Fishies for the Apple II – ScreenSaver

January 7, 2018

Here’s a nifty little program to lighten your day. Nice to have it running to “sea” something bright. This is running on my IIGS with ManilaGear VGA Adapter to Samsung SyncMaster 710n. It runs nicely in Virtual II Emulator. Then I used ADTPro to write a 5.25 Floppy disk.


TimeTrax II for Apple IIe [ Time-Trax II ]

January 1, 2018

I’ll outline Setup process. Then there are a series of pictures on step by step. It’s running in Virtual II Emulator. Below is the location of the TimeTrax.dsk.

[ To Setup: the key thing is you need to have a workable Data Disk created for this program. So, 1) put a disk in drive 2 and format it with the Utilities part of the TimeTrax program, then 2) you have to make an actual Data File. The program does not create one on the fly like AppleWorks. The funny thing is you need to Save the Data File before you can Add it to the Desktop, and then you can Work it. You Save it from the Main Menu. You’re essentially creating a blank database file which can then work with. If you use the Catalog function from the disk activities option you’ll note the new blank file is 4k or 5k in size. ]

Boot Screen

ProDOS 2.4.1 : I replaced the original ProDOS to allow for better date/time control, I think. I also renamed the default clock.system file so it would not be used and allow ProDOS to read date/time from ThunderClock card in the configuration. See picture below. I’m not sure why the program chose 1996. The Monday January 1st works, but it’s a leap year and 2018 is not.

After you have created a data disk and working file, as mentioned above, you can set it to pull a default schedule. Here it’s looking for A2018 but the data disk is in D6S2 and I needed to change current disk to read S6D2 in this screen shot.

Changing the current disk.

Marking the file I want.

Selecting Work with Schedule.

Schedule is displayed with today’s entries.

Looking at individual appointments.

Print Menu process.

You can print a number of days.

Types of entries to print.

Adding a Personal Holiday. It does not show up on the calendar with the Apple icon like an appointment.


Catalog of Disk with new ProDOS 2.4.1 and clock.system renamed. Clock.system tries to read the Computer Peripherals clock. It’s not an option in Virtual II.

I tried using No-Slot-Clock but carries forward today’s date/time from the MacBook but as 1918, not 2018. So I went to using the Thunderclock. Works well. It reads Jan 1, 1996 which has January 1st as a Monday. Only issue is 1996 is a leap year so I lose continuity next month. I have no idea why 1996 is being used.

Here’s the original catalog.

Here’s the configuration.

Super Selector for Apple II ProDos – Quick Keys

December 17, 2017

I’ve been working with the Super Selector v3.2.2 on the Hard Drive (Virtual and Real) on the Apple IIe. I wanted to change some of the “Quick-Keys” which startup  programs you assign to them.  It turns out the entry of the information is easy. However, the saving  your entry process is has an extra step not noted in the screens process. Quick-Key Setup.

1) You use the Open-Apple-Q to bring up the Menu of Quick-Keys.

2) From there you select the Quick-Key you’d like to change by scrolling to it
and hitting the Return Key. This brings up the edit menu for that item.

3) You change the Title of the Quick-Key on the top line and the path on the
second line.

4) Then you select Open-Apple-A to Accept.
[ the Accept box disappears ]

5) Lastly, you a) hit esc to go back to the Main Menu b) Then type Open-
Apple-O to go to the Options Screen and then c) you save permanently with Open-Apple-S. You’ll see the box blink a little.

On the Save screen there are other configuration options. See below:

[ Super Selector 3.2.2 ].

Not only are you saving the Quick-Key you just Setup, but also the location. In my case I run from a Hard Drive (OmniDisk in the Emulator as well as SCSI Drive in real lle) so Slot 7 Drive 1 is the selection. When you use Open-Apple-S to Save the Config you’ll see the Box with “Save Copy” change to semi-solid background until save is completed.

Crickety Manor – Microzine Jr. #2 Apple IIe plus Extras

December 3, 2017

A little fun today with Microzine Jr. Magazine Disks. Program is Crickety Manor.

It’s on Issue#2. Available with other Microzine disk images at link below.

Pictures from Other disks.

FASTChip //e for Apple IIe – Accelerator Card

November 20, 2017

Just installed my FASTChip //e In italics are the notes from the website.

The FASTChip //e accelerates the Apple //e™ by replacing the on-board microprocessor with a much faster one. Because the memory on the Apple //e™ can only run at a 1 MHz speed maximum, faster memory (SRAM) must be provided to increase performance and allow the 65C02/65C816 CPU to run at full speed. To do this, the FASTChip //e contains 512KB/1024KB of fast SRAM memory. The clever design allows the acceleration of programs running in both main and auxiliary memory. The additional FASTChip //e memory can emulate both 192/448 KB fast RamWorks  compatible RAM and 256/512 KB fast RamFactor (slinky) compatible RAM.

FASTChip //e features

  • Easy to install card, installable in slot 1-7 of the Apple //e™, or Enhanced //e.
  • Does not mechanically interfere with the 80 column card in slot 3.
  • 65C02/65C816 microprocessor running at a clock rate of more than 16 MHz .
  • External Hardware Control Panel with controls and LED display.
  • CPU frequency can be changed real-time via rotary knob (0.2Mhz to 16.6Mhz).
  • Stop/Pause and Status buttons for easy control.
  • 4 digits x 7 segment LED display.
  • Built in 192/448 KB fast RamWorks compatible RAM.
  • Built in 256/512 KB fast RamFactor (Slinky) compatible RAM.
  • Low power design for cool operation.
  • Acceleration of programs running in both main and auxiliary memory.
  • Compatible with most interface and expansion cards for the Apple II/IIe.
  • Transparent operation with all Apple II software.
  • An easily accessed built-in software control panel lets you control processor speed, memory, joystick, speaker sound quality and many other options.

My actual //e Setup with FastChip//e, RamWorks8M card and SDFloppy II installed.

FastChip//e videos of PublishIT version 4 at 10 Mhz. A program essentially unusable on a IIe at 1 MHz.

[Note: I’m running PublishIt from a SCSI drive, not a floppy, unidisk 3.5, or SDFloppy, although programs ran fine from all three devices. But obviously SCSI is the fastest ] : unless you have a CFFA or MicroDrive Turbo.

VisiCalc v1.37 and v2.08 for Apple ll

November 10, 2017

I’ve been experimenting with VisiCalc on the Apple IIe and Franklin Ace500. I also ran it (v2.08) on the IIGS, the TransWarpGS, from the floppy. VisiCalc was the first really super Spreadsheet program for desktop platforms. It came out in 1979 developed by Dan Bricklin. It has a very interesting command structure as every row/column action or save/load action begins with a ” / “. The trickiest thing was learning how to control the movement up/down and right/left until I found the Reference Guide. You need to tap the space bar each time you want to switch between x and y axis. Also, you still use the ß à arrows whether going sideways or up down. Here is a link to the program and reference card.

Below: version 2.08 running on Virtual ][ Emulator. You can see the VC-208 in entry line.

This is a template I picked up with a few other Apple IIe templates. 

AceCalc v2.0 by Franklin on Apple lle

November 7, 2017

I’m playing with AceCalc by Franklin from 1983. Operates in a similar fashion to VisiCalc. Here’s a link to the download and manuals.

I’ll post some additional pictures later today.

These are screenshots using Virtuall ][ emulating Apple //e.    Notice the mouse text characters.   If you know how to configure the Virtual //e to not display these let me know.