August 23rd, 2014

Dagen Brock presents, Introduction to Assembly Programming on the Apple IIgs

August 11th, 2014

Ivan Drucker announces updates to A2SERVER, A2CLOUD for Raspberry Pi

I’m pleased to announce updates to A2SERVER and A2CLOUD. They run on a Raspberry Pi, a premade downloadable virtual machine, or any Linux computer. Get them and read about how to set them up at http://appleii.ivanx.com. If you’re already running and want to update, type ‘a2server-setup’ and ‘a2cloud-setup’.

Raspple II, the “suite” which makes it easy to load a Raspberry Pi with A2SERVER and A2CLOUD, along with David Schmenk’s Apple II Pi, has also been updated to include the new versions. It’s at http://ivanx.com/rasppleii

A2SERVER is a free file server and network boot host for Apple II computers. Version 1.2.0 has the following improvements:

- supports Raspberry Pi Model B+
- handles potential AppleTalk-related crash on newer Linuxes (e.g. latest Raspbian)
- starts up faster
- installer script is much faster on Raspberry Pi and Debian x86
- virtual machine is available with A2SERVER only, or A2SERVER+A2CLOUD

A2CLOUD is a free internet access device, virtual drive, and floppy transfer tool for any Apple II. Version 1.7.1 has the following improvements:

- supports Raspberry Pi Model B+
- supports non-Raspberry Pi computers and virtual machines (no longer “beta”)
- Uses ADTPro 2.0.0 for faster floppy transfer, and easier file selection
- KEGS and Linapple are installed on non-Raspberry Pi computers
- installer script is much faster on Raspberry Pi and Debian x86
- adds unbit/unexec/usq unarchiving tools
- available in a premade virtual machine

Enjoy,
Ivan.

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 Crusty-Coders.com (currently resolving to apple2.gs).

July 26th, 2014

KansasFest Day 3

MORE LINKS WILL ADDED LATER

Andre Lozano greeted early risers with the first session of the day. Andre was part of the group that restored disks from the collection of Chris Marker, a French film director, writer and early pioneer in multimedia computing and authoring. Chris was interested in how computers and humans interacted emotionally (something retro-computists can easily identify with). He developed a program called ‘Dialector’ that explored these emotional responses which were similar in concept to the famous ELIZA program and it’s variants.

If you haven’t seen Jason Scott in person, it should be something on your short ‘to-do’ list; he’s like a Kung-Fu kick to the psyche (but in a good way). Jason is a natural and entertaining speaker with a passion for his work with the Internet Archive. He’s been busy JSMESS emulation project (try it, you’ll be floored), in addition to scanning of magazines, books and disks from all sources retrocomputing. Jason shared some good news, apparently museums, other archival organizations (and even copyright holders like Atari) are waking up to the need to preserve and protect our digital history and are supporting projects like the Internet Archive. Perceptions are changing; it’s no longer a matter of digital piracy, but of digital preservation.

Ken Gagne announced that Juiced.GS continues to thrive as the last, and longest running Apple II print magazine ever. Publishing will continue into 2015 at the same rates as before! Also announced, some money-saving bundles for digital copies of back issues. See site for details.

Ch-ch-ch-changes to the schedule created an opportunity for an impromptu but very productive programmers roundtable event.

Charles Mangin and friend then gave us a tutorial on the various types of 3D printing that are available. During the session, he produced a few key caps as practical examples of what can be achieved for the retrocomputing hobbyist.

Next up, Quinn Dunki discussed her personal journey of discovery with ‘Veronica’, a homebrew 6502 based computer she built from scratch. Quinn put in about 5 years of work designing circuits and PCB’s as a learning exercise reminiscent of Steve Wozniak’s Apple 1 endeavor. You can read about on Quinn’s blog.

Michael Sternberg next demonstrated how Sir-Tech’s ‘STAR SAGA: ONE, Beyond the Boundary’ can be played over the internet using the VASSAL Engine. According to it’s site, ‘Vassal is a game engine for building and playing online adaptations of board games and card games. Play live on the Internet or by email. Vassal runs on all (modern) platforms, and is free, open-source software.’ Wow, I didn’t know this existed and it’s very cool. I can’t wait to try it out.

Pizza happened next, which was a much appreciated, welcome break from the yucky, uninspired, tasteless (and occasionally mysterious) food we’ve been getting from the cafeteria. Wow Rockhurst, we LOVE you, but the food has been disappointing this year. I think I lost weight just by looking at what was on my plate. Thanks?

The evening’s activities wrapped up with the annual group photo, best wacky tie (hey, I won!) contest and a few late evening sessions.

We have more than a few Podcasters present this year. I saw them massed around a microphone recording a joint podcast. I’m looking forward to that podcast — it should be interesting.

David Schmenk demo’d Apple II Pi (because he still gets asked ‘what is it?’).

Anthony Martino announced the upcoming A2Pi 6.5 card (with numerous improvements). We hope to have pics and a press release for that soon.

Lastly, Tony Diaz led a class on repairing floppy disk drives. Attendees were free to bring their malfunctioning drives for diagnostics and repair, because if Tony can’t fix it, probably no one else can.

