Where great old Macs live again!

Despite my better judgement, I now have a Bondi Blue iMac (Rev B, 233 Mhz, Tray Loader). It's cute, sounds good and teaches me patience.

When I first tried to turn it on, no luck. It had been in my trunk for a few hours and it's not the warmest place out here. I was a bit afraid that I might not be able to get it awake but figured that it would then become a project machine. (Not a big loss) Well, tonight it came alive and surprisingly is in good shape software-wise with 9.2.2 on it. The keyboard, despite being a beautiful design (making me think of what an update //gs keyboard might have looked like) has a few keys that just don't want to work. So an alternative (rubber USB) keyboard has stepped in for now. A little bit of network cable, a download of iCab and a WHOLE (see postscripts) lot of patience and retries and this blog post (was supposed to have been) the result.

Now I could have pulled out my Acer Aspire One and whipped this out in 3 minutes (ok, 10) but would it have been half as much fun?

I doubt it.

P.S. If you have any good 9.x recommended fun - point me at it. With this really nice screen and good sounding speakers I'd like to let this little guy sing a little.

P.P.S. Irony Department - While trying to post this blog a second time iCab crashed taking the machine to la-la land. So this was actually typed on my Acer. It was still fun. I think I'll just avoid web sites with more than 1000 lines of javascript in the future.

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Comment by ClaudioM on January 14, 2009 at 10:21pm
Download the game called "PegLeg" and its sequel, "PegLeg 2." Great fun back in the days of System 7.5.5. VERY addictiive games.

Another good one was "Power Pete" from Pangaea Software. Pangaea has since reaquired the rights to "Power Pete" from MacPlay and has changed the name to "Mighty Mike." They have it available as shareware for $15. More info below:

I remember spending hours late into the night trying to finish (then known as) "Power Pete." I may just download this game and relive those nights of 10+ years ago. :-p
Comment by Kathryn on January 15, 2009 at 11:31am
Congratulations on getting your Bondi Blue up and running. Another Retro Mac saved from electronic recycle of doom. A few of my favorites were Apeiron, ARASHI, MacAttack, Munchies, MacPipes, Sea Battle, and my boyz always loved Dirt Bike 3-D.
Comment by Kathryn on January 16, 2009 at 12:12am
There was also a web browser called Firebird. I have a compressed copy of it if you'd like me to send it. I really don't remember what it was like, been a long time since I've used it and I found it trying to clean out files, burn them to disk to free up space. Geez, what a job.
Comment by ClaudioM on January 16, 2009 at 4:36pm
Firebird was the original name of Firefox before it hit version 1.0. Mozilla had to change the name because it was the name of another product for relational databases and Mozilla was heavily pressured to remove the "Firebird" from the browser's name. Prior to the name "Firebird," the browser was called "Phoenix" and was also changed due to trademark issues with Phoenix Technologies. You can see at which version the name changes took place at the link below:
Comment by Lars (WhyOSX) on January 16, 2009 at 5:42pm
Depending on your choice there are many besides the ones mentioned by Kathryn. Try Chinese Tiles (or Shanghai II - both variaties of Mahjongg), Invaders!, (google for "Ingemar Ragnemalm", a famous developer from Sweden). This leads to "Bachman" (available for OSX as well, but "Why"?), MacMan and their variations ("Slick Willie"," Bert", "Garcia's Guitars"). "Space Gypsy"; "Fly Swatter" (ha, that's the one everybody needs, and "SimStapler" :-) A wonderful Memory-like game is "Concentroids From Planet X" and for Apple-addicted there is "Double Vision" or "Super Memory". Quite unique is "Hole-In-One", as is "SimCity 2000".All these were designed for 7.5. "MacMoorhuhn" requires 8.6 and above (original software for the first iMacs was 8.5.1), which came from PC. And there are a few chess programs, too ("MacChess", "BattleChess").
I bet Kathryn's boys played "Burning Rubber", too !
And I nearly forgot the numerous "Tetris" games, shame on me.
Comment by Kathryn on January 17, 2009 at 1:47am
Yikes! I have not played "Burning Rubber" but now must go on the quest to find it and play it. Lots a great games mentioned above. And good info on the history of Mozilla's browser line. I do remember Phoenix now that you mention it, it sounds very familiar. Of course there are the "Doom", "Myth The Fallen Lords", "Unreal Tournament", "Streets of Sim City", "Driver", and of course who could forget....."Marathon!!" I don't know if all these will play on OS 9.2. Most came our around OS 8.
Shanghai II was/is one of my favorites.....
Comment by Lars (WhyOSX) on January 17, 2009 at 3:37am
A few weeks ago on the "insanelymac" forum 'CelticGuitar' recommended the use of a gamepad like the one from "Gravis". I'm one of the lucky to have one (on one of my pictures of my LC, remember ?). But this may be available for ADB only, I'm not sure about this. Gravis's model-ID is No. 4003-1. The package reads 'requirements: System 7 or greater'. And this is Retro !
Comment by ClaudioM on January 17, 2009 at 7:59am
I remember Slick Willie....can't believe that one slipped my mind. It was hilarious considering the time it was released. It's a good casual game to play when you want to kill some time, and can be very addictive.

And yes, the Marathon franchise is a must.
Comment by Wholly Mindless on January 17, 2009 at 12:54pm
Great pointers guys and girls! Thanks for all the help. My daughter has noticed it and that could be bad. (grin)
Comment by ClaudioM on January 17, 2009 at 1:02pm
Well, if the game allows for network multiplayer action, then you can include her in the fun.


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