4am meticulously and [sic] carefully walks through
the entire process of cracking each program. The
code, the tracing of boot flow, the missteps, and
even the internal thought processes that lead to the
They’re magical. And every 4AM item has one.
In 2008 I spent 6 months going thru my Apple II collection, many of the disks had spent years in a garage in Louisiana and Texas. Surprisingly most were still readable, but I lost some terrible poetry and equally terrible letters to my high school sweetheart (turns out she wasn't so sweet as an adult.)
IF you have Apple // disks, or any kind of old format, I urge you to recover it NOW. Time is not on your side.
I had a DEC Tape from the 1980s that eventually I think I just threw away because I couldn't find anyone on the internet who could read the data.
I was actually thinking the other day it might be amusing to upload the text editor I wrote in applesoft basic to github.
I was lucky I guess, most of the ones I recovered worked, but the recovery process (IIGS, via appletalk to 68k mac, to pc via ethernet) is such a PITA, I quit after the first 5 or 6...
I figured that most of the games and apps were available in some of the abandonware collections that my pirated copies weren't really worth recovering.
In school, we had copies of Oregon Trail. Class time when we had spare time would often devolve into our own little version of "Twitch plays Oregon Trail", with one guy at the keyboard, and everyone trying to help make the decisions, usually ending up HEY LETS BUY LOTS OF AMMO and we spend 15 minutes collecting 22 metric shitloads of game and only being able to carry a tiny fraction back.... or fording the river and drowning. Every. Goddamned. Time.
Best part? The end game where you raft down the river on the final stretch, and its just everyone cheering on whoever hasn't managed to crash the raft yet. You could tell who actually had a video game console at home, whoever manned the controls and survived knew the horrors of Megaman and Castlevania; those who didn't, well, lived much simpler, less action packed, lives.
Fuck, when did games turn into a chore and stop being fun?
You'll need an emulator:
And some files to use it with:
Take the first 10 or 20 entries from that list and have a lot of fun!
And remember: Old machines never die - their owners do!
There are file formats which record the raw head flux from spinning across the drives, which should archive any goofy drive-munging scheme employed.
A small group of us successfully cracked a program or two, using just the monitor and some utilities we wrote. It was a challenge and an education all in one! Highly recommend reading through a few of these.