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    I see on Asimovs that the ADIOS manual in there as well as Softworks-ROS ( Remote Operating System 😞


    The ADIOS-81_Apple Disk Interface and Operating System Reference Manual-1981

    Softworks-ROS (Remote Operating System) Installation and Operation Manual


    I wonder if muMath and muLISP are related to the muSPEED Math Co-Processor??  Both products would benefit from some CPU assistance..
    Mine seems to be exactly like the CCS 7781B design:

    CCS Apple II APU 7781B Owners Manual


    Too Bad there don't seem to be any Disks of ADIOS or Softworks-ROS.....


    ADIOS Disks _might_ have muLISP on them...



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  2. On 6/21/2021 at 6:32 PM, Kuddy said:

    Sorry to bump a dead topic, but this is weird; the server, or some bot connected to it, is randomly booting me every so often. I'm not banned, I'm free to rejoin whenever, but I've never seen this happen before with any Discord server, ever. I'm thinking this might have something to do with why there's not many people in its user list... :ponder:

    I have seen this Issue, recently on another Discord Server with BOTs that aren't configured correctly... 



  3. On 6/20/2021 at 3:36 PM, AtariLeaf said:

    Correct I think you need a minimum of 64k for the CocoSDC. Mr Dave if I didn't already have a Coco joystick adapter coming from Neil Blanchard (we're both in Canada) I'd order one of yours. Nice work. 

    The CoCoSDC has the "same requirements" as RS-DOS...  16KB RAM and Extended BASIC...   But 16KB won't leave any RAM for Programs, so 32KB is a _minimum_ RAM level for a working system..



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    On 5/30/2021 at 11:58 AM, evg2000 said:

    So totally off topic, but it sounds like 2 people (besides me) in this thread are in the Sacramento area?


    I live about 8 hours North of you...   That makes me "closer" that many people.....



  5. JAN-1982:  Discover the Three Apple ][+ 48KB in the High School Business Classroom.  Bought some blank disks and started "collecting" Software..


    SEP-1982:   All Apple ][+ were moved to dedicated classroom, no longer "free access".. :(


    APR-1983:  My Uncle and Dad both got Sinclair ZX-81 "kits" to Build...   Works Great, but no Disks and Membrane Keyboard..


    NOV-1983:  High School friend, Randy and I form Partnership.. We each bring $600.00, ( US Dollars ) to purchase a 6 month old, used Apple ][e, 64KB, one Disk ][ and Monitor /// with that little stand..


    APR-1984, ( or ), Randy buys out my Half, my Dad contributes $600.00 and we get another of the, now 12 month old, used Apple ][e, 64KB, one Disk ][ and Monitor /// with that little stand..


    My dad buys a Star Gemini 10, I get a Microbuffer, 64KB with Parallel and Serial Interfaces, a RAMWORKS III with 512KB, Ace Calc, ( a little better than Vis-a-Calc ) and Word Juggler ][e for Word Processing..


    My dad gets the Apple Monitor 100 and Apple Memory/RGB card, and stores the Monitor ///


    My dad uses this setup until 1994, when he "upgrades" to a i386 Compatible..



    Attached Picture: I'm the "guy" on the Left..  Randy is on the Right..


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  6. 16 hours ago, VicViper said:

    Hey guys just looking for the basic noob stuff, controller options, SD card carts, good web resources, etc.

    Congratulations and Welcome to the World of the CoCo!!!


    I've been a CoCo owner since 2012, starting with a NIB CoCo 3, and now I own Two CoCo 1s, Four CoCo 2s and Two CoCo 3, plus some add-ons like a couple Mulit-Pack Interfaces, ( MPIs ) and some Carts like the RS-232 Pak, Sound Carts, like the Sound and Speech Pak and Orchestra ( Orch-90 ).


    **bluejay** mentioned The Color Computer Archive:  https://colorcomputerarchive.com/ This the Primary Site for CoCo Software and Documentation. 


    There are quite a few more sites, which a lot of them are nicely summarized at : http://imacoconut.com/  This site is run by "ogStevieStrow", who is "our fearless leader" of the CoCoTALK! show, a Live weekly broadcast.


    Modern hardware, like the CoCoSDC, that replace the Floppy Disk and Hard Disk with SD card Images, make running Disk Games very easy for a reasonable price.


    Since the MPIs let you have multiple Carts installed on your CoCo, and they are kind of Rare, there are modern version, the Mini MPI and Mega-Mini MPI available from Ed "Zippster" Snider, who also sells the CoCoSDC: https://thezippsterzone.com/


    The original, Non-Self-Centering JoySticks, ( sometimes referred to as, "Black Beauties" ) are of limited use for most games, so you will want to find one of the Deluxe JoyStick, and buy a modern Digital to Analog Converter for the games that don't use Analog features.  The CoCo's JoySticks are configured as a Voltage Divider, Not as "strict" Resistance, like the IBM-PC or Apple ][ JoySticks, but these Sticks can be modified to work with the CoCo.


    A weekly feature of CoCoTALK!, for the past year is our, "High Score Challenge", in which a Game is announced for the Week, and then interested people, play the game and Post a picture of their High Score(s)..  And on the next show they are Ranked and you can see how well you did....   https://cocotalk.live/



  7. On 2/22/2021 at 7:23 AM, JamesD said:

    Well, my current job kinda requires I work when there's work, so it's difficult to get away, and the guys I work with have integrated me with their plans for a new company which could keep me very busy.
    If I go I'd probably drive and some of us could car pool.  There's at least 3 of us that would be along the same route.

