November 25th, 2008

Get Lamp launches its own blog

Jason Scott, creator of BBS: The Documentary, recently created a blog dedicated to his latest project, a documentary of text adventures. The new site, “Taking Inventory“, is “a weblog related to the production of the documentary Get Lamp and the general subject of interactive fiction.”

A trailer for this film’s pending release is also available.

November 22nd, 2008

Apple II Quickies (11-22-08)

Glenn Jones has posted an update to his workbench blog and talks about his progress designing the next generation Uthernet adapter. Kudos to Glenn for keeping Ethernet on the Apple II alive.

There is buzz on usenet comp.sys.apple2 about a clone of the Applicard being developed. The Applicard is generally considered to be the best, most feature-rich Z80 board ever produced for the Apple II. With a Z80 board, your Apple can access a significant library of CP/M based applications.

Speaking of CP/M, we reported earlier that Brutal Deluxe was working on an enhanced Apple 5.25 FST. A new progress report was recently posted and… apparently it’s reading CP/M already. Those guys work fast.

I’d like to work that fast… I was supposed to post this article yesterday. (Sorry)

November 18th, 2008

Brutal Deluxe opens 5.25 FST enhancement project

Antoine Vignau of Brutal Deluxe is building on the experience achieved with the group’s previous rDOS 3.3 FST project, and announced a new, ambitious project that aims to enhance the capabilities of the Apple 5.25 FST (file system translator) driver. The goal is to add support for additional disk formats to it, e.g. CP/M and other non-native Apple formats or even possibly support for something entirely new.

November 17th, 2008

Virtual ][ updated to version 6.1

Gerard Putter has updated Virtual ][, the leading 8-bit Apple II emulator for Mac OS X to version 6.1!

What’s new in Virtual II 6.1

  • The Inspector now lets you modify Apple II memory and CPU registers.
  • Corrected several issues in the game paddle emulation, thereby improving stability and general compatibility.
  • Fixed an issue with the 6502 decimal mode emulation, which caused some UCSD Pascal programs to crash.
  • Fixed an issue with the Epson FX80 emulation; in some cases double-width characters were not rendered correctly.
  • Clicking an I/O address breakpoint in the Inspector made it invisible; this has been solved.
November 12th, 2008

Help request: hacking the Imagewriter II into a CNC plotter

Bill Jehle wrote in with an interesting project he’s working on. He’s attempting to hack an Imagewriter II printer into a CNC plotter and needs more information.

I have an Apple IIc, IIgs, and Imagewriter II up in my attic. Yes, they all still run (which is more than I can say for my first 286).

I’ve been repurposing my Imagewriter II to create a CNC plotter. All the power and drive circuits are there, I just don’t know the schematic of the Imagewriter II so I can build my own control logic board to drive the power stepper motor control board. Credit where credit is due, Apple did a great job putting the logic on one board, and the power on another. I just need to make a new brain for it.

I don’t know if you have this information to hand, but you may know of folks that have tinkered around with the Imagewriter II enough that know what I need to continue my project.

Any help is appreciated, and of course, I will be happy to share my experience with your group.

Thanks in advance,
Bill Jehle

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November 10th, 2008

Jonno Downes releases peekbot

Building on the success of dsktool.rb, Jonno has released “peekbot”, a web-based proxy viewer for vintage computing disk images. With peekbot, you can view the contents of supported disk images from within your web browser.

Jonno’s complete announcement as posted to comp.sys.apple2 is attached.

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November 7th, 2008

Uthernet backorders to ship soon

Glenn Jones has updated his workbench blog with mixed news. On the upside, Glenn has received sufficient component inventory which will soon allow him to ship out the backlog of Uthernet orders he has. The bad news is that the popular Uthernet card, as we know it, may be coming to an end. Fortunately, Glenn has been thinking ahead for this contingency and has some options… and he’s asking for feedback.

Still, if you’ve been wanting an Uthernet card and have been putting it off, now might be the time to get an order in. The Uthernet card is extremely popular with the Apple II community and they usually doesn’t stay in stock for very long.

You’ll also get to read the latest update on the ambitious //cmxp project.

November 1st, 2008

KansasFest web site relaunched

KansasFest, the world’s only annual Apple II computer convention, has launched a redesigned Web site. The event’s online presence has not only a new look, but also plenty of added functionality, including RSS and Twitter feeds, an updated photo gallery, and an exhaustive file archive from past KFests. Head over to for the full scoop and to check out all the new features.