AppleIIGo Java Based Emulator Updated

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AppleIIGo version 1.0.9 has been fully implemented.  AppleIIGo is the emulator which currently runs the Java based version of the Virtual Apple II pages. Updates to the emulator include:

- fixed disk speed-up bug (Sherwood Forest reads with the drive motor off)
- added check for 2IMG header ID
- fixed processor status bugs in BRK, PLP, RTI, NMI, IRQ

The source code for the emulator will be available once we confirm that there are no issues with this release.  Thanks go out to Nick Westgate for the fixes and changes in the emulator

http://www.virtualapple.org

To download the current JAR or the latest source code for the emulator, go to:

http://a2go.applearchives.com

 

Margot Comstock will deliver keynote at KFest 2014

Margot Comstock, co-founder and editor of the much-loved Softalk magazine, will join us with a keynote presentation at KansasFest 2014, which is scheduled for July 22 –27 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Comstock and Al Tommervik founded Softalk in 1980 to share the hardware, software, and people behind the Apple II. At its peak, Softalk had 250,000 readers and uniquely offered broad and deep coverage of everything Apple II related, including programming, game playing, business use, and home use.

The Apple II magazine ran for four years before industry changes and expenses led management to cease publication. In that time, Softalk earned many loyal fans, and a group of volunteers is working to archive and share issues. The Smithsonian Institution recognizes Comstock and Tommervik as pioneers of the microcomputer revolution and Softalk as a chronicle of that revolution.

Learn more by visiting the KansasFest web site

BMP2SHR Version 2.0 – Convert BMP’s to SHR and VOC files and more

Bill Buckels, curator of the Aztec C Museum has released a new image comverter for the Apple IIgs.  According to the announcment on CSA2, “BMP2SHR is a command line utility to convert BMP files to Apple IIgs SHR Files. Please see the User’s Manual and the Tutorial for information on using BMP2SHR.

If you have BMP2SHR Version 1.0 upgrading to Version 2.0 is well worth the effort. If you want to learn more about the SHR (Super Hi-Res) display on the Apple IIgs or on the Apple II VOC (Video Overlay Card) or you want to work with either, downloading BMP2SHR is likely worth the effort as well, especially for Windows Users.

The BMP2SHR utility is provided with source code and 3 flavors of executable program(s):

B2S16.EXE – MS-DOS Executable

Built under Large Model 16 bit Microsoft C (MSC) Version 8.00c Note: Run in an MS-DOS emulator like DOSBox if you can’t run it raw.

B2S32.EXE (bloatware) – Win32 cmd

Built under Visual Studio 2005 Microsoft (R) 32-bit C/C++ Optimizing Compiler Version 14.00 for 80×86

B2S.EXE – Win32 cmd

Built under MinGW 5.1.4 (gcc). This EXE was used for most of the testing. This builds properly under MinGW’s gcc GNU c compiler also widely used in
Linux.

Build environments and source code are provided with all the above.

SubDirectories:

These have changed for BMP2SHR Version 2.0.

bmp – I no longer provide all the BMPs that I have used to prepare the Demos and Documentation. A small number have been placed in this sub-directory to keep from cluttering-up the main directory. Serious users of BMP2SHR are unlikely to want my BMPs anyway so I see no point in making this distribution any larger than it already is for the sake of providing the source of the graphics content for the likes of demos and documentation, since BMP2SHR’s finished output is already included with the demos and docs.

bmp2shr – Source code and build environments for BMP2SHR’s various target executables distributed in the main directory and noted above. See the documentation also noted above for more details on what you can do with these. See the source code and source code comments, etc. to find-out more about how the implementation works. This will likely only be of interest to programmers.

code – This sub-directory contains the Aztec C65 Version 3.2b source code and AppleX build environment for some of the Apple II programs included on the demo disks. In fact the main B2S directory is designed to be “unzipped” below the AppleX\PROGRAMS directory on your own AppleX installation. This will provide you with the ability to compile the AztecC65 programs included.

disks – Disk Images of demos etc. in 2mg format. Note that I have provided copies of 4 Versions of an 8 bit SHR viewer by Ron Mercer called SHRView as well as my own demo viewers in Aztec C65. Ron’s program is distributed as ShareWare. Recent attempts to contact Ron to register my own copy have failed. Aside from that, since SHRView loads Brooks Format SHR files as well as the PIC and PNT formats that my demo loaders also load, I am using Ron’s viewer for my slideshows of some of BMP2SHR’s conversions.

