Monthly Archives: September 2016

Applied Engineering System Clock

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Fully Pro-Dos compatible.
• Automatic time and date stamping
• Easy to use from BASIC
• Battery operated, uses 3 “AA” batteries (will last 1-2 years before simple replacement)
• Date has year, month, date and day of week
• Time has hou’rs, minutes and seconds
• The only clock for the Ilc that displays the date and time on the Appleworks screen,
• Will time and date stamp Appleworks files.
• Auto access from Appleworks data-base (just use a time and date field)
• Pass through serial port – The Ilc system clock can plug into either the modem or printer serial port, then the modem or printer plugs into the clock.

Few pictures of the unit i have:

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It’s small and light and designed to fit the //c style nicely. Wonder how many of these Applied Engineering actually sold?

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The switches on the back.

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Inside, it uses reqular 3x AAA batteries to keep the date/time.

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The battery holder.

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Serial?

smaller_disk

Software:
http://mirrors.apple2.org.za/ftp.apple.asimov.net/images/hardware/clock/AE_Apple_IIc_System_Clock- Clock_Utilities.DSK

Manual:
http://mirrors.apple2.org.za/ftp.apple.asimov.net/documentation/hardware/clocks/IIc%20System%20Clock %20-%20User%20Manual%20v2.0%20(Applied%20Engineering).pdf

Info:
http://ae.applearchives.com/apple_c/c_system_clock/iic_system_clock_brochure.pdf

 

 

 

VGA to Apple II?

For all of us who want to have the best possible picture quality from their Apple II’s, VGA-output comes to mind. But is there such solutions around? Not many.

Plamen Vaysilov’s http://a2heaven.com have produced one option, if you have the Applied Engineering RamWorks III-card (or clone) in your Apple IIe. However, the adapter works only with NTSC-units.

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Installatikon is very easy. Just plug the adapter in backside of the RamWorks III-card, route the video mode swtich-cable outside of the case and attach VGA cable. With Apple IIe models, the VGA-connector cable wont fit inside the case from the lot openings in the back.

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I’ve used an Ethernet-VGA adapter to route the signal out of the case with ethernet cable, it works great. Such adapters can be found atleast, ebay.

modes
The adapter supports these modes:
Color, Shade of Green, Monochrome, Monochrome green and the sames with emulated scanlines (as of in CRT-displays for vintage feel if you wish to have such).

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It sure is better than composite output…

Get yours from:
http://a2heaven.com/webshop/index.php?rt=product/product&path=74&product_id=126

Tero Sand – Apple II user

I just had to post this.

Tero Sand, one of the most known Apple II users (in his own way) in Finland – and user of the very few Apple IIgs’s in Finland at the time. His story was told in a Document i finally was able to obtain from the Producer, and director, Jean Bitar, of the document, “I wanted to live only”.

“I WANTED TO LIVE ONLY” (google translate)
Tero Sand Tero Sand paralyzed from the age of 3, when a car drove over him. Tero’s life dependent on the ventilator completely changed  ten years later, in 1978, when Tero got his first computer. Computer communication evaporation of the physical constraints and about
Tero became equal with others. Internet made the world infinitely Tero.
Tero Sand died in April 1996. When his death was announced on the Internet, through the network began flooding condolence, especially  from universities all over the world. Tero had time to create online an extensive career as an expert in particular, geology and  medicine, which scientists are often asked for advice and consultation. Tero was considered a rare intelligent expert, and his debilitating revealed to partners and correspondence with friends after his  death. Tero left the computer archives of their own ideas and parable, which he did not during his lifetime told anyone. Describing the well-known documentary by Jean Bitar first documentary about Tero I just want to live in was presented a deuce in 1991.
– Before the document descriptions of the month I spent with Tero and his family to meet them. It made me realize the importance of  the adoption of this program. I wanted to help healthy people better understand immobile and shows how more than 20 years of his life hospital lived Tero bursting with the joy of life and welcomes life and the world more mature than most of us are healthy, said Bitar in 1989.

The new documentary, “I just wanted to live” Bitar assembles the pieces of Tero’s entire life together in a new way, found in fresh  interviews and Tero computer archive material.

