August 18th, 2015

SYNTAX ERROR T-shirts available from Zazzle

Brendan Robert designed a Syntax Error t-shirt, and the product is now available for purchase on Zazzle.com. Control-G Bell (beep) not included.


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August 18th, 2015

Coming soon: A2Heaven.com


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Plamen Vayssilov will soon open A2Heaven.com, a new Apple II site to sell his Apple II products. The site will also host a blog and forums for technical support.

Plamen, a Bulgarian retro-computing enthusiast, has been prolific in cloning and reverse-engineering and even modernizing several Apple II peripheral products, such as the Mockingboard, AE RAMWorks and RAM Express, Apple SCSI card and many more.

August 17th, 2015

An amazing Apple II Plus wedding cake

Mike Maginnis posted this delicious link to Facebook… http://saveyourforkcakes.com/2014/12/02/apple-ii-computer-cake/

August 17th, 2015

Burgertime 08/16/2015: Coding with Burgerlib

Rebecca Heineman has posted the latest Burgertime video to YouTube. Be sure to subscribe for the latest, greatest news and development info from Burger Becky.



August 12th, 2015

Video from Apple II Festival France 2015

Andres Lozano Gallego posted this on Facebook.



French Apple II enthusiasts know how to have fun!
Apple II Festival France 2015 Picture Album

August 11th, 2015

Happy 65th Birthday Woz


It’s Steve Wozniak’s Birthday today!
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August 7th, 2015

New game released at Apple II Festival France 2015

Antoine Vignau reports a new game was released during Apple II Festival France 2015. I don’t speak or read French very well, but it appears to be an adventure game written by Benoit Triquet and René Speranza. The game is entitled “Nono et la pomme arc-en-ciel” or (apologies if I get this wrong) “Nono and the Rainbow Apple”.


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Hopefully we’ll get to see this game in action via video soon.

August 7th, 2015

Brian Fitzgerald grants release of source code to TAXMAN, Pac-Man clone

Rebecca Heineman has announced via Facebook that she has been given permission to the release the source code to 1981’s “TAXMAN” from H.A.L. Labs by the games programmer Brian Fitzgerald. TAXMAN is notable for being one of the first (and best) clones of the famous Pac-Man arcade game. It was so good, AtariSoft sued and then as part of the subsequent settlement, used TAXMAN’s source code to produce their own Pac-Man port for the Apple II.

Over the years, there have been variants, one of which was created by Heineman herself, when she added additional escape tunnels to the game.

As soon as the source hits GitHub, we’ll post a link here. Examining the code should be beneficial to programmers who want to learn techniques for smooth animation, sound FX generation, obstacle and collision detection as well as general game theory principles.

In the meantime, please enjoy Brian Picchi’s review of TAXMAN courtesy of YouTube.



August 5th, 2015

My First KansasFest – Ian Marks

During KansasFest, we asked 11 year old Ian Marks to write about his KansasFest experience. This was Ian’s first time attending the conference with his mother, Giselle Marks. The adults weren’t the only ones having a good time with their Apple II computers.

This was my first year at K-Fest. I think that it has been the most interesting thing I have ever done. What I liked the most about K-Fest was how kind and generous everyone was to me. Everyone was so helpful, and I think that made the difference. It was the most fun that I have ever had.


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Ian Marks

The first thing I went to was the keynote speech by Burger Becky. It was a very interesting story of how she got away from her parents to become a famous programmer. Having abusive parents is difficult, but she still managed to make it. My favorite part of the story was when she won the Atari game tournament by a long shot. I hope I get to see her again at K-Fest next year.

The next thing I did was make a string bracelet with Loren Damewood. This is where everybody started being so generous, because he let me do it for free. Later, Loren helped me download Sweet16. Someone else let me use one of the ROM files he had, and Loren gave me a disk image. It was cool being able to use an Apple //’s software on a modern computer. I was also able to try out real Apple // computers, and Jeremy Moskowitz gave me my first very own Apple //e!

Late that evening, I played Bite the Bag. Everyone thought I was going to win, but I didn’t make it far! I will have to practice to get more experience. All the same, they were kind enough to award me a prize for playing for the first time, and I chose a Juiced GS subscription from Ken Gagne.


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Assembling a radio kit

The next day, I did soldering. I was making a radio. I didn’t finish my project on the first day, but when I did finish it, I didn’t have any batteries. Greg Nelson kindly donated a 9 Volt battery from his camera flash for me to use. It worked! I also participated in the game tournament. I played Little Red Bug and FlApple Bird. I didn’t do very well in Little Red Bug, but I placed third in FlApple Bird.

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Playing Dagen Brock’s FlApple Bird in the game tournament

The next day, I went to the session where they had eight Apple //s playing music in harmony. I can imagine that it was very difficult to put that together! After that, there was the group photo. One of the photographers had us point at him with expressions of horror on our faces! He said he would edit something into the photo later! Then, I went downstairs to eat pizza. Mark LaPlante had some cool posters that he had brought specially for us kids from NASA, where he works – he donated them to me and Christian Schmenk. I went to see the winners of the door sign contest. In the door sign contest, people customize their doors. One of the winners was Carrington Vanston. His door sign was my favorite, because it was a game! You chose a card, which led to another card, and so on, until you reached an end card.

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Ian and Mark LaPlante showing NASA mission posters
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Playing Carrington Vanston’s adventure game

After that, I hung out in the lobby of the dorm where we were staying for a while. I enjoyed talking to Sean Fahey, who was also very helpful. Ms. Sarah gave me an extra Apple // computer ornament kit she had. I would have had to pay for it, but she kindly gave it to me for free. I haven’t finished it, and I probably won’t finish it for a while, but I will get it done eventually! After starting on the ornament, I went to the vendor fair they had in the basement. Dagen Brock, the maker of FlApple bird was selling copies of the game. I was interested in buying a copy, so I went up to the table and asked how much it would cost. He had decided that since I placed third in the tournament, I could have a copy for free!

On the last day, we went to see the movie Ant-Man. K-Fest was so fun! Before we left, I tried to say thank you to everyone who had helped me. I hope to go again, and I can’t wait to see what will happen next year!

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

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