March 6th, 2012

the ResetVector.com adds a General Files Section

A new files section has been added to the ResetVector.com, in an ode to the BBS era, the General Files section was where you could find files that were other than programs or graphic images. the Reset Vector’s new General Files section aims to pay tribute to this, and serve as a hub of memories, flashbacks and information for both newcomers to the Apple II platform, long time users and everyone in between to these and other things of the era of the Apple II. Periodic blog entries will announce new additions and cover some of the initially seeded files. Files are mostly Apple II related, but all the Apple products that shared the era of the Apple II are fair game, as well as a little bit of other things either related to or just of the 80’s era surrounding the Apple II. You can read more about it at the ResetVector.com

September 14th, 2011

A2MP3 auction to benefit @rsuenaga fund

Two years after it was first unveiled at KansasFest 2009, Vince Briel’s A2MP3 card finally became commercially available at this year’s event, bringing MP3-playing capabilities to the Apple II. Attendees of KansasFest 2011 not only had the opportunity to assemble their A2MP3 kit under the watchful eye of its creator; they also got a custom board branded with the KansasFest logo, available nowhere else.

A2MP3 card

Until now! If you missed your chance to get the limited-edition A2MP3 card, you can now bid on one on eBay. This card, which has been built and modified by Tony Diaz to eliminate the need for a zip tie, was donated by Vince Briel and is the only way for anyone who didn’t attend KansasFest 2011 to get their hands on this unique card.

Best of all, 100% of the proceeds from this auction benefit the @rsuenaga Scholarship Fund. Ryan Suenaga was a longtime member and stalwart supporter of the Apple II community who tragically passed away earlier this year. Ryan had every intention of attending KansasFest 2011. In his absence, his friends have created a scholarship to benefit young adults, to whom Ryan, as a social worker, dedicated much of his life. This auction will be added to funds collected at KansasFest 2011 into a single donation that will make a significant difference in a young person’s life.

September 8th, 2011

A2Central IRC effected by SoCal Power Outage

At about 15:45, 8-Sept, 2011 – A power outage spread across Southern California, mostly San Diego and South Orange County, and it appears to be out of the ordinary, in that even the utility is predicting 24 hours or more of outage.
EDIT: Update – As of 2135 Local time, the power has been restored. I’m impressed, for such a large area, and a long forecast, they got it going so soon.

I’ve opened #a2c.chat on EFNet in the meantime, available at irc.eversible.com.

A2Central: Uh, everything’s under control. Situation normal.
The Internet: What happened?
A2Central: Uh, we had a slight electrical grid malfunction, but uh… everything’s perfectly all right now. We’re fine. We’re all fine here now, thank you. How are you?

December 17th, 2010

Bob Bishop to keynote KansasFest 2011

KANSAS CITY, MO — December 17, 2010 — Bob Bishop, co-founder of Apple's R&D lab, will be the keynote speaker at KansasFest 2011. Bob is part of the early history of the Apple computer and has developed numerous commercial software titles, worked side-by-side with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, written a book on assembly language programming, and published articles in most Apple II magazines. Bob has lived what most of us only dream about, and he has the stories to prove it.

In 1976, Dr. Bishop knocked on Steve Jobs' door and ended up owning an Apple I. Soon, he bought one of the first Apple II computers. A few months later, the first graphical Apple II games, like Rocket Pilot and Star Wars, came from Bob's keyboard before Apple had even finished the documentation. Later, Bob brought speech to the personal computer with Apple-Talker and Apple-Listener. In 1978, Bob and Steve Wozniak founded Apple's research and development division. His program Apple-Vision was included on DOS 3.3 master disks, demonstrating the audio and video capabilities of the Apple II. Even after retiring in 1981, he continued using, programming, and writing about the entire Apple II line.

The stories do not end with the Apple II. Bob has hosted a radio show using the "Mr. Logic" personality, written essays, founded a comic book club, designed a computer programming language, and written online riddles. Alas, Bob has not yet founded the fanciful "Subroutine Shack" stores "for supplying software components." Today, he lives in California, still "plays with computers," and laments that his Web site is forever under construction.