Read the SHRView docs (on disk) for more info about SHRView. For that matter, review the contents of these disks (using a disk explorer like CiderPress) for more info about any of them.

docs – The User Manual and Tutorial, and other related documents live here. If these documents do not give you all the information that you need to use BMP2SHR, they will certainly provide a starting point. There are limits as to how much information should be included in a distribution like this. I have many more related documents which are available on request as time permits, if this is not enough, and if Internet searches etc. are not giving you the extra info you need.

I hope you enjoy using BMP2SHR. Please distribute what you have here freely and in its entirety if possible. BMP2SHR was written for fun and is free for all to use.”

To download the application, go to::
http://www.aztecmuseum.ca/extras/B2S.zip

The User’s Manual can be downloaded from the following URL.  (If you downloaded the zip file listed above, the manual is included):
http://www.aztecmuseum.ca/extras/bmp2shr.pdf

The user tutorial can also be downloaded at the following URL (Also included in the .ZIP file with the application):
http://www.aztecmuseum.ca/extras/bmp2shrTutorial.pdf

Kansasfest Committee releases logo for 2014 event

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The Kansasfest committee has release a teaser email containing the 2014 rendition of the Kansasfest Logo.  Kansasfest is an Apple II centric enthusiast convention which happens each year in Kansas City, Missouri.   The event draws hobbyists from around the globe and is usually inundated with advancements in the hardware and software on the Apple II series platforms.  The 2014 Kansasfest will take place July 22nd to 27th.  For more information, check the Kansasfest website at: http://www.kansasfest.org

Virtual Apple ][ Releases Database Update

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Virtual Apple ]['s database has been updated this week with the release of Version 1.22.  Current efforts include adding the blurbs of all of the games in the system as well as adding a new EBay pricing guide with the High and Low prices for items being sold on Ebay.   The current database sports nearly 1500 records and is expanding daily.  If you have the iOS version of the ActiveGS app, just click the update button at the top of the screen and the database will be downloaded.

For more information, see http://www.virtualapple.org

Bill Buckels Makes Aztec C Manuals Available in Searchable Format

Thanks to Charlie Reiman, the following typeset Aztec C Manuals originally scanned by the late Paul R. Santa-Maria have been reformatted (they are now smaller and searchable and pastable as plain text), and are now available for download at the following links:

Aztec C 65 Version 3.2 cross-compiler
http://www.aztecmuseum.ca/docs/CG65A.PDF
http://www.aztecmuseum.ca/docs/CG65B.PDF

Aztec C 65 Version 3.2 ProDOS native-mode compiler
http://www.aztecmuseum.ca/docs/MANXC65B.PDF
http://www.aztecmuseum.ca/docs/MANXC65B.PDF

ProDOS Aztec C Unix-Like Shell
http://www.aztecmuseum.ca/docs/SHELLC65A.pdf

Charlie did a great job with these.

Before Paul passed-away (June 19, 2010), he did a great deal of work scanning manuals for the Apple II and other retro-computing platforms like CP/M. He sent me boxes of books including these manuals, and CDs of his work a few months before. Some of his work was also uploaded to the csa2 account.  These newly reformatted manuals are part of that csa2 account material.

Paul Santa-Maria provided the PDF Manuals for CG65 and C65. Dean Phares  created the standalone SHELL manual from part of one of Paul’s PDF’s.  Charlie Reiman made them searchable/pastable as text, and made Paul’s work smaller in file size. Dean’s work is a little larger now, but searchable/pastable as text.

