September 28th, 2010

Juiced.GS Volume 15, Issue 3 now available

Juiced.GS V15I3Volume 15, Issue 3 (September 2010) of Juiced.GS, the longest-running Apple II publication in print, shipped today to all subscribers. This issue features reviews of both Ewen Wannop’s SAM2 email client and Jason Scott’s Get Lamp documentary; complete KansasFest 2010 coverage; a behind-the-scenes look at Martin Haye’s winning HackFest entry; and the third in a five-part series on transferring files between the Apple II and other computers, with Tony Diaz and Ivan Drucker detailing AppleShare networking options.

This is Juiced.GS‘s third quarterly issue of 2010. Annual subscriptions for both 2010 and 2011 are available for $19 each for United States customers and $26 for international customers.

September 28th, 2010

New from krüe: TreeHugger, a GS/OS Printer Port Driver

TreeHugger is a GS/OS Printer Port driver which supports the AppSocket/JetDirect protocol. Essentially, this means you can print to any networked printer that supports the JetDirect (AppSocket) Protocol, that a native mode IIgs Printer Driver exists for. With Harmonie and Independence that means an awful lot of printers out there have the potential to work as PCL is the de-facto standard among the major printer manufactures. Like Postscript®, that was Apple’s choice for raster image printing starting with the Apple LaserWriter, and natively supported by the Apple IIgs, PCL was HP’s answer to PostScript®. With the introduction of the Harmonie and Independence printer support packages, PCL support and a lot more choices for printers were suddenly available to Apple IIgs users. But network printing was still mostly out of reach unless you used LocalTalk and an Apple LaserWriter or compatible printer. Until now, that is.

Announced with a surprise comment in A2Central’s IRC channel this evening, krüe says, “Please test. Remember that I have no idea what I’m doing…” and almost instantly met with enthusiasm and praise, this is the first release, and as such it is set with a version # of ‘0.0’. I can’t say I’ve seen that before. :)

TreeHugger requires Marinetti to work, and while the 2.0.1 features were used, testing was done with 3.0b3 and an Uthernet card, using the Harmonie LaserJet III 300×300 dpi driver with a LaserJet 6p connected via a software based print server, p910nd. Currently other aspect ratios do not work and there are various issues with the page setup dialog and crashes that are being worked out. as krüe says, “..it probably doesn’t work for anyone else but me..” he does expect to be working on it more, but for now input on what works and what does not would probably go a long way.

TreeHugger is available at http://krue.net/treehugger/.

September 16th, 2010

Sweet16 Apple IIgs emulator for Mac OS X updated to version 2.2.1

Eric Shepherd has released Sweet16 2.2.1, a minor update that corrects an issue with how the disk controller is emulated, which lets certain disk activities work correctly; for example, you can now start up in ProDOS 8 then switch to GS/OS by running the GS/OS bootstrap “PRODOS” file.

September 7th, 2010

Apple II rev 0 replica boards on eBay

Mike Willegal is selling his Apple II revision 0 reproduction kits on eBay. These kits are accurate replicas of the original motherboard, and use the original vintage parts wherever possible. All you have to do is assemble (that means solder) the kit and add your own ROMs to boot it old-school style.

There aren’t many of these left, and according to the news on Mike’s blog, we might not see another production run of these kits.

September 3rd, 2010

Partial Draft of Toolbox Programming in GSoft BASIC Released

When GSoft BASIC was first released by The Byte Works, Mike Westerfield (of The Byte Works) contracted Eric Shepherd to adapt his book “Toolbox Programming in C” for GSoft BASIC. Work proceeded apace for a while, but stalled when issues were run into getting the code samples for chapter 7 (on printing) adapted. When it became clear that the problems would not be resolved easily, work on the book halted completely.

Permission has been received from The Byte Works to release the six chapters that were completed, along with the corresponding code samples, as freeware. They’re now available from the Syndicomm web site.

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