By Phil Shapiro
Freeware educational software, delivered
with recycled computers, can help recipients get many hours of use
from their computer before they feel the need to purchase software
of their own. Back in 1993, I helped design simplified logic puzzles
for Macintosh computers, "Simple Sokoban," that have proved
to be tremendously popular. The reward for me as puzzle designer is
the emails I receive from folks around the world who have enjoyed
playing these puzzles. Further information about these puzzles, including
a downloading link, is at http://www.his.com/pshapiro/about.ss.html.
Credit goes to Ingemar Ragnemalm and Scott Lindhurst for creating
the software for these puzzles. (I did the "Simple Sokoban"
puzzles design, but didn't create the software). This software runs
on just about any Macintosh ever made, including the Mac Plus (circa
1986). I've used these logic puzzles with children as young as kindergarten
age. High school students can play the puzzles too, at the more
Windows users need not feel left out. Earlier this year, I created
simplified logic puzzles for the freeware SokoMind software for
Windows. This software runs on any Windows 95 computer or higher.
It fits on a floppy disk and can be distributed easily. Further
information, including a narrated QuickTime movie showing the SokoMind
software in action, can be found at http://www.his.com/pshapiro/sokomindarticle.html.
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