Month – January 2012

Age of Reason BBS Down Due to Power Spike

The Age of Reason BBS which runs on a real Apple //e is down at the moment.  This week, Washinton state has several back to back storms causing power outages throughout the western part of the state.  A power spike sent the machine into oblivion and in talking with Gene Buckle, the curator of the BBS, he still doesnt know exactly what is wrong with it.  Age of Reason runs on GBBS Pro, a BBS package written by Greg Schaefer in the 1980’s.

Building an Analog Joypad for the Apple //c

Kevin Dady is known for his strange hacks over the years, but this one is actually useful to Apple //c Owners.  Not wanting to purchase an Apple //c joystick, Kevin set out to build himself one, using a thumb controller from an XBox controller.  The result of that and a few parts from Radio Shack is a game controller that looks every bit the modern piece of equipment except for the old 9 pint //c connector.

Kevin has posted a step by step outline of how to build the controller complete with all of the pictures of his process on the Hack-A-Day Website.

Source:  Hack A Day

Apple Stock Pushes Downward Slightly

Apple Inc (AAPL)  took a small dip after a fairly rambunctious morning trading session.  With no clear definition in the market prior to 10am, trading stayed in the $447 USD a share range.  However, with the start of MacWorld today and no Apple presence, the stock began to take s slow downward spiral until stabilizing in the $444 USD range.   The stock closed the days regular trading at $444.63 USD a share and is now up clightly in the After Hours Market at $444.99 USD at 7:05 pm EST.

Karelia Releases Sandvox 2.5

Karelia Software has released an update to their Sandvox Website Creator.  Sandvox is an easy to use website creation package which allows users to create entire websites within a matter of minutes rather than days and weeks. Sandvox 2.5 has included some automatic features allowing notifications to be sent to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and even email.  Also included in this version are the following changes:

  • Brand new Slide Show index
  • Photo Grid supports displaying captions derived from each page
  • Improved compatibility with .m4v files
  • Amazon List supports Italian, Chinese and Spanish stores
  • Corrects position of RSS badge icon in some configurations
  • Improves layout of Contact Form labels
  • Placeholders:
  1. Corrects appearance of YouTube when no video has been chosen
  2. For certain websites that do not support being embedded in other websites, Sandvox displays a placeholder
  3. Corrects appearance of Raw HTML placeholders
  • Fixes a crash choosing a file to insert
  • Overhauled publishing engine for speed and reliability
  • If added to the home screen on an iPhone or iPad, home pages display their thumbnail as specified in the Page Inspector
  • Publishing Transcript is more readable and can be included when sending feedback, to help us track down problems
  • Resolves a crash during publishing

Version 2.5 requires a minimum of Mac OS X 10.6.and now has Full screen mode.  In addition to that, theDocuments are automatically saved for you, and previous versions can be browsed, making Sandvox a nearly no document loss system. Upon quitting and relaunching,the windows restore exactly in the same stat you left them.  You can download the program from the Karelia website at:


Apple Employees Getting New Discounts

Yesterday, Tim Cook held a town hall meeting with employees of Apple Inc.   While there were several items discussed, perhaps the biggest surprise was the new employee discounts that Apple employees will get.   Each employee will get $500 off Mac Purchases and $250 off iPad purchases, once every three years.  The discounts will begin in June 2012 and it is only available to employees who have been with the company for more than 90 days.  It is also not applicable to the Mac Mini.  Employees already get a 25 percent discount on purchases of Macs.

Source: 9 to 5 Mac

Motorola files lawsuit against Apple for iPhone 4S and iCloud

Motorola files a lawsuit against Apple claiming infringement of 6 patents.  The lawsuit came with the full permission of Google who has been going after Apple in a proxy war to claim more of the pot of gold.   The lawsuit filed today asks the courts for an injunction against the iPhone 4S and Apple’s iCloud service saying that they are infringing upon the following patents:

  • U.S. Patent No. 5,710,987 on a “receiver having concealed external antenna”
  • U.S. Patent No. 5,754,119 on a “multiple pager status synchronization system and method”; Motorola is asserting the European equivalent of this patent against Apple in Mannheim, with a decision (that will likely be favorable for Motorola) scheduled for Friday of next week (February 3, 2012)
  • U.S. Patent No. 5,958,006 on a “method and apparatus for communicating summarized data”
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,101,531 on a “system for communicating user-selected criteria filter prepared at wireless client to communication server for filtering data transferred from host to said wireless client”
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,008,737 on an “apparatus for controlling utilization of software added to a portable communication device”
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,377,161 on a “method and apparatus in a wireless messaging system for facilitating an exchange of address information”

This lawsuit was filed in the state of Florida where Motorola already has an ongoing battle with Apple.  The reason for this second lawsuit appears to be that it was told by the judge in the first case that it could not add these infringements to the ongoing case but were free to file a new lawsuit is so desired.

