Apple II-software tapes

Thanks to Marko for these Apple II tape donations. These were first Apple II software tapes released by Apple Computer Inc. , in my collection.

COLOR DEMOSOFT / LITTLE BRICK OUT
600-2023-00
1979

ALIGNMENT TEST TONE / RENUMBER/APPEND
600-2024-00
1979

These are naturally digitized and preserved by the great Antoine Vignau of Brutal Deluxe at :
http://www.brutaldeluxe.fr/projects/cassettes/apple/

 

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FinApple 2018 (c)
Apple ][ forever.

Chinese pirated Apple II manuals (中国盗版苹果ii手册)

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These Chinese pirated/copied Apple II books/user’s guides were obtained from Sweden (Peter Fuks) last year. These are quite faithful copies of the originals, only printed in cheaper paper and all copyrights/product info removed as one would imagine..

– Apple II User’s Guide
– Visiterm User’s Guide
– Apple 6502 Assembler/Editor
– Apple Writer
– Apple Writer II
– Bag of Tricks
– Beneath Apple DOS
– User’s Guide Lisa 2.5

FinApple 2018 (c)
Apple ][ forever.

From Belgium with Floppies

“Floppies! Floppies! Let there be FLOPPIES.”

Bryan Bogaert sent these floppies to be preserved. One never knows what there is to be found.

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What software were used:
-As most of the disks were not originals, not protected ones, i just used CFFA3000 to read the disk images (.dsk) out of the floppies. That’s the most easy/realible way to get the images read quick. For more difficult ones, or slightly protected ones, ADTPro could be used to read the .nib file, but currently i don’t have ethernet based network setup in my mancave/hobby/work-room so i had to skip that in this moment.

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Any intersting finds?
Lots of basic stuff. Cracked game collections (i’m specially interested finding software cracked by European, less known, groups or persons), AppleWorks, DOS-masters -the basic stuff really.

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Cracked by some Dutch group/person:

itt_floppy_sBut atleast something very interesting, i found software made for the Apple ][ clone, ITT 2020!
Basic-Couse and some financing products labeled as “Bell Telephone Mfg. Co. Retail Management Program – Verkoop en Facturatie and Stock -en Klantenbeheer”. There were versions 1.0, 2.0 and 2.1 but all i could find were version 2.0 and 2.1. Those disks were really in bad shape, the mylar surface was badly grooved in few tracks. Cleaning did not help on that.

passported_sFew i could read with the Passport by 4am and it revealed that those were actually protected with DOS3.3P.

Also found some Dutch PD-collections:
-Apple Gebruikersgroep Amsterdam : Het Diskschift
-Software Bibliotheek Stichting Apple 2 Support
-IAC Klok-series

Images that did not contain any personal data, were uploaded to archive.org and asimov.

FinApple 2018
Apple ][ forever.

A peeled Apple IIe

Finally got around framing this cool Apple IIe poster. “A peeled Apple IIe”. It seems to be from Australia, so far i could find the “Kurrawood Computers” was located in NSW, Australia. It’s not in perfect condition, but when placed under the glass it does look good.

It’s good addition to my mancave/work-room wall.

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FinApple 2018 (c)
Apple ][ forever.

 

WiModem232 w/OLED

What and Why? BBS’s and modems in 2018?

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WiModem232 with oled-display / www.cbmstuff.com

From cbmstuff.com:

  • WiModem232 is an internet modem for (any) computer with RS232 interface port that
    emulates Hayes compatible modem. Plugging the WiModem232 to the serial port and you
    can connect to BBS’s anywhere, in 2018.
  • The WiModem232 requires access to your local router and supports easy WIFI-setup inc.
    WPS one-button setup.
  • Firmware updates are done using simple command that fetches the lastest firmware from the cmbstuff.com server and updates the WiModem232 without even having to remove the WiModem232 from your computer.
  • WiModem232 supports 300 to 115200 baud.
  • This model have 128×64 pixel OLED screen.
  • Requires external 5v power using Mini-B type USB-connector.
  • WiModem232 controlls all standard RS-232 lines: Rx, Tx, RTS, CTS, DSR, DTR, DCD and RI.
    So you can run your own BBS!