In December 2009, after I received one of my boxes from Paul, he wrote to me “Sometimes you’ll see the stuff I posted online in two parts.  That was to break the file into parts less that 10MB each, which was a limitation on an email system I was using at the time…” (He also added, “The Merlin stuff should be on the csa2 gmail account…”.)  On February 5th, 2010 Paul sent me another box of goodies. On April 2, 2010, Paul emailed me an almost complete html version of the CG65 manual for proof-reading. I have yet to find the time to get to this.

Other Aztec C Users have helped as well, scanning and forwarding documentation. Obviously Al Kossow at bitsavers.org has done more than his fair share including for Aztec C’s CP/M 80 side which is also a part of Apple II history.

Michael Evenson has access to an HP L7600 with paperport and recently scanned the Aztec C80 CP/M 1.06 manual (hopefully soon to be searchable as I get my act together on this part of my projects). I hope to draft Micahel and his scanner again in the months and years ahead.

In my view, retro-manuals for Aztec C and other tools are better than what we get with modern compilers. Don’t take my word for it. Take a look for yourself.

As far as new documentation goes, David Finnigan’s New Apple II User’s Guide is royally well done and shares my night table with Steven Weyrich’s wonderful Apple II History. I haven’t got the Wozpak yet, but it’s on my list. Rest assured Bill Martens that I’ll give that a go too, time willing.
New books are very cool. New manuals in html and so forth are necessary and cool too…

However the old retro Manuals cannot be beat, just as the old tools have persisted in their excellence, which in the case of Aztec C on the Apple II and the manner that it has allowed itself to be extended even without compiler source is a testimony to the developers of the times, and the fact that the excellence of all of this is unparalelled and peerless on the Apple II to this day.

An army of developers of modern compilers cannot alter Apple II history, nor erase it; of course they can add to it if they work with it and not the other way around. But in my view it needs to be about the Apple II and not about some other computer with the same processor, and about preserving what was good and better instead of substituting something newer but lamer in the retro-sense (and even in the present tense).

Apple II Forever!
csa2 forever!
Aztec C Forever!

Best Regards,

Bill

http://www.aztecmuseum.ca/docs/index.htm

PS – Thanks to Jeff Hurlbert (Rubywand) for the Manx Aztec C Mini-manual for DOS 3.3. Thanks also to Michael J. Mahon for correcting some errors in this.  Many thanks to Mike T. (BluPhoenyx) for providing the content for the Apple II Aztec C65 ProDOS html manuals and to Frank at Phade Software for providing them to Mike in their original manpage format.

Amnesia Cracked

A posting in the CSA2 Users Group has announced a cracked version of the EA game Amnesia.  According to the posting by a CSA2 user going by the moniker Random J Hacker, ”

Amnesia is an Apple II text adventure written by science fiction author Thomas M. Disch.  Its copy protection is in the form of a disk check that  upon failure prevents the player from picking up any objects in the game,  including the bedsheet you are required to wear before leaving the hotel  room in which you awaken.  At this point, the player’s character becomes  tired, and if you choose to make him sleep, he is subjected to nightmares.

This has bothered me for a long time. ;-)

I have never seen a working copy of this game.  The Computist magazine softkey (issues 48 and 51) doesn’t work and neither does the crack released by the Digital Gang.

The game is written in an interpreted language and is difficult to follow.  I spent some time tracing through the code and discovered a way to “reprotect” the game in the debugger by forcing track 6 disk reads to fail and allowing track 5 and 5.5 reads to succeed.  Then I compared the memory dump of a successful disk check with that of an unsuccessful one.  It turns out that there are two magic variables that must be set for the game to work properly.  There also appears to be a code checksum that must be preserved by any modification to the disk check routine.