Will form an interesting and surprising puzzle that contained new information about the life of Tero.” I just wanted to live” for yourself stopping to think about each life tough intricacies of fate, coincidence, the meaning of existence …

FOR TERO.
http://www.talkorigins.org/tsand.html

Quick recap.
Tero was born in USA and where he was injured at the age of 3. He’s father was honored WW2 veteran and had Finnish wife.  After they treaded him in US for a while, they had to go first to the netherlands but started to run out of money. The Wife’s father  was very well known actor in Finland who had connections up to President even. President at the moment, Urho Kekkonen, heard about the  matter and gave Finnish citizien ship to Tero and his brother, and they then moved to finland to be taken care of, in a hospital where  Tero stayed ever since untill his death in spring 1996. He’s father was not happy as his son’s own country, USA, would not take care of him. He is still alive.

Addition:
My investigative work lead me finding stories and information about Tero and his Apple-II hobby, so i tried to track down the Apple IIGS he had (morbid?). I tracked it down but sadly, it was thrown away somewhere in late 90’s as it just wasn’t up to the task  anymore.

So, where are the rest of the “demo unit” Apple IIgs’s imported in this country?

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Tero Sand in early days with his Apple ][-clone and tape drives.

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The way he used the keyboard. I am so impressed. Amazing.

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He’s Apple IIgs-setup later on at hospital.

Apple IIGS (ROM3) DVI-output is finally here. Me happy.

Finally using Apple IIGS (ROM3) is enjoyable! Specially in Europe, where Apple IIGS was NOT popular or like in Finland, where it was not even sold (after only importing 3 demo units).

So using your imported GS creates an challenge. Before this adapter, you had to either, get an Apple IIGS color monitor from USA and have an voltage transformer 115>230v or be lucky and find an European (230v) monitor somewhere in middle europe. No dice.
What i did before, was to have an custom Scart cable made, but that solution was far from being high quality (specially 80-colums mode was very blurry).

Koichi Nishida’s Nishida Radio to the rescue! Koichi is an electronical wizard from Japan who have created lots of products for Apple II and Japanise home computers (SORD m5).

I managed to get one finally from his webpage, where he sell’s the adapters when they are produced. You can’t just order them. He’ll announce the availability in Facebook in his page.

Where to buy?
http://tulip-house.ddo.jp/DIGITAL/english.html
Currently selling at 50 USD + 7 USD delivery.

Product details:
http://tulip-house.ddo.jp/DIGITAL/gsdvi/index.html

The adapter itself, works ONLY with ROM3 -units due design it uses. I believe there is work under process to create VGA/DVI/HDMI-adapters for GS ROM 0/1 versions as well but not by him.

The adapter outputs TMDS signal with either 27 MHz pixel clock (720 x 480) or 25 MHz (640 x 480) and syncs usually most LCD-monitors do sync on the signal without any issues.

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The product arrived well-packaged and contained :
-The board itself
-Cable
-Adapter to DVI

top
The adapter from the top shows the DIP-switches, DVI connector cable and additional connection for possible upgrades. The cable is slim so it can easily be slided out of the case and attached to the DVI-adapter board outside of the case, or you can mod it in the case itself.

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The adapter from the bottom side. See the genius way to install it!

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Installation itself was super easy. Just plug the adapter over the VGC-chip on left side, just under the Powersupply itself.

Note to myself. Don’t install Uthernet II-card in a wrong way 🙂 The GS wont boot.

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Installed. it’s a tight fit but it’s, just so perfect.

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It does fit under the Powersupply, just barely.

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Using the ready-made GS/OS 6.0.1 from http://www.whatisthe2gs.apple2.org.za/ i tested the quality and it was impressive.

*More pictures will be updated *

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I used temporary setup with ClassicIDE (4GB CF-card) and my 4MB RAM-card. It’s not ideal for me in many ways, so i’ve went back and put back the CFFA3000-card to it.  CFFA3000 is just perfect for any Apple II-usage in all possible ways. I need more of those..

Game boxes

Got bunch of original Apple ][ games last year from a friend who bought these brand new back in the day here in Finland. These got preserved at perfect version later on by well-known Apple ][ preservationist “4am”.  Love the old game box design a lot.

