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ahm
April 28th, 2010, 09:10 AM
This past weekend, I demoed my Apple //e at a computer festival.
I had a lot of fun getting ready, making floppies from images (yay ADTPro),
and playing a few games I used to play... DROL, Sneakers, Hard Hat Mack.

I also made some Beagle Bros (http://stevenf.com/beagle/) disks.
I remember their stuff from back in the day, but I'd apparently missed some gems.
Currently, I'm hooked on TEXT TRAIN, off their Beagle Bag (http://beagle.applearchives.com/the_software/other_packages/beagle_bag.html) disk.

So in a spirit similar to "PET Alive (http://www.vintage-computer.com/vcforum/showthread.php?20275)!"...
What do you do with your Apple 2?

Jorg
April 28th, 2010, 09:47 AM
Well. Its tucked in the attic, in a flight case, and waiting for someone to collect it.

Mr.Amiga500
April 28th, 2010, 09:54 AM
I've been trying to figure out what uses I can make of my Apple II+ and IIc, but I still haven't found anything that can't be done better on my Amigas, Kaypros, Ataris, etc..

I think I'd have much more fun with the Apple II+ if I could get an SD reader for it. Somebody made a card once, but only a very small batch of them - not for general sale.

Anonymous Freak
April 28th, 2010, 12:48 PM
Serial Terminal (http://www.hurtley.info/home/Hobbies/Pages/Computers.html#9) for my Itanium Linux box.

ahm
April 28th, 2010, 01:05 PM
I think I'd have much more fun with the Apple II+ if I could get an SD reader for it.
SD reader? Nice. I'd only seen a compact flash one and it was the same sort of deal; very limited production.

Anonymous Freak
April 28th, 2010, 01:49 PM
Whaddaya mean "limited production"?

http://www.reactivemicro.com/product_info.php?cPath=1_23&products_id=31 for one that works with IDE, and IDE-to-CF adapters,

http://dreher.net/?s=projects/CFforAppleII&c=projects/CFforAppleII/main.php for a native CF one still in development.

magnusfalkirk
April 28th, 2010, 02:18 PM
This past weekend, I demoed my Apple //e at a computer festival.
I had a lot of fun getting ready, making floppies from images (yay ADTPro),
and playing a few games I used to play... DROL, Sneakers, Hard Hat Mack.

I also made some Beagle Bros (http://stevenf.com/beagle/) disks.
I remember their stuff from back in the day, but I'd apparently missed some gems.
Currently, I'm hooked on TEXT TRAIN, off their Beagle Bag (http://beagle.applearchives.com/the_software/other_packages/beagle_bag.html) disk.

So in a spirit similar to "PET Alive (http://www.vintage-computer.com/vcforum/showthread.php?20275)!"...
What do you do with your Apple 2?


I've got a GS set up at home and a //c at work that I play various games on. Thinking about using the GS to do a newsletter with using Publish It! v4, since I prefer that to the the GS desktop publishing programs. Also plan on learning to write programs for them just to see what I can do, just for fun.

On the whole though I just have fun running some of the old software that I remember using back in the 80's when a friend introduced me to the Apple II+. Of course I later upgraded to a //e, then added a //c, and eventually got a GS. Later on sold the //e and //c, then tossed the GS when I fried the motherboard. Thought I'd never use it again since I had a Mac. Eventually discovered emulators and reignited the love for the // so got back into the real hardware via eBay.

Dean

ahm
April 28th, 2010, 04:04 PM
Thinking about using the GS to do a newsletter with using Publish It! v4,
Most unfortunate product name EVER.

tezza
April 28th, 2010, 04:15 PM
Most unfortunate product name EVER.

I disagree. How about AIDS and AIDS+ (a database) released for the TRS-80 around the early eighties. The timing couldn't have been worse! (-:

Tez

Mr.Amiga500
April 28th, 2010, 04:49 PM
Whaddaya mean "limited production"?

http://www.reactivemicro.com/product_info.php?cPath=1_23&products_id=31 for one that works with IDE, and IDE-to-CF adapters,

http://dreher.net/?s=projects/CFforAppleII&c=projects/CFforAppleII/main.php for a native CF one still in development.

