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

40
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

ST.MAC Saved from oblivion by Paul Hagstrom

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Paul Hagstrom has posted a number of the ST.MAC magazines on his blog.  Known as Softtalk Mac officially or Saint Mac unofficially, the magazine was the natural progression for the SoftTalk enterprise which ran from 1980 to 1984.  The first issue of ST.MAC was released in February 1984 but was to run only until August of that year due in part to the shut down of the Softtalk enterprise.

Now enjoy a bit of that era as we face the 30 years of Macintosh anniversary with some of ST.Mac:

http://yesterbits.com/2014/01/23/saint-softalk-dot-mac/

1984 will not be like 1984 — The Macintosh 30 Years on

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Apple, Inc. celebrated the 30th anniversary of the introduction of the Macintosh this week.  January 24th, 1984, Steve jobs showed the world his new machine complete with graphical user interface. The machine initially envisioned by The like of Jef Raskin and Steve Jobs had come to a fruition and Apple introduced it in a manner which has never been forgotten.

Few can forget the image of Steve Jobs up on stage two days after the commercial aired during the Superbowl, showing off a machine which was not only revolutionary in thinking but a whole new direction for how people would work.

While many folks jumped up and bought the machine immediately, it would take nearly another two years before the machine would really take off.   The initial machine came with a single 400KB floppy drive and was introduced at a cost of nearly $3000 USD.  A nine inch screen was what was put in the machine and while ample  area for the few programs available at the time, it was not really a very good display for much other than showing off the Mac Write fonts.

Now thirty years on, the Macintosh is one of the worlds most recognizable items with its distinct apple logo and a large 27 inch display on the highest end models.  The 32GB max of the machines now make the paltry 128K of that initial machine seem like a mistake.  But then it has been thirty years and while Moore’s law has not quite kept up with memory amounts, the amount of memory required by today’s machines is stupendous and continues to grow on a nearly yearly basis.  The graphical qualities of the machines have also advanced to the point where real video is easily rendered on the machines.  Yet the best the 128K mac could do was a digital line art drawing.

Yet, that day was revolutionary and was definitely not like 1984.

DownUnder Chat Reappears!

An announcement by chat leader Andrew Roughan says that the DownUnder Chat which occured on local time Friday Evenings in Australia is once again a weekly event.  According to the posting in CSA2, ”

After a hiatus… it is time for a come back.

Calling all Apple II enthusiasts who are awake between 9pm and 11pm Australian Eastern Summer Time on Friday nights to visit the #a2c.chat channel on the A2Central IRC server.
That’s probably likely to be Aussies, Kiwis, people in Asia who aren’t working late, people in Europe who don’t have a day job, and insomniacs from the USA… but everyone is welcome.

I would like to discuss another gathering of like-minded individuals. Prior discussions on this seemed to indicate that the Sydney area was a central point. Validation of this from those who would attend is important before taking the next step to confirm a venue.

Other discussion topics will include where participants are located, local introductions, interests, projects, etc.

There is an informal Australian Apple II enthusiast email list that I maintain, so if you can’t make the chat but would like to be included in this then let me know.

The chat will be hosted on irc.a2central.com, channel #a2c.chat – use your favorite IRC client.

Connection on the bare metal is possible with an Apple IIgs using the Samurai IRC CDA
http://www.ninjaforce.com/html/products.html

If you’d like a web interface to avoid the trouble of installing an IRC client, try this:
https://chat.mibbit.com
or
http://www.reactivemicro.com/chatroom.php

Every Friday 9pm-11pm AEST
Server: irc.A2Central.com
Channel: #a2c.chat

If necessary, check how the time in your location corresponds with Sydney on this site:
http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/meeting.html
We are ahead of most of the world.

I won’t be able to make every week, so the facilitation will be done by regular chat attendee Jonnyboy – Jon Co.

Hope to see you there!

