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    The story of Dark Castle, the best 64K Macintosh game ever

    It's really too bad that there is no color version of Beyond the Dark Castle which I consider superior to the original Dark Castle. That means the color Macs could not play beyond dark castle(sounds doesn't work on the newer Macs).
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    What if Woz got what he wanted for a 8MHz version of Apple IIGS

    Thanks for the insight, now it's clear that it was a wise decision for Apple to go with 68000 qnd Mac
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    What if Woz got what he wanted for a 8MHz version of Apple IIGS

    Thank Gorgonops and everyone's analysis. I fully agree and respect your opinions. But I cannot agree with 65C816 is a dead end. Just like IBM PC started with 8 bit 8088 and look where it is today. I am sure if Apple started IIGS earlier and put proper marketing to it to become successful...
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    What if Woz got what he wanted for a 8MHz version of Apple IIGS

    I am really surprised that the number of Apple II family ever sold was just 6 million over the lifespan of 16 years. Amiga sold just as much during its life span. But obviously Apple gets much more profit from Apple II line than Commodore through its Amiga and C64. It is probably primary due...
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    What if Woz got what he wanted for a 8MHz version of Apple IIGS

    I think if IIGS was released in1985 with 8mhz CPU. Things could be different. In 1986, Atari ST and Amiga had already established strong foothold. In addition, the under powered IIGS had very slow performance under GUI. I think more dedicated IIGS apps could be developed if it was released...
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    What if Woz got what he wanted for a 8MHz version of Apple IIGS

    We know that the 68000 require 4 clock cycles to access RAM comparing only 2 cycles for 65C816. That makes 65C816 runs roughly twice as fast as 68000 at the same clock speed. I saw it on an interview that Woz originally wanted 8MHz of 65C816 on the IIGS. Won't that mean the Apple IIGS could...
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    Why Lisa didn't use 8MHz 68000?

    I wonder if it was possible for Lisa to boot from Hard Disk with Macworks on it? Or you always have to boot from the Macworks floppy disk to start the Mac emulation?
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    Why Lisa didn't use 8MHz 68000?

    Sun remarketing has a square pixel fix for the Lisa 2/Mac XL. I wonder what is the screen resolution after such fix?
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    Why didn't the Original Mac OS have pre-emptive multitasking

    Yeah, I think the initial limitation of 128K makes multi-tasking impracticle. But I wonder why it was so hard to add pre-emptive multi-tasking back to Mac OS? Apple really struggled it until they purchased NeXT. IBM and Microsoft was able to do it while maintaining compatibility with OS/2 and...
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    Why Lisa didn't use 8MHz 68000?

    It seemed odd that Mac has a faster processor than Lisa. 8MHz 68000 was available since 1981, long before Lisa's release. Why didn't Lisa use it? I always thought if Lisa can release with Macintosh as a family from the beginning, it will enjoy much better success due to its larger screen.
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    Why didn't the Original Mac OS have pre-emptive multitasking

    Apple Lisa has pre-emptive multitasking. It seems trivial to have multi-tasking for Mac OS from the beginning. Why didn't it have it? Was it because of the memory limitation or performance concern? And why was it so hard to add pre-emptive multitasking to the classic Mac OS afterward? It...
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    The story of Dark Castle, the best 64K Macintosh game ever

    Too bad this book is available as hard cover only. And there is no way for us living in countries without Amazon to get it.
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    Web browser and email client for 68k Mac?

    Thanks a lot for everyone's feedback. I am just wondering if there is any free public pop3 mail service that doesn't use SSL/TLS encryption? If there is such service, I would like to use it and forward my Gmail emails to it.
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    The story of Dark Castle, the best 64K Macintosh game ever

    I wish the author can release an eBook version as I don't live in the States.
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    The story of Dark Castle, the best 64K Macintosh game ever

    Besides the Dark Castle series. What other 68k games are your favourite? I also like Lemmings and Glider Pro.
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    The story of Dark Castle, the best 64K Macintosh game ever

    Thanks for the reply. If you can find the cheat code for invincibility, please share it with us. I Google and find nothing.
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    What is your favorite 68K Mac Productivity Software

    For me, the favorites are Desktop Publishing: Ready Set Go! It is amazing that this software is still available today on Windows platform. Absolutely the easiest to use and yet powerful desktop publishing software. Drawing Program: Canvas. Canvas is the first program I remembered that...
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    Web browser and email client for 68k Mac?

    Well said and points taken. It seems there is no way to get access with web and email using the available programs for 68K Macs. I will inspect into Web One. Thanks for the lead. I just enjoy using the classic Mac OS so much that I hope to use it as my full time machine. I guess I will...
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    The story of Dark Castle, the best 64K Macintosh game ever

    II just read a story about making of Dark Castle. I would like to share with you on that https://www.gamedeveloper.com/business/the-making-of-i-dark-castle-i-an-excerpt-from-the-secret-history-of-mac-gaming I think Dark Castle is the best platformer ever made. Better than Super Mario brother...
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    What draws you to 68K Powerbooks?

    The classic Mac OS has really the most elegantly designed interface. Simple and clean. I still consider it the best ever. By comparison, OSX is really awkward. Windows is no where as intuitive. It is amazing that the original Mac OS from almost 30 years ago is so well thought out.
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