Sunday, 25 March 2018

Making OSX look like... well System 7.5-ish

Great as Mac OSX is I do miss the old Finder and GUI from the pre-OSX Mac days. Of course it crashed a lot, didn't have very good multitasking and less toys than OSX but some charm and fun was lost when Apple transitioned (plus was a lot faster a lot of the time). I miss the days of trying a funky extension (remember the one that rendered your desktop in ASCII characters?) and Resedit to do weird (and dangerous things) to your Mac.

Well we can't go back to those days on a modern Mac (though maybe I'll boot up one of my relics one of these days) but we can do a few things to make our uber-modern Macs more classic, more retro, only without da bomb so to speak. One thing i have done is use the excellent Displaperture.app to give my desktop rounded edges, as Steve insisted rounded rectangles are everywhere ok?

Another thing is to use a retro wallpaper. I used to like the green tartan wallpaper and the pebbles, luckily some other people had a yearning for the old wallpapers too and they are available to download so now I am pebbled-up. Now all i need is Chooser and I will be in retro-Mac hog heaven...