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Monday, December 28, 2009

Flickr is all that's left...

Originally uploaded by Steve_Gregory

Hello and Merry Christmas everyone!

I'm sorry for the void that this blog has become over recent months but that is life getting in the way! So, along with AppleCrypt Mods, Twitter, MySpace and many other blogs & social networking sites, I'm going to kill this one off also.

I simply do not have the time with having a mega busy family life...

I guess I'll post the occasional update here, directly via Flickr, but it'll be nothing more than to advertise my latest images :]

So, after all these years of numerous websites, blogs, etc, etc, etc I'm now winding it all down to simply Flickr and Facebook. My friends from recent Mac / AppleCrypt years are already with me on Facebook so I don't really need to advertise that.....? But, as photography is my main Mac usage these days, I shall inform you all once again to follow me here:

Hope everyone is having a wonderful Christmas and I wish you all a very happy New Year !!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Mauled at Christmas

Originally uploaded by Steve_Gregory


Saturday, November 28, 2009

Arizona's own Wile E. Coyote!

Arizona's own Wile E. Coyote!
Originally uploaded by Steve_Gregory

I've uploaded quite a few new images lately... check out my flickr site !

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Welcome to Antarctica!

Welcome to Antarctica!
Originally uploaded by Steve_Gregory

The weather here is so bad lately (for about a month now it's been raining almost daily. Lots of flooding too!). I'm also incredibly busy with the new family too, so this means I rarely pick up the camera over the last few weeks.

However, all is not lost. No new images for my flickr site means I've a little more time to upload older images from road trips and other events. Things that I should have uploaded to my flickr stream ages ago!

So please do check out my flickr page and you'll see a few older images from White Sands (New Mexico), Tombstone (Arizona), Colorado and more.. Keep coming back each day as I'll try to upload a new one each evening!

The image, above, is from White Sands National Monument in New Mexico. If there was ever a place on Earth that looked like you was in Antarctica, then this is it! A rather hot version though - 300+ sq.miles of white with only the distant mountains visible. Quite spectacular.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Fort Davis

Fort Davis
Originally uploaded by Steve_Gregory

I've always loved this image, especially when b&w. Taken at the historical location of Fort Davis in West Texas.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Surprising colors of Autumn

Here's a lovely wallpaper image perfect for a 16:10 monitor like mine :)

I shot this during our trip to Norton Priory in Cheshire, England. A pretty cool little place with such interesting history. Give it a google sometime...

Please check out the rest of my Flickr stream :-)

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Smoke on the water

Smoke on the water, originally uploaded by Steve_Gregory.

I think this is one of my most popular images, ever!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

AppleCrypt Mods

AppleCrypt Mods
is now officially DEAD !!

I'm sorry folks, but I'm pretty sure you all figured this out for yourselves by now! My time simply isn't available anymore, we've now got two little ones that see to that! Something had to give and the little free-time I get now is usually spent with my photography hobby & flickr.

I'd like to personally thank Gumby for everything this guys done for me and AppleCrypt Mods. I'm sure I would have given up long ago if it wasn't for this great guy! I would also like to thank Monoman that came to our rescue after File Front deleted 80+ GB of mods from our old server!

Without these two guys - AppleCrypt Mods would never have lasted as long as it did! Trust me, it's often been hard work and I've wanted to end it a couple of times. So, a massive thank you to you two - always appreciated :-)

FWIW, you can still access the old website here. This contains all the links to everything I got around to re-uploading (after the File Front incident!).

Of course, I would also like to thank you guys reading this! It's always been wonderful to hear back from everyone that ever found a mod or single player map enjoyable. What a great feeling knowing that you've helped the Mac gaming world! ;o)

So, to recap... don't forget to click the link above! All the mods and maps available here should still download and work dandy. Also, please continue to check this blog now and then - I'll use it too post my amateur photography!

