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Open Apple #27: Daniel Kruszyna, demoparties, iSteve, and clones

This month on Open Apple, Mike and Ken chat with famed demo programmer Daniel Kruszyna, aka krüe. We chat about @party, the upcoming fourth annual demoparty to be held in recently beleaguered Boston, and how even non-programmers will find plenty to like. The first of three movies based on the life of Steve Jobs is now available for free online streaming — what’s the popular verdict on iSteve? There’s still more CFFAs coming from Rich Dreher, and they’ll work on even an original Apple-1, of which Mike Willegal is making yet more replicas. Speaking of clones, we found a “Redstone” Apple IIe clone in Australia that looks like a PC XT and is certainly no Tiger Learning Computer.

Find the show at the Open Apple Web site or in the iTunes and Zune podcast directories.

SHELL*SHOCK Tank Battle Game Released for the Apple ][

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Virtual Apple ][ has published a new Apple ][ game.  SHELL*SHOCK is a high paced action tank battle game for the Apple ][ computer.   Originally written in 1985 by Peter Blum, Alan Burkle, and Jonathan Dunaisky, the game has been largely unseen until this month when it was resurrected by the original authors and sent to Virtual Apple ][.

SHELL*SHOCK is unique in the Apple ][ gaming realm as it allows users to battle each other in two player mode over the modem.  While this feature is something that is long lost to the annuls of computing history, in 1985 it was a feature that was not really available in games of the time.

SHELL*SHOCK runs on any Apple II series computer with at least 64K of memory.  The game comes complete with a full 40 page instruction manual, two disks and is freely downloadable from the Virtual Apple ][ website at:

 http://www.virtualapple.org/shellshockdisk.html

New Apple II Blog

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The Apple IIc on Daily Apple blog

There is now another Apple II blog for fans of this venerable machine to follow. The blog author promises to deliver a new article every day, and since this blog has opened three days ago, and sure enough, there are three entries, this promise is maintained.

The name of the blog, fittingly enough, is the Daily Apple, and its URL is http://dailyapple.a2hq.com/

The entries so far are about the author’s Apple IIc, acquired in December of 1984, an Apple IIe obtained from an old co-worker, and Apple II emulation using the AppleWin emulator.

Comments to these entries are open, and there should be many more interesting subjects to come.

ADTPro 1.2.7 Released

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David Schmidt has released an update to the ADTPro program.   According to the posting on CSA2, the update includes:
New functionality:

* [VDrive] Added the ability to bootstrap into ProDOS with
VSDrive active

* [Server] Added a command-line invoker for AppleCommander

Bug fixes:

* [Server] Start the numerical part of batch name at 1, not
0; reset the counter when a batch name changes

* [Server] 5-1/4″ disk images with unrecognized filesystems
are always written with DOS-ordered physical interleaving

You can download the latest information and get usage instructions and video from the ADTPro website at:

http://adtpro.sourceforge.net

Analysis of Apple IIGS Prototype ROM 03

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Mark Twain ROM 03

retrogear” on comp.sys.apple2 has posted a screenshot of the Mark Twain ROM 03/04 that was never released, as well as comments made by David Empson from the mid-1990s.

retrogear says

What follows is a comp.sys.apple2 newsgroup discussion from July 8, 1995 by David Empson about an accidental buggy release of an Apple IIgs ROM 03 and analysis of the changes made before actual production. I have included the sections of the System 601 source code assembled by me which were referenced. Please excuse the rough wordwrapping here. I can provide a cleaner document if someone wants it.

Read his Usenet post here.

Kansasfest Apple II Convention Registration Opens

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KansasFest, the 25th annual convention dedicated to the Apple II computer, is now open for registration. Users, programmers, hobbyists, and retrocomputing enthusiasts are invited to Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri, from Tuesday, July 23, through Sunday, July 28, for six days and five nights of sessions, demos, announcements, contests, and camaraderie.

The week kicks off with keynote speaker Randy Wigginton, Apple employee #6, who worked on the Disk ][ disk drive, Apple DOS, and Applesoft BASIC.  Wigginton will be available immediately afterward for a Q&A and autograph session.

The week then offers a variety of presentations and workshops, including but not limited to:

  • Teaching kids to program with Matthew Hellinger
  • Disk ][ theory of design with Tony Diaz
  • Hardware hacking with Stephen Buggie
  • How to build an arcade machine using MESS and MAME emulation with Carrington Vanston
  • Disk copy de-protection with Martin Haye
  • HackFest, an annual programming challenge open to coders of all skill levels
  • A vendor fair and exhibit hall for attendees and the general public to show off, play with, and buy and sell new or unusual hardware and software

Attendees are encouraged to share their knowledge by presenting their own hardware and software sessions, especially of the Apple II but including Macintosh, Windows, Linux, iOS, and others. 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, GShisen and Dueltris 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.