Using the WiModem232:

I haven’t used modems since late 80’s (calling to BBS’s) so this was all “new” to me again. I had no idea what to do really, so it was all learning from almost zero to me again. I had a huntch of cause…

So i started with buying an DB25-DB25 -cable that i connected to the WiModem232 and Apple’s own Super Serial Card II. The WiModem232 would benefit from a enclosure but right now there is no such thing available. The cbmstuff.com does have it coming (you can print/get it printed yourself) however.

I tried using different versions of ProTerm but for time being, i could make the ProTerm v1.9p working only.

Super Serial Card II -settings (thanks to Jeremy Apple@a80sappleiibbs)
-Block facing to MODEM (Jemery’s setup was facing to “Terminal”, but i could only get it working like this)
DIP-switches:
#1 OFF,ON,OFF,ON,OFF,OFF,OFF
#2 ON,ON,ON,ON,OFF,OFF,OFF
(you can check your SSC-cards manual for the DIP-switch settings & details)

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 ProTerm v1.9p :
-Modem: Null modem Driver (RTS/CTS)
-Port: Apple Super Serial Card (Slot #2)
-300 Baud (for setup)

Basic commands :

ATI – that gives information from the device itself, good indication the connection is working. The WiModem232 display says “looking for router” untill the connection is been established.

AT*N – to see list of available wireless networks you have access to.

AT*SSID NETWORKNAME,PASSPHRASE – to connect your wireless network with passphrase. Connecting is possible with WPS as well if you choose to do so.

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connected

When connection was made i changed the connection type to TELNET with command:
AT*T1

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..and made connection to BBS with : ATDT a80sappleiibbs.ddns.net:6502

And voi’la. It worked.

There actually were a firmware update for the WiModem232 and it downloaded quite quick and worked fine. You can install updates with command AT*UPDATE.

Download the .pdf manual from cbmstuff.com website for more details.

Happy BBS’ing!

FinApple 2018 (c)
Apple ][ forever.

 

Suncom TAC1+ analog joystick controller

I rarely see anything Apple II-releated sold in this side of the world (i.e. Finland) so i just had to get one more, joystick. This time it was TAC1+ made by Suncom that works with :
Apple IIe, IIc, IIgs and compatibles “plug A”
IBM PC, XT, AT, PS2 and compatibles “plug D”

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The handle does look odd and not so comfortable at first but it actually is quite easy going and lightweight. Pretty accurate as well. It’ll just need some cleaning.

fb_img_15129325974003In bottom there’s the switch between IBM PC and Apple II.

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It came with small User’s Guide.

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FinApple 2017 (c)
Apple ][ forever.

A little bit about: Preserving Apple II casette-based software:

Apple and other publishers, released software on c-casette tapes since 1977 to early 1980’s
The c-casette tape was the only way to save your data until the Disk II became available in June 1978 ($495). And of course, it took time when it became dominant format for saving data on your Apple ][.

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Recently i obtained some Apple ][ software tapes that did require preservation. All others
but “Mimic” were already preserved by Antoine Vignau of the great Brutaldeluxe,
http://www.brutaldeluxe.fr so i took the task to preserve the “Mimic”-casette release. To me, this was first ever (original) casette software for the Apple ][, so this was all “new” to me even i knew the process more or less.

Last time i’ve copied software tapes was back in mid 80’s when i realized i could actually copy
the software tapes with double-deck c-casette players. That was start of something.. wonderfull (and brought to me lots of new friends).

These came with the box (rather rare to happen thesedays) so i will scan them and the manuals as well and they’ll appear on Antoine’s collection later on.

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Instant Software-releases from 1979:
-Math Tutor I 20k (0073A)
-Sahara Warriors: Commando, French Foreigh Legion 8k (0080A)
-Mimic 24k (0025A)
-Manual for : Math Fun 6 32k (0160AD)

Also additional tape came with these, it seems to have Star Trek game on it which i had to preserve as well. It was one of these “just in case” situations. Save everything, analyze later.

What is required in order to preserve the software tapes?
-Casette deck/player
-Audio cable
-Audacity -software
-Ciderpress -software

The setup:casettedeck_s
Nothing odd or difficult. Connecting the casette-deck to your computer, in this case, Pioneer CT-F650, i obtained from a colleque at work to laptop (Macbook Pro) with suitable cables (2*RCA->minijac). See that the possible DOLBY-setting is OFF.

