Category Archives: Galleries

The Software Factory – AstroApple (Tape Distribution)

This archive contains a disk image (13 sector DOS 3.2 format) of the tape distribution of AstroApple, an astrology program by Bob Male, distributed by The Software Factory. The other side of the disk has the diskette distribution, but there were so many bad sectors that the FC5025 couldn’t image it.

Get the archive here.

Someone posted a scan of the manual here (free to view in your browser; downloading apparently requires free registration).

astroapple-manual

Apple III: RND(x)

A couple of quick Apple III items.

Bill Budge Honored

Did you know famous Apple II programmer Bill Budge (Raster Blaster, Pinball Construction Set) worked on the Apple III graphics driver?  Well, if you read the online edition of Wired magazine, you probably do now.  On February 10, 2011, The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences (PDF) will present Budge its second annual Pioneer Award for his groundbreaking work on Pinball Construction Set.  The Apple III connection here is that it was while Budge was working on the driver at Apple that he was inspired by a group of pinball fanatics (that included Woz) at the company to develop his first pinball game, Raster Blaster.

It’s nice to see some of the pioneers and luminaries from the early days of the Apple II industry whose last names aren’t Wozniak or Jobs getting some recognition.  Congratulations, Bill!

More on the 512K Card

Here are a few more shots of the On Three 512K card.  High resolution versions are available in the Picasa gallery.

The On Three 512K card removed from the machine, PROMs and address lines removed.

Close up of the PROM sockets and resistor packs on the 512K board.

An On Three 512K board (top) next to a standard 5v Apple III 256K board

Galleries (updated)

(Note, I deleted the previous post, as my comments don’t apply now) I added two new pages for my photo galleries – they link to existing galleries on Google’s Picasa or, if you prefer, my Flickr account. These plugins seemed to work a little better than the NextGEN plugin I was playing with. I’ve also added two links down at the bottom of the page that will take you directly to the sites. I’ll leave them there until I’m confident the plugins work as advertised – that’s not a comment about the plugin authors, but about my limited WordPress abilities.

I started with photos of the ProFile HDD I was working with in previous entries, and I hope to add more content in the next few days, so enjoy!

* There doesn’t seem to currently be a method for selectively presenting certain albums, while filtering out others, so if you browse the Flickr stuff, you’ll also get my other non-Apple II related photos. Nothing offensive (I hope), but it’s not all Apple stuff.