3½ inches is enough

Apparently this is video of a demo running on an 8mHz Mac Classic. It is 414 KB and written in assembly. Which is awesome.

I downloaded it and tried to get it running in Mini vMac, but after spending some time down the surprisingly-familiar rathole of trying to figure out how in the world I transfer a runnable version of StuffIt into the emulated world, I gave up. If anyone manages to produce a .dsk image that has the executable demo on it, I'd love to see it.

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14 Responses:

  1. elevatordown says:

    This made my day.

  2. cfs_calif says:

    If you tried to mount a HFS (not HFS+) file system on 10.6, it's read only from now on.



    • cfs_calif says:

      I had a 10.5 system around and got into a dmg. I tried it vMac and it crashed with an illegal instruction. Probably needs a '020 to run.


      • jwz says:

        Yeah, me too (on 10.6). Bummer.

        Hey, for future reference, can you give me a .dmg that has a working Stuffit executable on it? Thanks!

        • cfs_calif says:

          Sadly, no, I can't. I did all the uncompressing using StuffIt Expander running in Mac OS X 10.6.

      • spike says:

        More data: runs OK under SheepShaver... once you can get SheepShaver to run.

        • inoah says:

          SheepShaver and BasiliskII are by far the most stable emulators for System I have ever used.

  3. xenogram says:

    Saaay, wasn't that the Shota Tiger?

  4. da_gaspodin says:

    Assembly is actually a demoparty (http://en.wikipedia.com/wiki/Demoparty). I'm one of the organizers of the Oldskool Demo Competition, and I can verify they used a normal Mac Classic II to run this demo :)

  5. marapfhile says:

    nice. i remember an app that would bounce an icosahedron around the screen of my Plus. it took about five minutes to start up.

  6. nikborton says:

    ... YouTube fails to stream that simple video without stalling every second or two on a dual core machine with a 16mbps 'net connection. The depressing irony!

    • kineticfactory says:

      Same here.

      I'm told that Flash video works smoothly on Windows, though nobody at Adobe can be bothered to optimise it for minority platforms like OSX or Linux. The sooner HTML5 renders it irrelevant, the better.

    • marmoset says:

      Grab ClickToFlash -- the 1.5 beta can be configured to grab the H.264 version of the video from YouTube and play it in QuickTime instead, which is a _huge_ win on 10.6 since QuickTime X will offload much of the video playback to your video card.