Reading:
-Using Audacity (WAV, 22kHz, 8-bit mono) to read the casette (or the data off it if you know excatly how much there is) to single, non-compressed .wav file. Reading “too much” (i.e. whole side of the casette) doesnt matter.

We are going to save the .wav file(s) as master/original file, but also, convert the .wav back to file-format in order to keep it (and it’s easier to be used) in DOS 3.2 or DOS 3.3 disk image.

Converting (to disk image):import-files-from-wav_2
Create empty DOS 3.2/3.3 -disk image, and using Ciderpress, import the files from the .wav file to the  disk image. Import : actions > import file from WAV, choose the file and press >IMPORT<

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You can setup when importing the files the file-name, if it’s Binary, aAplesoft or Integer BASIC.
-Mimic loader
-Mimic program

instant_software_presents_sLoading program:

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Mimic-menu:

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Mimic-the game:


Some good ideas:

-Do fast forward the tape back and forth few times if the tape have not been used for long time. The tape might be stuck due heat and lack of usage.

 

Links:
Collection of Apple II tape software:
http://www.brutaldeluxe.fr/projects/cassettes/index.html

By Apple: The format of data on the tape
http://support.apple.com/kb/TA40730

By Apple: Read and write routines from the monitor
http://support.apple.com/kb/TA40737

 

FinApple 2017 (c)
Apple ][ forever
http://kasettilamerit.fi

Special thanks to Antoine Vignau of Brutaldeluxe.fi

 

Roadtrip: Swedish Apple’s

It all begins when i was contacted by Peter Fuks, who was an Chairman of the AUG (Apple User’s Group Sweden) in 1999-2002.

http://A2central.com
Apple User Group of Sweden – formed in the early 1980s, the AUG still has 30-35 enthusiastic members. The group usually meets twice a year in Stockholm and Gothenburg, usually 5-10 people each, and has an extensive software library, ”mostly older games on 5.25? disks. To join the group, the fee is 150 Swedish crowns (US $10) per year. For more information, visit the group’s web site at http://www.appleusergroup.org.

So Peter offered some Apple ][ material he needed to dispose due need of space and lack of time as well other hobbies taking time when he got retired and he knew i could preserve the software and if there were, anything else, paper material for the other users and for the future.

I was very honored and we figured out the dates as i’d need to travel from Finland to Sweden with ferry and take my car with me. It took some months to find the suitable dates and i booked the tickets to Viking Line-ferry that goes from Helsinki to Stockholm. It’s about 16.5 hour per side with the boat so it would take about two days for the trip in total.

Leaving: “It was Roadtrip time!”on_boat_s
So it was roadtrip time! My friend Marko joined me to the trip and i picked him from train station and we headed to the ferry. I booked the tickets so i could drive the car in the boat first, and get out, first. That would save time and nerves.

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Lots of cars and trucks use the ferries to get over the sea to Sweden.

Arriving: “Så här är vi i sverige”
Arriving at 10:00 to Sweden. Weather was nice but slightly clowdy. Nice and dry compared to Finland when we left..

Driving to: “On our way to Järfälla”
Järfälla is about 20km away from downtown Stockholm to north-west so it’s rather easy task to drive there and back. There’s not that much time as the boat leaves back in afternoon but enough for quick round trip there. Or so we thought.. My GPS-navigator is about 10 years old that was however ok, it did work out well. Just IF i would have believed the route it offered.. I tried to use my own very easy, very fast route that i could now however track from the GPS-device itself…  so we drove some 15km to wrong direction first then i started to actually pay attention to the GPS and changed the route… and we found the place. Rather easily in the end 🙂

At Peter’s home: “Meeting Peter”
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Me, Peter and Marko:

Peter and his wife, Gunnel, were waiting. So we drinked some coffee, talked about the tech in general (Peter collects old radios and those are so beautiful!) and the loaded up the car. We were sadly bit on a tight schedule so there were not so much time i was hoping. Peter and Gunnel were as nice people as you could think of.

Peter’s Computers:
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Peter have/have had, lots of Apple ][ computers over the years. He had kept two i think, of Apple //e’s. The main unit he had was really COOL hacked one with just motherboard inside, external keyboard, HDD, 5.25″ and 3.5″ drives with powersupply in another external case!
He had Slotbuster, Phasor cards on his board among PC Transporter setup. What an great period perfect hack-unit!

