July 31st, 2017

Nox Archaist Kickstarter

6502 Workshop has announced that their Kickstarter campaign for Nox Archaist is scheduled to launch in September 2017.

As unveiled at KansasFest, Nox Archaist will be available on Kickstarter in an old school plastic bag and a collector’s box edition*. There will be several box sets to choose from all of which will be loaded with feelies such as:

*5.25″ Floppy Disks (4 doubled sided disks expected)
*Game Box
*Fabric Map
*Printed Manual

All items will have professional artwork custom made for Nox Archaist.

January 11th, 2017

Portal for the Apple II – A Cake-acquisition Simulator

Vince Weaver has written an Applesoft rendition of Portal for the Apple II.

“While attempting to travel to the future to get a copy of Portal 3. I accidentally traveled to alternate-1987 and obtained a copy of Portal 1 for the Apple II!”, Weaver says.

“In actuality I originally just planned to do the end credits. But the Apple II high-res mode has the perfect Aperture Science orange and blue colors, and one thing led to another… ”

Of course this project is just for fun and is in no way endorsed by Valve, etc.

Check out the Kerbal Space Program port by Vince as well!

January 2nd, 2017

The Source Is Strong With This One – System 6.0.4.

Happy II Year!

A New, New Release.

But first I would like to address the auxtypo, er auxtype issue recently discovered with the 6.0.3. release. Sometimes there are many ways to accomplish the same task. Most of the time it matters not how it is done so we don’t think about it. The auxtype issue has brought to the forefront that just as elusive as issues are with the GS/OS HFS FST, the same can be said about the ProDOS File System Extension for MacOS Classic (7.x-9.x). There is an apparent endian issue with the handling of the auxtype. Given the limited use of auxtypes in the ProDOS world, with most being $0000, if there is an endian issue the result is going to be the same anyway. But when you have an intermittent error and a whole lot of files to copy, your odds of it stumbling are much greater. In light of the HFS FST’s issues, I typically tell people to move data onto it’s native file system on the target platform. Don’t write HFS disks with your IIgs. After all these years I guess I need to add “..and don’t write ProDOS disks with your Mac.

The root of the issue was the auxtype bytes being swapped during the transfer. In the case of the SCSI.Manager it should have been $0140 but instead it was written as $4001. All auxtypes have been verified with this release.

Overall, there were auxtype issues with several files but not all affected the operation of the system software.
(SCSI.Manager, Finder, Start, and all system sounds.)

Some of this stuff is technical in nature and therefore dull and boring to most people, but we’ll go over it because if not, someone will ask.

OMF Records

OMF record packing. Records are stored more efficiently than the loader in System 6.0 and earlier resulting in less disk space for most program files and improved load times.

Control Panels

Support for Daylight Saving Time has been revised to the USA standard effective year 2007, up from the 1987-2006 specification used on the 6.0.3 and earlier releases.

Each CDEV has an rVersion resource for consistency.

Sound CDEV handles finderSaysOpenFailed events by playing the sound resource in the file. This is just the option to associate additional error conditions with audio feedback.

For the Unicorns out there, Slots CDEV supports ROM 4 “Mark Twain” hardware. Since this revision has inbuilt SCSI hardware and support for the SuperDrive (FDHD) 1.44mb 3.5″, these changes are now selectable and with the lack of Slots 5 and 7 physically, there is no “Your Card” option that can be selected.

File System Translators

DOS 3.3, Pascal, and ProDOS FSTs have been corrected to use the maximum Parameter Count (pCount) values. These are one way of passing variables between sections of code.

Pascal FST checks that the Volume Control Record is actually a Pascal Volume Control Record, that all parameters were properly initialized.

Finder

When opening resource sound files with only a single rSound and no application is assigned to that file type, the Finder sends a finderSaysOpenFailed event. This lets the Sound CDEV play the sound (if no other system extension handles it first). Most sound files in the System:Sound folder can be played by the Finder.

File and volume sizes larger than one gigabyte, up to the maximum GS/OS allows, are properly displayed. Note that this is GS/OS support, and not ProDOS. Since GS/OS has open ended support for file systems other than Apple II native formats those files will be displayed properly in listings.

FST names in Finder windows no longer display garbage if a third party unknown FST is installed and used. Instead, no information is displayed.

Fonts and Sounds

Additional fonts are available: The installed group of fonts has been rounded out and all sets contain each character in each native point size.
Added Fonts:
Courier 48, 56, 72, and 96
Helvetica 56
Symbol 9, 10, 12, 14, 18, 24, 36, 40, 48, 56, 72, and 96
Times 56

Helvetica 96 and Times 96 have missing characters restored.

Various Macintosh system sounds have been added.

Installer

Installer sets the System folder’s auxtype during Easy Update to permanently enable magic routing in the Finder. This only works if the System folder is unlocked. Magic routing is when you’re installing things to the System Folder, you don’t need to open it and go to the respective folder. Files will be placed according to their filetype.