Wow it’s late. I’m tired but staying up late tonight. I’ve managed to return 3 Transwarp GS boards from my personal collection back to the community so far. I’m using the proceeds to fund additional Garage Giveaways, recoup shipping expenses, etc. I’m probably going to list a few more on eBay before long.

Tomorrow, I’ll probably sleep in. Saturday is the last official day of KansasFest and I can’t tell if we’re winding up or winding down. One thing is for certain, this has been a great year.

July 26th, 2014

Michael Sternberg’s A2MP3-Xfer

We totally missed this during RetroChallenge Winter Warmup 2014. Luckily, we caught up with Michael Sternberg during KansasFest for a demo. Checkout his disk/image transfer program for the Apple II using Vince Briel’s A2MP3 adapter.


Michael wrote A2MP3-Xfer has a proof of concept, so it’s rather limited (DOS 3.3, DSK images only). The source code is available on BitBucket for download and Michael encourages anyone interested to check it out and expand upon his work if they’re interested.

Manuals for programming and technical specifications are still available.

July 21st, 2014

KansasFest News: All 1200+ Nibble Magazine programs available FREE

For nearly 4 years, Stavros Karatsoridis has been a very busy man, collecting, typing and debugging Nibble Magazine’s complete 12 1/2 year run of (1,200+) featured programs. What a remarkable achievement. Even better news, Mike Harvey (Nibble Magazine’s editor and publisher) has made all of the software from Nibble Magazine available for free! Mike’s announcement is attached below.


Exciting news from Stavros Karatsoridis!!!
ALL 1,200+ NIBBLE PROGRAMS FROM 12 1/2 YEARS ARE DOWNLOADABLE!
AND THEY’RE FREE!!!

After a 3 1/2 year effort, Stavros Karatsoridis has laboriously typed, formatted and packaged the entire collection of Nibble 1,200+ programs spanning our 12 1/2 years of publication. His 42-disk collection includes the 265 major programs that were volunteered several years ago by Sam Stoddard (see below) and goes well beyond. Stavros has also provided a scrollable Index of the Programs by Title, so you can easily search our the location of your favorites programs (on the Nibble Disks page).

So this is your chance to recapture some of the magic and charm of the good old 40-character screen with its Low-Res and Hi-Res graphics and take a program tour to that wonderful decade of the 1980′s!

WELL DONE STAVROS, AND THANK YOU ON BEHALF OF THE APPLE II COMMUNITY!

June 23rd, 2014

GSport 0.31 released

The GSport team has announced a new release with significant improvements! Below is David Schmidt’s posting via CSA2.

The GSport team has been busy lately. Peter Neubauer’s AppleTalk emulation is the star of this release – making GSport the only modern emulator with this capability. Christopher Mason enhanced printer emulation capabilities further with a virtual ImageWriter II or LQ in slot 1. Several other items and fixes are aggregated as well.

GSport is a derivative of Kent Dickey’s KEGS Apple IIgs emulator.

Version 0.31 – 6/22/2014

New functionality:

  • Added AppleTalk networking emulation with bridging to EtherTalk (See: http://gsport.sourceforge.net/appletalk.html)
  • Added Imagewriter LQ printer emulation (more documentation coming – printing is highly configurable)
  • Added clipboard text paste capability (OSX, Windows)
  • Emulated serial ports are individually configurable as either IP or pass-through to real hardware ports
  • Apple II Pi build improvements

Bug fixes:

  • IN#1 and IN#2 now trigger the incoming IP port to listen when using IP simulated serial ports; previously, only PR#1 or PR#2 did
  • Fixed crash when parallel.rom is missing
  • Fix for real joysticks: unless the joystick is moving, GSport sets the values to zero
  • http://gsport.sourceforge.net

    (Followups set to comp.emulators.apple2)

June 11th, 2014

Lingerie for NakedOS revealed.

Daniel (Krue) Kruszyna has announced Lingerie, a ‘filer’ utility for Martin Hayes’ NakedOS, the fast and tiny OS for the Apple II.


lingerie

June 10th, 2014

AppleWin moves to GitHub

Update your bookmarks. Tom Charlesworth announced today that AppleWin (the leading 8-bit Apple II emulator for Windows) has moved to it’s new repository on GitHub.

Hi,

Berlios has finally been closed (for OSS hosting), meaning that the AppleWin project is no longer accessible on the Berlios site.

I have been gradually migrating AppleWin over to GitHub. The move still isn’t 100% complete, but IMO it’s good enough now so that I can announce it here.

The new project URL is:
https://github.com/AppleWin

Releases are here:
https://github.com/AppleWin/AppleWin/releases

Issues (bug, enhancements and questions) can be accessed and raised here:
https://github.com/AppleWin/AppleWin/issues?state=open

NB. All the old issues and features have been migrated over.

I’m am still getting up to speed on GitHub and git, so bear with me during this initial period.

Tom

June 6th, 2014

Dagen Brock releases Flapple Bird

Based on the maddening ‘Flappy Bird’ game, Dagen Brock has released a reproduction (or de-make) game for the Apple II dubbed ‘Flapple Bird’.

Download 5.25″ version
Download 3.5″ version


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