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  1. You are probably out of luck, as this tech note indicates that 32-bit QuickDraw was put into every ROM starting from the Macintosh IIci, and AFAIK it was only "optional" for System 6. I do wonder if someone could fix the games in a patch to address 32 bit QD compatibility, but that might require some quality time with MacNosy and the courage to futz with a hex editor. You can still purchase a copy from Steve Jasik for $99, if interested in going down that road.
  2. AGI was the first proper "game engine" for Sierra's adventure games, one that happened to be best optimized for the PCjr and the Tandy computer that was built as a clone of it. It was replaced in 1989 with SCI0 for "hires" 320x200 pixel graphics, object-oriented scripting, proper music (Roland MT-32) and sound (AdLib compatible, which was cloned by the Sound Blaster cards). Most in house Sierra games used some variant of SCI up until they started experimenting with real-time rendered 3D graphics. This forum post does a good job of breaking down the evolutionary differen
  3. Was Kid Pix on the IIe? I remember Rocky's Boots being fun... and Apple LOGO II, of course.
  4. I have a fondness for Rhapsody, Mac OS X 10.2 and Mac OS X 10.5. Rhapsody is kind of tricky to keep running as IIRC it changes some boot settings (in Open Firmware?) which are only kept alive by the good graces of your PRAM battery if you ever happen to disconnect your Mac from power. That might be the source of the corruption you witnessed. "Blue Box" also had a tendency to become less stable through continued usage. It was a public beta, after all.
  5. I am interested, having gone through at least three PSUs over the years.
  6. Some fellow on Twitter recorded this as a video. Not isolated from background noise and missing two of your bezels, but still.
  7. ConcertWare+, which he identifies towards the end of his latest video (Macintosh ... corrections). At first I thought it was a Steve Capps music app, but no, turns out it's a full synthLAB equivalent with music notation that still mostly runs fine on System 6. Neat!
  8. I still see a number of db15 to VGA adapters on eBay, with and without dip switches, from Chinese and USA sellers. It helps if you zero in on the exact type of product and its specs, for upgrades. Model numbers, type of RAM (30 pin SIMMs), and so on. If you want speed, you probably will be happier with setting up a hard drive, partition, or equivalent with System 6.0.8L for most bits, especially if you're planning on keeping the RAM stock. There will definitely be some games that require System 7 but most games (even Marathon fwiw) and HyperCard will run fine on 6.
  9. A small bump, but I can report that, if you turn off saving passwords to the system keychain and the auto-updater, GyazMail 1.5.21 works fine in Mac OS X 10.3 through 10.14. It's a shareware client that costs $18. The developer has had the wisdom to add sensible defaults, like turning off downloading images in HTML and triggering privacy-violating read receipts that caused a fuss a few months ago. Everything's customizable to a good degree. I think it's worth it. Michael J. Tsai gave it a nice shout out in the midst of reporting on Catalina woes. I can confirm that it w
  10. Some of us settled on Mac OS X Leopard Server and VMware Fusion, in the absence of a solution like FuseHFS for the latest Fuse for macOS. As far as mounting the disk images with a double click in Finder, for any given Mac OS X going at least as far back as when Tiger introduced the file system metadata system that Spotlight is based on, if you change the file extension from "dsk" to "img" then Finder will attempt to mount the image through DiskImageMounter.app. The underlying hdiutil ends up sniffing the file headers and some other bits on the disk image to figure out what the imag
  11. I'm confused about this conclusion: This is incorrect. MFS and HFS are both well supported by System 6; HFS support was supplied in the ROM of the Mac Plus (wikipedia). HFS is readable and writable on Mac OS X from 10.0 to 10.5, before the support for writing to HFS disks was dropped in 10.6. You might be confusing "HFS" with HFS+ aka HFS Extended, which was introduced in Mac OS 8.1 with some limitations. Are you using a Mac 128k? That would be the only situation where you need to transfer data as MFS back and forth between your Macs, which is a fair bit more tr
  12. This was a fun benchmark to run. All on Quadra motherboard video, with a Thunder/24 acting as the QuickColor accelerator and what I now realize is an incredibly underrated L2 cache card from DiiMO, called the "Quadra Cache" in the silk screen on the PDS card. @beachycove I have to apologize for my claims. It looks like while I can turn QuickDraw acceleration on when the Thunder isn't driving any video, the performance boost is instead a net loss. Which wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't also reflected in the numbers every time the Quadra L2 cache card was active.
  13. I'll try digging into it next weekend! I know I have at least one benchmark that tests QuickDraw to try on it. It has been awhile since I've done much benchmarking with the Quadra. I'd also like to try it with and without the DiiMO QuadraCache PDS card I have for it, to see if that also makes some difference. There's should also be some boost for Photoshop by having the optional GWorld Memory plugin enabled, just by having a Radius Thunder card plugged in. It should work for a standard PrecisionColor, too.
  14. To be completely honest with you, it was a tongue-in-cheek means of plugging the project. Perhaps effective at that. Though I was following some train of thought that went something like, SheepShaver was originally created to bridge an applications gap with BeOS during its PowerPC years by bringing over Mac apps with the right hooks to support a full System 7 environment. MACE is bridging that same gap, with an earlier version of the Macintosh Toolbox, in a more interesting way.
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