So, on behalf of Strider ~ AppleCrypt Mods,
I say a big-bang-thank-you too everyone and a sad goodbye.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Llano Railroad Museum

Llano Railroad Museum, originally uploaded by Steve-Gregory.

More from my Flickr stream! :)

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Desert Life

Desert life, originally uploaded by Steve-Gregory.

I am particularly proud of this image and I simply wanted to share it on Flickr. Simple as that :)

Saturday, July 18, 2009

(BF1942) 1861: The American Civil War

Hello everyone & welcome to the only AppleCrypt Mods webpage that you should bookmark. I will have the old URL "" for a few more months but the domain name should expire around September '09. I cannot afford to keep buying this...

Anyhow, here is the new webpage of AppleCrypt Mods! If you've read the short piece I wrote on my (old) homepage then you'll know I'm going to make all posts right here on blogspot as it's easier and less time consuming - for me! So keep coming back here :-)

Okay, here is a mod for Battlefield 1942 called The American Civil War. I've included the info within the zip file and it works with three maps in single player / coop mode. They are : Battle of the Crater, Battle of the Wilderness and Fort Fisher (I liked this one the best!).

Remember to read the Mac docs that i've added into the zip.

Download link here. Click all the images below for bigger versions, but you knew that already. Right? ;p

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Muscle Cars

Pontiac Trans Am, originally uploaded by Steve-Gregory.

To celebrate Independence Day weekend we visited the Stars & Stripes American car show at Tatton Park, Cheshire. You don't need to be an American or even someone physically in America to celebrate the break from British rule! Just have a love of everything that makes this country so great. Today it is their incredible history of motorcars.

Almost every type of muscle car was on show along with trucks, rigs, RVs, bikes and more. However, the cars from the 70s interested me the most though I do like the current modern cars from Ford, Dodge and Chevrolet. Whereas the ones from the 50s really capture my Moms imagination and my Dad seemed to love those HUGE rigs and the pickup trucks.

Perhaps growing up in the 70s and 80s watching TV shows like Starsky & Hutch, The A-Team and Dukes of Hazzard is probably the main reason for my early love of the distinct American style. Funnily enough, a General Lee was present at the show. Whether this was one of the official cars is another thing but it was so cool to see it up close!

I managed to get many shots of all my favourite models by Ford, Dodge, Chevrolet, Pontiac, Plymouth, Chrysler, Mercury and Buick. However, at the time of writing this, I've not yet had the chance to go through all the images in Aperture but they'll be on my Flickr web page soon enough!

I have to say, there was some incredible cars on show. If only I could afford myself a Charger, Mustang or a Trans Am...sigh!

Keep your eyes peeled on my Flick page for the images!

Monday, June 29, 2009

My work on

I should have blogged this ages ago!

I recently had one of my photos picked to appear on the Schmap website as part of their Oslo guide. Click here for the web link :-)

As you can imagine I'm very proud!!!

Thursday, June 25, 2009


Texon, originally uploaded by Steve-Gregory.

A ghost town on highway 67, west of San Angelo. I do like the dark & moody image this scene creates. I've more shots of Texon to come..

Texon was indeed a creepy place to visit and a true insight into something long since dead. This is real old time western America that's left untouched for all to witness.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

ZX Spectrum

I've just read a tweet about a new website for ZX Spectrum enthusiasts. If, like me, you come from the days of tape loading 8-bit gaming from the early 80s then this will be most welcome - especially if you're at work and need a break! ;-)

Click this link in Safari for lots of ZX Spectrum goodies to play. The image above is from Chuckie Egg 2, one of my all-time favorite games. Any ZX fans out there???

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Customize Your Gameplay With Mods !

This is a really cool web page.
Especially when AppleCrypt Mods gets a mention! :-)

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

A new Ghost Recon mod !

Calling all fans of this incredible game - there's a new mod out and it's totally Mac ready too. Yep, I've done nothing to "convert" it as it's already good to go!

Click here to read all about it from ModDB. Here's the official web page...

