Those files are archives. An archive is a single file which acts like a container, holding one or more files or folders. Usually the files in an archive are compressed, so they take up less room on a diskette or hard drive, and take less time to transmit over networks and modems. Unless the archive is "self-extracting" (.sea), you need a separate utility to access the files in an archive.
There are different types of archives. The most important are listed below.
To make things difficult, the extension
Another extension you will see is
On very rare occasion, you may run across a
It goes like this: If you have a file called
foo.sit.hqxThen what you do is start from the right side of the name and work your way left. In other words, you want to get the file "foo". On the right you see the suffix
For Self-Extracting Archives, all you need to do is double click on the file, and it will extract itself. So if you have a file named
bar.sea.hqxYou would first unbinhex it, and then double click on the file to extract it.
To open or decode these archive files you need a decoder first. A very good decoder is StuffIt Expander (freeware), made by Aladdin Systems. Where to get a decoder:
If you cannot download files directly to a Macintosh but you instead must transfer them through another computer (such as an IBM compatible, for example), you're stuck. Once you get a working copy of BinHex 4.0 (or Compact Pro, or StuffIt) installed on your Mac, you're all set, but getting that copy is hard. But there is a way to do it. (I used it myself)
You need a PC [Windows 95/98/Me] with a CD-rom drive and a 3.5" drive. Your Mac needs a 3.5" drive [1.44 Mb] and System 7 with the controlpanel PC Exchange.
Recently, I found a nice Mac FAQ on the Web, and it included the same question. Elliotte Rusty Harold, the maintainer of that FAQ said this:
Paul Thomson's shareware DOS utility Macette can transfer
MacBinary files like the ones stored at ftp.macfaq.com from a DOS
file system onto a Macintosh high density diskette, translating
from MacBinary into a standard two-fork executable Macintosh file
in the process. It can even format the diskette for you. Thus
once you've gotten StuffIt Expander from
you can use macette to move it from the PC to your Mac.
I've made macette available at my ftp site. See
you can use macette to move it from the PC to your Mac. I've made macette available at my ftp site. See
Note that this FAQ dates back to 1996, so I'm not sure about the URL's.
When the Mac was introduced, the CPU's type was 68000. Macs became faster and faster, but the CPU's where still made by the same manufacturer. Also the 68020, 68030, 68040 and 68040LC processor were built. This group of CPU's are called 68K (k stands for kilo stands for 1000). The Macs with a 68K processor in it are so called 68K Macs. Apple started together with IBM and Motorola the development of a new CPU, the PowerPC. PowerPC's are fast, much faster than 68K's. All new Macs got that PowerPC. Because of a complete difference between that PowerPC and the 68K new software was developed for the PowerPC, so called "native software". The native software that was developed for PowerPC and couldn't run on 68K Macs. The introduction of PowerPC is over 5 years ago. Nowadays lots of software (not all) is PowerPC-only. At FireMac you can find software for the 68K Mac. By the way, PowerPC's can run 68K software.
To enable your Mac to read PC floppies, you need the controlpanel PC Exchange. Try to get it somewhere (a friend, your user group.). If you can't get it, look if someone has DOS mounter. That's a tool which was used before Apple introduced PC Exchange.
You can also use your Mac (1.44 mb) floppies. Download TransMac from http://www.asy.com (Acute Systems) and install it on your PeeCee. With that software you can use your PeeCee to write PeeCee files onto Mac formatted floppies.
If you don't like TransMac (it's to easy or what :-) ), hfsutils is a collection of tools for accessing Macintosh HFS-formatted volumes. HFS is the Hierarchical File System used on modern Macintosh computers. The utilities were originally part of the hfsutils package for UNIX systems. This port uses the emx programming environment. There are binary versions for OS/2 and Windows 95/NT. Both versions also run under DOS. Check http://www.mars.org/home/rob/proj/hfs/ for more info
I suffered the same problem. Try rebuilding your desktop. How? Restart your Mac and press the command and the option key when your Mac is starting up. The Mac will ask whether you're sure about rebuilding the desktop. Say yes. The desktop will be rebuilded than. Be patient, it takes a while. After that it should all work.
You probably locked the application, so it can not be changed. If it can not be changed it also cannot save your high scores. Unlock it by asking the info on it and click on the locked-button.
If there are more questions, ask them!
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