Applewin Emulator Updated to Version 1.24.0

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The Applewin Apple2 Emulator has been updated to version 1.24.0.  Applewin is currently being maintained by Tom Charlesworth.  According to the posting on CSA2, this update is intended to address a number of issues with the emulator as shown below:

1.24.0 – 11 Jan 2014
——————–
Changes:
. Support cursor keys (in addition to numpad) when using keyboard for joystick emulation
. Support auto-fire for all 3 joystick buttons (via Config->Input)
. [Feature #5668] Added confirmation message box for reboot (F2)
. [Feature #5715] Added -no-printscreen-dlg to suppress the warning if AppleWin fails to capture the PrintScreen key
. Changed save-state file persisted to Registry from filename to pathame
. [Feature #5105] Added About dialog showing GPL (at startup, but only when AppleWin version changes)

Fixes:
. [Bug #19154] ProDOS Order 2IMG crashing
. [Support #103098] Sometimes swapping disk could cause INIT to fail with ERROR #8
. Fixed save-state bug for when 4K BANK1 is dirty (previously it would save the stale data instead)
. [Bug #18723,#19070] Mouse movement for CopyII+9.1 and ProTERM3.1

Debugger:
. Added “disk info” command
. [Bug #18940] Extend BSAVE and BLOAD Command To Memory Banks 0 and 1

The latest update of the Applewin emulator can be downloaded from Berlios at:
http://prdownload.berlios.de/applewin/AppleWin1.24.0.0.zip

Also, according to Tom,  the Win8 full-screen issue has *not* been addressed yet.   As always, problems with the emulator can be reported to the Applewin team by filing a bug report on Berlios or by posting a note on CSA2.  To submit a bug report on Berlios, go to:
https://developer.berlios.de/bugs/?group_id=6117

Silvern Castle RPG v9.5 released

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Silvern Castle v9.5

The Silvern Castle RPG by Jeff Fink has been updated to version 9.5.  Silvern Castle is the longest running RPG specifically for the Apple II series computers which still recieves regular updates.

Bugs Fixed in v9.5:

  • Thanks to Choi Youngjoo for reporting error #53-4035 (and subsequent #53-143 at title page) due to potential overflow of message time delay variable at Red Dragon Inn.

Stuff Changed in v9.5:

  •  Added rarity byte to each monster.
  • Low-level encounters more likely to be patrols or swarms.
  • MicroDot error codes are now reported in the range 256-511.
  • Casting sleep or dispel now displays the total number of identical monsters affected instead of per group.
  • Characters must have stowage containers to carry more than 100 coins without incurring an encumbrance penalty. You may carry as many containers as you have open slots, but to simplify game management, for those containers to be used to carry coins they must be equipped. Encumbrance is optional – see the preferences.
  • Confirmation shown when Equip All selected.

New Stuff Added in v9.5:

  • Stowage containers: Backpacks (2000 coin capacity) and sacks (500 coins).
  • Camp now has a S)towage option to easily manage encumbrance.
  • New status: DYING! When your hit points reach zero or below you are considered unconscious (DYING). You become DEAD when your hit points fall below a negative number equal to your maximum hit points. A DYING character is unable to act and takes damage like a POISONED character until DEAD.

About Silvern Castle
Silvern Castle is a fantasy role-playing game (RPG) for the Apple II in the spirit of the classic Wizardry. Unlike Wizardry, which was written in Pascal  and proclaimed as a game “that simply could not have been written in Basic”; Silvern Castle is almost entirely written in AppleSoft Basic.

Purchased by Softdisk Publishing in 1988, Silvern Castle was never published. After Softdisk discontinued Apple II publishing, I requested and received permission from Softdisk to have the rights to the program revert back to me. Released for the first time as shareware in 1999, I subsequently reclassified it to freeware status later in 2000.

To Download Silvern Castle
Silvern castle is available in several formats complete with the manuals.  You can download everything you need at the Silvern Castle website at:
http://webpages.milwpc.com/finkjc/silverncastle/

The program can also be downloaded from:
http://finkjsc.a2hq.com/silverncastle/

Additional Notes:

Recently I’ve gotten well over 1000 hits at the Silvern Castle website
in just a few days – all due to this one blog post:

http://mark.pilgrim.usesthis.com/

Also, see this blog for a recent user experience with Silvern Castle:

http://freedomalleystudios.com/appleslice/?m=200908

 

iOS 7.1 beta 3 seeded to developers with many fixes

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iOS 7.1

MacNN reports that Apple has released a third beta of iOS 7.1 to developers, accounts say. The code was seeded to select testing partners on December 23rd, but at the time, not the general developer community. The beta is said to make a number of adjustments and bugfixes, bringing v7.1 much closer to its finished state. Some fixes deal with listening to audiobooks, creating a new iCloud account during device setup, and errors seen when enabling iCloud Keychain.

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