It's a shame AppleCrypt Mods isn't mentioned in their "Recommended Web Sites" link, but hey that's maybe my fault. Sorry I've been a little lacking lately on the updates to my site :/

Okay people, go grab this mod & enjoy!!

Sunday, May 3, 2009


Coming back from an awesome road trip vacation in America is always hard. Why does everything here in England now seem so .. crap and expensive!? And how come people seem rude and foul mouthed too? Hmm weird...

Anyhow, I've signed up with Flickr and I'm editing many of my road trip snaps and uploading them for all to see. I love photography and the keen amateur in me is making full use of this excellent website. I just wish my upload speeds where faster!

I'll still be using my web gallery at Apple's MobileMe, so now I am able to pollute two areas on the web all at the same time! lol. Please check me out @ Flickr and MobileMe. Also, I shall be blogging the entire month-long trip at my TravelCrypt website but this will take me AGES due to having other commitments. So keep yer eyes peeled on it!

For all those worried about the future of my Mac/fps/mods website, AppleCrypt Mods. Please don't be! It's not dead and I still have plans for future updates. Please remember that I'm a family man now (with another baby on the way!) so my Mac time is now sadly limited. But updates will come, again, keep yer eyes peeled on this site also!

For what it's worth, all my sites support RSS, making them easy for anyone to follow without having to manually check them out yourself. Go grab a copy of the freeware program 'NetNewsWire' and you'll soon see the benefits of RSS feeds :-)

Monday, April 20, 2009

I'm back !

Miss me? Whattya mean you didn't even know I was away? Sheesh.... Okay never mind then! (sob) Well, we're back from our month-long road trip vacation in mighty Texas.

We've had a fantastic time and got to see many awesome places and meet lots of nice people also. I'll give a run down of our ventures from my travel blog (link here) but don't expect this just yet as I've a zillion things to catch up on first!

Burger tip..
if you're in western Texas and you passing Langtry then you must visit the Langtry Depo. Quite literally the best-ever burgers plus you have a great view of the Rio Grande, Judge Roy Bean and some of the coolest ghost town builders ever! Okay, I'm odd..

Sunday, March 8, 2009


Any NASCAR fans here?
Jeff Gordon to win at Atlanta today!

Here is a couple of cool RSS feeds:

And here's the 2009 Sprint Cup Series schedule <click me!>

Sunday, February 22, 2009


This post is to simply let all the fans of Battlefield 1942, and all visitors to AppleCrypt Mods, that I'm about to post a wonderful (and very large) addition to our archive.

Get ready for the ultimate collection of every single player / coop map for Battlefield 1942 that has ever been made!!

We're talking around 2.3GB and I'm 99.9% positive that I've collected everything that's ever been released. That's everything, ever! From day one of the games release too today, Sunday February 22nd 2009. This is a fine collection indeed, an ultimate collection for one of the best Mac games.

I've uploaded all the files to our ftp server, which are split RAR's.  So grab yourself a copy of a freeware program like UnRARx or Stuffit Expander from However, I'm juggling my limited time here, amongst working on the web page, doing housework and entertaining our baby girl!

So give me a few more hours to update AppleCrypt Mods with the new details! :-)

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Virus worries ?

Okay, there seems to be a few Mac owners that are worrying themselves silly about trojans, worms and other virus infections.

The answer is don't.

Simply make sure you have your in-built firewall turned on along with the firewall that's configurable within your router's settings. That's the main done already!

Secondly, always make sure you run Apple's Software Update as often as possible. This can be set to run automatically at regular intervals.

Next, stay clear of dodgy websites like Pirate Bay and many others. If you want something - save up and buy it!  (or google for a freeware alternative).

Why take the chance that your stolen download, from a torrent server or other file sharing website, is the legit thing? The recent issues with people ripping off Apple's excellent iWork is proof of this but the sad thing is that it's such an affordable purchase! Hardly M$ Office or Photoshop and there are even FREE alternatives like Open Office.. No excuses!

