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Apple Software
Hey, remember HyperCard? Well guess what, it is still around, in fact Apple just bumped the HyperCard Player up to a new version lately. I have a bunch of old stacks, and I do mean old. When we replaced our dumpy old Fat Mac 512 with the new, sleek and radical Mac SE back in 1987 it came bundled with HyperCard and I got got a cheap thrill or two by making some stacks for my nieces and nephews. I made a few for my wife and myself too. Here for your amusement and/or use are the stacks I created.

If you are unfamiliar with HyperCard, the word "stack" can be equated with the word "program". A HyperCard stack is comprised of a group of cards, each card loosely represents a program window. I do mean loosely too, a card can either store data that you don't necessarily see or a card could be a grouping of buttons, fields and graphics in any combination. It is very versatile. So in essence, a stack is supposed to be a stack of cards.

As I was saying, this page will eventually give you a download link to all the stacks I have created, good, bad or stupid (trust me some of these are pretty stupid). Some of them are unfinished, some of them are lost, some of them are pretty good. I was going to make them shareware at one time but now, because I don't think anyone would buy one, they are free. The work is still protected by copyright.
  Not that the artwork is anything special. It is all in black and white because that is what all the computers were like back in those days. Get a load of the graphic at the top of the page, that is scanned off the box my copy of HyperCard came in. It is all discolored and yellow it is so old and the graphic depicting the screen shot of the HyperCard folder is in black and white.

In dog years as in computer years, HyperCard should be a pile of bones but lives on because it really did have something to offer, the talents of ordinary users who were given an opportunity to develop programs for the Mac.

For ease of use, you should keep your HyperCard stacks on the same disk and in the same folder as the HyperCard application or else you will have a lot of navagation to wade through. Also, for the sounds to play right in these stacks, you will need to turn off virtual memory. For some reason virtual memory badly distorts the timing of the notes.

One final word, my work is not perfect, expect some problems. You can avoid some of the errors by opening all the stacks using the provided buttons or by using the "Open Stack..." command from the "File" menu in the HyperCard application rather than by double clicking the stacks themselves. Sosume.

The Downloads:
HyperCard Player
In order to use these HyperCard stacks you must have either the full blown HyperCard application or at least the free HyperCard Player. The Player will let you view existing stacks but not let you create any. In order to preserve Apple's manner of providing this program to you, this link will take you to the Apple site. Enter "hypercard player" into text box one and click the search button.
This stack was designed for my nieces and nephews. It is supposed to be a fun way to learn about nouns, verbs and adverbs etc. Basically you provide the words and Storybook plugs them into the framework of 3 existing stories either in order or randomly. This stack is unfinished, the Sci-Fi story was never completed. Feel free to complete it and email me the script. Remember, it has to be clean and fun. Anyway, you can make it as dirty as you want by changing the nouns, verbs and body parts to naughty ones. This one gets pretty funny. Enjoy.
In the old days I used to make borders around my snail mail stationery paper in MacPaint then I would use MacWrite to compose the letter, copy it, then paste it into the MacPaint file between the borders, then print it. This was a pain in the butt to do but it was cool to look at when no other computer available could do this. When HyperCard came around I immediately saw how this could make my life easier when I wanted to do graphic bordered stationery. I created a stack that has a small archive of preexisting borders that you can choose from. Choose one, then type your letter into it in a easily editable text field, print it off and you have stationery. I included the ability for you to create your own borders and to store them in the archive for later use. Try it out.
Here is a utility that transports a pattern, or an entire library of patterns, from one HyperCard stack to another. You can create your own pattern library for use in your stacks or just use the library I have provided with over 400 unique and original patterns. Many of them have names for goodness sake! I created this one because when I was working with HyperCard it had a weakness where if you created a new pattern in a stack you could not move that pattern to another stack, you had to recreate it in each stack you wanted to use it in. To be honest I have not kept up with HyperCard past the mid 90's so I do not know if this was ever fixed. If it hasn't been fixed, boy do I have the utility for you!
Honey Do
This stack used to be the bane of my existence. I would dread opening this stack for fear of the what I would see. It wasn't long before I changed the button icon for this stack from a cute loving little heart shaped breakfast melon to the animated graphic of some poor sap getting flattened on an anvil. You married guys have probably guessed it by now, this stack is a high tech electronic nagging device, don't download it. For you gals, this is just what the doctor ordered for getting that worthless worm out of the lazyboy and into the yard. Is that lamp still broken and gathering it's body weight in dust on his workbench? Now you only have to mention it once and it will come back to haunt him every damn time he opens the @#$%^&* Honey Do stack! I should make you women pay me for this one but I would go to "Guy Hell" if I accepted money for it.
Here is another kids stack I made for my nieces and nephews that groanups (sic) will enjoy too, maybe if only for a little while. This is a spin off of the Mr. Potato Head I used to have as a kid. In those distant days of yesteryear we used real potatoes, no foolin', and we plugged little plastic and wooden attachments into them. Now with the advent of Tubers, I am offering you all a kinder and gentler way of life. Here in electronic form is that same child's game without all the pieces getting lost or sucked up into the vacuum cleaner. Gone are the trips to the grocery store or to the doctors office to get a derby removed from your left nostril. The original intention was to print off your creations and color them, but now that there is color in HyperCard you can use that application and THEN print it off. You can use HyperCard to export the files for other apps to color if you like. These are great for hanging on the fridge to cover all the crusted-on accumulations that have accrued over the years of neglected sanitation.
The Cruel Fairy
Imagine a very drunk and depressed Harlan Ellison who just woke up from a horrific nightmare. Well that was all very redundant wasn't it? OK, just imagine Harlan Ellison sat down to write a HyperCard stack. The end result would be something like "The Cruel Fairy". As promised, here is one of those really stupid stacks I was wasting all that bad breath on in the intro. This stack has no redeeming qualities whatsoever. It probably won't even run right on your machine due to timing discrepancies between the Mac SE it was developed on and the G4/450 it was re-tuned on. My old stone age copy of HyperCard that was bundled with my SE slaughtered the playback, but the recent version of the HyperCard player played the animations much smoother. Good luck, remember this is freeware.

