Glenn Jones of A2RetroSystems is getting ready to set the Apple II world on fire, again, just like he first did in 2005 with the release of the original Uthernet card for Apple II.
Uthernet is the only Ethernet card in production for Apple II systems. The original model provided a 10 Mbps interface and very minimal on-chip firmware (basically none).
The new model, which should be distributed to beta testers next month, uses an advanced Ethernet controller chip which actually has an on-board TCP/IP stack.
This is a great boon for Apple II programmers, who up until now have had to implement their own TCP/IP solution in software along with their application.
Now they can offload a significant portion of that work to the Uthernet II card, and concentrate on the real work!
I happen to be on the beta testing team, and as soon as I get a hold of my Uthernet II, I'll be putting it through its paces and posting th...
You know you have a compelling book when it inspires the reader to take action. After just half an hour of reading Dr. Steven Weyhrich's new Apple II history book, Sophistication & Simplicity, I felt the irresistible urge to pull out my old Apple II Plus and set it up so I could start fiddling around on it. Of course I did eventually come back to reading some more, but later on, I was then motivated to pull my old Call-A.P.P.L.E. compendiums off the bookshelf and start flipping through them again.
Containing 447 chapters spanning nearly 600 pages, this must certainly be an Apple II history that cannot leave anything out. For the most part, this conclusion is correct: Dr. Weyhrich leads us on the journey of Apple Computer, starting with the earliest days of Jobs and Woz in the garage, tinkering on the Apple-I, and later, the prototype Apple II. Here and there, we take little pit-stops on our history adventure to learn about the famous Apple II magazines of the day, and some of th...
We made it.
Ten years and the site is still being updated with new material and people are still visiting.
Just think: in February 2004, Spymac was just a few weeks from announcing 1 GB email and exploding into the world's largest Mac community. Facebook had just opened, but was limited to university students. YouTube did not exist. Twitter did not exist. There were no Intel Macs.
On February 12, 2004, I sketched out Mac GUI's home page in my day planner. I put together the HTML pages for Mac GUI with Adobe PageMill on a Power Mac 6100/66 running OS 9. Graphics were made using a combination of Graphic Converter and Adobe Photoshop LE 5.0.
There was no macgui.com domain name. That wouldn't come until August. Mac GUI used a free host, Bravehost, until 2005. We were limited to 17 MB of bandwidth
The Twiggy Mac uses the Apple FileWare system, which uses double-sided disks offering approximately 871 KB of storage. Physical sectors stored 512 data bytes and 20 tag bytes.
In contrast, the Mac 128K uses the Sony 3.5" disk system, which uses single-sided disks offering approximately 400 KB of storage on 80 tracks.
It appears that Twiggy Mac disks use the MFS format, with a few small differences. These differences are not so great as to prevent the disks from mounting on a Mac 128K running System 1.0, or indeed, even a Mac SE running System 7.
The first difference is in the boot blocks. While the format signature of $4C4B (LK for Larry Kenyon) is still present, some of the file names differ. The StartUpScreen is referred to as the BootScreen. The Finder is listed twice. There are no entries for InfoScreen or Clipboard File.
The volume directory is still in block 4, and its signature bytes are still $D2D7 (RW for Randy Wig...