Old Stuff


With the exception of the OS X version of Faces, all of this stuff is ancient, written for the classic Mac OS of old.


Faces is a screen saver module for Mac OS X that draws cartoony little Chernoff Faces all over your screen. You can vary the color, speed, and drawing style. Nifty. There’s also an old version for Mac OS 9 (and earlier).


Icon•Filer is a simple drag-and-drop utility (for the Classic Mac OS) that converts resource files full of icons into folders full of files with the icons pasted on as custom icons. It can suck the icons out of any file. This was actually useful once, believe me.


Sparrowhawk is a tool to help put genealogy information online. It converts standard GEDCOM files into static HTML files that can be put on a webserver or viewed locally. There are much better ways to do this now, but it was a great solution in its day.


PowerMac Musings

A three-part series originally published in the newsletter of the Southern Maine Apple Users Group (SMAUG). Dating from November 1994 - January 1995, these articles are a glimpse into the early days of PowerPC-based Macs and what we all thought the future would bring.

  1. RISCy Business
  2. Going Native
  3. The Great Unknown

WordPerfect 3.0a Review

Back in the early 90s, the Mac word processor market was a mixed bag. Microsoft Word 5.1 had so solidified its dominance in the market, that all that remained were a few oddball competitors: WriteNow, Nisus, FullWrite Pro. Even Apple (in the form of Claris) had all but given up on MacWrite Pro. When the Mac transitioned from 68K to PowerPC, WordPerfect Corporation saw their opening and released an all-new PowerPC-native version of WordPerfect for the Mac. Would it succeed where others had failed? Would Word be de-throned? History says no, and I guess I wasn’t surprised.

Reunion 4.0 Review

A review from 1995 of Reunion 4.0 for Mac, a genealogy application from Leister Productions. All these years later, I still use Reunion as my primary genealogy app. There’s even a Reunion for iPad and a Reunion for iPhone, both of which sync with the desktop version.

24 Hours of Democracy Essay

In February of 1996, Dave Winer organized the 24 Hours of Democracy project. A protest against the Communications Decency Act, 24 Hours invited anyone and everyone to write and post an essay about freedom, democracy, and the Internet. In true 90s-fashion, essays were arranged in a webring, with “next” and “previous” links at the top that would take you from essay to essay. My essay has been online ever since, with only one URL change (when I moved it to my own personal server in about 1999).


Since about 2005, I’ve been posting all our new photos to flickr. All the old pictures that were here previously are there, too. If for some reason you want to see them in their old glory, you can.