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free Mac OS 9 software CD give-away

I've got several boxes of OS 9 and earlier Mac software I'd like to give away if anyone is interested. Hate to just throw it all away. I can ship for free to the U.S. Guessing it probably isn't worth the money to ship internationally. All those CDs are heavy.

I'm starting with a box full of software CDs from the old OS 9 days. From various hardware driver discs to shareware to commercial software.
(photo: https://imgur.com/t33pidO )

(There are no games in this batch. I've got another box with just game CDs. Will post those once I find it. Same for my boxes of floppies from the 512/Plus and OS days.)

Hopefully someone will take them and go through them to see if there is anything worth uploading here. (Not sure how to exchange email though if anyone is interested. I didn't see any PM related functions in my account menu.)

These are the more notable items:
InDesign
InDesign 2.0
PageMill 2.0
Photoshop 3.0
Photoshop 5.5
Photoshop 6.0 (with note on it with a couple of serial number. No idea if they work or not.)
Illustrator 7.0
Illustrator 8.0
PageMaker 6.0
PageMaker 6.5
Adobe Type on Call 4.0
QuarkXpress 3.32
Kai's PowerTools 3
Suitcase 8 & 9
Now Utilities

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(Not sure how to exchange email though if anyone is interested. I didn't see any PM related functions in my account menu.)

Hi Thu, Currently you have email notification turned off in your user guestbook settings. If you go into your account settings you can change this - then all a person needs to do is add a message in your guestbook and you will get that message as email.

You do however have your personal contact form enabled and a logged-in member can email you directly via this, too.

Also, a favor. Could you place your screenshot[s] up at the Garden's Image Hosting site, and link it here please? Imgur.com is giving me grief, probably cause I'm running ad blockers, so all I get there, is a blanked-out screen.

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Hi, I would happy take Photoshop 6.0 and 5.5. InDesign, InDesign 2.0, SuitCase and Now Utilities

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I think Thu wants to ship them altogether. Unfortunately, I'm not based in the U.S. Otherwise I'd gladly take them and check if there's something we're still missing to preserve here / create proper images where needed. :-/

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Hi i am willing to take them all together email me if you are interested

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Hi Thu. I am more than happy to have all your media library added to my library. I have been collecting original medias for some time now. I have a post here in the MG with a list of my library. Please send me a message to semValidade2006@gmail.com if you want.

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Sorry about the original posting mistakes. I was looking through my account settings and wasn't sure exactly what a couple of settings did. Also didn't know you had your own image hosting service here. Will make sure to fix for future.

Sorry everyone. Looks like I bungled the whole offer. I really wasn't expecting this much interest and got the address of the first person who emailed me last night.

So, what is a better way to give stuff away in the future. I still have have all the game CDs, floppies, and books/manuals coming up. Is it better to just make a list of everything and let people grab individual items? I don't mind making the list and mailing to multiple people if that is the preferred way.

I found my box of game CDs. Have about 50 including the Daedalus Encounter, Virtual Valerie, Spaceship Warlock, and Myst. I'll make up a whole list and get some pictures posted to the proper image hoster.

(Sorry again I didn't share this batch with everyone.)

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Thu» So, what is a better way to give stuff away in the future.
This is what first comes to mind:

• eBay (or auction house of your choice);
• *or* set selection rules, say:
— first come, first serve (which suits the earliest best);
— *or* poster who take the most items, gets to choose;
— *or* one item per person;
— *or* couple popular items with less popular items;
• make up a spreadsheet with you inventory. List name, contents, weight.

In the end, it depends how much effort you are prepared to expend on this endeavour.

If you want to make sure that all of games find a good home, then I would make up a spreadsheet. Leave it up for a month or so. One item per person for the first round. List posters for first dibs, second dibs and third dibs. Publish postage rates. And, if you do it this way, I'd charge $5 per game. It's not an unreasonable price, you are putting in a lot of effort and if you can come out with $200, then we shall all be winners.

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I like your spirit, Soudesune Wink

I'd imagine more of a family event, of sorts Smile my idea would be for most payments to be made via something cost-free, like using PayPal's friends and family approach.. (especially since someone in our group made a very valid point about eBay doing nasty things with their sellers and of not giving many payment options)

Would it be fair to consider folks interested in parts of Thu's library to share how they would use these wonderful, low-cost Mac software gifts? And since most of us here would love to upload any titles they receive from Thu that are missing from the Garden's selections, that would simply be the starting point of their expressed interest in his Mac software.

