February 5, 2016

Old Macintosh TCP Applications

Zip Drive CD

I was going through an old CD this past weekend that I found in a CD spindle that I had on my desk. The CD was labeled on the top with "Zip Drive Archives" with the date range of "December 10, 1996 - August 11, 1998." It's one of my oldest CDs that I have in my collection - the data is 19 years, 1 month and 25 days old.

Zip Drive CD Collection

I archive some of my Zip collection to the CD because back in 1998 it was a novelty to back things up to Zip disks, but after a while, it became a pain to have to find things on various disks. When CD burning became more mainstream, I decided to combine some of my more popular disk to a CD so that I only had to go to one place to get my data.

Looking at the CD got me thinking. What data did I value enough to back up almost 20 years ago? Back then CDs were pretty expensive and it took a long time to back up the data. I can remember that it would take 45 minutes to burn a data CD. This doesn't include the time it takes to organize the data on the disk before burning it.

Getting the Data

My first challenge was reading the disk. So, It turns out that the backside of the disk wasn't exactly clean. I had to use a dry microfiber cloth to clean the disk. My lesson learned: Use proper disk storage to extend the life of optical media.

The data was more accessible on my older PowerMac G4 than my iMac. I am thinking that the older CD drives weren't as sensitive to some of the scratches that were on the disk. Yet another reason to have the older computers available.

I found a few surprises on the disk, but most of the things that I put on the Zip Drive really have very little value to me today. I found some applications, but they were all pre-MacOSX apps and couldn't use today. There were some old sound data files for some old audio apps, I can see if Audacity or Handbreak will be able to convert them.

Classic TCP Applications

One of the things I wanted to do on my website feature some Internet applications. So back in 1998, I created a 'Macintosh TCP' folder and put in all the popular Macintosh Internet Apps. Here're a couple of screen shots that I found of that folder. This is kind of a good time capsule of Macintosh Internet users in 1998.

Do you remember these classic Macintosh TCP Programs:

WabbitDA, Anarchie, Batch FTP, Blue_Skies, Chat 2.1, Comet 3.1.1, Config PPP, Control PPP, CU-SeeMe, Cyber Link, Cyberfinder, Daemon Killer, DropURL68k, Easy Transfer, Eco PPP, Eudora 1.4.3, Fetch 2.1.2, Finger, FTPd, Homer 0.94, httpdMac-v13b.68k, ImageMap2AS, Internet Black Book 2.0, Internet Config, Internet Logger v 1.0.1, InternetMemory, InterNews, MacHTTP, MacSOUP, MacTCP Monitor, MacTCP Switcher, MacWAIS, MacWeather 2.0.4

Here's a screenshot that I took of a page one of my "TCP Programs" folder:

Maintosh TCP

The "second page" had these classic files:

NCSA Mosaic 2.0, NCSA Telnet, NET/Mac, NetFind/Mac, NetPhone, Netscape 2.0b1, NetSnagger, NewsWatcher, Nuntius, PPP, PPPop, PPPremier Timer, PPPReport, RealAudio Player, School Connection, Script Daemon, ServerStat Lite, SMAP, SOCKS, TCP/IP Switcher, TFTPd, TheNews, Traceroute, TurboGopher, Uploader, Web ShortCuts, Webphone.cgi, WWW-Freund (FAT) and YA NewWatcher.

Macintosh TCP2

As you can imagine there were a lot of data on the CD, I'll post some other things that I found. It was fun going through the disk and taking a brief step back in time. Just think, Twenty years from now people will be amazed at the various applications that we use to access the internet.

One of the lessons learned during this project that I learn was to use old CD/DVD hardware to read data off the CDs. I copied the files from the disk and then moved them to a USB drive. The plan is to only backup important data, I don't think there is a need to back up old applications that I can't use anymore.

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February 5, 2016

Massachusetts Facebook Challenge

There is a survey on Facebook right now asking people to "Name a Massachusetts town/city that does not have the letter 'o' in it. I bet you can't."

City Town

There are 352 city and towns in Massachusetts. 186 of them have an 'o', while 166 do not.

Here's the full list of Massachusetts city/towns without the letter 'o':

Acushnet, Adams, Agawam, Amesbury, Amherst, Aquinnah, Ashburnham, Ashby, Ashfield, Ashland, Auburn, Ayer, Barnstable, Barre, Becket, Bellingham, Berkley, Berlin, Beverly, Billerica, Braintree, Brewster, Bridgewater, Brimfield, Buckland, Cambridge, Carlisle, Carver, Chatham, Chelsea, Cheshire, Chester, Chesterfield, Chilmark, Clarksburg, Danvers, Dedham , Deerfield, Dennis, Dracut, Dudley, Dunstable, Duxbury, East Bridgewater, Eastham, Erving, Essex, Everett, Fairhaven, Fall River, Fitchburg, Framingham, Franklin, Gardner, Gay Head, Gill, Granby, Granville, Greenfield, Hadley, Halifax, Hampden, Hardwick, Harvard, Harwich, Hatfield, Haverhill, Hawley, Heath, Hingham, Hinsdale, Hull, Ipswich, Lakeville, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lee, Leicester, Leverett, Leyden, Lunenburg, Lynn, Lynnfield, Malden, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mansfield, Marblehead, Marshfield, Mashpee, Maynard, Medfield, Medway, Merrimac, Methuen, Middlefield, Millbury, Millis, Millville, Nahant, Nantucket, Natick, Needham, New Braintree, New Salem, Newbury, Palmer, Pelham, Pepperell, Peru, Petersham, Pittsfield, Plainfield, Plainville, Quincy, Raynham, Reading, Revere, Russell, Rutland, Salem, Salisbury, Sandisfield, Sandwich, Saugus, Scituate, Sheffield, Shelburne, Shirley, Shrewsbury, Shutesbury, Spencer, Springfield, Sterling, Sturbridge, Sudbury, Sunderland, Swansea, Tewksbury, Tisbury, Tyringham, Uxbridge, Wakefield, Wales, Waltham, Ware, Wareham, Warren, Warwick, Wayland, Webster, Wellesley, Wellfleet, Wendell, Wenham, West Bridgewater, West Newbury, West Springfield, West Tisbury, Westfield, Westminster, Whately, Whitman, Wilbraham, Williamsburg, Winchester, Wrentham

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