September 20, 2018
The Logitech Wireless K750 Keyboard for Mac is working flawlessly with my Apple IIe via the purple Retroconnector Keyboard Interface card for the Apple IIe. I say purple since their latest version is white. See link below. I’ve had this older card for a while but just yesterday installed it. I’ve been performing tests for a few days with no issues. The Command, option, control keys work as do the arrow keys, and the 10 keypad on the right side. Thrilled. The pass through connection from the actual IIe Keyboard is working also. That is how I perform control-resets. This older version of the card can not handle keyboards with usb hubs while the new version can.
Below you see it under the right side of the case. [ The new version uses a slot but does not interfere with operations ]. It took some finagling to get it under there and plugged in. But once you’ve done it a few times, no issue.
Here’s the Logitech Keyboard. Readily available on eBay. I had mine for a couple years before I unboxed it. [ long story ].
[ Note: the Option Keys are Open-Apple and Closed-Apple, left and right respectively]
Here’s a picture of newer version on Retroconnector.com
Below are snapshots of my using it with pfs:Write and PublishIt 4.
Here’s picture from HDMI-Scart Monitor:
Below pics are on composite monitor and I’ve reduced resolution to save space.
The IIe with its other stuff.
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. http://virtualii.com/
For earlier versions, some that run on G4’s, see link at bottom of this page.
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.
For earlier versions that run on Mac OS 10.4 on G4s Check here. I have an earlier version running on my iMac G4 “flower pot” computer.
June 14, 2018
Recently acquired this half-height Drive. I performed some simple tests, with System Utilities 3, List Volumes, catalog, then finally format disk. It’s a very quiet drive and light weight. Then I moved on to using it as my /DATA disk for pfs:Write program. I like using pfs:Write for tests on 5.25″ drives on my various Apple IIs and clones. The read and write lights work. But let me say, the Spell Checking on the 1 MHz setup versus the FastChip/lle at 16.6 MHz leaves a lot to be desired. See my blog entry of a few days ago.
June 11, 2018
I acquired this via eBay. I plugged it into the back of my Franklin Ace 500. It fits quite nicely on my Franklin just under the shelf where my Laser128 EX sits. It is incredibly heavy. All metal.
I performed some simple tests first, with System Utilities 3, List Volumes, catalog, then finally format disk. Then I moved on to using it as my /DATA disk for pfs:Write program. I like using pfs:Write for tests on 5.25″ drives on my various Apple IIs and clones. But let me say, the Spell Checking on the 1 MHz setup versus the FastChip/lle at 16.6 MHz leaves a lot to be desired. See my blog entry of a few days ago.
Now, if only I could find/make/get the Mitac emblem as seen in this stock picture, I’d be set.
The Mitac was the first external drive I bought for my Apple IIc in late 80’s.
June 1, 2018
Here’s another entry as I play with WordStar. I’m setting margins, bold, underline, etc and spacing. You can read my notes in the PDF printout below done via Virtual II. It’s funny as character formatting control commands show on the page but margin and justification do not. Probably cause they’re self evident. Although this is done in Virtual II, it played as nice on my real IIe and DuoDisk.
I never could get the characters per inch (CPI) work.
The control-O gets you the format screen.