I, for one, have used the Garden's amassed Classic Mac CD and game collection to work on kid-focused Mac hard drive programs, like one I uploaded for Basilisk II earlier this year. Yet as much as I would love to add any of these to my own personal software library, I'd rather see this collection go to folks that can use it for not only the Mac Garden's enrichment, but also make working CD/DVD-ROM copies of what they get to give out and/or send to other Mac users, thereby increasing the chances of these software titles living on for the use and enrichment of future Mac user generations. And quality scans of CD cover art and booklets would also be very nice to then upload here in image and maybe even pdf document format.

Ah, one can only wish.. but I know that in the end, all of Thu's offerings will end up in good homes no matter how he chooses to share them. I personally want to thank you Thu for kindly thinking of the Garden as you generously share part of your personal Mac software library with all of us here!

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Great ideas. That really helps.

And thanks cbone. I'm getting older and figured now was a good time to pass everything onto someone(s) that could hopefully get anything worth saving uploaded here. I always meant too, but just never actually did it for one reason or another. Then I was always afraid of doing it incorrectly when I had the urge to try.

I'll start making a list of everything to start with and then go from there. I found a couple of boxes of old misc software books and manuals back from the System 6 and OS 9 days that I can add to the list.

I did image all my floppies and CDs a long time ago when CDs were becoming big. So I have most everything in a digital format in some way. Most of it as loose programs though.

I was in high school when AOL first came out. So I spent a LOT of time downloading all the shareware and freeware I possibly could as it was coming out. I still have it all on hard drive. I once tried to organize things, but it was just much for me. It now just loosely organized by broad type and year.

I'd like to somehow share my whole digital Mac collection and just let everyone pick through it and see what's there. Maybe just share it via GoogleDrive to start with.

Haven't found the floppies yet, but I did find some old game boxes. Found the box for Wizardry: Knight of Diamonds in like new condition with a sticker on the box "Minimum of: 512KE Mac". I opened up the box and there was the original Wizardry manual along with the unused pad of mapping grid paper. Sure was fun to flip through the manual and see how many spells I could rememember.

Also found a complete packet of System Disks install floppies for the Quadra 610. I'll keep digging through the closet and hopefully find the rest of the floppies and all the game boxes.

I'll get started on the game CD list first. Will probably do it GoogleDocs to make it easy for people to access. It'll be fun to go through everything again. Haven't looked at this stuff in a LONG time.

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Here is the list of CDs I'm giving away. About 65 or so from the 1990s.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1zYXPVmfnt8B-ad4NZ-fSokypMYaYHer9...

I like soudesune's idea of having everyone getting a chance to grab a couple before grabbing a few more. Maybe 2 or 3 a week if there is a lot of interest? If there is not much interest, then maybe we can work out a nice split between those people all at once. But anyone feel free to suggest a better way.

Not asking for any money. Just upload anything missing here if possible. (I did a quick search for Heroes Chronicles and didn't see them, but I could have easily missed them.) I'll also pick-up shipping in the US for sure. USPS flat-rate is not too bad at all. I might be able to pick-up international shipping too. Will have to check on it first just to see how expensive it is.

I've got box or two of the game boxes with manuals somewhere. I'll update the list when I find them.

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I tried putting my name down in the Google Doc but it told me I need to register with Google. Google is evil.
Instead, I'll mention my interests here. If at all possible, I'd like the following games:
1. Shogun Total war
2. Spaceship Warlock
3. Baldur's Gate - Icewind Dale

There are many more I'd like to have too, but I shall wait for the following rounds to see what is unclaimed.
Thanks

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I have sent email, still no reply..

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---->quick search for Heroes Chronicles and didn't see them<------

I did not think that Heroes Chronicles was released for Macintosh

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You are correct. I missed the Windows system requirements in the tiny text.

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I'd like to somehow share my whole digital Mac collection and just let everyone pick through it and see what's there. Maybe just share it via Google Drive to start with.

For a second I thought you were seeing if you could upload your entire software collection to Google Drive Shock I have Google One (free with my cell phone plan, along with Amazon Prime), which does give me 100GB more on my GDrive.. Gmail users can bump their space to 100GB for a $24/year. My phone plan let's me add another 100GB for $12 a year! (I had no clue until I checked)

But I think you were referring to the list of software? Well, one can dream, lol Wink

The way I'd do it if I had that much software to upload would be with PCloud since it's much cheaper than dropbox and I feel pretty close to it's feature set. And the fact they also support WebDav makes it my favorite cloud-storage service provider.

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You were correct cbone. I was talking about sharing all I've got.

Just fired up the hard drive and my old Mac folder is 215gb. I've got 77 free on GoogleDrive. The pre-2002 folder is just 20, so I could put all that on GoogleDrive. And then year by year until it is full.

I'll get that set up this weekend.