    << SNIP >>

    I wish you could make it...  I would love to meet up with you in person...



  8. BITD, ( 1982 ), I remember seeing the Model I, II, III and 4 at Radio-Shack and I faintly remember the Color Computer 1.   Since I was into the Apple ][, ( an Apple ][+, 48K at my High School and an Apple ][e at Home ), and a Commodore SX-64, because most of the rest of my family had the C64s.. In college, ( 1985 ),  I had a friend that Started with the Model I, and by the time I met him and his wife, they had moved up to the Model III and Model 4, and a Tandy 2000.  I go to borrow the Tandy 2000 for a month, but is was only MS-DOS compatible, so unless I wanted to write all my own Software, there wasn't much to run..


    Today, i'm into the Tandy Color Computer, because in 2012 I got a NIB, Color Computer 3, ( CoCo 3 ), that was included with an Apple //e Platinum with Apple Color Monitor ][e and some original software.  At first I wasn't quite sure what to do with it, but found it has the MC6809, which is very much like the 6502 family, and since I never had any Color Computer equipment before, so I kept it...

    Since then, I have gotten, Two of the CoCoSDCs, Two FD-500 Drives, a Extended Basic 64K CoCo 2, and then a Standard BASIC 16K CoCo 2, with a BONUS, ( reported Non-Working ), 4K CoCo 1.. By the time it arrived, the CoCo 1 worked fine... Three more CoCo2s and another CoCo 3 and a few CoCo Carts.


  9. 22 hours ago, carlsson said:

    See my specific thread on that subject:


    Very Interesting...


    I was at my "local" Apple Dealer, "Team Electronics" pretty frequently..  I would guess that it wasn't in their, ( best ) interest to offer the Apple ][ / ][+ / ][e as a kit, since this wasn't offered as an option..


    Possibly a more "hobbies oriented" place, like The Byte Shop would have different clientele and offer different services.


    I think I would have liked growing up in the Silicon Valley in the 1970s..    Alas, at least I benefited from growing up near the Silicon Forrest..



  10. On 7/26/2020 at 12:25 PM, carlsson said:

    No, there is no such support for initializing variables. Frankly I had never seen it before C++ and alike, does even regular C support it? I don't think Pascal does either. The FOR loop + DATA statement possibly is the best tradeoff for speed vs code size.


    If you hack BASIC, there might be a way to point a variable to a defined set of data elsewhere in memory but I don't know how well that would work, since each number appears to be stored in floating point format once the interpreter has assigned it.


    Yes, even the original 'C' supports Loading the Arrays when they come into Scope.. 

    here are some code examples from the ANSI Edition of the 'C' White Book:

      static char daytab[2][13] = {       {0, 31, 28, 31, 30, 31, 30, 31, 31, 30, 31, 30, 31},       {0, 31, 29, 31, 30, 31, 30, 31, 31, 30, 31, 30, 31}   };
     static char *name[] = {       "Illegal month",       "January", "February", "March",       "April", "May", "June",       "July", "August", "September",       "October", "November", "December"  };

  11. On 9/12/2020 at 12:10 AM, potatohead said:

    Excellent!  I saw "pick up only" and was thinking I had to go on a drive.  That machine needs some love.


    Show 'n tell when you get it done please.



    I have made a bit of, Head Way, but I’m getting married next month, and I am packing everything up to move to a new ( slightly bigger ) place..  So the Northstar is hibernating for now...


    i did post post a bit on the VCFed forum, in the S100 bus section...


    i will I’ll post pictures and results here soon..



  12. My "first" Computer Experience was the Apple ][+, in JAN-1982 at my High School.  A year later, my Dad and Uncle bought Sinclair ZX-81 Kits, and in NOV-1983, I became a Half-Owner of an Apple ][e.

    My start with Personal Computers, especially the Apple ][+ is an interesting story, in that I discovered them because I was perpetually late to my First Period Class, Chemistry...

    My Chemistry Teacher "assigned" me to After School Detention, which started at 15:30, and school ended at 15:10, so while waiting for Detention to Start, the Business classroom next door had Three, Apple ][+s.
    One with Two Disk ][s, and an Epson MX Printer, One with One Disk ][ and a Hammer type printer and One with just a Disk ][.
    All had 48K RAM and the Language Card with Integer BASIC.

    The Business Instructor let me read the AppleSoft Manuals, the Disk ][ Manuals and the Epson Printer Manuals..

    This Introduction to Personal Computers lead to getting the Sinclair, and then the Apple ][e, and later a Commodore SX-64 and then IBM-PC Clones and eventually the Tandy Color Computers. ( and an Osborn I and just a few weeks ago, a Northstar Horizon )


    I also went to the local community college and learned some Electronics, and Computer Programming, including COBOL and eventually into Embedded Programming.



    My favorite Apple ][ games are Castle Wolfenstein, Load Runner, and the Adventure Games like EAMON and Odyssey, The Complete Apventure, and the Infocom Games.




  13. On 8/15/2020 at 8:12 AM, KG7PFS said:

    I found one on the Color Computer Archive, but I was hoping for something bigger.

    Hi!!  Long Time no Speak....   :) 
    Are you making this an RS-DOS HD Image or NitrOS9/OS9 Image???   128 MB seems to be the largest practical Disk.

    The ToolShed Utilities work really good for these sorts of things...



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