One may have seen my prior post on Cracking a 35 Year-Old Macintosh Game, wherein I describe cracking Star Trek: The Kobayashi Alternative, only to “find out it was absolute garbage” as one friend and colleague put it. Still, it was a fun little challenge, and it whetted my appetite for the next challenge.
So I decided to look into the other abandonware for 68k Macs that remained uncracked, and hopefully required a bit more reverse engineering than just narrowing down the section of code to replace with no-operation instructions.
One may recall my last post on Reviving a Dead Mac Classic, wherein I repair a damaged Mac Classic. After getting it running again, I wanted to find software for it, and soon ran across the fine folks at macintoshgarden.org. This is one of the main abandonware sites on the net for Macintosh, where vintage computing enthusiasts can still find old software years after society has moved on to other platforms. There is a strong ethical framework: software must be at least 10 years old and no longer for sale by the publisher. This way, creators aren’t harmed by the…
For the past few years, I’ve had an empty Macintosh Classic shell on a table behind me in my home office, the result of a Macquarium project of mine from 2000. And people love it! During video calls it always made for a good topic of conversation.
But people were always disappointed it wasn’t a real working Macintosh…and truth be told, so was I. So what to do? Get a working vintage Macintosh of course!
It turns out there is a lively market for vintage Macs, with working capacitor-refurbished models commanding a few hundred dollars, some complete with SD card…
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