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H.E.R.O. from Activision. This game have always been one of my favorites, even first i played this must have been either MSX or Commodore 64. Never seen or hold the box in my hand before.

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Very cool comics inside!

PITFALL_II_BOXPITFALL II – LOST CAVERNS by Activision. I had this on MSX, about the first games on MSX i had. It took awhile to get the casette deck to load the games (non Spectravideo original deck). Never completed the game at the time, it was insanely difficult and i hated the game big time!

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Very cool poster-style picture inside of the box.

 

Apple //c+

Finally got this model this year. This was a model that was never sold elsewhere than USA, so no international versions around. This creates problem with people living in other-than-115v powerline areas, i.e. Europe. But Aussies to the rescue! Mark Wise from Australia, manufactured an small batch of these Universal powersupplies to this model, making it just basic swap-in for the new 115-240v powersupply to be used!

Complete specs about Apple //c+ of cos at : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_IIc_Plus

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This is the unit i got for the States (thanks to Tony Diaz!) It would need an Retr0brighting to get rid of the yellowing… but that’s for an another task. Note: No, the //c+ is not from Kfest garage giveaway. Tony just sent me the shirt.

Drive
Major differences compared to the regular Apple //c were, 800k 3.5″ drive and user selectable processor speed 4mhz (1mhz user-selectable from boot).

Quinn Dunki of Blondihacks http://quinndunki.com/blondihacks/?p=2593 made an custom eprom with 1mhz selected as default if you want to burn your own.

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From inside. The C+ model have internal powersupply.

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And different keyboard mechanism. When i received mine, i took the keyboard to parts and cleaned it. Lots of stuck keys, so it took literally 100’s of times of pressing and cleaning before i got it working, and still it’s not perfect touch.

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The Universal powersupply from Australia. It came in neat package and sticker to put on the top of the powersupply (note: the brand SONNY).

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So basicly it was just swap in. Only few wires needed to be soldered. Could not be any easier.

SONNY
The specs are in the label.

VGA

I’m using mine with VGA-adapter from http://www.a2heaven.com and FloppyEmu from http://www.bigmessowires.com/floppy-emu/ which makes great combination!

LODE

Of cos when running 4mhz, lots of older games run *too* fast (funny thing to say really)
but if you want, there’s an custom ROM from http://quinndunki.com/blondihacks/ if you want to change that setup being 1mhz from the boot (and 4mhz by user-select).

 

 

Apple ][ (Revision 2) – 1978

I found this original Apple ][ years ago from a older gentleman who had thrown away most of the “old junk” but managed to keep this (and one Europlus) in his basement. He wanted them to go an Apple ][ – user.

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It’s nice real-deal Apple ][ with serial A2S1-9904 in the bottom.

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The board manufacturing week was bit difficult to read, but i managed read it out to “7843”.

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After lifting the CPU it turned out to be an rather rare & short in production, Revision 2 motherboard.

CPU
Original non-replaced 6502 CPU from week of 36 of 1978.

ROM
It had an AppleSoft ROM’s but i managed to found original IntegerROM chips to it for originality.

RAM
It is upgraded to full 48k but the lower RAM are original golden-Mostek’s with later part of 1978 manufacturing dates on them. They sure are pretty!

Logo
The logo on the lid was replaced with Apple ][+ but i managed to found, thanks to Paul Hagström of http://www.yesterbits.com the original NOS part. It was brand new, never used.

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The keyboard is original, raised powerlight -type of a keyboard. It has some issues & not 100% working condition. Few switches should be opened up and fixed.

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It was atleast once, went thru an repairs, possibly the ][+ “upgrade” they had made.

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In all it’s glory. This started something great in IT-industry no matter what you say. Atleast in 1977.

bag
Of cos it needs proper bag for it, so an original Apple ][ leather bag is in order. This came originally from a friend that was used with Apple ][+ (upgraded to Europlus with wiring-mod to the motherboard).

Now only wish to find an Revision 0 -unit as Comoco did import Apple ][‘s to Finland as early as 1977 already. I know for a fact an serial number #1024 being imported but sadly, that unit is been lost.