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An Apple a day...

I think I've got the basics of creating and uploading images down now, so I'm giving myself "An Apple a Day" challenge. I am going to try to upload at least one new program a day for as long as I can. After all, thanks to COVID, It's not like I've got anything better to do.

I've got about 1100 floppies to sort through so hopefully I'll be at this for a long time. Most of those are already going to be here, but I've already found a few that I'm surprised are missing. Microsoft Write, for example. Most of my collection is from 1987-1993 with a few going into the late 1990s.

Today's addition is MacLightning 2.0, a spell checker DA from Deneba Systems, published by Target Software.

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Awesome, awesome! You're exactly the person I was hoping for when starting this thread. Looking forward to your uploads!! Smile

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Thank you, Purdy.. wow! Laughing out loud

I know I shouldn't be asking Smile but since you're doing such an unbelievably nice thing here (as so many other of our fellow members and regulars are all pitching in when and where they can) I'll ask for a early Christmas present.. if you just happen to come across either WriteNow Enhancer or a real old desktop tile-launcher app called simply called Tiles, it would be jolly to get those added to the Garden! Absolutely zero pressure of course, lol Wink

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Tiles? You want Tiles? I never liked it much myself, but I guess if you want it, I should upload virgin floppies complete with serial number.

Tiles 1.0

Sorry I can't help with WriteNow Enhancer. It's a little late for my collection.

I think next up will be an obscure networking utility called Nok Nok. If I can find serial numbers for it.

I'm open to requests. No guarantees I'll have it, but no reason not to prioritize what people are looking for. If I already have the floppies imaged, it'll be turned around pretty quick. It'll take longer if I have to hunt down the disks.

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I should upload virgin floppies complete with serial number.

Yes pretty interesting stuff, the Tiles. But they're not virgin. Unfortunately they - both disks - were allowed to be mounted unlocked and writable - so the Finder has left traces of itself in the disks and the disk images, imprinting them with it's own 2020 date and time stamps, and there's even a recently added a text file (with serial) inside disk 1's image.

It would really be great to get all disk images preserved as close to their original pressings if at all possible. That means keeping floppy disk media locked at all times and not allowing the Finder any writable access. Too bad if they have already been written to, but Virgin disks should always remain locked if at all possible. Niceties such as added serials can be added outside of a pristine image and included inside of an archive, along with the disk images.

Just my two cents worth. It's really great that you have access to this stuff and can upload it. But please do lock your floppy media before you mount them on a Mac, if you can, or if it's not too late, before you image them.

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I will stop using the word virgin then. Virtually all of the disks I have been mounted at some point over the years and it would be happenstance if the disk was locked or not.

I didn't realize the Tiles disk had a S/N on the image. It's not on the original disk. At some point I'll reimage it and upload a corrected version.

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I uploaded a two-fer today. They are two different releases of the same program but with a new name and new publisher. I uploaded them as separate applications but I'll leave to others if they should be combined. The descriptions need some work too.

First was "The MacAdvantage: UCSD Pascal" published by SofTech Microsystems in 1984. It was a Mac version of UCSD p-System IV Pascal. Link

SofTech went under and a later version of UCSD p-System IV Pascal was released in 1987 by Pecan Software Systems under the name "The Pecan power system, UCSD Pascal" (Why do they keep using such long names?) It's essentially version 2.2 of the SofTech version. Link

Both are obscure and don't feel much like native Mac applications. (They actually went backwards. The 1987 release launches a CUI shell where you do all your work.)

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Awesome uploads, Purdy! Thanks for investing the time to preserve this software and the quality uploads!! That said, you don't happen to have MacCobol (1987, MicroFocus) ? Knez and me have been after this one but simply can't seem to locate a working copy.