Here’s some of the relevant code in RAM:

; original code (called within a loop)
; …
384e: 20 ff 37   jsr $37ff   ;read sector address field.
3851: b0 03      bcs $3856   ;branch on failure
3853: 20 04 37   jsr $3704   ;read expected sector data. carry set on fail.
3856: a9 00      lda #$00
3858: 6d e2 39   adc $39e2   ;inc magic counter 1 if carry is set
385b: 8d e2 39   sta $39e2   ;update counter
385e: ad e0 c0   lda $c0e0   ;reposition read/write head
3861: ad e2 c0   lda $c0e2
3864: ad e4 c0   lda $c0e4
3867: ad e6 c0   lda $c0e6
386a: 60         rts

Here’s a way to patch it:

; patched code. sets two important disk check result counters.
; …
3851: ad 00 18   lda $1800   ;dummy operation preserves checksum
3854: a9 02      lda #$02
3856: 8d 4d 38   sta $384d   ;set counter 2 to expected value
3859: a9 14      lda #$14
385b: 8d e2 39   sta $39e2   ;set counter 1 to expected value
; …

And here’s how to crack your own copy of Amnesia.  I used the DSK images from the TOSEC collection and tested under Applewin, Virtual ][, and on  a real Apple II+ with 64k.

Side: 1
Track: $09
Sector: $03
Byte: $A5
Old: b0 03 20 04 37 a9 00 6d e2 39
New: ad 00 18 a9 02 8d 4d 38 a9 14

Original disk image MD5: 1631bd90a6fc197ce62bdd9e30d6dd

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Patched disk image MD5: b3711fc81078b3846107536a4b3fe829Greets to Apple II fans everywhere.  Have phun!”

No download link was provided for the game however, the game is available as specified in the TOSEC collection and can be cracked as specified above.

The Northern Spy — Lessons From The Myths of Obsolescence

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The Spy and wife own and she drives a 1991 Buick Regal
that in today’s terms is generally regarded as hopelessly obsolete driving technology. It has no informative car computer display, not GPS, no telephone, no heated seats, TV in the back seating area or anti-lock /skid braking system, and the climate control system is primitive and manual. Even the 2002 Buick Regal he drives has some of that, though it too is regarded as ancient by some people. Yet both continue to do the job for which they were purchased–transporting among home, Church, town, and children/grandchildren–and, contrary to some, the end use is far more important than the means. So, in what practical sense is either mere means of transport obsolete, except from an advertising bumph point of view, where the goal is to persuade us, against a known lack of need, that we want to buy the latest replacement?

Likewise, hundreds of millions resist computer upgrades
because their old beat up Windows XP or Leopard box still defies the odds and keeps on handling email, browsing, and a little document composition. True, the former is likely to have been recruited into one or more bot nets and spend the night sending out bogus emails to plague honest folk, but both do what their owners want. Customer demand in the modern computer industry is highly artificial–the market is all but saturated and any latest and greatest machines are only needed by a few very high end professionals in computing science, graphic arts, or video editing, who have put off upgrading until the old box’ limitations become an obstacle to their work. Who else will buy a new Mac Pro, significant though the upgrade may be? Well, the Spy will, but he fits the profile.
Face it. The desktop/laptop computing industry is past mere maturity and well into old age. Very few people could make a convincing argument for more power in their box than they already have, could discern the difference between a “retina” display and the next notch up or down, could creditably claim that they are using what they have at a level even close to its capabilities. Want a new computer? Produce the truly important use cases as justification.
Recall the Spy’s Tenth Law: Computers are not toasters. They’re compound sliding mitre saws. The time is coming, perhaps has already arrived, when it makes most sense to sell them that way–in either tool stores, among general electronics goods, or at office supply emporiums, with the occasional shelf space in some of the large discount or general box stores. How long can Apple maintain the high end mystique for the corporation as a whole, or more particularly, for its retail boutiques? A broadening of the retail product line may soon be in order to keep those in business. More to the point, Apple must either produce a new game-changer, or slip into the mediocrity of a mature manufacturer lacking any distinctive cachet.

