Case for WiModem232/OLED Arrived

April 30, 2018

This corei64 folk produce custom 3D printed items, many of them are cases for small cards like the WiModem(s). Below is the link and some pictures of mine.

http://corei64.com/store/products.php?122

https://www.cbmstuff.com/proddetail.php?prod=WiModem232OLED

Here is the case and little Allen wrench you use to open and put back together the case.

Here is the case in action. I put a piece of paper over the light to reduce the glow for the picture. YELLOW light ready; GREEN light connected.

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WiModem232/OLED V2 – ProTERM 3.1 – FrontEnded BBSs

April 24, 2018

I had an issue connecting to bbs.impakt.net but thanks to Mike Whalen’s article in Juice.GS March issue it is resolved.

As it turns out a few BBSs front end their systems with code to make sure you’re not a bot. DJs Place above is one of those.

To handle this you need to enter the AT*T1 telnet command at some point before dialing. Below you’ll see the series of screen shots I go through as it takes a few steps. First go to Online mode via Apple or Option-T and issue the AT*T1 command. Then go offline the same way. You’re now at this screen (I’d already issued the command earlier).

Now, go to your stored entry and select the BBS like Impakt BBS.

Your dialing screen will pop up, you click on dial.

In my case it actually does connect. You can see it on the OLED. But ProTERM doesn’t think so. And the screen says your still OFFLINE. Cancel out of those two screens.

Enter Apple or Option-T to go back ONLINE. Hit the enter key and you’ll get the screen below. Then you’re on your way.

There may be a faster way, like entering the BBS name from the command line itself. I’ll have to play with that.


WiModem232/OLED v2 – Connect Apple IIGS to BBSs

April 18, 2018

Great device for connecting to BBSs from IIGS through Wifi to your router. Links are below. [ You can also use IIe with serial card. ]

The WiModem232/OLED

Description

https://www.cbmstuff.com/proddetail.php?prod=WiModem232OLED

The serial cable from IIGS Modem port to WiModem232.

https://www.monoprice.com/product?c_id=102&cp_id=10215&cs_id=1021501&p_id=516&seq=1&format=2

Note: you have to supply your own 5v USB power connector. With all those old phone charger cords I’m pretty sure you’ll have one. My cord came from a camera card hub. You know, one of those hubs where you can plug a CF, SD, XM, etc cards in to transfer pictures or files to your computer.

Connecting with ProTERM v3.1. The link is below with the other links.

Connected to my Netgear router. Note: Please see the V2 in the upper right hand corner. This is the latest version. It’s plug and play with the IIGS. In the manual you can ignore pages 19 through 21.

Here is the parameter screen I have set for each site as reference.

Here are a few more screen shots.

Scanning for routers.

The one issue I had was when I tried to use the xfinitywifi router/modem supplied by Comcast. It allows you to connect the WiModem232 to the router but no further. I struggled with this before I just switched to connecting to my NetGear router SSID Smudge. Then everything went fine.

Here is the WiModem232 web site:

https://www.cbmstuff.com/proddetail.php?prod=WiModem232OLED

Here is the link to the manual.

http://www.cbmstuff.com/downloads/wimodem/wimodem232_manual.pdf

Here is the site to get the ProTerm software for the IIGS.

http://www.whatisthe2gs.apple2.org.za/

Here is the link to the disk image containing the ProTerm software.

http://www.whatisthe2gs.apple2.org.za/files/Communications.zip

Just ordered a case for it. Coming from Canada. I’ll let you know results.

http://corei64.com/store/products.php?122

They have 2 resolutions. The standard one is $2 less.


Telnet to BBSs via MacBook

April 5, 2018

I’ve been reading so much about reaching BBSs via Apple IIs i thought I’d start trying using my MacBook before checking out the WiModem232 or Uthernet II. Also, I use to run a BBS in the late 80s and early 90s so I wanted to take in a little nostalgia. Note in the Terminal entry it’s “telnet bbsname”. No // or anything else. It was great to check out the Bulletins, Doors to Games, etc. [ Note: if you click directly on a link at https://www.telnetbbsguide.com it will open a Terminal window and take you to the site. ]

To get a proper ansi display I had to set Terminal language encoding to Latin 1 Dos. This is done in the Terminal preferences.

The A 80s Apple BBS actually runs on an Apple II.

https://www.telnetbbsguide.com

https://www.cbmstuff.com/proddetail.php?prod=WiModem232OLED

https://www.telnetbbsguide.com


MouseDesk 2.0 for Apple II

April 1, 2018

This version, downloaded from Apple Users Group Sydney is surprisingly good. Here it is running in my Virtual II Emulator. I even ran a basic program by double clicking on the icon and after I quit it and received the basic prompt ] I typed “bye” and it took me back to the GUI interface. You can see one of the disk images is 32mb. I was pleased you could drive down through the folders without issue. [ April 13, 2017: added a short video of booting ] [April 14, 2014 Added some pics of it running on my Laser128EX] [April 30, 2017 You’ll see I run it on Speed setting #2 in Virtual II. When set on #3 the mouse double-clicked open folder is not recognized. ]

http://www.cvxmelody.net/AppleUsersGroupSydneyAppleIIDiskCollection.htm

http://www.cvxmelody.net/Mouse%20Desk%202.2mg

Play the video to see the boot process.

Using drag and drop to copy AppleWorks 3 folder from one Drive to another.

Created a physical 3.5″ disk using ADTPro from my MacBook to IIGS. Then booted on Laser128EX.

Mouse Desk makes itself RAM resident so almost all the functions can be
completed if you remove the MouseDesk disk.

I was able to copy a AppleWorks 3 folder from one hard drive image to another with
the folder containing 100 files. I was also able to format another 3.5 disk in the
same slot where I removed the MouseDesk disk.

I did latter on a Laser128EX after I made a physical 3.5″ disk of the MouseDesk 2
image. I ended up making a couple back ups of the disk.

MouseDesk 2 was even smart enough to get you back to the booting image after
you quit a program. I double clicked on a basic program to run it and when I quit it,
arriving back at a basic prompt [ I typed “bye”. It returned me right back to
MouseDesk.

April 27, 2018 -Some additional Accessories for MouseDesk or Apple Desktop

https://github.com/inexorabletash/a2d/releases


ScrapBook v2.0 NDA for Apple IIGS (a multi-item clipboard)

March 18, 2018

ScrapBook v2.0 is in the NDA folder in the Systems.Addons 32MB image from Alex Lee’s site (link below). It is terrific for copying numerous items to clipboard and being able to retrieve. I was looking for an NDA that would allow me to cut images out of screen shots using Platinum Paint v2.0 and paste them into GraphicWriter 3 without exiting in and out pasting one at a time.

I copied numerous screenshots to the clipboard and into the scrapbook and pasted to GraphicWriter3. Also, did the same with text. Here’s a picture of Calendar NDA image on screen and in the Scrapbook. Directions for using ScrapBook pop up at launch.

http://www.whatisthe2gs.apple2.org.za/files/System_Addons.zip

One note: ScrapBook 2.0 stores the items within the NDA itself, not in a separate file. The NDA increased in size from 44k to 64k with 4 images and a couple text items added.

Pi-Day.


Connectors when hooking Apple IIs to LCDs

March 9, 2018

These 90°, 270° adapters came in very handy on the smaller LCDs since the cables connect to the bottom of the LCD.