November 25th, 2003

KEGS Apple IIGS emulator updated to version 0.84

This is a good month for KEGS. Another update from Kent Dickey brings more features and bug fixes. Changes include:

  • Improved file browser for selecting disk images jumps to files when you start typing their name. Disk images compressed with “.gz” are opened automatically.
  • 3200 color picture support is more efficient on slower machines.
  • Support for 14MB of IIgs memory. (Thanks to Geoff Weiss)
  • Linux serial port code fixed to avoid hangs.
A complete list of changes since the last public release of v0.82 are as follows:

Changes in KEGS v0.84 since v0.83 (11/21/03)

  • Add new speed, 8.0MHz directly using right-clicking or F6.
  • Sim speed and Video update interval added to Config panel.
  • Various cycle timing bugs in engine_c.c fixed.
  • Add Config Panel entry to mask serial output to 7-bit, to enable PR#2 to work better with an external telnet.
  • In Config Panel file selection, typing a letter jumps to the first file beginning with that letter.
  • Fixed various serial socket bugs. Now you can disconnect a telnet session and start a new one, and a Linux hang is fixed.
  • Default GS memory size increased to 8MB.
  • Small fix to double-hires color table.
  • X windows can now send displays to other-endian X servers.

Changes in KEGS v0.83 since v0.82 (11/19/03)

  • Add Memory Size to config panel, with support for up to 14MB of memory (Geoff Weiss)
  • Add $C04F EMUBYTE support which Bernie II the Rescue defined. (Geoff Weiss)
  • Fix $CFFF code red’s reported by David Wilson.
  • Add smartport $C70A Format routine (David Wilson).

Kent also gives a sneak peek at some possible new features he hopes to incorporate into a future version.

“My next project will be attempting to convert the Mac version to Cocoa since I’m sick of the Carbon oddities. Then I will work on printing by emulating an Imagewriter II and creating a PDF (but only on a Mac since there’s OS code to do the bitmap-to-PDF conversion for me). Anyone have code to create postscript from a bitmap in a simple way (since I could do that on Windows and Linux)? This will all take somewhere between 2 months and 2 years depending on how much time I get to work on stuff. My big project after that will be creating a virtual Appleshare server to let the emulated GS see the complete native
filesystem, so you can edit files with vi on Unix, and then compile with Orca inside KEGS.”.

November 25th, 2003

Digital Deli book now online

Kevin Savetz and the folks at have just posted the full online version (with illustrations) of Digital Deli: The Comprehensive, User-Lovable Menu of Computer Lore, Culture, Lifestyles and Fancy. This superb 1984 book has several articles of interest to the Apple II community (and plenty more stories about other early personal computers).Apple-related stories include:

  • The Apple of My Eye by Stephen Levy (the author of Hackers tells how he fell in love with his Apple II+ :)
  • An Apple for the Captain by Stephen Wozniak (about Captain Crunch)
  • Silicon Valley Garages by Scott Mace
  • Homebrew and How the Apple Came to Be by Stephen Wozniak (early history of Apple)
  • Cottage Computer Programming by Paul Lutus (Paul’s story of how he developed the word processor, Apple Writer, while living in a remote mountain cabin in Oregon)
  • Apple Culture and Totems

November 24th, 2003

Lucas Scharenbroich releases Generic Tile Engine

Lucas Scharenbroich has released his Generic Tile Engine, an engine for creating side-scrolling games on the Apple IIgs. The engine supports art in several formats, including Apple Preferred and BMP, and also supports parallax scrolling of the tiles across a pixmap background. Let’s go, campers — download this and write the next great Apple IIgs game!.

November 24th, 2003

Super Mario Bros. IIgs site updated

Lucas Scharenbroich has set up a new web site with the final version of his version of Super Mario Bros. for the Apple IIgs..

November 20th, 2003

New Apple II game Sparks makes its debut

After almost a year of work, Aaron Heiss announced the release of a new game for the Apple II. “Sparks is an arcade-style came for one or two players, involving timing, tactics, and a little luck. Each player pilots a spark around an arena, trying to pick up targets without hitting the arena walls or the trail that the sparks leaves behind. There are computer controlled opponents as well, and in two-player games both players play at the same time, making for considerable opportunities for competitive play.”.

November 18th, 2003

Give your Apple II paddle & joystick sockets some new life

This chapter from “The Computer Controller Cookbook,” published in 1983, demonstrates several easy-to-build Apple II hardware projects including how to:

  • bring the paddle socket out of the case to a position beside the keyboard
  • switch between paddles without interrupting the program currently running
  • use two standard joysticks at once

A different chapter covers building a converter to use Atari joysticks on an Apple (and vice versa)..

November 17th, 2003

Richard Dreher wins 2003 Circuit Cellular Flash Innovation Contest

Richard Dreher of CFFA adapter for Apple II fame is the Grand Prize Winner of the 2003 Circuit Cellular Flash Innovation contest, using the Motorola HC08 to build a remote wildlife observation station..

November 16th, 2003

November issue of The Lamp! ready for download

The November 2003 issue of Lyle Syverson’s monthly online newsletter is available. Topics include how to identify an Apple brand SCSI card; a discussion on emulators including Bernie and KEGS under OSX, and KEGS under Windows; and how to set up a hard drive on an 8-bit Apple II. Also present is Steven Weyhrich’s continuing in-depth look at the Apple II community in 1997, as seen through GEnieLamp A2 and The Lamp!..

November 15th, 2003

Apple IIGS Explorer offers amazing experience

Matt Portune integrated FTA’s ActiveGS emulator with a slick front end coded in Perl. The system allows you to use or play over 250 Apple programs directly through his website. “Play with the GS from any Windows machine, anywhere, anytime.” Internet Explorer and Windows are required..

November 12th, 2003

Apple Bits Users Group congregates on November 18

ABUG will hold their next monthly meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 6:30 pm. Stop by the Johnson County Central Library at 9875 W. 87th Street in Overland Park, Kansas to participate. Attendees are asked to bring a 5.25″ floppy disk containing an Apple II 8-bit program for the group to explore..

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