Consider the case of Sony
which used to operate many retail stores. Three remain in the Lower Mainland of BC in very large shopping centres, none within fifty kilometres of the Spy’s igloo. It’s not hard to predict there will soon be none. With Sony’s commercial paper now degraded to junk, corporate profits a thing of the far distant past, and few ideas to take to the bank, there’s no access to capital for building out. As with Kodak, there may be patents worth acquiring in a bankruptcy, but it’s not clear there is sufficient “there” there to tempt even a breakup artist, much less a takeover or turnaround expert. And, in what mould could the company be re-invented? The only mould is what has grown on its problematic products and development department. No new ideas = no future. (Apple beware; the honeymoon is over.)
So why, faced with a bewildering array of other choices from marginally more viable suppliers, did the Spy purchase a Sony STR-DN1040 home-theatre-style receiver (list $799; actual about $549)? After all, he knew supplies had nearly dried up–a sure harbinger of either a new model line (typical at this time of year) or an ignominious exit from the business.
Answer: see the above. Both reviews and specs seemed promising, the price and service from electronics retailer giant Crutchfield were attractive, and the unit would do the job he wanted. As long as the latter is the case, the technology remains locally current, whatever the new product market is doing–or saying. This one has all of AirPlay, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, and BlueTooth networking, though, contrary to what the Spy thought pre-delivery last month, the unit does not in fact have a phono input–a curious omission given the recent comeback of vinyl, though perhaps not in view of many newer turntables sporting a built-in pre-amp.
Hey, the Spy and wife are pleased to be able to play their fifty-year-old LPs, whether on their existing turntable upstairs, or a new one down. There’s no music like it today–lyrics you can actually understand set to melodious and memorable tunes. Records were never obsolete except in the minds of those who came to believe something better had replaced them, and whether this was ever really true or mere advertising myth seems now to have become a matter of debate. (Careful objective analysis may verify this; opinions on the other hand are no longer so universal as they once were.) But the vinyl will still play, albeit through an inexpensive separate pre-amp box to the Sony receiver, and thence to a nice Tannoy home theatre speaker array–itself not top of the line, but adequate for the minimal basement space the Spy is willing to share for such amusements.
Unit setup was simple. Run a little plenum-rated speaker wire to achieve the surround effect with speakers installed beside the sitting area, hook the equipment to the receiver, attach the configuration microphone, power the unit, go through the simple calibration, lock in a few radio stations on the tuner presets, and all was ready to use. The sound is of course a vast improvement over the tinny speakers on any TV screen, and any source with better than mere stereo encoding offers a whole new experience in listening. The setup delivers pure, clean, listenable sound, and audiophile reviewers (which the Spy is not) rate receiver and speakers well.
One oddity–the 1040 detected the small Tannoy bookshelf left and right front speakers as “large” but apparently this is a recommended default, though it can be manually altered. The available 7.2 setup is currently being employed in a 5.1 arrangement, though the Spy may mount front high or zone two speakers in place of the unused rear (configuration options). He sees no need to employ the second sub-woofer, however. The kind of sound for which some find that useful has zero appeal here.
The 1040 has eight (one front) HDMI inputs–more than most people would ever need–plus component, AV, coax, and analog audio inputs (2). Some of these are assignable, meaning they can be used, say, for audio or component, but not both. Seven total is the maximum in any one configuration. One or two more pure audio RCA inputs would have been more convenient, but there is one optical audio input besides the return on the TV–the latter needed because the set in use does not return on the HDMI connection. The unit can handle 4K video, which the Spy does not require. There is one switched AC outlet.
The remote is of course programmable. Once the code for a component is discovered and attached to a selector button, that button turns the remote into the controller for that peripheral–except that oddly, there is no eject. For a second zone, one can either co-opt the powered rear/high front pair, or employ a separate unpowered output for a pair with their own amp. The multi-lingual GUI is minimal when displayed on the receiver’s own screen, but quite acceptable when routed to the TV screen. (First thing the unit did was download an update to this.) Network choices seem quite broad for radio, but limited for video. Local network choices are limited to audio and video, and the unit does not recognize a photo server. Fortunately the existing Samsung Blu-ray does, so there is no loss.
The Spy and wife inherited from her parents a beautiful old stereo cabinet dating from the late 1960s that is even now being gutted of electronics and fitted with shelves for components. There is nothing obsolete about a piece of furniture this fine–solid wood and plywood put together with glue-and-screw joinery and given a finish never to be seen in the modern particle board imitation furniture milieu. The electronics still functioned, and the scratchy tuner and volume control and the sticky phono might have been repairable, but forty-six years is perhaps slightly past the best-before date.
What other “obsolete” technology will the Spy install in said cabinet, besides a better phono than came out? A dual cassette tape player, a combination DVD/VCR (for the latter) a newish Blu-Ray player, and an ancient (1970s) cartridge-style CD player. The latter is the 6-disc type made for many years by Pioneer and sold by them and under Toshiba, JVC, and Kenwood brand labels. Since there was already one of these in the living room (picked up for $10 on EBay as a replacement for a broken one) it made sense to acquire another from the same source so the cartridges could be played downstairs as well. There’s nothing wrong with the electronics in these; it’s the mechanical parts in the changer that eventually fail.
“Impossibly old fashioned” you say? Perhaps true, but the Spy has neither the time, the inclination, nor the motivation to copy all the household music from CDs to the house server in order to play it from there. True, he has the house wired with CAT-6 (because he could) but does not do everything for that reason. He limits how much time he’ll allot to toys or tools. When the old perform to the necessary level, he sees no need to change. When the new does a new task he deems useful, he considers a purchase. But, this column notwithstanding, people are far more important than things.
Oh, and you might have wondered why only radio presets were mentioned. That’s because there is no television feed in the house. The cable company supplies Internet and phone, but there is no need for modern broadcast TV here. This household is content with classic BBC productions and a very few very old TV shows on DVD or Blu-ray, but this true-north-strong-and-free household cannot even justify TV for hockey, and there’s certainly no “want” for a single current entertainment offering, thus, nothing to justify a cable TV feed. Don’t want it, don’t miss it.
So, though it’s a pity that the Sony 1040 receiver may already be an orphan, quite probably to be joined soon by everything bearing that brand name–unless a buyout can quickly be organized–that consideration didn’t play into the purchase decision. Every mere thing eventually becomes obsolete. The need/want was delineated, what was on the market to meet the required specs was investigated, charted side by side, and the best technology fit ordered and installed.
Considerations of the supplier’s future prospects did not factor into the decision. If one hammer, drill, or brand of compound mitre saw vanishes from the tool store shelves tomorrow, another will replace it the next day. Meanwhile, the one purchased remains current and useable for as long as it continues to pound nails, drill holes and set screws, or saw boards, respectively. True, his current Bosch cordless drill and driver offer more torque than the older corded models, but they were bought for the portable convenience, not because the others were obsolete. Same goes for electronics.