Fascinating! The first one is useless for me because it doesn't work with II+, but I'll be keeping an eye on the second one. Thanks. :)

tezza
April 28th, 2010, 05:06 PM
I don't do much with my Apple II+ Apple IIes. But then again, I don't do much with any of my vintage computers apart from fix them, restore them or look at them to admire the form and function.

My long term aim is to show them off as the slices of history they represent. As this sometimes (well, often) means I have to fix them as well, they tend to keep me busy "tinkering under the hood" so the speak.

Tez

Mr.Amiga500
April 28th, 2010, 05:40 PM
I don't do much with my Apple II+ Apple IIes. But then again, I don't do much with any of my vintage computers apart from fix them, restore them or look at them to admire the form and function.

My long term aim is to show them off as the slices of history they represent. As this sometimes (well, often) means I have to fix them as well, they tend to keep me busy "tinkering under the hood" so the speak.


I try hard to find actual uses for the computers, but most times it's hard to find anything other than typing text and playing games. (except my Amiga 500, which I used for everything up until 2009)

I can certainly understand wanting to look at them to admire form and function. I'm sitting here, surrounded by 20 different 80's computers and they are quite comforting to look at. (...but maybe that's the toxic fumes I'm breathing ;))

Check out my "closet of delights". It's like the 80's never ended. :)

NeXT
April 29th, 2010, 03:12 AM
my IIe does CP/M stuff when I'm not using the Osborne.
I also got some photogate software and hardwre for mine but I never got a use for it.

Druid6900
April 30th, 2010, 08:00 PM
I use my II+ as a test-jig for testing drives and cards.

It's on the block, and if it sells, then I'll have to make due with the bare board I have, a power supply and a spare keyboard.

Micom 2000
April 30th, 2010, 09:27 PM
To a great extent that is my relationship to my collection. My biggest kick has always been to get the many platforms working or upgrading with peripherals. That is the inspiring challenge. Except for a few favorites I don't use them. Now and then I toy with the idea of a local museum, but in a small community in the middle of nowhere it's ludicrous. So it's a bit like having a stamp collection which you admire and now and then get a chance to admire or upgrade. I keep pressing myself to sell off the computers I'm less enamored with, not to mention the parts, but so far I've only been accumulating more, usually in the form of accessories and upgrades. My bad dreams are that if I bite the bullet the majority will serve as landfill since out here interest in vintage computers is -0. Oh well at least I wouldn't be around to witness that final ignomity.

There was a French or Belgian collector who was big on Tandy model IIs who had his computer collection scattered about his large house and his site did a tour of the house and showed the environment they lived in. Very Cool.

Lawrence


I don't do much with my Apple II+ Apple IIes. But then again, I don't do much with any of my vintage computers apart from fix them, restore them or look at them to admire the form and function.

My long term aim is to show them off as the slices of history they represent. As this sometimes (well, often) means I have to fix them as well, they tend to keep me busy "tinkering under the hood" so the speak.

Tez

tezza
May 4th, 2010, 04:20 PM
There was a French or Belgian collector who was big on Tandy model IIs who had his computer collection scattered about his large house and his site did a tour of the house and showed the environment they lived in. Very Cool.


Yes, now there's an idea. I have suggested to my wife Annette, that I setup up my best looking models in strategic location throughout the house as conversation pieces.

Err...I think you can imagine the response. :)

Tez

arfink
May 4th, 2010, 04:40 PM
I use my IIgs nearly every day. I have it hooked up to a Lantronix MSS-VIA and connect to the internets with Proterm. I have one of those compact flash drives from reactive micro, and it's great because I can boot to Proterm in Prodos 8 in less than 3 seconds. Then i can get on, check my email, do IRC, and since I'm an SDF member, hop on the COM chat program. I can vist telnet BBSes. I can also play games, of course. There are quite alot of great IIgs games, including Arkanoid 2, Wolfenstein 3d (which is painfully slow on mine though) and of course, Crystal Quest. I make music with my Apple IIgs using Noisetracker GS 2.0 and sometimes other software as well. I have done papers and stuff on my IIgs as well as pixel art with the ever-classic Deluxe Paint. Next up I'm going to learn some more advanced programming languages for the IIgs and maybe write a game along the lines of Tiny Crawl.

