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Half-height slim-floppy drives:

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Got these from a friend as a trade. He had saved these from the 80’s and not used them ever since. These were once used in a local textile factory close by his home. 

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Bottom-view. Just different color from the bottom. The mechanism looks the same on both however they do sound totally different when reading the floppy.

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I wanted these as the original Apple II disk drive, Disk II-drive didn’t boot for some reason with the CEC-E (it did with CEC-I). Disk II-drive did power up, but it would not boot or read anything from it. These drives work just fine (as i thought) and they are quite quiet as well. And they do look nice with the clone that CEC-E certainly is.

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Zaxxon time! The colors look bit off. I think some component on the board is having issues as the picture starts to degrade after few minutes when the CEC-E is been turned on untill it’s totally unreadable mess. An another project then with another time…..

FinApple 2018 (c)
Apple II Forever.

A2heaven products for the summer.. coming soon!

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FastChip //c

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This summer you’ll be able to ACCELERATE your Apple //c up to 16.6MHz!
Easy to install, easy to adjust speed, all you ever need for your Apple //c. If it would be faster, it would be I-N-S-A-N-E.

RamWorks III VGA add-on-card (PAL/NTSC)

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RamWorks III VGA add-on card is very handy add-on card to your Applied Engineering (or equilevant) RamWorks III card.
This add-on board enables you to use VGA-monitors with your Apple //e (PAL or NTSC) and save up an slot compared to other
VGA-solutions. There’s never too many slots!

Color modes available are as of:
1 – Colour
2 – Colour Alternative
3 – Shades of Green
4 – Shades of White
5 – Mono – Green
6 – Mono – White
7 – Mono – Amber
8 – Mono – Green (Bold)
9 – Mono – White (Bold)
10 – Mono – Amber (Bold)

 

MegaAudio

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Mega Audio is audio card for your Apple II that holds inside several audio cards itself. It supports emulation of :
2 * MockingBoards , 1 * ALF , 4x * SAM cards .

 

ALL THESE ARE SOON AVAILABLE AT : https://www.a2heaven.com/webshop

Apple II and CP/M:

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CP/M being very popular Operating system back in the 70’s and early 80’s, lots of CP/M (soft) cards were made for the Apple II as well. One of the first ones was released by Microsoft, called “Z-80 Softcard” in 1980 and being first hardware product released by Microsoft. That card then was obiously cloned by Taiwanese and other manufacturers.

Wikipedia:
The Z-80 SoftCard is a plug-in coprocessor card developed by Microsoft to turn the Apple II personal computer into a CP/M system based upon the Zilog Z80 CPU. Becoming the most popular CP/M platform and Microsoft’s top revenue source for 1980, it was eventually renamed the Microsoft SoftCard and was succeeded by Microsoft’s Premium Softcard IIe for the Apple IIe.

Introduced in 1980 as Microsoft’s first hardware product, and bundled with the Microsoft BASIC programming language, the Z-80 SoftCard is a coprocessor card enabling the Apple II to run the Digital Research CP/M operating system, which was the industry-standard operating system for running business software. This gives Apple II users access to many more business applications, including compilers and interpreters for several high-level languages. CP/M, one of the earliest cross-platform operating systems, is easily adaptable to a wide range of auxiliary chips and peripheral hardware, but it requires an Intel 8080-compatible CPU, which the Zilog Z80 is, but which the Apple’s CPU, the MOS Technology 6502, is not. The SoftCard has a Zilog Z80 CPU plus some 74LS00 series TTL chips to adapt that processor’s bus to the Apple bus.

 Recent additions:my_cards_s
I came across few interesting cards made by Applied Engineering (Z-80 Plus) and Personal Computer Products Inc. (APPLI-CARD) and those run either 4 or 6mhz. These are the high-quality cards and not just plain clones.

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I think this picture of the set was from ebay:

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Software:

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Box of the set:

Applied Engineering Z-80 Plus (Z80 @ 4mHz)
http://ae.applearchives.com/all_apple_iis/z-80_plus/z-80_plus_brochure.pdf

Personal Computer Products Inc. APPLI-CARD (Z80 @ 4mhz or 6mhz)
http://apple2online.com/web_documents/appli-card_manual.pdf
http://apple2online.com/web_documents/pcpi_mini_manual.pdf

CP/M by Digital Research:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CP/M

FinApple (c) 2018.
Apple ][ forever.

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.

2

 

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