September 17th, 2007

Lim Thye Chean releases source code

Apple IIGS programming advocate Lim Thye Chean has generously released the source code for some of the programs he’s written to the Apple II community. Among the offerings are KeyWin – an Applesoft windowing system, Infiltrator – a side-scrolling arcade space game, SuperMagic – a graphics library for Orca/M and Mandelbrot IIGS – an Apple IIGS fractal program. You can see screenshots and download all of these programs on the Virtual GS web site.

September 15th, 2007

Mike Willegal’s Apple II Revision 0 clone

Mike posted via usenet comp.sys.apple2 a progress report on his Apple ][ Rev 0 recreation project, and hinted at possibly selling his extra boards off as kits. Mike’s announcement is attached, and we hope he’ll consider making more.

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September 12th, 2007

Woz parodies self, donates to UC Berkeley

Time for some Woz-stalking (for a good cause)… fans of the Apple Co-founder have probably seen this YouTube video of the Woz circa mid-1980’s, endorsing Datsun’s (now Nissan) 280z sports car.

Woz has just made a parody of that commercial. He’s selling his 2005 Nissan 350z, and donating the money collected toward raising $100,000 for new education and engineering equipment at UC Berkeley University. The lucky buyer also gets to have lunch with Woz when they pick up the car.

It is Wozsome!

September 10th, 2007

Briel Computers offers Apple II Plus replacement KB encoder in limited quantities

Apple II series computers have a well-earned reputation for being durable and easy to repair — and because they were made in such high numbers, it’s still possible to scavenge most replacement parts for newer models without too much difficulty.

Still, as resilient as they are, vintage Apple II/II Plus computers will occasionally need repair or replacement parts. One of the most common is the keyboard encoder, the card that encodes data from the keyboard matrix and transfers it to the computer.

As reported back in December, 2006, Vince Briel of Briel Computers has been working on a replacement encoder that also features a PS/2 port! This item is obviously for Apple II and II Plus computers that have encoder-equipped keyboards, so it won’t work with the older, original Apple II keyboard (usually identified by the raised power light).

Vince only has a few of these boards available because it’s such a highly specialized item. If you want one, better contact him quickly as they will probably go fast. The replacement encoder is $29 USD without cable.

Update: This product is now known as the Super Encoder.

September 5th, 2007

The origin of viruses

The Associated Press reports on Rich Skrenta, who, in 1978 at the age of 15, created the first unofficial computer virus: “Elk Cloner”, a boot sector virus for the Apple II. The article points out that the virus was one of the first to spread uncontrollably, continuing to infect people, including even Gulf War soldier in the early Nineties: “(Why that sailor was still using an Apple II, Skrenta does not know).” (What else would you trust to have in a foxhole with you?)

September 4th, 2007

Paul Zaleski launches Complete Pascal resource site

Paul Zaleski has announced a new site dedicated to Complete Pascal (the Pascal formerly known as TML Pascal) on comp.sys.apple2.programmer.

From Paul’s post: 

Everything you ever wanted to know about Complete Pascal with access to the tools to help you use it! The site features a detailed description of the software, it’s release history, downloads and resources sections (with links to Lim Thye Chean’s and Polymorph’s great sites), extensions listings and a comparison to standard ANS/IEEE Pascal.

September 3rd, 2007

Free “intro” version of GSoft BASIC to be available again soon

The free, “intro” version of the GSoft BASIC programming language will soon be available again for download from Syndicomm. GSoft is an easy to learn interpreted BASIC for the Apple IIgs with advanced new features and complete support for developing Toolbox-aware programs.

Update: The free version of GSoft is now available for download on the Syndicomm web site as a diskcopy image. Links to sample code and tutorials will be added soon.