BTW, try Tiny Crawl here: http://vacuumflowers.com/temp/tiny_crawl_assemblee
That game would freakin' rock on the IIgs.

Micom 2000
May 5th, 2010, 02:21 AM
Yes, now there's an idea. I have suggested to my wife Annette, that I setup up my best looking models in strategic location throughout the house as conversation pieces.

Err...I think you can imagine the response. :)

Tez

Ahh. The lack of vision of most spouses. I'd wager that Leonardo da Vinci wasn't married .

channelmaniac
May 5th, 2010, 03:02 PM
I use my II+ and IIe for testing IC chips. :D

Now if I could find an old 4K model II+ motherboard, I could use it to test some fast PROM/EPROM replacements for the 2513 character generator.

Raven
May 5th, 2010, 04:00 PM
I disagree. How about AIDS and AIDS+ (a database) released for the TRS-80 around the early eighties. The timing couldn't have been worse! (-:

Tez

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBkVuT5pw1g&feature=related

Relevance. Warning: may make you lol hard, don't eat/drink while watching. There are several of these if you want to see more. :)

billdeg
May 5th, 2010, 07:15 PM
I try hard to find actual uses for the computers, but most times it's hard to find anything other than typing text and playing games. (except my Amiga 500, which I used for everything up until 2009)


What happened in 2009?

Mr.Amiga500
May 5th, 2010, 07:43 PM
What happened in 2009?

In 2009, I moved, dumped my lousy ISP and decided to finally go broadband. Unfortunately, my none of my Amigas have ethernet cards. So I'm using BeOS on a cheap PC now.

I still occasionally use a free dialup to get my A500 on the internet, but more and more sites have become incompatible, so there's not much point. There are still lots of other (non-internet) things I like to do on the Amiga, which are much faster and easier than on a PC. (easier than BeOS, Linux, Windows or OSX)

arfink
May 7th, 2010, 06:47 AM
You should look into getting dialup with the SDF, they are arguably the best bang for your buck over a landline.

trulore
May 28th, 2010, 06:43 AM
I host Web Services on my Apple II. (Original Apple II, not a II+)

I wanted to see if I could make modern REST Web Services using only (or mostly) pre-1980 technologies. I'm using the serial port for communications instead of an Apple II Ethernet adapter, because I'm trying to use as much standard and authentic old Apple hardware as possible.

I have an additional embedded computer (Pico-ITX running Linux) that actually handles the HTTP and translates that into simple messages sent over the serial port.

I wrote the Apple II software in assembly. It supports the PUT, GET, DELETE, and CATALOG methods for objects that live as files on the 5.25" drives. (It uses DOS 3.3)

I use the Apple II Web Services to store all my phone numbers, passwords, contacts, todo list, schedule, personal records, favorite bookmarks, lists of things, etc. And I can access this data from any browser or from a phone browser. (It's password protected). I press a button on the browser an miles away a floppy drive kicks on. :) The Apple II has been running 24/7 for over a year now without fail.

Currently, the embedded computer is handling automated backups, caching, and cleaning up files on the drives (by sending commands to the Apple II), but I want to move that function into the Apple II as well. (by adding more drives)

It's all old-school....and yet serves a very important modern function!

Mr.Amiga500
May 28th, 2010, 08:56 AM
That is totally friggin awesome. That is one of the most fascinating stories of vintage computer usage I've ever heard. Well done!

Hmmm... this smiley here seems appropriate: :bigparty:

I'd like to see pictures of your setup. :cool4:

Luzur
May 29th, 2010, 12:34 PM
my Apple IIe sits out in the storage along with my other computers waiting for space so i can set them up.