How to Create Apple II System Disks from a PC

Raj Wurttemberg will be demonstrating the use of the Apple Disk Transfer program to create Apple II system disks for Apple DOS 3.3 and Apple Pro DOS. Raj will be using a PC (Windows or Linux) to act as a disk server for an Apple II or //gs. ADTPro uses a serial connection between the PC and the Apple II to bootstrap the Apple and transfer the ADTPro program from the PC to the Apple computer. The only special equipment needed is a SuperSerial II card in the Apple II computer.

Computer Kit Presentations at the Meeting

I’m pleased to announce that, in addition of Raj’s main presentation (see above), we will be having two short presentations of kit computers from Alan Hightower and Jim Kempthorne. Alan is bringing an N8VEM Zeta SBC and Jim is bringing a Briel 8800micro. It has been proposed that we do something with a computer kit as a workshop or club project. In any case, it’s fun to find out about these products and talk about them.

  • The N8VEM Zeta is a Z80 based single board computer which is software compatible with the N8VEM original. That machine was designed as a classic style microcomputer and it spawned lots of software support and peripheral boards. If you have longed for a classic Z80 computer, this would be an easily and inexpensive way to get one.
  • The Briel 8800micro is a small working model of the Altair 8800, using an ATmega8515 microcontroller to emulate the 8080A microprocessor. It has a front panel with functionality similar to the original Altair 8800 and is software compatible with the original. If you always wanted an Altair but can’t justify their stratospheric prices today, the 8800micro is affordable and available.

The two machines are seen on right.

So c’mon all you game-kiddies and arm chair computer historians!  Git yer hands dirty!  Let’s build hardware!  ‘Nuff o’ this pussy-footin’ around with appliances. Are we not MEN?  I love the smell of solder in the morning!

Don’t forget that it’s this Saturday, June 9th, at 2pm here:

(Use the door at the far left of the front of the church.)