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Inside of the Peter’s Apple //e with SlotBuster-card.

 

Leaving: “Heading back to Stockholm”
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Car packed with Apple ][-goodies..

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Getting back to the ferry thru downtown Stockholm was easier than i tought. The GPS took us thru the oldtown of the Stockholm and thru the  construction area of Slussen, but the route was so FAST. We got in time to the ferry and even had to wait quite a bit to get in.

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Waiting to drive the car inside the ferry at Stockholm harbor.

At home:
Roadtrip was over! Took about 40 hours for the total trip or so.

Of cos when getting home, i unloaded the material to my work/hobby/mancave-room but only few hours later, had time to start looking into them (i was exicited of cos).

What were there?apple_iis_s
Apple ][-case : REAL ][ but no serial number on bottom for some reason, only reads “2000”, Apple //e (taiwanese clone), Apple //e.

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Pineapple : Apple II+ clone motherboard + ROM card

boards_cards_sApple //e international NTSC board, CP/M card (Microsoft card clone) with Microsoft Softcard manuals & floppies. The //e board reads “broken” so it might need some work to get it working again.

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The Swedish Apple User’s Group (AUG Sweden) “User News” – magazines from 1982-1983.
These are very interesting! These all will be scanned of cos.

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Manuals of all kinds and some game manuals for various games (copied), Apple II books etc. Some of the books “Bag of Tricks” and “Beneath the Apple DOS” seems to be Taiwanese/Hongkong copies. Deep Dark Castle Magazine’s are interesting, somesort of BBS-user’s magazine i think?

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Few books, catalogs, Beagle Bros. manuals, Pineapple catalog/magazine.

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Apple Answer Books Vol.1 and 2 and some manuals and catalogs.

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Microsoft Softcard manuals with disks (13-sector).

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Original games (EPYX)) and Apple Special Delivery title and even one Apple /// software.

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Early (1979) original games in casette with boxes (!). These things are quite rare.

magazines_sMagazines of all kinds: Call A.P.P.L.E., Nibble, Byte, InCider, User’s News (Swedish) etc.

broderbund_sBroderbund – catalogs.

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Heavy-beast, HDD-drive (assuming 5MB) with the interface card. Never have had an “real hdd” with Apple ][ before.

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Connections in the back. Made in Sweden i’d say.

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Interface-card.

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Model/number.

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Floppies : about 50 pcs (Apple II and CP/M).

Lots of material to be preserved! It’s like christmas for geeky Apple ][ guy like me.

FinApple 2017 (c)
Apple ][ forever.

 

3d-printed case for FloppyEmu:

I obtained long time ago an another FloppyEmu (Rev.A) but it came without the case. I didn’t use it (it had an Macintosh firmware on it) for anything but lately i started to need an sd-boot option for my “hack //e” as i am sort of CFFA3000-cards.

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Using the bare-board is not so safe nor convinient.. specially when your desk is full of other electrical components or other stuff.

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So i flashed the firmware so it could be used with the Apple II and notised it wasn’t really good idea to use it without any casing so i started to look for an 3d-printed case for it.  I remembered there were few made and i was able to find the files from  :
https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2200119

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Top of the  case:

case_bottomBottom of the case:

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The buttons:

I took the files to few local 3d-printer companies and asked for pricing. I was quite amazed how expensive it would have been. One complete box would have cost close to 50€ with shipping (locally). The original case at : http://www.bigmessowires.com/floppy-emu would have cost some $35 shipped. Not that cheap either. If one would order the FloppyEmu and the case, then it would really not matter. No i wasn’t looking to get it for 1€ but less that 50€ for sure.

Luckily Eduardo contacted me and offered to print one for me. Thank you Eduardo very much!
I own you man. The case looks very much Apple //c or even //gs – styled design so it’s great fit for Apple ][.

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First test assembly:

Eduardo game me good tip: to use tape to keep the buttons on their place and make the button movement more accurate.

case_with_tapes_eduardoPicture by Eduardo:

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About to be closed up:

I have not yet glued it together however. If too strong glue is used, it’s impossible to open it evern again for any reason possible, That needs some thinking to do i guess.

FinApple 2017
Apple ][ forever!