August 2nd, 2014

Your new computer, it’s more than just an appliance you know…

July 31st, 2014

Dagen Brock introduces Crusty Coders site for Apple IIGS programmers

This is a place to learn about programming the Apple IIgs.

This came about as a result of a conversation with fellow Apple developers who, like myself, found a lack of centralized resources for Apple IIgs specific documentation. This is just an early design and a place to start putting the information together. The goal is to add the ability for user contributed content via a wiki, forums and other collaboration tools. For now, it’s really just beginning, but I hope you enjoy it and if you’d like to help out, let me know via the contact page (once I make one).

You can find it at (currently resolving to

March 28th, 2014

Tony Diaz posts video on swapping/repairing heads on Apple 3.5 drives

January 30th, 2014

G. George Ostrom needs an Apple II

George Ostrom, noted columnist for the Columbia Falls, Montana Hungry Horse News needs an Apple II to replace his (currently malfunctioning) machine so he can look up archived data and stories for his column. If anyone in the northwest USA region can help him out, please contact him. He lives in Kalispell, MT. You can reach him via feedback to his column, or through the paper.

June 24th, 2011

Apple Service Technical Procedures Manuals

Henry Courbis of has scanned many of the Apple Service Technical Procedures Manuals and provided them to to be hosted.  You can download them here.  A big thanks to Henry for doing this.

March 22nd, 2011

Alex Lee on IIGS System Extensions

Alex Lee (What Is the Apple IIGS) has published a definitive collection of Apple IIGS system extensions and is sharing his advice and opinions on many of them. System extensions can expand the usefulness of your IIGS, or they can slow down your machine — even to the point of making it less stable. Sometimes, it can feel like there’s a little bit of voo-doo involved.

February 22nd, 2011

A2Command goes v1.0 with $50 documentation bounty

The A2Command project team (Payton Byrd, Oliver Schmidt, and Greg King) are pleased to announce the full release of A2Command Version 1.0. A2Command is a full-featured File and Disk Manager for the Apple II line of computers with 65c02 processors and 80-column video cards (Enhanced //e, //c, IIgs). A2Command uses the Orthodox File Manager paradigm made popular by Norton Commander and includes features such as file copying, renaming, and deletion as well as disk image operations on DSK, BIN, PO, and HDV disk images.

A2Command is an open source project released under the BSD license. Users may modify the code for whatever purpose they see fit as long as original copyrights remain. All source code, documentation, and issue tracking may be accessed from the A2Command project website which is located at

Since A2Command is a community project, the project team would like to announce the opportunity for an A2Command user to document the software and earn $50 in the process! Entries for the documentation bounty will be accepted through March 31. The winner will get a full recognition in the next major release of A2Command as well as having their documentation posted on the A2Command website as well as in TEXT format in the A2Command distribution media. Entrants are encouraged to liberally describe the features of A2Command and to use screen shots of the software running in an emulator to provide visual references for users.

Finally, the A2Command team would like to thank the 100+ people who have downloaded and tested the pre-release versions of A2Command. It is only through the help of the Apple II community that projects such as A2Command can become quality software that serves the needs of the entire community.

April 15th, 2009

Help request: advice for an unreliable SCSI drive

Ken Gates needs help with his cranky SCSI drive.

Hi, I still use my Apple IIe with a Q-Drive hard disk. I run AppleWorks and keep a super large list of movies on the drive, as I’m a movie buff. I’ve recently been having hangup on the hard drive. I’ve been trying to troubleshoot it and/or use some of my old programs to test it, but so far I’ve had no luck in locating the problem. Is there any program that I could use to lock out bad sectors? Any advice you can give will be greatly appreciated. I assume that no one makes a hard drive that I could use with my IIe! I’m running a SCSI card out of slot 7 to the Q-Drive.

Ken, the first thing I recommend is to verify you have a good backup! If you don’t, backup what you can… and if you are experiencing data loss, you might take a look at the late Glen Bredon’s ProSel Utilities (now freeware) and see if you can recover anything. ProSel 8 (for 8-bit Apples) is available HERE courtesy of

As for a hard drive replacement, several options exist — take a look at the various compact flash drives available from 16 Sector (Focus $99), R&D Automation (CFFA – sold out, check eBay) and ReactiveMicro (MicroDrive $135). A CF card hard drive is probably the most versatile storage solution for the Apple II.

If anyone else has additional advice for Ken, please post a comment here or write him at: kengates at comcast dot com — semi-obfuscated, so we don’t send the spambots Ken’s way.

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April 15th, 2009

Help request: need Sierra AGI games for editor/emulation project

Brian Mika needs assistance getting high quality copies of various Sierra Interactive disks for the Apple II.

I am a long-time fan of Sierra’s Adventure Game Interpreter (AGI) games of the 1980’s. I need to get in touch with people who have, or can make, 100% authentic disk copies and graphics/sound samples for use in a research project to decode the Apple versions of AGI games and thus develop superior editors and emulators. Can you help?

If anyone can help Brian out, you can reach him at: bmikaus at yahoo dot com — semi-obfuscated, so we don’t send the spambots Brian’s way.

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January 29th, 2009

Help request: reverse-engineer and document VisiCalc for posterity

Tim McNerney wrote in with a surprising and intriguing request:

I am looking for volunteers to help reverse-engineer and document Apple II VisiCalc, recreating fully commented source code from the binaries in the process. Besides documenting this historic work for engineering students, educators, and future historians, in fact, I plan to give all this work to the Smithsonian, I’d like to get Apple II VisiCalc running in emulation. Right now this isn’t possible because of the copy protection. (BTW the PC DOS version is available on the web, and doesn’t have copy protection).

I have three versions of the Apple II software. I know one of them still boots (1983?) and have some confidence that the other two versions (1979 and 1981) work also.

I have been in contact with both Bob Frankston and Dan Bricklin (they both live practically down the street from me). Of course you ask, well then why do you need volunteers? The answer is because no one can find the sources. Bob and I plan to dig around his garage when the weather gets warmer, but there are no guarantees, and the 30th anniversary is in October 2009.

I’ve done this sort of project once before. See for more details.

Tim McNerney

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