh Software: Lunar Phantom 1.0
Lunar Phantom 1.0, by Rolf (Rex) Staflin, is an arcade style game where you attempt to fly through 14 levels of various obstacles and enemies. Lunar Phantom was originally distributed as shareware for a fee of $10. The game is available for download at the bottom of this page.
Posted by Vectronic on 8/6/2010 in Macintosh Software





Classic Macintosh Software: Macman Classic 3.0
Macman Classic 3.0 is a Pac-Man clone by John Butler, copyright 1992 Exit Software. At first glance, Macman appears to be identical to Pac-Man, obviously minus the color. It is a lightweight game about 70 KB unstuffed and 36 KB stuffed. This game is available for downloading at the bottom of this page.
Posted by Vectronic on 8/2/2010 in Macintosh Software





The Macintosh IIcx
Apple introduced the Macintosh IIcx on March 7, 1989. This new form factor was a smaller and less expandable version of the Macintosh IIx that was released about six months earlier. The versatile IIcx features 68030 performance, three NuBus expansion slots and a small, modular design.
Posted by Vectronic on 1/10/2009 in Macintosh History





The Macintosh IIx
The Macintosh IIx was introduced in September 1988 as an incremental update of the Macintosh II. Apple replaced the 16 MHz 68020 processor and 68881 FPU on the Macintosh II with a 16 MHz 68030 processor and 68882 FPU on the Macintosh IIx. The IIx is the first Mac to include an FDHD (Floppy Disk, High Density) controller.
Posted by Vectronic on 12/21/2008 in Macintosh History





The First Generation Macs and Their Place in History
The first generation Macs included the original Macintosh, the Macintosh 512K, and the Macintosh 512Ke. This article will briefly discuss the differences in these Macs, why their production was short-lived, and what replaced them.
Posted by Kris Hookerman on 6/30/2008 in Macintosh History





The Little Big Mac: Macintosh SE/30
Apple introduced the Macintosh SE/30 on January 19, 1989. It was a quantum leap over its processor the Macintosh SE. The "30" in SE/30 stood for the computer’s powerful 68030 processor. The SE/30 was obviously intended to be a high end Macintosh targeted at serious computer users and professionals.
Posted by John Ward on 6/11/2007 in Macintosh History





The Macintosh TV
The Macintosh TV was introduced on October 25, 1993. It was aimed at first-time Mac buyers, home users, and college students who wanted the "best of all worlds," a computer, TV, and CD player rolled into one sleek, black box. Apple marketed the Mac TV primarily through consumer electronics channels and sold it directly to college students at universities.
Posted by John Ward on 5/27/2007 in Macintosh History





The Apple Lisa 2
Apple introduced the Lisa 2 in January 1984. It was an upgraded version of the original Lisa, which was introduced early in 1983. Billed as one of the line of "Apple 32 SuperMicros", the Lisa 2 was sold as Apple’s business solution, supplanting the Apple III and sharing the spotlight with its close cousin, the Macintosh.
Posted by John Ward on 5/21/2007 in Macintosh History





The Big Mac: Macintosh II
The Macintosh II was introduced on March 2, 1987. The Macintosh II finally gave Mac users what they had been asking for since the successful introduction of the original Macintosh in 1984, a color-capable, expandable Mac with a separate monitor.
Posted by John Ward on 4/29/2007 in Macintosh History





The Portable Stumbles but the PowerBooks Soar
Apple first entered the laptop market with the release of the Macintosh Portable on September 20, 1989. The Portable was not a strong seller. Apple followed up the Portable with the PowerBook 100, PowerBook 140, and PowerBook 170, which turned out to be so successful that for a brief time Apple became the worldwide number one producer of laptop computers. But the success of latter depended heavily on the lessons Apple learned from the Portable.
Posted by Kris Hookerman on 4/21/2007 in Macintosh History





Apple’s Saving Grace, The Original iMac
Apple began selling the iMac on October 17, 1998. The iMac had the effect of a lighting bolt strike across the entire computer industry. Its success retuned Apple to profitability, spawned many imitators, and ushered in the new age of the "Internet" computer.
Posted by John Ward on 4/15/2007 in Macintosh History





The Macintosh Licensing Conundrum
Apple has throughout much of its history resisted licensing its technology. This resistance has more than anything else fostered the creation of a separate and dominant industry standard, Microsoft Windows. Apple resisted licensing the Macintosh architecture early on when it would have made a difference in the development and direction of the young computer industry. The company half-heartedly instituted a licensing program in the middle 1990s when it served only to cannibalize Apple’s operating revenues.
Posted by John Ward on 4/8/2007 in Macintosh History