In fact, never install something that you didn't personally download yourself from a legit site like or direct from the author's website!

It's all about common sense folks. You've already made the right choice by not buying a Windows based PC so why risk deliberately infecting your Mac?

IF you must install virus protection software then I'd personally advice that you do not consider Norton AntiVirus. It'll do a great job of slowing down your Mac and others have complained about conflicts and crashes. Intego's VirusBarrier is a better choice BUT even this slows down your Mac.

Interestingly, I scanned my hard drives recently and we're talking around 2 million files spread over 3TB's of disk space dating back from 2003.  Zero viruses found! Think about it...

However, I do recommend you try out the freeware program ClamAV as it's a cool little app that doesn't slow down your computer too much. Though please make sure that you read all the information associated with it first.

I have ClamAV installed now...
...of course, it also has found zero viruses! ;-)

Bottom line, if you're gonna be an idiot and download illegal software or visit dodgy porn sites then what do you expect is gonna happen to your lovely Apple Mac? Happy computing!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Trailer Park Boys

I've recently discovered this incredible new show on Paramount Comedy channel.

It's Canadian and based at a fictiona trailer park in Nova Scotia. It's kinda reminding me of the awesome show My Name is Earl but with the extra zaniness of an English made sitcom. This is a great show!

Apparently, it's been running since 2001 and the final season was made about a year ago. But, that's UK television for you. Late, as always!

Of course, someone will tell me it's been running for years on another channel... So I shall get out from this box and say a big thank you to the Paramount channel for airing this show. Also, I have set my cable box to record every episode! :-)

For more information, see the official homepage and click onto channel 132 if you're also on Virgin Media's cable.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


Here's a great game that's recently been updated, it's called Glest and it's a wonderful 3D RTS game - that's totally FREE!

There, I knew the word 'free' would get your attention!

Play against your fellow Mac gamers online or in a single player that is similar to Myth or Dungeon Siege.

You can take full control of either two factions; tech which are mainly warriors and mechanical devices or magic which are mages able to summon up other creatures.

The graphics are lovely and Glest plays quite similar to many other RTS favorites, like the Warcraft series for example.  However, it's quite sad that I am really bad at this game - lol - but I still loved it! For more info, click here for the Glest homepage.

For the Macintosh download - click here!

For information on other excellent games that are also free, please visit my website AppleCrypt Mods :-)

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Hard Drives

A quick question for the hardware techies out there!

I've got an old Dual 2GHz Power Mac G5 from 2003 with a couple of internal SATA drives. Now, we're coming up to 6 years old here and I'm getting a little worried about these dying on me!

I'm seeing many different hard drives at places like Amazon and they're usually SATA2 versions. A little googling tells me I can use these inside my G5 but, is this true?

Is this a simple case of ripping out the old and slapping in the new using the current connections?

See, simple question! Thanks in advance :)

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

AppleCrypt Mods

I'm making this quick post for three real old games, Carmageddon, Duke Nukem 3D and Wolfenstein 3D.  Yep, that's right, AppleCrypt Mods even has mods and single player maps for these dinosaurs.  Actually, I take that back as these are three Mac classics!

Okay, this is a big mixture of stuff. Firstly, with Carmageddon you can expect various mods such as new cars, naughty billboards, power-ups, Spice Girls, Splat Pack enablers, Mac utilities and more!

Duke Nukem comes with some nifty Mac utilities, a couple of mods and a couple of total conversions too. I'm sure Duke fans will love this collection so much!

Finally, Wolfenstein 3D has many Mac utilities and lots & lots of single player maps for you to enjoy! I spent months making this collection, okay it's years old now but there's some awesome maps here folks!

Now dig out those old Macs and enjoy these golden oldies :-)  Here are the links :

Remember, tell everyone with a Apple Mac and a love of fps gaming about AppleCrypt Mods!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Super Bowl XLIII

Must admit to being new to American football, but I've been watching our recording of yesterdays Super Bowl and I loved it! I still prefer Baseball and Nascar over the NFL but it's a start. Why are American sports so great? So much atmosphere and action - MORE! MORE !

