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One thing I would love to be able to do in it is email that would be awesome. 

I've been fighting any urge to modernize my classics.  I think it would be great for getting large files onto it but I think id get frustrated w/ a 56k modem.  

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I'm currently building a HyperCard stack we can all use to catalogue our collections :) I've mostly been making it on one of my Quadra 700s but when I was at my folk's place for Christmas I was using one of my PowerBook 100s. Feels fun to use them 'for real'.

 

Anyone interested, find out more here: https://68kmla.org/forums/index.php?/topic/26633-catalogue-your-collection-the-old-school-way/

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I've been spending a lot of time lately on sim city 1.4 as well as other old games. One thing I would love to be able to do in it is email that would be awesome.

 

 

I've been fighting any urge to modernize my classics.  I think it would be great for getting large files onto it but I think id get frustrated w/ a 56k modem.  

 

If you can get a shell account on some Unix system somewhere, you can use text-based email there through a terminal program. You just need to figure out how to connect the Mac to the internet or network to access it.

 

PM member JeanKlos about this. He might be able to hook you up.

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WriteNow ver. 2.2-4 was the best word processor.

 

 

 

The much, much more powerful Nisus Writer 5 actually runs acceptably even on my Classic II (10MB), and is a pleasure to use with Verdana as the screen font (though use of a monospaced font will make it a bit faster). A cut-down version was available, Nisus Compact, that is supposed to work well on something like an SE, but I have never tried it.

 

Nisus Writer is awesome for text (setting aside graphics and tables); it has the power of a text editor and can do things with words that nothing else in the world of word processors could do then or can do now. At the same time, its editing windows were nicely sized for a Compact's screen. They were also drawn in B&W, so the windows look good on a Compact -- in some ways, in fact, it was the GUI that became the product's downfall as the years went on, because Nisus never really "outgrew" the limitations of the B&W Compact screen. That cannot be said of other products, which somehow don't look as "meant" in 1-bit.

 

And, for pure text composition, a Compact screen is still pretty much perfect. You want roughly 65 characters per line for optimal typography, which means ease of reading on screen or paper, and a Compact Mac gives you that with room to spare. Who needs a 30" monitor for composition, which is really a line by line exercise?

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Technight, There are a lot of clever people who made very professional world builder games. There were also some not so great ones, but with the world builder program, anyone could build their own games and release them as shareware or freeware.

Some of my favorites are Swamp witch, you might have heard of Radical Castle, any of the Ray Dunakin games, Ray's maze, mess o' trouble. There are several more.

There are a lot of them available on line. I've tried to find as many as I can since there probably won't be any new ones.

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Technight, There are a lot of clever people who made very professional world builder games. There were also some not so great ones, but with the world builder program, anyone could build their own games and release them as shareware or freeware.

Some of my favorites are Swamp witch, you might have heard of Radical Castle, any of the Ray Dunakin games, Ray's maze, mess o' trouble. There are several more.

There are a lot of them available on line. I've tried to find as many as I can since there probably won't be any new ones.

 

Wow I never knew about World Builder! Just watched this video of someone reviewing Radical Castle (

). It's kind of like a poor man's Lucas Arts game. Looks fun!
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computer gaming ...I remember learning Basic via computer magazines we'd get in the mail.  Each issue would have a few programs you could copy ...usually simple things like creating a waterfall, which wasn't much more than blue colors flashing on the screen with some cool water-like sounds.  However I quickly figured out how Basic worked, and what the variables were for colors and sounds.  Pretty soon me and some other kids in the neighborhood started creating our own programs.  Real simple stuff, but it helped inspire me to become a digital designer as my profession.   Those were good times!

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Well I've only just got my SE/30 but plan on doing the following things with her, get her online and use her as a text based email client, build a database to catalogue my music, build an excel spreadsheet to do my monthly accounts on (I'm an analyst for my day job) and kinda really looking forward to working on old excel for a giggle, photoshop & illustrator as my first experiences of macs was at art College when I had a colour classic circa 1993, obviously classic games but my ultimate goal is to set her up as a media server on my network so I can play music in the kitchen from my nas but that might be asking to much lol like everyone else here I have other machines a Mac mini, iPads and iPhones which would do all that a lot better but that's not the point is it so yes I plan to set her to work for a living, may even try to build a basic website but this will all take awhile whilst I learn to use it :)

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I still used my SE Superdrive for word processing until about 10 years ago as it was nice typing on a crisp monochrome CRT with a small screen diameter that allows you to  keep a constant line of sight and minimise eye fatigue to an extent. Tbh, if I had space to set one up permanantly, without being obtrusive, I would fully recap one of m Classics and keep using it for this purpose. As it stands, the SE now lives in a dark walk-in robe in a room without windows to prevent yellowing its nearly mint condition case plastics, and only comes out on occasions. I guess you could say it probably is the pride of my collection alongside the 200MP, the difference being that the latter has a pretty patchy case, is 10 years younger, and is vastly more useful so I am happy to use it daily.

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I use my Classic for writing and only a couple of months ago, I installed illustrator 3 and designed a rear panel to fit on the back of an Amiga 600 case? Part of a raspberry pi hack I was building, I used the vector made on the Classic to have it laser cut from a piece of acrylic.

 

All in all the classic is really handy, if I had one with Internet access, the sky would be the limit, as I'd have email!

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Sweet, what software are you using? By friend collects old games consoles his fav is the game boy and zeldaa

I currently have:

1-Game boy original (DMG -001) -this was my original GB from 1989era.

2-Game boy colors (one was my original, the other purchased for next to nothing and I refurbished to like new)

1-Game boy pocket (ebay special)

2-Game boy advances SP (one 001 and one 101)

 The 001 was mine, the 101 was bought on ebay.

 

As for games, 

I have about 35 original cartridges. Some still in the original box w/ the instructions, etc..

I also have a ROM emulator cartridge -so I can in essence get any game I want (including metroid)!

But I enjoy collecting the original cartridges.  Many times you can get most for like $3 or less.  

 

 

 

I keep trying to get him to pick up Metroid lol. One of these days...

LOL! Your right, and I keep forgetting.  I don't know how I missed that one back in the day. I'll have to look on eBay see what I can find!

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as for my fav'

 

Device:

the Game Boy Advance SP 101 -I feel this was the best GB device created for many reasons including function and form factor.

 

Game:

tough, but probably the Final Fantasy saga.  Zelda is good too.  So many of the GB games were ground breaking.  Mario bro's was also really good. I also love the game Qix (it's not a fav' of many people, but I like it a lot).

 

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One thing I love about playing vintage games, whether on the Mac or Game Boy is that there are zero ads, no coin up-sales, and most are high on addictive fun.  I also feel that the physical cartridge is fun to own and touch.  I love switching games.  Kind of the same way we used to collect music tapes or CD's. I watch my kids today and content is all streamed, it is meaningless to my kids and doesn't have the same value that a tactile object has.   well that's my thought on it.

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