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I have released four Apple II programs:

Ken's Integrated Simpletron Suite v1.1

Ken's Integrated Simpletron Suite (KISS) is based on a problem in "C: How to Program", by Harvey Deitel, in which students are instructed to write programs for a computer called the Simpletron. The Simpletron runs programs written only in the language it understands, the Simpletron Machine Language (SML). It is meant to emulate (and educate about) programming in assembly. KISS is a freeware Spectrum script and requires Spectrum v2.0 or later.

ShrinkIt (.BXY) download BinSCII (.BSC) download
Sedistic v1.0

Sedistic executes text string find/replaces on a directory of files. It can be applied to the contents of a single directory, or to a directory and all of its subdirectories, with the only limitation being it cannot go deeper than ten subdirectories and that the strings being found and replaced cannot be longer than 255 characters. I originally wrote Sedistic to help me convert text & AppleWorks files to HTML, and then to keep my web page updated. Sedistic is a freeware Spectrum script and requires Spectrum v2.0 or later.

ShrinkIt (.BXY) download BinSCII (.BSC) download
Maxster v0.79.5

Maxster performs the function of Napster on the PC, and Macster or Rapster on the Mac. Maxster allows Apple IIgs users to find, download, and play MP3 audio files using the Napster network of users sharing music files freely. Due to the limitations of the IIgs' sound chip and, more important, memory size (4.25 megs is as big as many MP3s), Maxster is unable to save and play MP3 files in their entirety. Considering this, Maxster currently downloads only the first few seconds of an MP3 – a preview – and plays only that. Compatibility issues have prevented Maxster from locating a surprising number of bands and song titles.

Maxster is a freeware Spectrum script and requires Spectrum v2.0 or later and Marinetti v2.0.1. Due to the current status of the Napster network, development of this program has been permanently halted.

ShrinkIt (.BXY) download BinSCII (.BSC) download
Space Ship of Death v1.1

Space Ship of Death was originally written by Sean D. Wagle on the Commodore, under the name "Murder Motel", and was ported to the PC by David Barker. It is a door game for online bulletin board systems (BBS); my version is for the Warp Six BBS software on the Apple II. In SSOD, players move through a text-based arena comprised of hundreds of rooms and several floors, acquiring items and assembling them into weapons and defenses to use against other players. Only one player may play at a time (sensible for a single phoneline BBS); the first person to reach a set number of kills wins. Interchangeable modules allow the sysop to choose whether players will roam a space ship, hotel, summer camp, or a custom scenario.

SSOD is a freeware Applesoft BASIC program and requires Warp Six BBS v2.0 or later.

ShrinkIt (.BXY) download BinSCII (.BSC) download

Esprit de Apple Corps

Gamebits is the proud vendor of Esprit de Apple Corps, a two-disc set of multimedia files specifically for the Apple II. Over 4,500 MOD song files, 10,000 graphic files, games, sounds, and more are included in this archive. The collection was originally compiled by Russell Nielson and made available on 24 Zip disks, each one retailing at $15. The entire collection, originally a $360 value, was re-released at KansasFest 2001 as a pair of CD-ROMs for only $25 — "well worth the meager investment," wrote Juiced.GS. At KansasFest 2008, EDAC was reclassified as freeware and can now be downloaded here:


Articles

I've done some writing for the Apple II community, including a 1999 review of Silvern Castle for Juiced.GS, the last remaining print publication dedicated to the Apple II. In 2002, when founding editor and publisher Max Jones turned over his roles to Ryan Suenaga and Eric Shepherd, respectively, I permanently joined that publication's staff as associate editor and contributing writer. I wrote a quarterly column called A Word or II, a freeform editorial outlet in the vein of current editor Ryan Suenaga's previous column, II Be Named Later. In 2002, I also wrote II the Max (unrelated to the KFest 2001 product of the same name), a "best of"-type feature highlighting the best the Apple IIgs has to offer in various areas. This series was replaced in 2003 by Cover II Cover, which reviews various Apple-related books, and which alternated in 2004 and 2005 with Reel II Reel, wherein I look at various geek films. In 2006, I moved from the position of associate editor to that of editor-in-chief, filling the vacancy left by Ryan Suenaga; Eric Shepherd took over my A Word or II column, renaming it Random Numbers. Midway through 2007 (Volume 12), I assumed the role of publisher as well, taking over for Eric Shepherd and Syndicomm.

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