This was too epic not to post.
Steve Chamberlin at Big Mess’o Wires has successfully added Smartport compatibility to his Floppy Emu product. With the latest update, it now can read and write to most of the common disk image formats used to emulate 5.25, 3.5 and larger drives.
Compatible with the Apple IIGS and Apple //c, IIc Plus, the Floppy Emu is $89 USD plus shipping, and has additional options available (extension cable, case).
inXile Entertainment is currently running a Kickstarter to fund development for The Bards Tale IV. Yesterday, it was announced that backers at the $20 or higher level would receive free digital copies of the original The Bard’s Tale, The Bard’s Tale II: Destiny Knight and The Bard’s Tale III: Thief of Fate along with a deluxe double album soundtrack.
These games are available now via emulation, but the experience isn’t as seamless as it should be. Not to worry, because inXile Entertainment has partnered with the original The Bard’s Tale III programmer Rebecca “Burger” Heineman and her company Olde Sküül to make the games run natively on Macintosh and PC. That’s great news but the coolest bit is that the re-releases will be based on the Apple IIGS versions of the games (not the PC, or the Amiga… THE APPLE IIGS!) and will also include updated artwork.
I believe I can predict with some certainty that this Kickstarter will be a major topic of interest at this year’s KansasFest, where Rebecca Heineman happens be our very distinguished keynote speaker.
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.
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.
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 184.108.40.206 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