file identification or file types

Hello,
These are from a person at work that wanted to see if I could open them, and this person mentioned these files were from a MAC a long time ago; mid 90s I think.

I don’t have a MAC to use, and if I did I sort of don’t think it would matter.

I've tried to attach these files but am told the extension of the file is not in the list of accepted applications.

I've surfed the internet about these files, and they seem to be some kind of image files; well, at least I think.

I've attached a screen shot of the files w/ the extensions. If anyone has an idea I'd like to know.

Thanks
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kevluck373Asked:
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
I believe those file names are truncated to fit in an 8.3 short file name format.  Unless you can use something like Filealyzer to look inside the files to see what they are supposed to be, it is unlikely you can recover them.
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
I agree with Dave – these are 8.3 filenames. I used this same technique eons ago to get some extra characters available in filenames for software that didn't care about the file extension – one such product being WordPerfect. This person is saying that the files are probably something like this:

dealer price
distributor
lk'97 price
shaker deal
finder data

There's a decent chance that they're some type of word processing files that Word can handle, so as a pure hip-shot, I'd be tempted to try to load them into Word (an easy way is to add .DOC at the end). But if you'd be willing to post one of them, we can probably help you to figure it out. Regards, Joe
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kevluck373Author Commented:
Every file shown in the screen shot that I try to upload I get the messages extension of the uploaded file is not in the list of accepted extensions. Even if I make zip file out of all the files I get the same message; guess it looks at the file in the zip file.

I did open !DISTRIB.UTO in excel & saved it as a text file attached below. Maybe these files came from a very old spreadsheet type of program. I've saved the file as an Excel file too but still has the same junk in it as the test file does.
UTOfile.txt
test.xlsx
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Yes, EE allows only certain file types to be uploaded. Do not open and save it in Excel...that changes its contents. Simply rename it from <!distrib.uto> to <distributor.txt> and upload it. Would be helpful to have a second file, so rename <!dealerp.ric> to <dealerprice.txt> and upload that, too. Regards, Joe
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kevluck373Author Commented:
Here are all 5 of the files renamed w/ the txt extension in a zip file.

Thanks
text-extension.zip
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Here's my opinion. These were likely done on a Mac. I know very little about Mac, but I do know that Finder is its built-in file manager, so the FINDER.DAT file is surely related to Finder's operation. According to a forensic analysis program, all of the other four files are (with very high probability) MacWrite II documents. I don't know how to open them, but a Google search for "open macwrite ii documents" turns up plenty of hits. Regards, Joe
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kevluck373Author Commented:
I've requested that this question be closed as follows:

Accepted answer: 0 points for kevluck373's comment #a39509228

for the following reason:

Helped me get to a solution.
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Helped me get to a solution.
kevluck373,
Did you really mean to accept your own comment as the solution or do you think that one (or more) of the comments from the participating experts helped you to get to a solution? If the latter, please change the Accepted/Assisted solutions. Thanks, Joe
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
The OP requested that this question be closed by accepting his own comment (0 points) as the solution, saying "Helped me get to a solution." He seems to be saying that this thread helped him get to a solution, but he is awarding no points for that help. I believe that the points should be split evenly between the first post that recognized these are 8.3 filenames (very helpful!) and the post that performed a forensic analysis on the files and determined with with very high probability that they are MacWrite II documents (also very helpful!). Before objecting, I attempted to solicit a response from the OP, but none was received. Regards, Joe
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kevluck373Author Commented:
No I didn't intend to accept my own solution in anyway...just a goof
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Perfect! Exactly the right thing to do. Thanks!
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