Apple TV Silver 1st Gen with Firecore’s Kodi Media Center Software – Multiple USB Flash Drives

June 23, 2019

Update June 23, 2019

I was wondering if I could connect multiple USB flash drives so I’d have more movie, tv, video and picture storage. You can. I bought a 5 Port USB connector from amazon. So far 3 USBs working fine. Here are the pictures and link.

Three USBs.

Apple TV 1st Gen.


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???

Land of Confusion BBS – IIGS – WiModem232 – ProTerm – Games

May 5, 2019

A new Apple II BBS with numerous games. This BBS I access via IIGS ProTerm and WiModem232, as well as a few other BBSs.


ProTerm Settings


Game Menu

Tetris type game.



Played Hangman too.

Rather fun negotiating the scrolling courses.

My WiModem232/OLED.


IIGS Desktop with TransWarpGS Art

April 22, 2019

I wanted to reflect the TransWarpGS on my Desktop in some way. I’ve created a variety of desktops with TransWarpGS and IIGS pictures. I’ve copied the variations on to a 2mg 800k disk image you can download from my Dropbox site.

FYI: I used the Deskmaker IIGS Desktop Accessory to move my images to the desktop.

These pictures are from my Scart and HDMI Toshiba Monitor 📺. The actual pictures show considerably better than the iPhone pictures below. Maybe I’ll do some screen snapshots from Sweet16 Emulator and Post those too.

My TransWarpGS 16MHz now has wings (April24, 2019) 😀.

Most of my Graphical work was done using Platinum Paint application.

Also, there’s a nice Desktop Accessory called ShowMe that you can use to view many image types without opening a program. You can review the files on the IIGSGREEN Image one after another. It and Deskmaker can both be found on the Systems Add-Ons hdv Image On Alex Lee’s site:

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Dino Golf 2019 for Mean18 for IIGS

April 7, 2019

I found the original DinoGolf on a site a few years ago. The course was very busy with so many trees you literally couldn’t see where to play.

So, starting with it, I’ve created this course which I hope you’ll find fun. My goal was to create a playable course but still incorporating all the elements of the original. I’ve added more doglegs, options for cutting the doglegs, real opportunities for reaching par 5s in 2 strokes, special labeling features along the way, etc. and in some instances you’ll need to hook or slice your drive around a dinosaur or a tree. It’s not hard but you need to get the hook/slice right. A few pictures below.

Here is the link to it on my Dropbox site.




Lastly, I have a Scart hdmi Adapter connected from my IIGS to my Toshiba HDMI tv.

The pictures below are the widescreen on the HDMI. Not sure which I prefer. Widescreen or Original.

Near the End.

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SIM8800 Altair Emulator w/ MicroChess for the Apple II

April 3, 2019

Trying the SIM8800 Altair Emulator for the Apple II from a post. The links to the site are at the following link:

The link to the MicroChess manual is here:


Microchess: A Chess playing program for the 8080 Microcomputer, written by Peter Jennings in 1977.

More information and a complete manual can be found here:







This is the grid for making moves.

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BeagleWriteGS 3.2 formerly MultiScribeGS for IIGS

March 31, 2019

I started playing with BeagleWriteGS 3.2 and found it very interesting. To start, I opened an AppleWorks 5 file with BWGS. It handled the import flawlessly. The document is 15 pages, so I was expecting some surprises.

One of the first things I tried was the Load Picture feature. I was able to load numerous pictures. I only saved two pictures within the document, as you’ll notice in the first picture. You can resize the pictures. But you can not word wrap.

BeagleWriteGS was created from the former MultiScribeGS.

I do like the Load Picture feature. It handles a number of formats. You can resize the images. However, there is no word wrap.

The Spell Check feature operates just like the other IIGS Word Processors of this ilk. However, there was a bug. Although you can run BeagleWriteGS from the Hard Drive, the Spell Check will not function without the program disk in a 3.5″ Drive.

I copied the files from the Hard Drive to a new 3.5″ disk. Disk is named bwgs.

Once you do this the spell checking runs flawlessly. However, it appears the add word to the User.Dictionary does not work, nor the Edit User Dictionary. I even started the program from the 3.5 and it did not work. If you try to spell check without the 3.5 disk the program will either crash (on making changes) or go into a loop, from which you can not break out. You’ll need to reboot.



The BeagleWriteGS is found on the Hard Drive image.

The last two pictures are from Alex Lee’s website:


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SheepShaver Emulator- MacOS 9 on MacBook Pro [March 2019 update]

March 21, 2019

SheepShaver – The following link is to a fully operational preconfigured OS9 version that runs on Intel Macs. This COI ChubbyBunny version is complete, ready to run. The rom and all the hard drives on the screen are included. The instructions are pretty easy. I’ve posted some screen snaps below to illustrate some Setup pieces. Links to this material keep changing. So, don’t give up. The 1st link has various versions up through Feb 2019 and Mojave.

This blog has this great write up on how to modify defaults.

Here is the Mac OS 9 desktop

The picture below is CalrisWorks 4 with the text I imported from a text file I saved from AppleWorks [ you actually have to print the AppleWorks file to text, there is no save as text option ] on my Virtual IIe Emulator. The first paragraph tells you how I did it. The beginning text is all related to Beagle Brothers SuperFonts in AppleWorks.

Other pages:

Below is a conversation on the FaceBook forum after an issue with it when I upgraded to Sierra on my MacBook Pro.

SheepShaver Emulator: I just upgraded my MacBook Pro to Sierra and SheepShaver boots to OS9 just fine but as soon as I click in the window it crashes. Any thoughts?