Source: Foss Patents

Apple Stock Pulls Back Slightly

Apple, Inc. (AAPL) soared to more than 455 USD yesterday, however today, it is trading down ad 446.50 as of 5:14pm EST.  Apple’s stock price shot up more than 30 dollars a share immediately after first quarter profits for 2012 were announced on the 24th. The stock traded mostly flat on the day as several analysts projected that Apple stock will go through the $650 mark specified by  Rob Cihra of Evercore Partners.  Analyst comment from Wedbush Securities gave the stock an Outperform rating and raised the target price from $540 a share to $585 a hare.

Inside Apple now in iTunes Book Store

The book that has created the most buzz lately is Inside Apple by Adam Lashinsky.  The book delves into the inner workings of Apple, Inc. and how they manage to maintain their competitive edge with their shroud of secrecy.  Talked about over the past several weeks by many in the media, the long awaited book is now available in the iTunes Store

To Download the book in iTunes, go to:

Opera Browser for Mac Updated

Opera Software ASA has posted an update for their Opera Browser.  The update, version 11.61.1250 updates a bevy of issues in a number of realms within the software including:

User interface Issues

  • New web handlers tab in the Site Preferences dialog cut off, dialog not wide enough
  • Crash when clicking “Use master password to protect saved passwords” checkbox
  • Occasional crash when clicking a link or opening a new tab
  • Opera crashes when closing a tab that has the Star Menu opened
  • Can’t close Star Menu after opening Folders
  • Opera crashes while closing feeds tab while dialog is open
  • Opera loses advanced download settings after restart
  • Opera Turbo Tooltip repeated multiple times
  • Wrong new reload icon
  • Zoom factor lost after selecting another message
  • Bookmark star icon is not refreshed when the page is removed from the bookmarks
  • Drop support for Fallback Background = 0 and Fallback Foreground = 0 in skins, fixes layout in mail window with some 3rd party skins
  • Can’t click plugins in Mac OSX 10.5

Display and scripting Issues

  • user profile crashes onload
  • Crash in Carakan on WebGL benchmark
  • Crash on applying 3025 background images
  • Out of range memory access when using subpixel rendering
  • Secure IFrame with URL to image lowers security level to “Unsecure” (breaks Paypal checkout)
  • Opera freezes when loading a big session with the Tab vault extension
  • crashes with admuncher installed
  • Overwritten document.selectSingleNode not called if invoked by helper function
  • load events fire on LINK elements pointing to existing local resources (link rel=”stylesheet” href=”file://…”)
  • Do not cache invalid UserJS source files (“blacklisting” user javascript files on parse error)
  • Cannot scroll down with mouse wheel over IFRAME with scrolling=no if smooth scrolling is enabled
  • stylesheet not applied due to malformed gzip content
  • Userjs confirmation on secure pages pops up on every load of the page
  • Incorrect value of elements in ArrayBufferView created with byteOffset to an ArrayBuffer
  • Captcha Images is not refreshing automatically after site refresh

Mail, news, chat Issues

  • Opera crashes on updating mail from version 9.27
  • Crashes if you unpin the last message in the “Pinned” view
  • Check/Send (Ctrl+K) does not activate all mail accounts
  • Sorting problem with ungrouped mail list
  • Mail unread count is wrong
  • Users not receiving new mails because of QRESYNC. Added a way to disable QRESYNC in incomingN.txt and automatically disable it if fails to sync with QRESYNC enabled

Network Issues

  • Crash in host resolver when closing browser after loading large number of tabs simultaneously
  • IPv6 IP literal URLs “Invalid”

Security Issues

  • Fixed an issue where manipulation of framed content can allow cross-site scripting, as reported by Michal Zalewski; see our advisory
  • Fixed an issue here script events could be used to reveal the presence of local files; see our advisory

The software can be downloaded from the OPera Website at:

Apple Stock Continues Upward Climb in Pre-Market Trading

Apple, Inc. (AAPL) is continuing the trend set yesterday evening, with the stock at 453.00 at 7:17AM EST in pre-market trading or up 32.59 USD (7.75 percent) from yesterdays close.  The record profits announced by Apple yesterday has been driving the climb and in spite of some issues in the supply chain, this upward trend is not likely to change for a while, or at least until the rest of the market digests the numbers.   The tech sector as a whole could enjoy a bit of upward mobility with this bit of good news.