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MacFormat 1995 Cover CDs

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#1
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
MacFormat_22_Mar95.iso_.sit (341.44 MB)
For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
#2
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
MF-24-CD-May-1995-sea.bin (383.12 MB)
For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
#3
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
MacFormat_25_Jun95.toast_.sit (292.06 MB)
For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
#4
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
MF26-CD-Jul-1995-sea.bin (381.66 MB)
For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
#5
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
MF27-CD-Jul-1995-sea.bin (381.40 MB)
For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
#6
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
MacFormat_28.cdr_.sit (431.72 MB)
For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
#7
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
MF29CD-Oct-1995-sea.bin (447.15 MB)
For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
#8
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
MF30-CD-Nov-1995-sea.bin (428.88 MB)
For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
#9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
MF31A-CD-Dec-95-sea.bin (498.90 MB)
For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
#10
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
MF-31-CD-Dec-1995-sea.bin (460.12 MB)
For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
#11
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
MacFormat_32_Xmas95.toast_.sit (333.26 MB)
For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
macformat-cd-index-1995.sit

Britain's best-selling Macintosh magazine, MacFormat. This popular magazine, from issue #13 onward (June 1994) was also sold with a cover CD-ROM (or two) containing demos, shareware, public domain software and sometimes, full commercial apps.

For more MacFormat CDs, see: 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000

Compatibility
Architecture: 68k PPC

MacFormat CD Edition issues 22, 24, 25, 27, 28, contain both System 6 and 7 compatible desktop files (will mount in Mini vMac running Systems 6 or 7 OK). By 1995 tho' much of the included executable software will run only on SSW 7 and later. YMMV.

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MikeTomTom's picture
by MikeTomTom - 2018, May 3 - 9:52am

No worries, mrdav. I think it's what we now know to be a "false positive" and should probably be ignored.

Spotted this in the margin notes of the Issue 31, 1995 mag:

Virus? Well, No…
Don't worry if your virus checker gives you a warning about the CD.
If you get an alert about an 'unknown strain of WDEF and CDEF', it's not a virus - it's just that we use an unusual Desktop file to ensure that the disk works with both Systems 6 and 7.

Good thing I kept this mag since 1995, no? Wink

p.s.; I haven't noticed any cross-pollination's since - and I have been checking.

mrdav's picture
by mrdav - 2018, May 3 - 8:32am

Yes, you are right, MTT. Disinfectant shows these but Virex doesn't. However, Virex is supposed to detect CDEF and WDEF viruses from what I have read. One way to check if the Disinfectant detections are real would be to mount an offending disc image in System 6 and then mount another (unlocked) image or floppy disk and see if it gets infected. If it doesn't then I expect that the alerts are false positives. However, I must say that I lack the enthusiasm to follow this up.

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by MikeTomTom - 2018, May 3 - 1:33am

Hi mrdav. The "Desktop" file again: Disinfectant reports unknown strains of WDEF and CDEF viruses in the "Desktop" files for several of the MF disks that include SSW 6 Desktop files.

Both WDEF & CDEF only affect System 6 and earlier. They do not run on SSW 7 and later.

Disinfectant has detected:
CDEF in MF16 CD, Sept 1994
CDEF and WDEF in MF24 CD, May 1995
CDEF and WDEF in MF25 CD, Jun 1995
CDEF and WDEF in MF26 CD, Jul 1995
CDEF and WDEF in MF27 CD, Aug 1995 + large amount of unreadable or damaged resource forks
CDEF and WDEF in MF28 CD, Sep 1995

Also, Virex 6 does not find any issue with these images, only Disinfectant (I don't use any other classic anti-vir to check against). So either false positives or Virex doesn't look for SSW6 only viruses.

mrdav's picture
by mrdav - 2018, May 2 - 10:00am

Thanks for looking into this, Mike. I guess my indexing problem will have to remain a mystery. No problem though, as I can get the disc index from the year index. Regarding MF25, yes I was referring to the Desktop file. I often check the dates of files in disc images using Disktop on the mounted image to see if there is any odd ones out. Also I agree that the bin/cue is not needed. Thanks again.

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by MikeTomTom - 2018, May 2 - 6:54am

the disc image MF29 gives me an error when I try to index it with DiskTracker.

Hi mrdav, I'm not able to replicate your error, so I cannot say why it should be doing this for you.

I've gone as far as to DL the MF29 copy from here - mounted the .ISO using the Virtual CD/DVD Utility and run DiskTracker 1x over it (I use DT 1x for backwards compatibility to SSW 7x) and didn't hit any snags.

The extracted .ISO has a MD5 checksum of 98cb2321b36b39037954caabbf7dfaf9 if it's any help.

About the 1995 index above. I didn't index these. I scraped the 1995 selection from a full MacFormat Index of all their CDs using DiskTracker 1x.

On another 1995 oddity:

The MF25 date stamps. I don't get a Desktop file dated 1/1/04. On your MF25 Toast image mounted locked in a Mini vMac II window (Systems 6 and 7) I see these dates:

SSW 7 Desktop dates
SSW 7 MF25 CD dates, when created and modified.
 
SSW 6 Desktop dates
SSW 6 - MF25 CD dates, when created and modified.

It looks as tho' MacFormat re-used an image from the previous year as a building block in compiling the CD and when done (using System 7) took it to a System 6 box to initialize the SSW 6 desktop.

Oh - I think you mean the hidden file called "Desktop"?

That's the System 6 desktop file. It gets a date & time stamp that is current for the creation date, but the modified date will always return 01/01/04 when viewed from a System 7 desktop.

There will be one of these on all of the CDs with both System 6 & 7 desktop files. It doesn't mean anything is amiss.

SSW 6x uses the hidden "Desktop" file when mounting it's disks.
SSW 7x uses the hidden "Desktop DB" and Desktop DF" files when mounting it's disks.

Also, I think the bin/cue image is superfluous and can be removed. The phantom PC desktop is a waste of time. I don't know what MF was trying to do here. All of the '95 CD's have them but I've only included the unmodified HFS track with my archives.

mrdav's picture
by mrdav - 2018, May 2 - 3:54am

Mike, the disc image MF29 gives me an error when I try to index it with DiskTracker. However, it looks like there is nothing wrong with the CD itself as you have obviously indexed that without a problem in the index for all of 1995

mrdav's picture
by mrdav - 2016, April 10 - 1:45am

Thank you, taxler. The content of my disc image and yours seems to be exactly the same, including the incorrect date stamp. So I was jumping to an unwarranted conclusion that the creator of my disc image messed up. The only curiosity is that a toast image made from your bin/cue shows up as a hybrid but only the Mac partition is actually mounted.

taxler's picture
by taxler - 2016, April 9 - 7:12pm

OK, I added a zip with a freshly ripped .bin/.cue from the original disc

mrdav's picture
by mrdav - 2016, April 9 - 1:14pm

----->just always have had a broken datestamp<----

Maybe, but the arrangement of the folder icons when the disc image above is mounted in a classic Mac OS are a bit disorganised. I know it is not a really big deal, but it is always good to have an exact copy.

taxler's picture
by taxler - 2016, April 9 - 11:31am

The MF25 disc image is not an exact copy as it has a Desktop file dated 1/1/04.

I have a physical copy of the disc but my ISO viewer reports the Desktop file is dated 1900-01-01, it seems as though this specific file might just always have had a broken datestamp?