I thought I would post a quick retrospective about OS9 - remember ... it was the operating system before Mac OS X?
I got to thinking about this last night as I played my Playstation 2. It's been a while since I've played one of my own video game consoles - over the last few months I've played on a friend's Nintendo Wii and played on an Xbox 360 and Intellivision. I only own one native PS2 game. I own 25 PS1 games ... mostly all puzzle games. I used to play Playstation games a lot more. Why? Because I would play them on my Mac - via Connectix Virtual Game Station.
There are emulation solutions available for OS X. With the Intel Macs however the only "no compromise" solution is to load a Playstation emulator into Windows (booted natively into Windows XP).
My favorite game of all time on any platform EVER EVER EVER is called Intelligent Qube.
Here's a review of this game that I posted in the reviews section on eBay:
This game is a rare find on eBay. I own my original copy that I bought in 1998. Since owning this game I have sold 5 here on eBay. My average eBay end price has been $80 each. So - expect to pay around that for this game. I assure you it is worth it.
This game had a bit of licensing controversy between the creator and Sony - with it ending up that the creator barred Sony from ever releasing or rereleasing the game again.
If you like Tetris (like I do) - you will love this game (like I do)
Offering unique gameplay - your task is to mark a spot on a platform as "qubes" cascade towards you. When a cube lands on the marked spot, you detonate the area removing the "qube" from the playing field. You must remove all the "qubes" before they push you to the edge.
The best thing I like about this game is the music - it's "over the top" angelic choir music and gameplay narrated by a god-like Patrick Stewart (Capt Picard on Star Trek TNG) voice.
Once you understand the concept and learn to mark "qubes" in advance - you will be able to easily advance.
You are given an IQ score based on how many "qubes" you clear.
And by the way - it is supposedly a measure of IQ so the actual name IS SPELLED "Intelligent Qube"
So ... the #1 thing I don't do because I don't have OS 9 is; play Playstation games as much.
#2) I miss the Scrapbook. Man ... did I ever use the Classic OS Scrapbook. I never have gotten use to macros or using third party programs in OS X like Keyboard Maestro for cutting and pasting. Honestly, in OS X, I've just gotten used to typing out redundant things and just finding, uploading, and/or pasting pictures when I need them. For some reason though, the old Classic Scrapbook always seemed logical and easy to me - everything else seems hard to get used to. I'm not even sure if Apple brought such a thing back that I would use it because I've been doing things the hard way for 6 years now.
#3) Use third party hacks and OS enhancements.
I used to have Mac OS 9 tricked out. I had animated icons via a program called Kinetic. I had the Mac OS themed with a program called Kaleidoscope!. I had fonts smoothed ... with SmoothType. I had a dock called A-Dock.
Mac OS X is negatively affected by the smallest of changes to the core OS ... so I just don't do hacks any more.
Is there anything you miss from the old days?