DIGITAL HOARDER the Internet Archive has unleashed a load of previously copy-protected Apple II software from their old floppy prisons and added them to its accessible shelves.
This is great news for people who like to have a go on things that they used to have a go on in the 1980s and 1990s. You could be in the Apple Computer software library now, running riot and making merry with all the stuff that the 4am Group has found, stored and shared with you. There is a lot of it.
"Among the tens of thousands of computer programs now emulated in the browser at the Internet Archive, a long-growing special collection has hit a milestone: the 4am Collection is now past 500 available Apple II programs preserved for the first time," said the Internet Archive in a blog post.
"A 4am (an anonymous person or persons) tracks down Apple II programs, especially ones that have never been duplicated or widely distributed, and removes the copy protection that prevents them from being digitised. After this, the now playable floppy disk is uploaded to the Internet Archive along with extensive documentation about what was done to the original program to make it bootable.
This means that you can, if you really want, play an old Mac game from your youth at your leisure and, depending on your circumstances, without going over to someone else's house to play it.
There is a wide selection of software available and it appears that a lot of effort has gone into restoring it. The Internet Archive said that some of the more educational content had to be restored from a mouldy condition and was available only in limited numbers at the time.
You could be playing Spy Hunter right now. µ
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