Here’s an “OOPS FIXER!”

By J.A. BACKMAN

If you have dumped a program by hitting “RESET” when you meant to hit “RETURN” and Ctrl-C wouldn’t bring the program back – – I’ll bet the air was as blue around your APPLE II as it was around mine! – ! – ! A sweet little fix is a simple gadget that stops accidental keying “RESET” but does not stop its operation when it is needed. It does not hide the key, and doesn’t require lifting a lid to get to it. The gadget is made in a few minutes from an old – tired – empty cassette storage box lid. Just cut off 1-1/2″ from the left end of the cover, shorten the remaining length to 2-1/4″, soften the plastic over gentle heat and send the long flat side up about 15 1-1/8″ from the single edge.

Oops Fixer

Now, to use this gadget, press down slightly on tne lower right hand corner of the top cover of your· APPLE II, just above the -RESET” key. This will make a thin gap – just wide enough to slip the narrowest side under the keyboard housing and the top cover. If the bend angle is right, the plastic shield will cover, and just clear the “RESET” key. There is enough tension from the top cover to hold it in place. Wonder-of-wonders! ! ! The “RESET” key still works by pressing the cover, but, when you reach for the “RETURN” key – – your finger stubs. Voila ! ! No more unintentional program dumps.

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About the Author

Bill Martens

A.P.P.L.E. Chairman of the Board and Club president -- Bill worked for the founder, Val J. Golding and A.P.P.L.E. from 1981 to 1982. In 1999, he began archiving the materials which were distributed and sold by A.P.P.L.E.. That project led to the group that remained of A.P.P.L.E. Bill was involved in the financial industry in Tokyo and has over 20 major office infrastructure projects to his name. In March 2001, he retired to write books and to spend more time pursuing personal interests. As the president of the users group, Bill is in charge of distribution of Call-A.P.P.L.E. magazine as well as the organization of this web site. Bill currently resides in Tokyo, Japan and Shelton, Wa splitting time between the places.