May 25th, 2015

4am cracks featured at Internet Archive

4am is a well-known and gifted software cracker best known for releasing detailed step-by-step instructions for cracking commercial copy-protected programs for the Apple II series, and for also producing ‘clean’ cracks, which is to say the so-called ‘warez’ were free of any vanity crack screens (where the cracker usually takes credit for their exploits).

The Internet Archive (through the efforts of digital preservationist Jason Scott) are now hosting of over 300+ of 4am’s cracks online. You can download the disk image for transfer to your Apple II, or in many cases play the disk image online through your web browser. Many of these cracks are for titles that never got much love from the pirating community, primarily educational titles.

Read more about it at http://ascii.textfiles.com/archives/4630, as well as see 4am’s impressive array of cracked software at https://archive.org/details/apple_ii_library_4am.

May 25th, 2015

NinjaForce releases Ninjatracker

The programming ninjas at NinjaForce are certainly active lately. Today they released Ninjatracker, a “vastly modified version of the SoundSmith player” for the Apple IIGS along with the programs source code. You can read how to use it and download it directly from NinjaForce’s Ninjatracker web page.


Ninjatracker

May 20th, 2015

David Finnigan updates Marina IP Stack

Today I released the newest edition of the Marina IP stack for Apple II computers. This edition adds DNS name resolution, as well as several other bug fixes and improvements. Domain name resolution means that users can use human-readable names such as www.yahoo.com instead of hard-to-remember IP addresses like 98.138.253.109 to access resources on the Internet.

The Marina IP stack is the newest networking implementation for the Apple II series, designed to have better RFC-compliance than existing
implementations. Written in 6502 assembly language, it is compatible with all Apple II models that accept the Uthernet card in slot 3.

For more information, and links to download and documentation, visit the official Marina web site: http://marina.a2hq.com/

Here is the change log:

  • Added checks on destination address for incoming datagrams
  • Datagrams not addressed to our IP, or to broadcast, or DHCP replies, are dropped.
  • Broadcast flag is set for incoming broadcast datagrams
  • IP datagrams with head longer than 20 bytes are checksummed and accepted, but options are not processed
  • Fixed checksum routine to work with IP headers longer than 20 bytes
  • Fixed the check for UDP datagrams sent with no checksum (offset was off by one)
  • Added NETBCAST for storing network broadcast address, e.g. 169.254.255 or 192.168.2.255
  • Incoming check for broadcasts now looks for “all ones” or the network broadcast address
  • Updated IPSEND to use the new check on NETBCAST
  • Wrote IPTOHEX subroutine to convert dotted decimal addresses to 4 hex digits
  • ARPTEST and UDPSENDTEST now take a user-supplied IP address
  • Bug fix: datagrams with Link-Local destination addresses were being forwarded to router when a routable address was configured
  • Intitial DNS resolver implementation that queries for A records
  • IPSEND now uses a retry counter for ARP requests. It will not fail if the MAC address was not in the ARP table
  • IPSEND forces TTL to 255 when destination is a Link-Local address
  • Increased size of ARP table from 4 to 5
  • Display of incoming IP datagrams shows source address
  • Renamed UTHERDEMO file to MARINA
May 12th, 2015

Apple II Festival France 2015

Mark your calendars! Coming this August 3rd through August 9th is APPLE II FESTIVAL FRANCE 2015, at Maska to Castera-Verduzan in Gers. Join your fellow European Apple II enthusiasts for a week of retrocomputing, gaming, hacking and fellowship. Apple II Festival France 2015 is being produced by Silicium and Groupe Apple II France (Facebook).


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Click here for Google Translation (English) of site.

April 27th, 2015

Charles Mangin is ready for KansasFest. Are you?



KansasFest Preview #2

April 27th, 2015

Play Bob Bishop’s ‘Dung Beetles’ online

Pierre Durant posted via Facebook, his remake of Bob Bishop’s classic game “Dung Beetles” that you can play in your web browser. Check it out at: http://www.monkey-x.com/Apps/app.php?id=347


DungBeetles

April 8th, 2015

Apple ][ Watch



Check it out at: http://www.instructables.com/id/Apple-II-Watch/
March 13th, 2015

VCF East, South East and Midwest coming up


Vintage Computer Festival East 10 – April 17-19, 2015 in Wall, New Jersey
Click HERE for details

Vintage Computer Festival South East – May 2-3, 2015 in Roswell, Georgia
Click HERE for details

Vintage Computer Festival Midwest 10 – August 29-30, 2015 in Elk Grove Village, Illinois
Click HERE for details (Facebook link)

March 10th, 2015

Brian Edwards of the UK Mirror is a [colorful metaphor]

Demonstrating he’s not much of an historical fact-checker, Brian Edwards dribbles out a hate piece that will probably rile you up too.

March 10th, 2015

Jeff Atwood reminisces on how Beagle Bros influences his coding

Jeff Atwood at Coding Horror posted an article reminiscing how his experience with Beagle Bros software still influences his programming today. We suspect Jeff isn’t alone in that regard. Check it out.

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