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Apple Presents...Easter Egg!

Back in 1983, how many users found the secret message in this instructional software?

]BRUN BARGLE

Bargle program by Sue Espinosa

Bargle Bargle Bargle

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Transmitting a simple datagram via Video Vapor

  • Define a short datagram to be transmitted via vapor from visible screen memory.
  • Encode single-cycle accurate video phase via vapor datagram.
  • Construct a routine to receive the vapor datagram and synchronize itself to the video scanner.
  • Write a simple BASIC program to demonstrate all that!

A few tests for a non-booting Disk II controller

A collection of simple (simplistic) tests for diagnosing a non-booting Disk II or A2 disk controller:
  • Monitor commands to test 6 of the 8 data latches in the 9334 chip
  • Monitor commands to load just one sector, then beep and break
  • Attach an LED to troubleshoot individual latches Q0 through Q3
  • Use a flashlight to "candle" circuit traces
  • Use wood or bamboo to scrape debris off the circuit board

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