Category Archives: Apple Computer

Games that can (now) Live Forever: 3 in Three

3 (!) years ago, I mentioned a PC game (actually a Macintosh game) called “3 in Three”. Now, because of technological advances, we have a ready-made way of playing it: by emulation!

With some effort and alot of time, you can see things like this:

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Misfit vowels sounds like something from elementary school English. Maybe like Number Munchers, but different? Speaking of which, 3 in Three isn’t supposed to be educational, but neither are crossword and the like puzells.

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Another ephemeron: CJ Slayer and the Super Peas

Have you ever, when young or otherwise new to a field or endeavor, turned up something interesting that you later discard and then even later realize was truly unique and should have been saved?

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A Super Serial Card box

Apple Computer, back in the Apple ii days, made an add-in card tituled, “Super Serial Card”. I found a box that one came in and scanned the cover to display this awesome commercial art from the 70s/80s:

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What can we see here? Well, other than the fun old days of Apple Computer, before they turned all stiff and shiny, we have:

  1. Someone in a biology lab plotting two series of data
  2. Some music in front of what looks like the Moon
  3. Some chess pieces
  4. Programming in BASIC
  5. A safe dial (Did Apple computers control ATMs or something?)
  6. Bob Ross balancing his checkbook
  7. Three students (one of whom is very bored) playing a math game with a portable TV

As an aside, while Apples of this vintage could come with monitors, most of the time they were hooked to TVs (note the dials on #1’s display).

The math game #7 shows is off: The first problem has a double digit addend and a single digit addend and somehow comes up with with a… single digit answer.

Finally, they (Apple) somehow managed to get their FCC ID to actually say “SUPERSER”! I have no idea if that was a special dispensation, or if somehow they were able to request that, or what. Usually they are just randomized digits.

Kentucky ©opyright violation

While examining the website of the official auditor of Kentucky, I noticed some dubious repurposing of icons from Apple. Case in point, the “SAFE-house” link on the righthand column:

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Some of you may notice it looks suspiciously like the “FileVault” icon from the feature of that name.

To be honest, the name of the program, which is officially for “Secure, Anonymous, and File-Encrypted” (a forced acronym if there every was one), makes me think they decided to name the program after the icon.

To make sure no one gets the wrong idea, I have nothing against the Kentucky Auditor, as I will detail later, only this particular choice of icon.

Games that (should) Live Forever: 3 in Three

3 in Three was a Macintosh only game put out by Cliff Johnson. The plotline: You are a numeral three in an Excel spreadsheet in a computer (obviously a Macintosh) that gets bumpt off the spreadsheet by accident and are now stuck inside the machine. You have to work your way up from the lowest depths of binary, through the intermediate levels of characters, symbols, math and letters in order to return to the application level and your supposed “right” place in the inner world.

You do this by engaging in superlogical trains of thought such as figuring out that “NME” spells “Enemy” and that 7 + 5 = 2. Also highly notable is the degree to which the Macintosh user interface (menu bar) is subordinated to the game, serving regularly as a button rather than a menu. I have no experience with the music or sound effects, but they really aren’t needed to justify my explanation of the game as being amazzing and completely worth the effort of getting System 7 running in BasiliskII or other emulator in order to play the game.

It is free from the author, at his website: http://www.thefoolsgold.com/downloads/games-macintosh.htm

I am eagerly awaiting the successor “3” games that he claims to be making. Note that his latest game was about 10 years in production, so don’t write it off as vaporware.