Apple II – Computer Images imported to PublishIt

August 12, 2018

Just some fun. I scoured many Print Shop, Newsroom, etc Disk Images to find as many graphics as I could. Publish imports both DOS and ProDos images so here’s a pdf at my Dropbox site. The picture below is just page one. If anyone has other images let me know what disk and I’ll try to get it at Asimov or other sites.


Virtual II Emulator v8.6 – my upgrade from 7.4

August 11, 2018

I finally upgraded from Virtual II v7.4 to 8.6. It seemed to reach that critical mass of new features and fixes. I downloaded the new app, moved the old app version out of its directory and copied the new app in its place.

From there I just began starting my saved Virtual II sessions. Here are a few in the list:

Prodos32 ✔️, OmniDisk Hard Drive versions of AppleWorks, Copy II+

Fishies ✔️, AleClock, ✔️ MouseDesk2 ✔️, GEOWrite ✔️, GEOPublish, ✔️ pfs:Write, ✔️PublishIT4, and many others.

There were some instances of crashing but once I rebooted the session everything thereafter was fine.

Here are some pictures:

[ Note: check out the comments for Todd Holcomb’s follow-up on bug with the Devices not being displayed in – you just need to go to drop down in top menu and select show devices ]

The screen below illustrates the variety of saved sessions I play with.

One significant difference I noticed was in the increase print quality of GeoWrite and GeoPublish apps. Here are the afters and before pictures:

This is the whole 1st page which I just updated. I did NOT bold the entry of August 11, 2018 so you can see difference.

Applied Engineering 5.25 Apple Drive

August 8, 2018

Picked this up and it works very well. No issues with it attached to Laser128 or Franklin Ace 500.

Carmen Sandiego – Seeing the Roster and Deleting Players Names

August 4, 2018


If you wish to see the Detective Roster just hit control-D. From there you can delete players names. The games only allow so many players on the roster. This happened to me when playing a Teachers and other versions. [ Note the names in capital letters. Leave me a message if you know what it relates too ]

Mitac 5.25” Floppy Drive – part II: Speed RPMs

August 4, 2018

The Mitac drive works well from a reading and writing standpoint as long as you keep using this drive for any disks you write. It turns out the RPM for this drive is a little slow. So, if you write, say a pfs:Write data file to it, the file may be reported as no good by other floppy drives. I have five different brands of 5.25″ drives and this is the first time I’ve seen this issue. It still works great for read only disks like Print Shop Art, Carmen Sandiego Games, etc where you don’t write.

Anyhow, I thought I’d open it up and see if I could find a mechanism to adjust. Here are some pictures with notes. [could not find manual online]. There are a couple of links at the end to disk images on Asimov. Also a REALLY great article illustrating the workings of floppy drives.

Here was my first clue I had an issue. Formatting.

I used the MECC Analyzer Disk and the DataLife Drive Analyzer.

I was looking for something to adjust. The only item was the light blue piece at the top center of the picture. I have no idea if actually controls speed. It rotated easily. But made no difference no matter how far clockwise or counterclockwise I turned it. After about an hour of trying adjustments I called it a day. Maybe someone really knows these drives and can help someday.

Below is the bottom plate. To remove the drive you take out all 6 screws. Lift this plate off and then slide the floppy out the front of the chassis.

The Utilities can be downloaded from here:

A great article with pictures of floppy drive workings:

Apple TV Silver 1st Gen with Firecore’s Kodi Media Center Software

July 21, 2018

Update: July 22, 2018

Here’s the Kodi Media Center wiki on how to control the AppleTV v1 with Apple Remotes.

I kept forgetting how to bring up the DVR type control Playback menu. It’s hold down the play/pause button until menu pops up.

I made a PDF of it:

With the cost of flash drives decreasing I now have a SanDisk 256 GB USB connected. Holds plenty of videos.

Original Post: December 31, 2016

I’ve been looking at my old Apple TV Silver 1st gen sitting in the media center cabinet doing nothing for a few years now. So, I decided to check the Firecore site which developers the enhanced install XBMC software that replaces the default Apple software with much greater flexibility and  feature sets.

Firecore had a new version called Kodi…based the Kodi OS, I guess.

Anyway, I installed it and it works pretty nicely. Below is some of the particulars of the install effort.

December 31st 2016
New Kodi version for ATV Silver purchased, downloaded to MacBook Pro, opened and installed in applications folder on Dec 22nd.

Runs but could not identify USB flash drives from Kingston or PNY. Fairly large drives of 16GB and 32GB.

Today I found an old Verbatim flash drive of 4 GB. Installer found it immediately and install to my ATV went well.

I connected to my network where I had a 64GB flash drive plugged into my router.

Through adding devices menu I was able to find the drive and play files.

However, with the movies I wasn’t getting any sound…..I had to switch sound type to HDMI as that’s the cable I connected to the TV. Then the sound OK. It defaults to something I couldn’t understand. I assume it’s component type audio.

I connected various flash drives with videos to the back of the ATV and they appeared by name on the screen and I was able to play videos without issue.

UPDATE: pictures now working. I don’t know what happened. I flipped through the settings for pictures and I must have touched the right thing. My big problem now is PICTURES. It will NOT display any type of picture…Any0ne have any thoughts???

Echo IIb Speech Synthesizer – Apple IIe

July 17, 2018

I recently acquired this Echo IIb by Street Electronics and installed it in my Platinum IIe. Lots of fun. I had their Cricket on my IIc back in the late 1980s.

Link to Manual and Reference Guide