KansasFest 2011, the 22nd annual Apple II conference, is set for July 19th through July 24th at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri. KansasFest was originally hosted by Resource Central and has been brought to you by the KFest Committee since 1995. Any and all Apple II users, fans, and friends are invited to attend this year's event. Registration details will be announced on the KansasFest Web site in early 2011. For photos, schedules, and presentations from past year's events, please visit the event's official Web site at http://www.kansasfest.org/

CONTACT:

KansasFest 2011

http://www.kansasfest.org/

http://twitter.com/kansasfest/

September 28th, 2010

New from krüe: TreeHugger, a GS/OS Printer Port Driver

TreeHugger is a GS/OS Printer Port driver which supports the AppSocket/JetDirect protocol. Essentially, this means you can print to any networked printer that supports the JetDirect (AppSocket) Protocol, that a native mode IIgs Printer Driver exists for. With Harmonie and Independence that means an awful lot of printers out there have the potential to work as PCL is the de-facto standard among the major printer manufactures. Like Postscript®, that was Apple’s choice for raster image printing starting with the Apple LaserWriter, and natively supported by the Apple IIgs, PCL was HP’s answer to PostScript®. With the introduction of the Harmonie and Independence printer support packages, PCL support and a lot more choices for printers were suddenly available to Apple IIgs users. But network printing was still mostly out of reach unless you used LocalTalk and an Apple LaserWriter or compatible printer. Until now, that is.

Announced with a surprise comment in A2Central’s IRC channel this evening, krüe says, “Please test. Remember that I have no idea what I’m doing…” and almost instantly met with enthusiasm and praise, this is the first release, and as such it is set with a version # of ‘0.0’. I can’t say I’ve seen that before. :)

TreeHugger requires Marinetti to work, and while the 2.0.1 features were used, testing was done with 3.0b3 and an Uthernet card, using the Harmonie LaserJet III 300×300 dpi driver with a LaserJet 6p connected via a software based print server, p910nd. Currently other aspect ratios do not work and there are various issues with the page setup dialog and crashes that are being worked out. as krüe says, “..it probably doesn’t work for anyone else but me..” he does expect to be working on it more, but for now input on what works and what does not would probably go a long way.

TreeHugger is available at http://krue.net/treehugger/.

August 30th, 2010

KFest 2011 – Go Back in Time

A2Clock
The Original Time Master ][ Revealed at KFest 2010

We made Contact. Come to Kansas City next July and Make 2011 become 20][ - Experience a Blast from the Past! - You never know what you'll see.

KansasFest 2011 - You've got ][ Be there! – 19-24, July – 2011 – Rockhurst University, Kansas City.

April 3rd, 2010

Shareware Solutions II – In Memorium

On behalf of the Estate of Joe Kohn, the Lost Classics Project brings you the entire collection of Shareware Solutions II.

SSII was published bi-monthly in newsletter form, with each issue packed full of tips, resources, tutorials and more, SSII is an invaluable reference for the new and experienced Apple II user alike, and now it is available in electronic form. Discover the Apple II like you never knew before, experience the legacy that started as a regular feature in the Apple IIgs Buyer’s Guide and continued on for three years as a feature in inCider/A+ when the IIgs Buyer’s Guide ceased publication.

While the content in the pages of these issues may contain contact information to vendors or individuals, it should be expected that the great majority of this is outdated, and presented purely for historical reference and completeness. These issues are presented here in platform independent native PDF format. They are 100% searchable and printable. The whole collection comes in at just under 6 megabytes.

22 issues of SSII were published from 1993 through 1998, each issue focuses on a theme but also builds on past issues.

Shareware Solutions II was created, edited and published entirely on the Apple IIgs primarily using AppleWorks GS. In doing so, Joe probably made AppleWorks GS do things in ways that the original programmers never thought about. Bringing SSII to you electronically and preserving it’s original look and feel was a bit of a challenge, more so than I thought it would be. I’m sorry it took significantly longer than I anticipated. It was worth every second spent on it, and the least I could do to ensure Joe’s legacy lives on and showcases each issue in the very best possible way for every new reader and discover new things about the Apple II. So, come join us on An Exciting Apple II Journey Into The Future.

