January 31st, 2012

Brutal Deluxe releases Fishhead, the Caped Copier

Fishhead About

Fishhead is a GS/OS desktop file copier application. It offers several features which make it a powerful software for diskette and file preservation purposes:

  • Attributes preservation
    All copied files keep their original date, time and other attributes (e.g. invisible or locked) information
  • Batch mode
    Removable devices can be ejected and Fishhead will wait for the next medium to be inserted before copying it, and so on
  • Error handling
    Fishhead does not stop on read errors, it copies as much data as possible
  • History log
    The program displays and saves a log file including the result for each copied file from the source disk

Fishhead recursively copies files from a selected volume by chuncks of 256 bytes. The main idea is to recover as much data as possible from a bad medium. Fishhead has been tested (for months) on an Apple IIgs ROM 01 and ROM 3, with Appleshare (localtalk, netatalk) under System 6.0.1.

Visit their website at http://www.brutaldeluxe.fr/products/apple2gs/fishhead/

January 29th, 2012

Ewen Wannop releases SNAP v1.1 update

Speccie’s News Acquisition Program (SNAP for short) today received an update to v1.1, according to program author Ewen Wannop.  SNAP is an NNTP client program for the Apple IIGS.  According to Ewen:

This is an update release of SNAP, which fixes a multitude of bugs, as well as introducing many enhanced features. Please read the manual fully to see what has changed, and what has been been enhanced. A IIgs readable manual is included with the archive package, or alternatively, download the enhanced PDF manual.  SNAP is an online NNTP News Client for the IIgs.

Download the update here.

January 27th, 2012

Eamon Deluxe 5.0 Beta ships to play testers

Frank Kunze, the man behind the upcoming Eamon Deluxe 5.0, sent out the first beta to play testers early this morning.  Hopefully, this means a general release isn’t too far off.

You can check out Frank’s progress at the Eamon Adventurer’s Guild Online blog.

January 27th, 2012

Do it yourself joypad for Apple II

Kevin Dady hacked together a joypad for his Apple //c by scavenging an XBox controller and other parts. It’s featured on Hack A Day with instructions on how you can build your own.

January 26th, 2012

Age of Reason BBS offline

Gene Buckle reported today that the Apple IIe that hosted the Age of Reason BBS was the victim of power surges resulting from recent heavy snow in his area of western Washington.  Gene is hopeful that he can have the board back up shortly, assuming the Focus IDE controller survived.

January 23rd, 2012

Brazilian Apple II clone schematics

This morning, a PDF scan of a book containing the schematics of the Apple II clones (and other computers) produced by Brazilian company CCE was made available via bittorrent.  The MC-4000 and MC-4000 //e – clones of the Apple II Plus and IIe, respectively – are covered, as well as the MV-12, a composite monitor CCE sold with their Apple clones.  CCE also made a computer called the MC-1000, which was not a clone of any US produced computer, but which used a BASIC that appears to be designed to closely resemble Applesoft.



The final two pages of the PDF give background on the origin of the scans, and the Portuguese version of Wikipedia has some information for the MC-1000, MC-4000 and MC-4000 //e.  None of this is in English, but Google’s translator does a decent job.   1000bit also has pages for some of the CCE clones.

If you have a bittorrent client, you can download the 287 MB PDF here.

UPDATE:  If you’d prefer to avoid the p2p route, you can get the file directly from my Dropbox at this link.

January 22nd, 2012

Virtual ][ emulator bugfix update released

Gerard Putter today posted v6.4.1 of the popular and awesome Virtual ][ emulator for Mac OS X.  Coming on the heels of the recent major update which among other things, dropped support for Mac OS X 10.4 and PPC Macs, this update is designed to address a couple of minor bugs found in 6.4:

Double-clicking a disk in the Finder didn’t work anymore when Virtual ][ did not run – this has been fixed.

All pictures in the Inspector Help were missing – this has been corrected.

Get the latest version from the Virtual ][ page.

January 21st, 2012

IIGS Programming for Kids multi-touch iBook released

Taking advantage of Apple’s recent release of the iBooks Author app in conjunction with iBooks 2 and its new textbook intiative, Lim Thye Chean has uploaded an early draft of a new book he’s writing on Apple IIGS Programming for kids to his Dropbox.  If you have an iPad or iPad 2 with the new iBooks 2 app installed, you can check it out here.

January 20th, 2012

Bob Cook of Sun Remarketing interviewed

David Greelish, who last month made tech news headlines for his in-depth interview with John Sculley and his troubled relationship with Steve Jobs during their days together at Apple, has posted an audio interview he conducted with Bob Cook.  Cook, owner of an early Apple dealership, established Sun Remarketing in 1985 and grew it into a successful direct marketing enterprise, eventually selling over $100 million in used Apple II, III, Lisa and Macintosh equipment before selling the company in 2006.  The Sun Remarketing name will no doubt be familiar to Apple II users as a reliable source of quality, affordable hardware long after Apple Computer, Inc. discontinued their favorite machines.

Among other stories, Bob relates his experiences with getting the business off the ground by selling 3,500 Apple III’s that were formerly used by Apple employees, before Jobs ordered them replaced by Macintosh’s (the III’s, not the employees), as well as having to watch the more than 2,700 Lisa computers in his inventory taken from his warehouse by Apple and buried in the legendary Utah landfill.

You can listen to the interview, which clocks in at just over 45 minutes, here.

January 19th, 2012

JACE Apple II emulator updated

Brendan Robert has released an update to JACE, a Java-based Apple II emulator.  Here’s a list of the latest changes, per his comp.sys.apple2 post:

Changes since last build:
-Better NTSC color emulation
-Fixes to prevent crashes on start (race condition in video initalization)
-Tweaks to sound timing
-Experimental raw sound output (activate/deactivate with F7)
-Help text on start screen now reports correct key shortcuts
-Lots of other things here and there I’ve forgotten about (it’s been a while!)
-Removed some configuration options that were causing unnecessary grief (Program counter shouldn’t be a config variable)

Get yourself a copy at this Sourceforge page.

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