Ditto programming languages
which are also tools. They remain useful until their utility falls behind the demands of emerging use cases. That’s the motivation for the Spy being involved in the Modula-2 R10 project–moving the art and science of programming language design into the modern era so as to have tools to solve present day problems. The older languages remain useful for the purposes for which they were invented, but clumsily bolting on new features to accommodate new needs eventually becomes old. The time comes when the basic structure of the tool needs a partial or complete gutting, the philosophy needs a re-thing, and the tool re-cast for modern construction methods. The authors froze the grammar this month, and look to freeze the library structure shortly, so a descriptive book can be published, and a compiler built.

The top line:
Let’s have some perspective. Technology only becomes dead dead–or even obsolete–when it either ceases to perform the task to which it was set, or the task itself no longer needs to be performed. Until then, it remains current, no matter how old. The useful retains at least some value. Moreover, of those who say “(s)he who dies with the most toys wins”, the Spy gently enquires, “Wins what and where, pray tell?”
Friends and family are of infinitely more importance, will always endure, never become obsolete. Human values such as fidelity, constancy, truth, love, righteousness, honour, duty, and morality are timeless. Such will be current even when the universe itself is replaced by a new heavens and a new earth, at which event both technology and the negations of such values will forever be forgotten. Let’s have some perspective, even when we talk ephemeral toys.

