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  1. 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..

     

    MarkO


  2. 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"  };
    	 
    
    


  3. 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..

     

    MarkO


  4. 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.

     

    MarkO

     


  5. 16 hours ago, magnusfalkirk said:

    I just clicked on the link and got to the site, and not with my Discord log in.

    I can get to the Discord Serve, it just never remembers me..  This is the First Discord Link that works this way.

     

    MarkO

     

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  6. 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...

     

    MarkO


  7. Sounds like a Keyboard Issue... 

    If you unplug the Keyboard from the Motherboard, and Power Up the Apple, the computer should jump directly into the System Test....

     

    Has anyone here tried something like, De-Oxit on the Keys???

     

     

    MarkO

     


  8. On 7/30/2020 at 10:49 AM, Vivian Balam said:

    I have had an Apple IIGS for many years. Today, I put in the startup disk  (5-1/2 in floppy) and got the message "unable to load prodos".

    I proceeded to put in another startup disk and it loaded and asked for the program disk. When I put that in and hit enter it said "the date must be 1983 or later, and in this format 3/20/83. At the bottom it said type today's date or press return: 3/20/84 - I pressed enter and at the top of the next screen was a bunch of number and letters that make no sence at all.  ANY SUGGESTIONS?  Really appreciate any help I can get. Vivian 

    Could be looking at Bad RAM..  Can you run the Self Test??

     

    MarkO


  9. I'm 4 Hours south of Seattle.

     

    I'm not going to be driving to Seattle any time soon, but I hope if you meet in a small group that you might post a few pictures....

     

    MarkO

     


  10. 10 hours ago, eightbit said:

    Yeah, that fastload is a pretty capable cart :) We all had em back in the day to make this stuff easy.

     

    Thanks for the CoCoSDC tip! I can't wait to try it tonight. I was wondering how this was done!

     

    Also, if you have 42 minutes to spare you should watch this video. It even covers stuff about the Fastload I had no clue about. So informative in fact that I saved a local copy of this video for future reference!

     

     

    The Epyx FastLoad was one of the First Things I bought, after I bought my Sx-64 in 1986...

     

    I still keep it in my SX-64 Bag, and have acquired a second FastLoad in the last few years...

     

    MarkO

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