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Vault FAQ

General Vault FAQ
What's this?
Why? What's the point?
Is this all free? What's the catch?
Where do I start?
I need help finding a file.
Is there a limit on downloading files?
Can I link to these files on my site?
How can I mirror/download the complete archive?
How can I contribute?
I need some beginners' information. What should I do?
How big is the archive?
Is the archive backed-up regularly?
What about Apple III or the Lisa?
Can I ask a general Apple or Mac question?
Is this legal?
What are the newest files in Vault?
How can I contact you?
I've found a mistake. What do I do?
How would I go about making a donation?
Can I ask one last question?


What's this?


Mac GUI Vault is an attempt to create an authoritative compendium of all vintage Apple II and Macintosh software, photos, manuals, and other information from 1978 up until roughly 1998 or so. Key features include: rather large database of downloads, which are easy to search; a library of textual information, such as manuals, also indexed for searching; collection of photos, for both informative and nostalgic purposes. All of this information is hosted on Mac GUI's servers in an attractive format, so we don't have to worry about someone's site disappearing to which we've linked some files.


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Why? What's the point?


If you can't understand what the interest is, then chances are you've never experienced the joy of using a 20-30 year old Apple computer. For everyone else, there are quite a few people still interested in retro computing (emulators have helped) and I think that a big archive is just what the Retro Apple community needs.


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Is this all free? What's the catch?


Yes, this is all free, as it should be. The only catch (and this is a small one) is that a small number of files and other materials require a Mac GUI account in order to access or download. Mac GUI is just a regular Apple Mac site (nothing weird), so if you don't have an account, go ahead and sign up. Also, if you want to contribute your own files and information, a Mac GUI account is preferred, but not required. For more information on contributions, see a further FAQ entry.


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Where do I start?


Well, just pick a route and go there. All the information and files are logically organized and cross-indexed. If you have an Apple II, start in that section. If you're looking for Macintosh text files, start in the Knowledge Base. If you don't know where to look, use the search! It is really quite useful, so if you have even the foggiest idea of what you're looking for, then search it out.


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I need help finding a file.


Well, first of all, you don't have to manually research every single page in Vault. You can use the Search function. If you have done all of this and still have no luck, use our contact page at http://macgui.com/infobooth/contact/ to request a search. If the file exists, You will get a reply and with the exact location. If not, then a gnome will be sent to scavenge around for it, and add it so others can find it as well.


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Is there a limit on downloading files?


No. The whole point of Mac GUI Vault is to make these files and information available to as many people as possible. Though if you have a web site, you may want to see the below FAQ entry.


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Can I link to these files on my site?


Yes, but there are two points: 1.) You may consider uploading the files to your own server. See the below FAQ entry for more info. 2.) If you plan on having a lot of traffic (i.e., a lot of people clicking the links to Vault) OR if there simply is a huge level of traffic, then please send a message via the contact page at http://macgui.com/infobooth/contact/ to let me know. You won't get "blocked" by sending me an email explaining the situation. However, you have a much higher chance of getting "blocked" if you don't send me an email about the linkage AND are using up several Gigabytes a day. Otherwise, if you run a small-time site, then don't worry about it. Chances are, no one will notice. Again, the whole point of Vault is to distribute these files.


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How can I mirror/download the complete archive?


Yes, you can, but don't do it by downloading every single file. If you want a nice archive on CD, simply use the contact page at http://macgui.com/infobooth/contact/ with a mailing address and I can burn a CD to send to you for free. If you have a server on which you'd like to mirror the archive, then send an email to that same address, and we can setup a mirror.


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How can I contribute?


Thanks for asking. You can help in a few ways. Two, really. You can either: 1.) Provide further information to what is already available, such as expanding upon a description or some text already written OR 2.) you can provide new files which are not in the archive. If you have some files or photos that aren't included, please consider contributing them. But make sure they aren't already in Vault. Having duplicate is a rather huge problem when one is dealing with over 5,000 files. Do a search and see if the file exists. In any case, or if you are unsure, send a message via the contact page at http://macgui.com/infobooth/contact/


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I need some beginners' information. What should I do?


If you haven't used an Apple in awhile, or if you're totally new, then Mac GUI Vault can help. In the Knowledge Base are tutorials for the Apple II and the Mac. Just pick the right one and follow along.


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How big is the archive?


There are currently just under 29,000 files which consume a few Gigabytes of disk space.


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Is the archive backed-up regularly?


Yes, it is. Everything online is an exact mirror of what resides on a local Macintosh. The contents of the archive are also periodically backed-up on to optical media or another hard drive. If you would like a full copy of the archive, see an above FAQ entry.


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What about Apple III or the Lisa?


Well, what about the Apple I or Newton? The fact is, neither of these four Apple computers made such a big impact as the Apple II and Macintosh, and thus, they are not featured in Mac GUI Vault. We're not eliminating them; we're just not focusing on them. If the demand gets big enough, then maybe some new sections will be opened, but nothing yet!


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Can I ask a general Apple or Mac question?


If you can't find an answer in Vault, then post a message on the forums or an appropriate Usenet discussion group.


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Is this legal?


This question is hard to answer since a.) I'm not a lawyer, and b.) the law regarding computers is subject to interpretation. Overall, the vast majority of files in Vault were released (and hence, still remain) as freeware, shareware, or public domain. This meant that the author wanted these files to propagate as widely as possible, via the BBS's of the day, user groups, and other distribution methods which still exist today.


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What are the newest files in Vault?


I've set 1998 to be the cut-off year. That should ensure that all files in Vault are at least 10 years old. There is one exception to the "1998 Rule" and that is applications and files which are supplementary, such as emulators and file-transfer utilities, providing that they are released as shareware or freeware. Otherwise, the rule remains in place.


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How can I contact you?


Use the contact page at http://macgui.com/infobooth/contact/


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I've found a mistake. What do I do?


If you've found some incorrect information, a missing file, or some other error within Vault, either click the nearest 'Report' link, or send a message via the contact page at http://macgui.com/infobooth/contact/ to explain the mistake.


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How would I go about making a donation?


If you just want to send money, well that's very nice, but I'm in the happy position of not needing any more money at this point. On the other hand, if you've got vintage Apple or Mac gear that you no longer want, you can send it to me. It'll have a loving home and will be featured in the Vault Museum (with all the other photos of the collection). Use the contact page at http://macgui.com/infobooth/contact/ for more info.


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Can I ask one last question?


Sure, post in the forums or use the contact page at http://macgui.com/infobooth/contact/


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