Apple’s Famous 1984 Macintosh Newsweek Insert
We obtained our copy of the famous Macintosh Newsweek insert from a seller on eBay. Our copy was attached to the March 19, 1984 edition of Newsweek. The year was 1984 and Apple had just announced the Macintosh on January 24. Apple marketing blitz would attempt to take back the home market from IBM, whose PC had surpassed the Apple II in both the home and business markets.
Posted by Kris Hookerman on 4/3/2007 in Macintosh History





The Lisa, Apple’s First GUI-Based Computer System
Apple introduced the Lisa computer in January 1983. It was Apple’s first attempt to sell a computer designed from the bottom up with a graphical user interface (GUI). It was not merely an attempt to throw a graphical operating environment over a text-line operating system like early versions of Windows or early Apple II graphical operating environments. The Lisa graphical operating system defined all aspects of the computer’s operation.
Posted by John Ward on 3/26/2007 in Macintosh History





Apple Introduces the Macintosh
Apple was one of the most important creators of the home computer industry with its introduction of the Apple II in the late 1970s. In 1984, nearly one year after the release of the expensive and innovative Lisa computer, Apple redefined how people used home computers with the introduction of the Macintosh, the industry’s first affordable graphical-based computer. This article examines the way Apple introduced users to this revolutionary product by examining portions of the Macintosh Owner’s Manual (officially titled "Macintosh"), copyright 1984, Apple Computer, Inc.
Posted by John Ward on 3/12/2007 in Macintosh History





Macintosh All-In-One Timeline
The above chart is a pictorial view of Apple’s all-in-one Macintosh form factors from 1984 to today. Apple defined the all-in-one concept with the original Macintosh 128K in 1984. Steve Jobs helped shape this significant marketing position stressing the "computer as appliance" principle that Apple has perpetuated for over twenty years.
Posted by Vectronic on 7/16/2006 in Macintosh History





Classic Macintosh Software: Glider 3.0
Glider 3.0, designed by John Calhoun for Casady & Greene Inc., was and still is a very popular game for the compact Mac. I tested the game on a 266 MHz iMac, but it played too fast. The game played fine on a System 7 Macintosh LC III and Classic II. It also played on a System 6 Macintosh Plus.
Posted by John Ward on 7/2/2006 in Macintosh Software





Classic Macintosh Software: Smash Hit Racquetball!
Smash Hit Racquetball! from Primera Software is a System 6 game designed exclusively for the Macintosh. It runs great on a System 6 Macintosh Plus. It will run on System 7.1 black and white Macs. I was unable to get it to run on a System 7.5 Macintosh LC III. It also did not run a System 9.1 iMac (Rev. C).
Posted by John Ward on 6/22/2006 in Macintosh Software





Classic Macintosh Software: Shufflepuck Cafe
Shufflepuck Cafe, by Broderbund Software, written by Christopher Gross, is a computer game simulation of air hockey. You play shufflepuck against aliens in a space cafe. You are free to play any alien you wish or play in a tournament. Shufflepuck Cafe is one of the truly great games released for the black and white, 68K, compact Macs.
Posted by John Ward on 6/17/2006 in Macintosh Software





Steve Jobs and the Historic Introduction of the NeXT Cube
Most serious Mac users would admit that OS X owes as much or more of its origins to NeXTSTEP, the NeXT OS, than classic Macintosh OS. Steve Jobs left Apple in 1985 after a struggle with then CEO, John Sculley, whose myopic view of the computer industry nearly destroyed Apple in the 1990s. Jobs went on to found NeXT, which failed to find widespread acceptance in the market place.
Posted by John Ward on 6/11/2006 in Macintosh History





The Evolution of the Apple Mouse
Apple Computer is responsible for the mouse interface standard used by today’s computers. Apple did not invent the mouse, but just like Apple’s popularization of the graphical operating system, they made the mouse a fundamental part of the personal computer. The Apple mouse has been evolving since the early days of Lisa and Apple II.
Posted by John Ward on 4/9/2006 in Macintosh History





Vectronic’s Atari 2600
This page describes Vectronic’s Atari 2600 and Macintosh Atari 2600 emulation software.
Posted by Vectronic on 4/3/2006 in Macintosh Software





Vectronic’s Basement
All the classic software we can give out for free is located in the Basement.
Posted by Vectronic on 1/1/2006 in Macintosh Software





