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My Mom likes to play the Java games. In OS 9, this is fine, because Java runs at a usable speed. However, on her iBook 500 in Mac OS X, Java games at play at an unusable speed.

Well, I really wanted to upgrade her iBook to OS X to take advantage of the new features in Jaguar, so I needed a solution. I found that running Internet Explorer in Classic mode runs at the same speed as it does in OS 9, Java and all. So, if you miss playing your Java games in OS X due to them being very slow, simply start up Classic IE and play at the same old OS 9 speed!
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Classic IE
Authored by: mschork on Sep 03, '02 11:19:10AM

I've found that using Classic IE also lets you play some web games that aren\'t compatible with OS X IE. Word Scramble on yahoo says \"not compatible with Mac\" but it runs fine in Classic IE.

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Neither Classic nor IE necessary for these games to work well
Authored by: marmoset on Sep 04, '02 08:09:38PM
I play many of those games all the time without problems
in Mozilla 1.1 (Carbon)
in Jaguar, including Collapse and WhatWord, on a 450MHz G3.

They say that they don't work on Macs or Unix.
I certainly don't need to boot into Classic to
run them (a virtual machine running inside a
compatability environment indide of a browser? Yeccch.)

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Don't forget...
Authored by: paploo on Sep 03, '02 06:29:35PM
Don't forget that the version of Java (JDK) that is implemented in MacOS 9 never progressed passed 1.1.8, where as in OS X, there is support for JDK 1.3.1. For those of you who don't know, Starting with JDK 1.2, they made *major* changes to everything but the language syntax itself (meaning to the APIs). What does this mean (for those of you who aren't programmers)? That the majority of things written in Java will not work with OS 9's implementation. However there are still a reasonable number of applets either written before Java 1.2, or with backwards compatability in mind, which will work in MacOS 9.

In fact, all of the Java programs I have written in the last three years will not compile or run in MacOS 9. But they all compile and run just fine in OS X. (Of course they are applications, not applets. OS X admittedly has poor Java-Browser integration, which makes it a little rough for web use.)


P.S. - I should mention, for those of you who don't keep up on Java, that Java 1.2 and newer are also called Java 2. It is a really confusing scheme that they shouldn't have done. (But don't get confused and think that Java 1.3 is Java 3, because it is still Java 2. Java 3 is still a long ways off, from what I hear.)

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