[rescue] Apple to ditch IBM, switch to Intel chips

Mike Hebel nimitz at nimitzbrood.com
Fri Jun 17 08:24:55 CDT 2005

Someone generated the quantum flux that came across as... Phil Stracchino
> William Enestvedt wrote:
>> Phil asked:
>>>Anyone remember when copy protection was REALLY bad back
>>>about the late 1980s?
>>    What, like requiring you to type in answers from the manual [Sim
>> Earth, I believe -- which, when I lost the manual, I just dug out with
>> ResEdit], or using a colored (non-photo blue?) plastic filter to read
>> some text from a card that needed to be entered to install or launch
>> the game?
>>    Man, those were the days...
> Things like that, yeah.  Or ...  Populous, which required you to go to
> a specified line on a specified page in the manual and type in the Nth
> word... only some of them were wrong, and there were only about a dozen
> different words it ever asked for anyway.
> But I was thinking more of things like 123 that would ONLY run off the
> original 5.25" floppy diskette, and they'd pulled some funky tricks on
> the diskette (like re-ordering sectors) to prevent you from making a
> backup copy of it.

My favorite was the old copies of Spice that the electrical engineers I
knew used.  You had to use the original disk because it had a physically
bad spot on it that would not read/write but would on a copy.

Leave it to engineers - they devised a way of properly orienting the copy
and original so that they could scratch off the correct sector with a
scribe.  :-)

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There is no other solution." - Anonymous

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