Puzzle Your Pict Files with Jigsaw Puzzle
From the useless but true file, Apple’s System 7.5 (Version 7.5.3) Jigsaw Puzzle DA can do more than you may have thought. Let’s be honest, the Jigsaw Puzzle DA is designed for people who want to waste time but haven’t got a copy of Mac Man installed.
Posted by John Ward on 4/19/2004 in Macintosh Software





AOL, eWorld and an LC 580
Apple has a documented history of creating innovation that has eventually led to profound changes in the computer industry. Unfortunately, the computer industry as whole has a history of stealing that innovation for the benefit of the Wintel monopoly. Apple history consists of a long string of events in which the company failed to move on emerging markets that it correctly identified years before its competitors.
Posted by John Ward on 7/23/2003 in Macintosh History





The Creation of the Macintosh
The idea for the graphical user interface can be traced to Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). The mission of PARC was to create the future without worrying about the commercial viability of the project. PARC was a technological think tank.
Posted by John Ward on 4/17/2003 in Macintosh History





The Macintosh and Desktop Publishing, Part One
By the end of 1985, Apple was a deeply troubled company. The Macintosh had not been the run-away success that the company predicted it would be. It also became apparent that despite the Herculean efforts made by the sales and marketing staffs, Apple was never going to be able to dislodge IBM from the business market.
Posted by John Ward on 4/17/2003 in Macintosh History





The Macintosh and Desktop Publishing, Part Two
John Warnock, a former computer scientist at the Xerox PARC, started Adobe Systems in 1982. The firm soon turned its attention to the creation of PostScript, a new page description language. PostScript revolutionized the computer world and soon made the Macintosh platform the de facto standard for desktop publishing.
Posted by John Ward on 4/17/2003 in Macintosh History





Review: 1988 Programmer’s Introduction to the Macintosh
I recently came across a book called Programmer’s Introduction to the Macintosh Family at a small bookstore/collectors shop in Denton, Texas. The store has operated in Denton, Texas for years next to the University of North Texas campus. They specialize in collectibles from old books to computers. They are famous for their steady supply of old tech manuals, Atari and Intellivision cartridges, and 80’s vintage Star Wars action figures.
Posted by John Ward on 4/12/2003 in Macintosh History





Mac OS and the 128K Macintosh
Apple began selling the Macintosh in 1984. It’s revolutionary graphical user interface (GUI) would forever alter the course of the home computer industry.
Posted by John Ward on 3/4/2003 in Macintosh History





Jobs, NeXT, and Apple’s New Paradigm
Mac OS X is a derivation of OPENSTEP, which Apple inherited after the complete acquisition of Steve Jobs’ NeXT Software, Inc. on February 4, 1997. Steve Jobs had left Apple in 1985 after being ousted by then CEO John Sculley and started NeXT in 1987. To fully understand Jobs’ strange relationship with Apple during his years in the wilderness, it is necessary to go back to the beginning and examine his role in Apple’s creation.
Posted by Kris Hookerman on 2/18/2003 in Macintosh History





Classic Macintosh Software: Star Wars
Remember all those quarters you spent on this one? The Star Wars arcade game was a smash hit. The force was with Atari when this one blew away the arcades back in 1983. The game was truly a marvel of design in its day. Star Wars was part of a long line of Atari arcade games designed with vector graphics.
Posted by Vectronic on 1/1/2003 in Macintosh Software





Make Your Old Compact Mac Talk with Speak
When Steve Jobs introduced the Macintosh in 1984, he let the computer speak for itself. I have often wondered how they did that on a computer with 128K RAM, an 8 MHz CPU, and a 400K disk drive. I think that I have found the answer.
Posted by Vectronic on 1/1/2003 in Macintosh Software





Move Large Files to Your Compact Mac with SplitIt!
SplitIt! is a great shareware program that allows you to split a large file into smaller files and to put them back together again. Many collectors face the problem of not being able to get files larger than a 1.4 MB disk (or 800 KB disk) into their 68K compact Macs. SplitIt! is one possible solution to this dilemma.
Posted by Vectronic on 1/1/2003 in Macintosh Software





Recommended Mac OS for Pre-System 7 Macs
As a general rule, it is best to us the most recent version of Macintosh system software recommended for your Macintosh - so you can take advantage of the most advanced features and enhancements. However, not all versions of system software will work on all classic Macintosh computers. The following chart shows which version of pre-System 7 software is compatible with different classic Macs.
Posted by Vectronic on 1/1/2003 in Macintosh Software





Which OS Should I Use in My Mac?
Here are some suggestions concerning which OS you should use on your Mac. This is Vectronic’s opinion. Your usage may vary.
Posted by Vectronic on 1/1/2003 in Macintosh Software