New fonts and sounds can also be added through the Customize options “Fonts: All” and “Control Panel: Sounds” respectively.

Line Edit Tool

Line Edit control supports Control-A to jump to the start of the line and control-E to jump to the end of the line.

ProDOS 8

ProDOS 8 2.4.1 release from John Brooks is included.

Window Manager Tool

When JM Gothic is the System Font, the Window Manager uses JM Gothic instead of the hard-coded Shaston 8.

Apple II Technical Notes Apple IIgs #001 and GS/OS #100 have been updated to reflect the content and organizational changes in this release.

Click for Availability…

August 3rd, 2015

The Source Awakens .. System 6.0.3, a New Release

On the heels of the recent 6.0.2 build of the Apple IIgs System Disk set, comes the next revision. Many loose ends have been tied up and documentation has been updated with changes described in detail.

This release has been packaged as six 800K disk images in BXY format (Shrinkit Compatible Binary II Encoded), .PO format, and as a versatile 32MB ‘Live Installer in .PO format that boots to Finder for immediate access to all portions of the System Software and installing without the need of mounting multiple images or swapping floppies. This image can also be installed to a 32MB partition, CD ROM, etc.

Apple II Technical Notes Apple IIgs #001 and GS/OS #100 have been updated to reflect the content and organizational changes in this release.

See the file: Apple_IIGS_6.0.3_Info.txt for the individual image names/contents.

What’s new for System 6.0.3

This is a summary of the visible changes since System 6.0.2 was released. Be sure to also read the Shortcuts file on the Live.Install or SystemTools2 disk for more information.

Boot

SCC.Manager and the AppleShare FST no longer halt the boot process with dialogs requiring user intervention when the machine is not connected to a network. These warnings are still available by pressing the spacebar during boot to view the text boot screen.

Finder (see also Finder Help)

‘OpenApple-Up Arrow’ now selects the folder or volume icon of the directory from which it was invoked.

Installer

A Live Install image is now available, enabling installation of the System Software from a single disk image rather than the traditional six 800K floppy disks.

In the Live Install image only, a Customized Installer application is now available for the use of developers.

Text Editing

Selection, deletion, and traversal of Japanese full-width (double byte) characters and words is handled correctly when the Japanese Manager is installed and active.

Word breaks recognized by ‘Option-Left/Right Arrow,’ and double-clicking now include punctuation and symbols, rather than just spaces. Hyphen (-), period (.) and apostrophes (‘ and closing single smart quote) are considered word breaks when not surrounded by alphanumeric characters, but are not considered word breaks when they are. For example, the following constitute a single word:

flip-flop
don’t
foo.txt

All other non-alphanumeric characters are excluded from words. Double-clicking on a word break causes it and any surrounding word break characters to be selected. Traversing a word break using ‘Option-Left/Right Arrow’ will pass through any preceding or following word breaks, stopping at the boundary of the next word encountered.

TextEdit (document window) and LineEdit (dialog box text fields, Finder icon rename fields) now use the OpenApple and Option keys in the same way. Previously, TextEdit used OpenApple for word navigation and Option for line and page end navigation.

Control Panels

Time control panel
Now follows the US Daylight Savings Time based on the standard effective March 2006.

Desk Accessory

FindFile
When used in the Finder, double-clicking any found file will open a window with the file selected.

Teach

Teach 1.1.1 is included, fixing a bug that caused an I-beam instead of an arrow cursor to display when mousing over the left border of the scrollbar.

ProDOS 8

The Thunderclock year table in P8 has been updated for the years 2013-2018. There is also a Clock.Patch file on the SystemTools2 disk that you may use to update P8 (renamed to ProDOS) to include future year groups.

Documentation

Apple IIGS Technical Note #100 and GS/OS Technical Note #001 have been updated for System Software 6.0.3.

Availability:

Disk Sets and Documents:

[ftp link]
ftp://ftp.apple.asimov.net/pub/apple_II/images/gs/os/gsos/Apple_IIGS_System_6.0.3/

ZippyShare:
Sys6.0.3800K.BXY.Images.zip
Sys6.0.3800K.PO.Images.zip
Sys6.0.3Live.Instal.zip
Apple_IIGS_6.0.3_Info.txt
Apple_IIGS_6.0.3_PR.txt
IIgs #100 VersionVille.pdf
GS OS #001 System Software.pdf

GE.TT
Apple IIgs System Software 6.0.3

SendSpace:
Apple IIgs System Software 6.0.3

February 6th, 2015

KansasFest 2015

KansasFest, the 27th annual convention dedicated to the Apple II computer, will gather from Tuesday, July 14, through Sunday, July 19. Users, programmers, hobbyists, and retrocomputing enthusiasts are invited to Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri, for six days and five nights of sessions, demos, announcements, contests, and camaraderie.

Registration details and the identity of the keynote speaker are coming very soon.


The Power ][ Be Your Best ;-)

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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/.

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