Shareware Solutions II is available from the Lost Classics Project right now at http://lostclassics.apple2.info

April 18th, 2009

The Lost Classics Project returns

It’s been a wild ride, with lots of diversions and obstacles. But without further ado…

The Lost Classic Project was originally established May of 1992 in the A2 RoundTable on the GEnie Online Service. After a 17-year hiatus, the LCP returns, bigger and stronger than ever.

We plan on adding more titles in the coming weeks, but there’s already a large collection of Apple II gems that should bring back memories, and of course, our feature presentation; the reopening of the LCP site marks the availability of InTrec Software’s award-winning telecommunications application, the standard-setting ProTERM 3.1 for the Apple II. The long-standing king of them all is now available for download.

So what are you waiting for? Get click’n!

http://lostclassics.apple2.info

January 3rd, 2009

ProTERM v3.1 reclassified as Freeware

After a nearly 23 year run as the premier Apple II Communications package and after collecting accolades, including two Awards of Excellence for the “Best Apple II Software”, of which ProTERM won this award twice and no other Apple II software ever took the trophy, and the best now gets even better!

Starting with the release of the Terminal program that set standards and took the Apple II community by storm in 1987 when Greg Schaefer of GBBS fame brought us ProTERM 1.0, ProTERM continued to set standards with constant releases through version 2.1. In the Spring of 1990, ProTERM changed publishers to InSync Software, they were “in-sync” with what Apple II users demanded when they delivered an improved ProTERM 2.2. Many asked why 2.2, and not 3.0? Well, this was just a teaser of things to come. In the Fall of 1991 after an intense 18 month development, InSync proved once again that the best can be made better and ProTERM 3.0 was released to rave reviews.

It didn’t stop there. After yet another 15 months of fine tuning, and after InSync became InTrec, ProTERM 3.1 was released to keep up with then current technology. InTrec and Greg may have outdone themselves with that release as it lasted all these years and was able to adapt to all the modem changes over the years.

Today, with the warmest regards to the entire Apple II community of both then and now, from InTrec Software, Jerry Cline, Greg Schaefer, Tony Diaz, Dave Miller, that we bring you ProTERM A2 version 3.1, for your everlasting enjoyment.

ProTERM has enjoyed tremendous support from the community throughout it’s entire existence. It was even said that Nine out of Ten Pirates preferred ProTERM. So while ‘Talk is Cheap’, ProTERM is now Free. ProCOMM? No, ProTERM is the real Pro. So quit MouseTalk’in around, click on over and discover the end all, get all, premier Apple II Telecommunications package today!

ProTERM will be available soon via the newly returning Apple II Lost Classics Project repository. An online support forum has been created at http://16sector.com/forum/

Along with the application itself, the 340 page users manual is being converted to PDF, and is still a work-in-progress, to be released alongside ProTERM.

With the change of status to (C) Freeware, please realize that InTrec can not give one on one support for ProTERM any longer and that support has now been transferred to the community at large.

I am proud to have been able to arrange for, and prepare ProTERM 3.1 and its 23 years of history for release to the Apple II Community. Please enjoy it.

Tony Diaz/16 Sector

ProTERM 3.1 is (C) 1991-1993 Greg Schaefer, and the ProTERM package and documentation are (C) 1991-2009 InTrec Software.

December 30th, 2008

Apple II Family Fonts Available as TrueType

Now you can sprinkle a little Apple II in everything you do:

Rebecca Gabriella Bettencourt brings what are billed as the “World’s most complete Apple II text font, in TrueType format”

In addition to the standard 40/80 column Apple II screen text, a TrueType version of the Apple IIgs system font, Shaston has also been released. Shaston is available in 320 and 640 mode aspect ratios in keeping with the text screen font being available in both 40 and 80 column modes.

The web page has a lot more about the font sets than I can begin to describe.

While this is not the first release over the years of an Apple II system font, this one is the most complete set. Some many years back I desired to have the KFest materials printed with some Apple II highlights and set out to create enough of a character set to do that after finding one that only worked on the screen. Creating fonts requires painstaking attention to detail and that shows with this release.

http://www.kreativekorp.com/software/fonts/apple2.shtml

This release works where ever TrueType fonts are supported. Imagine using the Apple II screen font on the IIgs with Pointless. Oh, the irony … ironed out, finally!

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