The last two weeks have been a flurry of archaeology!
First, a fan found a Mac Diskette With the 1984 ChipWits Source Code. While we were researching and discussing how to read old Mac-formatted disks, Doug Sharp, the original creator of ChipWits, recalled where he was keeping the original Commodore 64 disks with all of the original code to the game! He mailed them to me to see if I could recover them.
He included a surprise, which was a full set of diskettes for the original code of the Mac version as well!
This is an amazing archaeological find. I’ve ordered some hardware off of eBay to see if I can recover some of these disks.
Turning on the drive and listening to the gentle whir of the motor brings back so many memories.
As far as the Mac diskettes are concerned, I learned that Mac used a proprietary sector layout to allow them to increase the capacity to 800 KB per disk, which makes them unreadable using modern drives. I ordered a PowerMac G3 WallStreet, which is a bridge system that still has a 3.5″ diskette drive that can read original Mac disks and also has a networking stack. I have not received all the components for this yet, but I’ll make an update post when I do.
I can’t want to see how much of the data can be recovered, and what surprises we’ll unlock!