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The making of Doom !

I have just seen this RSS posting from Inside Mac Games about an article first released back in 1984. A behind the scenes look at the ID world and wondrous games we've played.  It's an enjoyable and historic read for all ID / Wolfenstein / Doom fans from the era!  [IMG]  [GAMASUTRA]

Question of the day!
Am I the only one here with Doom for the Atari Jaguar? :D

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Zombies !

Being the biggest fan of zombie movies (and the games) for far too many years now, I was glad to find my Christmas presents hiding in the TV cupboard earlier today!  Four classics: Diary Of The Dead, The Zombie Diaries, Zombie Honeymoon and Zombie Strippers.  Ohhh yeah!!

Yep, they've been in here since Christmas day and I'd forgotten all about them..  So I think it's time to watch one today?  I've already enjoyed the Resident Evil Trilogy (brilliant!!) and now I've got four more to go.  What a darn good find  :D

Saturday, January 17, 2009

A-Team !

Because I live on another planet, I've missed out on a wondrous fact - there's going to be a remake of the A-Team!!  My God this could be awesome or it could be terrible..

The A-Team was (is!) an awesome tv show. It had it all; action, guns, adventure, humor, characters, cars, explosions and more.  This was the perfect show - for the boys!   I think Mr. T would still make a great B.A. Baracus, even today, but as an alternative how about Ving Rhames?  Definitely a great choice imho.  I hope this does work, I'd hate my childhood memories ruined by a crappy remake!

Memories? What am I talking about, I've got every episode on DVD :-)

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

iLife '09

Ignoring the snoozefest that was Macworld '09 I was personally happy to see the new iLife details. For me, only iMovie and iWeb hold any interest. I'd normally include iPhoto too, but I've upgraded to the awesome Aperture 2. So I don't care!

iMovie is a great application to break into humble video editing, I've learned and gained confidence with last years version. I'm happy to see improvements like precision editing, smoothing a shaky frames, maps, themes and better drag & drop. Not forgetting animated titles, new transitions, and cinema-quality video effects. OMG I cannot wait to install this!

iWeb drives my two websites, AppleCrypt and the new TravelCrypt. Nice names, eh?  Apple appears to have added lots of sharing type content with support of RSS, YouTube, iSight and Facebook. Due to having a real life I don't really take any interest in YouTube, but I might actually log back into my old Facebook account as this could come in handy. I'm going to be very interested in what other features and improvements Apple have incorporated into iWeb, this is a great program that I use almost daily.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Anyone care to join me in a crazy game of Interstate Racing sometime? (aka IS82)

It's a Battlefield 1942 total conversion mod that completely and utterly changes the game into a mad, zany multiplay driving game. There's often little racing, just people messing about doing stunts and wacko driving tactics. As you can see from my screen shot - a fantastic laugh!

FWIW. I'll have IS82 for download at AppleCrypt Mods this coming weekend. It will be latest release plus lots of extra maps thrown in for good measure! If you cannot wait, check out IS82 now..

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Lights Camera Action

We've just become the proud owners of a new camcorder, well, it's our first actually. It's a JVC GZ-MS100 model with SD ram cards rather than tapes, drives, discs or whatever. It's light, small and the battery lasts forever. Even better, we're getting "DVD" quality at 720x576. Sweet!

Hardly "HD", I know.. But my olde Power Mac G5 cannot supposedly handle the codec, due to being a PPC model rather than a spanky new Intel Mac (thanks Apple!).  Not bothered too much, probably couldn't afford an HD camcorder anyhow lol

The main purpose for it is recording our daughter as she grows up plus also our travels around the globe. Should come in handy for our American road trip later in the year.  Talking of road trips, check out my new travel blog - The TravelCrypt (nice name) ;-)

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year

Found this great image on the web! lol
Anyhow, happy new year for 2009 everyone !!!!!