–The Northern Spy

Opinions expressed here are entirely the author’s own, and no endorsement is implied by any community or organization to which he may be attached. Rick Sutcliffe, (a.k.a. The Northern Spy) is professor of Computing Science and Mathematics at Canada’s Trinity Western University. He has been involved as a member or consultant with the boards of several community and organizations, and participated in developing industry standards at the national and international level. He is a co-author of the Modula-2 programming language R10 dialect. He is a long time technology author and has written two textbooks and nine novels, one named best ePublished SF novel for 2003. His columns have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers (paper and online), and he’s a regular speaker at churches, schools, academic meetings, and conferences. He and his wife Joyce have lived in the Aldergrove/Bradner area of BC since 1972.

Want to discuss this and other Northern Spy columns? Surf on over to ArjayBB.com. Participate and you could win free web hosting from the WebNameHost.net subsidiary of Arjay Web Services. Rick Sutcliffe’s fiction can be purchased in various eBook formats from Fictionwise, and in dead tree form from Amazon’s Booksurge.

URLs for Rick Sutcliffe’s Arjay Enterprises:
The Northern Spy Home Page: http://www.TheNorthernSpy.com
opundo : http://opundo.com
Sheaves Christian Resources : http://sheaves.org
WebNameHost : http://www.WebNameHost.net
WebNameSource : http://www.WebNameSource.net
nameman : http://nameman.net
General URLs for Rick Sutcliffe’s Books:
Author Site: http://www.arjay.ca
Publisher’s Site: http://www.writers-exchange.com/Richard-Sutcliffe.html
URLs for items mentioned in this column
The Sony 1040: http://store.sony.com/7.2-channel-4k-wi-fi-network-a-v-receiver-zid27-STRDN1040/cat-27-catid-All-Speakers-and-Stereo-Components
Crutchfield: http://www.crutchfield.ca/
Modula-2 R10–see the link at: http://www.modula-2.com/

Apple Releases iOS 7.0.5

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Apple has released a minor update to the iOS operating system.  iOS 7.0.5 is intended to primarily provide support for the networks run by China Telecom.  This was necessitated by Apple’s recent agreement with China Telecom to provide the iPhone through them.  The update addresses issues with the iPhone 5c and the iPhone 5S connecting to the network.

For more information, see the iOS 7.0.5 update page at:

http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1718

Brian Picchi announces his latest Apple ][ Game

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Brian Picchi, the author of Lamb Chops, has announced the release of his latest Apple ][ Game.  Retro Fever is the first release of 2014 for the Apple ][ series computer and is Brian's second foray into the realm of Apple ][ action games.  According to the release on Facebook, " For this game I teamed up with programmer and friend Brandon Bogle of retroswitch.com (some of you may know him as the creator of the Flyer Internet Modem for the 8-bit Commodore line). In the game you play as an Apple II enthusiast trying to add to their collection. Objectives include collecting the computers from a recycling center, fixing them in a repair shop, and protecting them from the yellowing effects of the sun! Standing in your way is an evil businessman who only wants the computers to resell on ebay for inflated prices. You'll also need to avoid reckless drivers, overgrown lab rats, and your angry wife who wants you to sell your "junk". This game has it all! "

As was the case with Brian's previous effort, the floppy version in a baggie will be available as well.  He goes on to say "The disk image is 100% free so please try it out (and report any bugs!), but I'm also making a physical version available for purchase that includes the 5.25" disk, a quality manual, and a genuine zip lock baggy"

To download the game or to purchase the physical format of Retro Fever, check out the Tanru Nomad Games website at:  http://tanrunomad.com/official-games/

System requirements for Retro Fever is any Apple II series computer with 64k memory. Both Keyboard and Joystick control are fully  supported.

You can play the game online at the Tanru Nomad Games website or on the Virtual Apple ][ website at:

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