Register before June 1 to guarantee a price of $375 for a double room or $445 for a single, which includes admission to all sessions as well as most meals. Official KansasFest shirts are extra and optional and must be ordered by May 31; registration for staying on-site closes July 8. Veterans of the event are invited to bring a first-time attendee; if each indicates the other’s name on the registration form, both will receive a $25 referral rebate at the event. To register, please visit the official Web site at http://www.kansasfest.org/.

KansasFest sponsor 16 Sector invites any and all Apple II users, fans, and friends to attend the world’s only annual Apple II conference. Please browse our Web site for photos, videos, schedules, and presentations from past year’s events and for our email list.

 

Eamon Deluxe Newsletter Posted

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The Eamon Deluxe Newsletter for March 2013 has been posted on the Eamon Adventurers Guild Online website at www.eamonag.org.   Eamon Deluxe is the creation of master Eamon adventure writer Frank Black.  He recently released Eamon Deluxe 5.0 for multiple platforms and this month talks about the possibility that Don Brown and Jon Walker could be one and the same person.  For more, check out the newsletter at:

http://eamonag.org/newsletters/acrobat/Eamon_DeluXe_NewsletterV3n01_03-2013.pdf

Brutal Deluxe Software Releases Zephyr for the Apple ][

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France, March 22nd 2013 – Brutal Deluxe Software, in partnership with Jean-Louis Le Breton (CEO of Froggy Software) and Richard Soberka (programmer, author of Pleins gaz), is happy to announce the relase of the arcade game Zéphyr for the Apple II.

This monochrome DHGR arcade game had to be released by Froggy Software in 1987. As the company shut its doors, the game has never been released nor distributed by its author.

Together, in 2013, we have decided to release the game and release as software were distributed during the golden years of the Apple II: zip lock bag, manual, sticker and floppy disk with label.

We auction the first three issues, one after the other. Those were signed by Jean-Louis Le Breton (http://www.jeanlouislebreton.com/) and Richard Soberka (http://www.soberka.com/).

Find the first auction @ http://www.ebay.com/itm/200908966058
Get more information @ http://www.brutaldeluxe.fr/2013/

Free shipping worldwide, the 77 next issues will be sold @ brutaldeluxe.fr

Share this vintage moment with us. Apple II forever!

Jean-Louis Le Breton,
Richard Soberka,
Antoine Vignau,
Olivier Zardini.

Brutal Deluxe Takes Page Of Apple’s Playbook For Latest Release

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Brutal Deluxe, the French software company known for bringing a host of super enhanced Apple IIgs products to market over the years, has been taking a page from Apple, Inc.’s playbook during their latest product release.

Over the past week, Brutal Deluxe Software has released a series of clipped photos including the one from yesterday seen above.  Each photo has shown a bit more of the product cover image but yet no one apparently has figured out what the product will be.

Speculation has been rife among the Apple ][ community with people guessing everything from machine accelerators to well known software packages including Sim City for the Apple IIgs among the guesses.

With the release expected late evening Paris time, Brutal Deluxe programmer, Antoine Vignau has said “Be Patient.  It is a long day!“.  We soon will know what this latest big time release is from the same company that brough us LemmingsGS, Deluxeware, MountIt among others.

Eamon Adventures now playable online on Virtual Apple ][

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The Eamon Adventures have long been one of the favorite adventure systems available for the Apple ][.  With over 255 adventures written for Eamon, it is also likely the most prolific adventuring system as well.

Eamon was designed in 1980 by Donald Brown and released in Recreational Computing Magazine as a public domain system.   While the first dozen or so adventures were written by Donald Brown himself, most of the following 200  plus adventures have been written by over 50 artists.

Now thanks to a hard disk image created by Frank Kunze, that gaming system and most of the adventures in ProDOS are now playable on Virtual Apple ][.  The entire system with adventure games, character editor, dungeon designer and other utilities are on the single hard drive image.

For players manuals and the dungeon design information, check out the Eamon Adventures Guild Online website at:

http://www.eamonag.org

To play Eamon, go to Virtual Apple ][ at:

http://www.virtualapple.org/eamonfkdisk.html