Now, it not really organized. There are like 15 folders and each folder is then separated into broad categories like Icons, Ppats, INITs, Sounds, Shareware, etc.

But still might be fun for people to poke around and see what was being shared back in the day.

First folder I just looked out has Finder modified dates of around 1991-1995 with a few '80s. Looks like most of it are .sit or .sea files. Finder also says 29k file total in there.

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OP: you say you've got a box of floppies of older software––if you've got a copy of Opcode Vision 2, i'd like to call dibs on that. Smile

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Thu: one piece of software missing from my old collection is a toolbar enhancer for the WriteNow word-processor. I can't find an old copy I had and I'd love to see that one uploaded to the Garden someday.. just keep an eye out for it, thanks! Wink

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I found the box of floppies! A quick look and I found the original floppies for WordPerfect 2 and Photoshop 2.5. Also saw some Apple floppies. I'll make a list of the commercial game and program floppies. The rest are either copies of commercial software or just loose items I used to download. (There is also some weird stuff. I found a floppy from the University of Southern California. "1995-96 Undergraduate Application for Admission XAP Release 2.4 for Macintosh". Have no idea where that came from or what is actually on it.

I'll be giving those away like the game CDs if anyone wants any of them.

@cbone. Unfortunately my stuff is poorly organized. Might be hard to find something without a specific name, but we can certainly give it a try.

I'm going to start uploading everything to GoogleDrive this afternoon and then I'll post a link. What I'm uploading is going to be like a flea market. A lot of neat stuff to discover, but it is going to take a lot of browsing through folders to find it since it is all organized so poorly.

I'll also make a list of the commercial floppies later tonight. Not sure what to do with all of the hand-labeled and un-labeled ones yet. The box also has a stack of old Zip drives on them no clue what is on all those. I'll have to set up an old Mac after I finish moving and go through those to see what is on them.

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Did you get my emails?

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@zoinknoise Wish I could help you on that one, but I'm pretty sure I'm not going to have anything like that. I had no idea what it was until I looked it up. I was 14-16 when my dad brought home our first Mac. Was either 128 or 512, can't remember now. So in the very early days I was relying on him to buy all the games and programs. So the commercial floppies I have are pretty much just games and mainstream utilities and school related stuff. By the time I was old enough to start buying my own stuff, the days of floppies were gone.

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@slomacuser Sorry! I did get it but overlooked it. I'll reply now.

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Folder 1/15 of the old archives has been uploaded to GoogleDrive.

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1sLzgBG9029z-xLZuempHV5shW-G8duk4...

I know it is a bit of a pain to try to browse through all of the folders with the their web interface. Didn't really know of a better way to do it.

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Where's "Stuffed Stuff 05 of 15"?

Jumps from 04 to 06...

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I'm not sure if there was ever one. Or it has been lost to time. Everything was originally on floppies and then was moved to CD for storage before being moved to hard drives. I was using Sony CDs for storage. But even those would develop problems over time. It could be that CD just couldn't be copied. I'm not really sure. It was all so long ago.

I've got a stack of Zip disks with unknown contents. It's possible I copied CDs to Zip disks before the hard drives. I'll have to hook up my G4 sometime and see what's on them.

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(Oh, and I had to zip all the folders on GoogleDrive because Google gave me a warning for violating malware rules. Sorry about that. Now nobody is going to know what they are downloading.)

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Isn't that part of the fun, though? Smile (most) everyone (I know) loves to unwrap presents around (Christmas-time) the Holidays! The thing is, you never know what you're going to get.. it could be uncle Albert's ugly Christmas sweater, a pair of holiday socks or a lyre, really (just about) anything!

Thanks for officiating the MGs first Mac software gift-exchange! Something's gotta brighten the mood of what has been an otherwise awfully dreary year..

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Thanks cbone. I wasn't really thinking there would be too much interest in digging through my software 'junk drawers'. But figured I might as well offer it up since cloud space is free.

I'm starting to compile my list of commercial floppies if anyone is interested in those. Will be adding to the list here. All the floppies have been kept in-doors in an air conditioned space for all this time, so hopefully they are still readable. Like the CDs were talking a range of mid-80s to mid-90s.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1zYXPVmfnt8B-ad4NZ-fSokypMYaYHer9...

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Thanks for the addition of floppies to your list, Thu! Smile

Next, we need our MG team to isolate any titles that we don't yet have in the Garden so that whoever gets any of those titles can make images of them for uploading here.

Of course, it goes without saying that anyone receiving any of the floppies needs to have the necessary hardware to read and image them (which otherwise would defeat asking for these items) to be able to then image and upload the software as soon as they get them. This is for floppy software versions not already in the Garden (I'm including versions because different versions are 99.9% in fact different from each other in some way).