software

Playing Movies on a Black & White compact Mac!

It “moves like they do.”

It’s not every day that new software comes out for antique computers – but a few days ago, the insanely cool “MacFilm” was released! With it, you can play full-screen movies on your black and white compact Mac. It seems to run well on the SE/30 and can even run respectably on a 68000-based Mac SE, Classic, or Plus!

You can download it, complete with instructions from the link below:

www.macflim.com/

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Fun Stuff

What’s new is old again. (Sonumi for Classic Macs)

Have you heard the tale of Sosumi? Long story short, when Apple began to produce computers that could play audio, the Beatles’ record label “Apple Records” threatened legal actions against Apple Computer. Apple (Computer) won on the premise that they don’t sell music and wouldn’t be competing with them (well, at least not then). As a gag, they boasted their sound capabilities with a sound effect called “Sosumi”. Get it? “So-Sue-Me”!

Well, Sosumi has been around for a long time, since System 7 in fact. It even survived the transition to Mac OS X and has been included in the OS up until last month when macOS Big Sur got released. One of the many changes that Big Sur introduced was remixed alert sound effects, including a remixed version of “Sosumi”, called “Sonumi” (So NEW me!)

I thought it might be fun to convert the new sound effect “Sonumi” down to a System 7 sound file and make it my alert sound effect on my classic Macs. It oddly doesn’t sound out of place, but sort of plays with your head a little in a fun sort of way. In any case, if you’d like a copy – I’ve included a link below. Hopefully Apple doesn’t have a problem with that. (Oh well, Sosumi!)

Download Sonumi for System 7/8/9

How to use this:

  • Download the above file, and transfer to your classic Mac
  • Use either StuffIt Expander or BinHex to extract
  • Take the sound file and drop it into your system suitcase within your System Folder
  • Open Control Panels and find the Sound control panel – you should now be able to choose Sonumi!

Enjoy!

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networking

Web Browsing with Legacy Proxy

Earlier this year I posted an article about browsing the modern web with classic Macs using Web Rendering Proxy (WRP) – and this is a great way to see modern web pages in your classic browser. It works by transferring an image of the page down as an image map… but wouldn’t it be cool to just browse natively with a classic browser on your vintage Mac? The short answer is… you can… sort of. Read on.

Present day Wikipedia on a LC III with Netscape v2.02
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hardware

Long time, no LC

The LC series or “low-cost color” was introduced in 1990 as an affordable and easily expandable pizza-box Mac that was marketed mostly to school districts in the early 90s. The first of the series was simply called the LC and it was introduced the same time as the Macintosh Classic and IIsi. It was followed up by the LC II, LC III, and the LC 475 which all shared the same pizza-box form factor. Eventually the LC line was expanded to include other types of systems like the all-in-one 500 series and even some PowerMac systems.

LC III
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Fun Stuff, software

Playing MP3s on 68k Macintosh

If you’re looking for a fun (and modern) use for your classic Mac – there’s one option you might not have considered: playing MP3s. Up until last year I didn’t even think this was possible without at least a PowerPC system – but most 040-based Macs and some 030s can actually play MP3 files quite well!

An MP3 Player for classic Macs
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software

Mistaken Identity: Setting the model name under “About This Macintosh”

In the beginning, the “About This Macintosh” box told us all about our beloved Macs… but then at some point during the System 7 days, it somehow befell an identity crisis and no longer displayed the name of the system. Instead, the window simply said “Macintosh” with a generic icon. This was always a pet peeve of mine, but the good news is – it can be fixed!

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