February 25th, 2009

Get your Geek Foo on and support Woz

I’m cringing a little as I write this — it’s ancient news for one thing, and something I personally didn’t want to think about. Wozdancing… on prime time television. Seriously, I hope he has a lot of fun and wins but I don’t plan to watch the show myself.

However, I’ve been told that I’m in the minority; that the Apple II community is going to watch and support Woz all the way and that it’s my duty to post SOMETHING about this momentous event. OK, here it is.

You can show your support for Woz with snazzy “Dance With Your Mind” gear from the Geek Foo CafePress Store.

Whoa… all done. That was easier than I thought it would be.  :)

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February 20th, 2009

RetroMacCast ep. 105 gives the Apple II some love

Sorry, I’m a week late spotting this one… James and John of the RetroMacCast podcast spend Valentine’s Day talking about the Apple II and its operating systems in Episode 105. What’s not to love about that? Be sure to check out the episode’s relevant links for more great content. Also available via iTunes.

February 18th, 2009

ADTPro 1.1.2 released, mostly bug fixes

David Schmidt announced an update to ADTPro via comp.sys.apple2 yesterday. David’s post is attached:

ADTPro is a feature-rich communications platform for exchanging disks and disk images between Apple II and Apple /// family computers and the modern world.

Version 1.1.2 doesn’t really have anything Earth-shatteringly new in it, but some bug fixes have accumulated over time and deserve to see the light of day. See:

http://adtpro.sourceforge.net

New functionality:

  • [DOS ADT Client] The included DOS ADT client, now at version 2.3, that automatically detects the Apple ///’s built-in serial port

Bug fixes:

  • [Client] Formatting a disk no longer invalidates the entire drive list cache, eliminating the need to re-scan all drives; thanks to hackerb9 for the impetus to fix it
  • [Client] Comms devices weren’t being detected in the last slot (one of those off-by-one counting problems)
  • [Client] Apple /// Grub bootstrapper was using an uninitialized register in an alarming, but seemingly predictable, manner; initialize it for safety
  • [Client] Simplified UDP timeout processing after consultation with MagerValp, author if IP65
February 11th, 2009

Michael Mahon releases NadaNet 3.0

Michael Mahon announced the exciting new release of NadaNet 3.0 via Usenet newsgroup comp.sys.apple2 yesterday. Michael’s post is quoted below:

NadaNet 3.0 is now released and available on my website:

http://home.comcast.net/~MJMahon/index.html

The site contains object, listings, and source of everything, and a bunch of “papers” on NadaNet, AppleCrates, and various tools, in addition to the previous content.

The web site has been extensively revised to make it all consistent with the new NadaNet 3.0 release. (Note that the change from 2.x to 3.x signals that all machines on a NadaNet must be updated for interoperability.)

The major changes in NadaNet 3.0 (from NadaNet 2.1) are:

  • The new control packet format provides *guaranteed* collision detection. (This is what breaks “compatibility on the wire” with NadaNet 2.1.)
  • The &BOOTCODE command is replaced by &BOOT, supporting only “passive boot” of AppleCrates (This means that pre-NadaNet 2.1 boot ROMs are no longer supported.)
  • A new &BCAST command supports broadcasting data to multiple machines.
  • New &BRUN and &RUN commands simplify running programs remotely.
  • New versions of most utility programs take advantage of new commands. In particular the new &BCAST capability, that allows code and data to be transmitted to slave machines very rapidly:
  • – A new BPRUN broadcasts the BASIC program to all slaves.
    – A new CRATE.SYNTH broadcasts voices and the SYNTH program.

  • A new ATTACH program provides remote “console” for slave machines without requiring a Message Server–very useful for debugging.

February 6th, 2009

PC Transporter installation video now on YouTube

David Schmidt has recently uploaded to YouTube the installation video that came with the PC Transporter, Applied Engineering’s expansion card that allows an Apple II to run some PC software. The 22-minute video is divided into four segments and is available as a single playlist:




February 3rd, 2009

Come to KansasFest, assemble your own Replica 1

According to the latest posting on the KansasFest web site, Vince Briel has volunteered to host an interactive workshop on assembling a Replica 1 kit. The Replica 1 is a functional clone of the original Apple-1 designed by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. For only the cost of the kit ($149 USD), attendees will have the opportunity to build their own Replica 1 under Briel’s expert supervision.

KansasFest is the worlds largest annual gathering of Apple II enthusiasts. Come join us!

February 2nd, 2009

Large lots of Apple II gear in Carson City, NV for sale

ComputerCorps, a non-profit recycling center in Carson City, Nevada is disposing of their “museum surplus” of Apple II equipment (and other, less worthy gear). Large lots of equipment, including color and mono monitors, Apple ][+, //e, //c and IIGS computers are up for sale. A pallet of 3.5 and 5.25 disk drives are also visible in some of the pics. Perhaps they will be listed soon too.

We’re hoping an avid Apple II collector in the area can save these from the scrapper.

February 2nd, 2009

AppleWin 16.0 beta released

Tom Charlesworth announced via usenet newsgroup comp.emulators.apple2 that a new beta of the popular 8-bit Apple II emulator, AppleWin is available. Tom’s posting is quoted below:

Just a quick post to let you know there’s a new beta build of AppleWin with Apple // Game Server support (plus other significant changes) here:

http://prdownload.berlios.de/applewin/AppleWin1.16.0.0-beta.zip

1.16.0 – 1 Feb 2009 (beta)

Changes:

  • Support for Apple // Game Server via TCP (port 1977) : beta
  • No longer patch Disk II firmware (caused bug in The CIA Files)
  • For GPL reasons, switched the following modules:
  • – AY8910 (from MAME  to FUSE) : beta Mockingboard/Phasor
    – MC6821 (from MAME  to VICE) : beta Mouse card
    – Z80 (from Z80Em to VICE) : beta CP/M Softcard

  • Printer support:
  • – Printer dump filename
    – Filter unprintable characters
    – Append to print-file
    – Terminate printing after n seconds of idle
    – Encoding conversion for Pravets
    – Dump to printer (CAUTION! Enabled via command line switch: -use- real-printer)

  • Added Pravets 8M (Apple II clone)

Fixes:

  • BugID-014557: Fix for loading serial port from Registry (caused AppleWin to crash when booting Apple Pascal)
  • Some floating bus bugs (fixes the Bulgarian game: “Walking in the town” Annunciator read)
  • FLASH rate (now 3Hz, was 6Hz)
  • Fix for Willy Byte MB support (strange 6522 behaviour!)

It’s important to note that since v1.15.0 the CP/M support now uses completely different Z80 emu code, so can you CP/M users please redo your testing. Thanks!

Also the backend chip emu for Mouse card and Mockingboard/Phasor has been replaced, so these could also contain new emulation issues.

Incidently the AY8910’s (sound chip in Mockingboard) emulation is now better, as the AY reg writes are now cycle-accurate. What this means is that it could be possible to playback 8-bit samples via the AY8910 (see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Instrument_AY-3-8910)

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