SPECCIE’S PRESS RELEASE
I have today updated a few items on my website, and released a blast-from-the-past…
SAM2 goes to v2.0.5. This is a very minor bug fix.
Spectrum goes to v2.5.4. A bug was fixed, and a couple of minor adjustments were made. More importantly, Spectrum is now released as a stand-alone bootable 2mg disk image, that can be booted and used “as is”. A new Installer is provided on the disk, which allows Spectrum to be installed wherever you like, and for the required System files to be installed on any bootable device, not only to the current boot disk.
The three original Spectrum PDF manuals have now been bundled together as one zipped file, available as a legacy download, and the three manuals have now been reworked, so they are no longer split into before v2.5.3, and after sections.
Finally, I have delved into my archives, and resurrected an 8-bit telecommunications program that was commercially sold in the UK back in 1987. You can download both Gazelle, its PDF manual, and the updates listed above, from my website: http://www.speccie.co.uk
Welcome to a special extra episode of Open Apple! Fellow Apple II enthusiast Matt Ownby recently sat down for a chat with John Brooks, author of Rastan on the IIgs. It’s a fascinating conversation with tons of technical detail that you won’t want to miss. They talk copy protection, cycle counting, fast GS sprite rendering, and lots more!
A huge thanks to John for taking the time to share his knowledge. Also a huge thanks to Matt for recording this and allowing us to air it on Open Apple.
There are some audio quality issues with this piece, but we feel the conversation is well worth it. Enjoy, and send a thanks to Matt and John!
This month on Open Apple, we sit down with Jason Scott, documentary filmmaker, historian, public speaker, and archivist.
We talk about the importance of a nuanced appreciation of history, the flavors of sadness in comment threads, whom not to trust with special data and the nature of humanity, and failing at life.
Don’t miss Mike Hate Sponge Delicate Snowflake Maginnis’s sigh to end all sighs. Join us to learn how to take care of your capacitors, how to count your cycles, and how to do TCP/IP on your 8-bit Apple II.
Want to troll your cable company, accelerate your IIe, or play Bomberman on your GS? Tune in and find out how!
*Note: This episode was recorded more than a month ago so some of the news items discussed are slightly out of date.
4am is a well-known and gifted software cracker best known for releasing detailed step-by-step instructions for cracking commercial copy-protected programs for the Apple II series, and for also producing ‘clean’ cracks, which is to say the so-called ‘warez’ were free of any vanity crack screens (where the cracker usually takes credit for their exploits).
The Internet Archive (through the efforts of digital preservationist Jason Scott) are now hosting of over 300+ of 4am’s cracks online. You can download the disk image for transfer to your Apple II, or in many cases play the disk image online through your web browser. Many of these cracks are for titles that never got much love from the pirating community, primarily educational titles.
The programming ninjas at NinjaForce are certainly active lately. Today they released Ninjatracker, a “vastly modified version of the SoundSmith player” for the Apple IIGS along with the programs source code. You can read how to use it and download it directly from NinjaForce’s Ninjatracker web page.
Early-bird registration for KansasFest, the 27th annual convention dedicated to the Apple II computer, ends on May 31. After that, prices rise $55. Register now, and you’ll have extra cash to upgrade your Apple II. Users, programmers, hobbyists, and retrocomputing enthusiasts are invited to Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri, from Tuesday, July 14, through Sunday, July 19, for six days and five nights of sessions, demos, announcements, contests, and camaraderie.
The week kicks off with keynote speaker Rebecca “Burger Becky” Heineman, a prolific computer game programmer, designer, and industry veteran. Heineman will be available immediately afterward for a Q&A and autograph session.
The rest of the week will be packed with hardware and software sessions. All KansasFest sessions are presented by the attendees, who are known for unscheduled events and debuts, too. Whether it’s a behind-the-scenes look at new software, preorder opportunities for new hardware, a live-action text adventure, a podcast recording session, Structris tournaments, or an athletic round of Bite the Bag, there are experiences to be had and memories made at KansasFest that aren’t possible except in the company of surprising, brilliant, diehard Apple II fans. We already have 900 minutes of scheduled sessions with only 400 minutes still open. Please sign up now to present a session. Check out our YouTube channel for examples of past presentations.
KansasFest invites any and all Apple II users, fans, and friends to attend the longest running annual Apple II conference. Sign up for our discussion list to meet other attendees and get the latest details as the event approaches. With only two months to go before KansasFest starts, it’s time to finish your registration, book travel, and format your floppies.
Today I released the newest edition of the Marina IP stack for Apple II computers. This edition adds DNS name resolution, as well as several other bug fixes and improvements. Domain name resolution means that users can use human-readable names such as www.yahoo.com instead of hard-to-remember IP addresses like 126.96.36.199 to access resources on the Internet.
The Marina IP stack is the newest networking implementation for the Apple II series, designed to have better RFC-compliance than existing
implementations. Written in 6502 assembly language, it is compatible with all Apple II models that accept the Uthernet card in slot 3.
For more information, and links to download and documentation, visit the official Marina web site: http://marina.a2hq.com/
Here is the change log:
- Added checks on destination address for incoming datagrams
- Datagrams not addressed to our IP, or to broadcast, or DHCP replies, are dropped.
- Broadcast flag is set for incoming broadcast datagrams
- IP datagrams with head longer than 20 bytes are checksummed and accepted, but options are not processed
- Fixed checksum routine to work with IP headers longer than 20 bytes
- Fixed the check for UDP datagrams sent with no checksum (offset was off by one)
- Added NETBCAST for storing network broadcast address, e.g. 169.254.255 or 192.168.2.255
- Incoming check for broadcasts now looks for “all ones” or the network broadcast address
- Updated IPSEND to use the new check on NETBCAST
- Wrote IPTOHEX subroutine to convert dotted decimal addresses to 4 hex digits
- ARPTEST and UDPSENDTEST now take a user-supplied IP address
- Bug fix: datagrams with Link-Local destination addresses were being forwarded to router when a routable address was configured
- Intitial DNS resolver implementation that queries for A records
- IPSEND now uses a retry counter for ARP requests. It will not fail if the MAC address was not in the ARP table
- IPSEND forces TTL to 255 when destination is a Link-Local address
- Increased size of ARP table from 4 to 5
- Display of incoming IP datagrams shows source address
- Renamed UTHERDEMO file to MARINA
Mark your calendars! Coming this August 3rd through August 9th is APPLE II FESTIVAL FRANCE 2015, at Maska to Castera-Verduzan in Gers. Join your fellow European Apple II enthusiasts for a week of retrocomputing, gaming, hacking and fellowship. Apple II Festival France 2015 is being produced by Silicium and Groupe Apple II France (Facebook).