Car Care

Now this stack has some real usage. We use this one a whole lot more than The Cruel Fairy! In fact after about 10 years of service, it is still in use today in my family. This is the Car Care stack. This stack is designed to log your gasoline purchases. With the gallons, cost, mileage and dates, it calculates your miles per gallon, price per gallon, whether your mileage is up or down from the last entry and so on. It gives you the average or totals as appropriate under each column. You can use this information to produce a statistical year end report (handy at tax time as well as in planning a budget) and it handily tracks your car maintenance needs. Push the button and see if your Ethiopian oil puker, er... I mean your beloved automobile, needs a tune up, transmission service, brake service etc. If you are 1000 miles late on an oil change for instance, no problem, just enter in the last mileage you got one and it will track it from there.
Here is a mind blower that will make you think and wonder and wander back to what you were thinking first before I interrupted your thinking but then you will think again about this and think, "Criminy" and start thinking about this thinking thingy again and think it is pretty cool. Hey you know what? When you say "think" a lot it really sounds pretty weird "think think think... think, thinked, have thunken..." now hell, what was I thinking about? OH! Triangles. There is no way I am going to expend 1000 words here trying to describe the picture this stack draws, but here is how it draws it. There are 3 main dots. The program starts at one of the dots, selects one of the other dots at random, measures the distance halfway to that dot and puts a dot in that spot. From that new dot it starts the process all over again. The graphic that process produces is amazing to say the least. You have to see this.
Frappie the Frog
Stupid part deux. Frappie the Frog is a throwaway stack I did to amuse my youngest niece who now is too old to chew her own food. Did you know that in China they tie a cord around the family dog's neck so it can't swallow then they feed it the grandparents portion of meat? Fortunately soup doesn't need much chewing cause that will zoom down a dog's gullet even if you tie the cord tight enough to make it's head pop off. In Guatamala they pound meat with river stones, then leave it in the sun to rot and soften before feeding it to the toothless. There is no soup in Guatamala because social taboos say it looks too much like unflushed runny doodie. The Zambians have a fascinating technique for softening elderly foods. They take the elderly, pound them with river stones, mix them with a little dog, wrap this in green banana leaves and roast it buried in coals. Goes great with soup.
This is the companion piece to the HyperStationery stack up on the top of this list. I forgot all about it. This works the same way HyperStationery works, mainly because it is a paste of it's fathers copy. A chip off the ol block, a nudge-nudge from a know-what-I-mean, a knock off, a rip off, a blatantly pirated and hacked version of HyperStationery. It is not as bad as I make it sound, I guess you know that by now I tend to go on a bit. HyperEnvelope lets you address and print business or personal sized envelopes. Using the same format as HyperStationery, HyperEnvelope will allow you to either use a preexisting archive of envelopes or you can create your own set of envelopes. The envelopes in the archive were meant for my nieces and nephews but you can easily customize this archive to suit your own purposes.
Add LP Time V1.1
This is a quick and dirty utility to add up a list of times. I found it handy when I was adding the minutes and seconds of the tracks of long playing records so that I would know if 2 digitized LP albums would fit on a single CD. Whatever your needs, this will add up minutes and seconds accurately and easily. The new version 1.1 that adds error checking, improved addition of seconds, some amenities, and more closely adheres to our beloved HyperCard standards.
SETI Hours New
Well this one is pretty specialized but like "Add LP Time" it is utilitarian and it serves a useful function. My wife and I have a hobby, we are participating in a SETI@home, a distributed computing project that crunches radio telescope data. We are Team SETI. One of the statistics that is returned to the user is the total CPU time spent crunching data. At first it is in hours but after a year it is given to you as decimal fractions of a year! How the heck can you figure out how long it takes to crunch a unit of data using fractions of a year? SETI Hours is how. You enter in the starting and ending years for the period of time you want to check and the number of units crunched and click a button. I normally check this figure once a week or after making a change in the way I process the data to see if I am getting better results. You can find your decimal starting and ending year in the Personal Stats section of the User Account portion of SETI@home. Save any two results then find the hours per unit with this HyperCard stack.

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