Posted by jpluimers on 2017/04/20
Geek pr0n on the C64:
Making a demo in just 256 bytes would be a formidable challenge regardless of platform. A Mind Is Born is my attempt to do it on the Commodore 64. In the absence of an actual 256-byte compo, it was submitted to the Oldskool 4K Intro compo at [WayBack] Revision 2017, where it ended up on 1st place.
Source: [WayBack] A Mind Is Born
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Posted by jpluimers on 2017/04/03
Conditions are very, very good right now for easy, top-quality, final ingestion of original commercial Apple II Software and if you know people sitting on a pile of it or even if you have a small handful of boxes, please get in touch with me to arrange the disks to be imaged. firstname.lastname@example.org.
For example, piles and piles of educational software has returned from potential oblivion, because it’s about the preservation, not the title. Wonderfully done works are being brought back to life and are playable on the Internet Archive.
In other words: if you have or know someone who has disks with original, uncracked software that cannot be copied easily, let the team at the WayBack machine know as they have the resources that can help preserve that software.
Source: [WayBack] Please Help Us Track Down Apple II Collections « ASCII by Jason Scott
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Posted by jpluimers on 2017/02/27
This appeared a few days back: [WayBack] http://bitsavers.trailing-edge.com/pdf/apple/ssafe/Apple_SSAFE_Project.pdf
It’s about “Software and Security from Apple Friends and Enemies” an early exchange of ideas and possibilities for DRM in the Apple ][ and Apple III era.
I got it via my bitsavers.org RSS subscription, but it has been over the net in quite a few other places as well:
- Longer articles:
- PDF scans:
I think the most important quote is from the one on reddit, submitted 20170223 by vadermeer for which I added some WayBack/Archive.is links:
[WayBack] Found Internal Apple Memos about copy protection for Apple II, SARA, LISA(self.VintageApple)
Yesterday at the Seattle Goodwill Outlet, where everything is sold by the pound, I noticed the Apple logo on letterhead sticking out from a bin of books, so I started digging. What I found were the 1979-1980 files of Jack MacDonald, manager of system software for the Apple II and /// at the time
They tell the story of project “SSAFE” or “Software Security from Apples Friends and Enemies.” This was a proposal to bring disk copy protection in-house to sell as a service to outside developers. Inter-office memos, meeting notes and progress reports all give a good idea of what a project lifecycle was like. Different schemes and levels of protection are considered, as well as implementation primarily on the Apple II+ and the upcoming SARA (The Apple ///) and Lisa computers. [WayBack] Randy Wigginton is featured prominently throughout, along with mentions of Woz and many other familiar names.
The documents were all a jumble so I’ve put them in chronological order and scanned the collection, please enjoy. [Archive.is]
The reddit thread is very nice reading as it explains how close we are now to this Level 1:
Level 1. Totally secure. Absolutely no method of stealing the software. 100% effective. Note that the ideal, level 1, is achievable only through disallowing any access of any kind to the software and the computer. Not very practical in our circumstances.
and this one from boingboing:
It’s so neatly packaged and well-documented it could be a Harvard Business Review case-study.
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Posted by jpluimers on 2017/02/16
I recently found some old magazine issues of my early programming escapades. It reminded me of the really old days where – as a school kid – I tried to buy Nibble magazine at a regular base. It was expensive (I think it was around 8 Dutch Guilders (or NLG) – close to EUR 4 – which was a lot for me, though less expensive than diskettes that were like NLG 10 each).
But it was fun as the magazine focussed at computer programs and programming transitioned my life. From Integer Basic via AppleSoft Basic (and various smaller attempts in FORTH, MuSimp, LISA Assembler and LOGO) to Turbo Pascal on CP/M.
Recently I learned that all issues (16k pages total!) have been scanned and OCR-ed and can be obtained on DVD for a modest price. Even better: all their software is available for free.
Just follow these links:
For some history:
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