Anyone who still loves the Apple /// as a great computer!
In most areas of the United States, Internet host access is
available for under $20.00 a month. Similar services for similar
prices can be found in most places in the world. Normally called
"shell" access, an Internet provider generates an account for you on
their host(s). Then, using the Apple ///, a modem, and a
communications program such as Access /// or The Communications
Manager, you call into their host and begin using the programs above
in any combination to explore the Internet. In some areas popular
systems known as FreeNets are available. These offer free, text-based
access to the Internet and generally have the same capabilities as
Established by Washington Apple Pi, the SDF is used to help fund
specific software projects for the ///. Through donations and
contributions from WAP and ATUNC (the old Apple Three Users of
Northern California), the SDF helped fund the development of a
Superdrive driver and BOS3 - the first upgrade to SOS in some 10
years. Although hopes to fund a new communications program are on
hold, we are working on some other projects - including a driver for
the popular ZIP Drive (a definate go!).
The SDF also provides encouragement and support to programmers
working on Apple // projects we think may be able to have an Apple
You bet! The /// and its communications software is definitely
equal to the task of accessing an Internet host to "surf the
Internet". In fact, internet access via the /// is both viable and
enjoyable. The lack of graphics seldom is a barrier.
The world's most popular Internet hosts are still Unix computer
systems. Unix systems have traditionally integrated well into the
Internet, and plenty of text-based Internet software is available on
these hosts to enable your Apple /// to become a powerful Internet
You can connect just about any speed modem to the ///, but the
terminal programs above have settings that only go up to 9600 baud.
There were a number of communications programs produced for the
Apple /// over the years, but there are three generally considered to
be the best:
a) Access /// Interp Version: An excellent assembly-language terminal
program that can provide VT100 emulation. Scripts can be used to
automate log-ons to Compuserve and other on-line services. It does
NOT offer Xmodem protocol. It is available in the WAP /// SIG PD
library as disk 3TEL-02 (which includes an excellent Apple ///
b) XMODEM /// is also in the WAP PD - an excellent stand-alone
telecom program that offers the user XMODEM protocol for error-free
Apple produced a /// Service Manual that includes schematics,
information, service tips, etc., along with a host of Technical
Notes. WAP has a copy of the Service Manual and can make copies for
those interested. The cost for a copy of the double-sided manual
(printing + P&H) is $75.00 (the manual is huge). All the Apple ///
Tech Notes are available on Apple's EWorld On-Line Service. WAP is
working to convert the information into a set of PD disks for the ///
PD library, since EWorld is only available to Mac or (soon) PC Users.
Only a few books were ever written about the Apple ///. There are
three specific books worth mentioning:
The Osborne/Mcgraw Hill Guide To Your Apple /// is the first book
on the list. The other two are by Eddie Adamis: Basic Keywords for
the Apple // and Business Basic for the Apple ///. The Guide covers
only the Apple /// and not the Plus version. The author is Stanley M.
Miastokowski. It's a good, beginning-level test for new /// owners
and good to have for us older SARAsaurs who've had their machines
around for a while. It has a good overview of Business Basic and
sections on the .Audio and .Grafix drivers that are excellent.
There is really only one publication that still has articles most
every other month - the WAP Journal. It's available only to WAP
members. However, ALL Apple /// articles for the last 10 years are on
disk and available to all. Call or write to the WAP office for more
details and costs.
On Three also published an excellent magazine that came out for
years. It provided a wide range of reviews (usually of its own
products), beginners tutorials and a letters section. Back issues and
"Disk of the Month" disks available from Joe Consorti (see
You might also want to check out the WAP /// SIG PD Library, which
These are some of the best sources - but be sure to call the WAP
office if you're a member, since the club has experts that may be
able to help you without the long-distance 900 charges.
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