Apple II

Confessions of a Disk Cracker: the secrets of 4am.

June 15, 2018 Paleotronic Magazine

Why did you choose to start aggressively de-protecting, archiving and re-distributing Apple II software?

It’s tempting to rewrite history and give myself some noble purpose for starting this hobby, but in this case the truth makes for a better story. My parents bought themselves an Apple //e when I

Apple II

Collector’s Corner: Care and Cleaning of CDs and Floppies

June 13, 2018 Paleotronic Magazine

First demonstrated at the Consumer Electronics Show in 1982, the Compact Disc was an evolution of the optical LaserDisc format created by Philips and MCA. Philips partnered with Sony to develop the new disc, initially intended for digital audio storage. It met with steady success, eventually supplanting cassette and

Apple II

The PETSCII files: Commodore Character Graphics

June 12, 2018 Paleotronic Magazine

Any computer that was going to use a command line interface desperately needed a character set, and despite their ultimate monstrous graphical capabilities, Commodore’s machines were no exception.

As was usually the case (cf. SHARPSCII, ATASCII) they adopted a flavour of the venerable ASCII character set standard (oddly choosing