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Wednesday, July 26, 2006
 
Apple II Game Server Brings Floppyless Play To Old Macs
9:07 AM | Cord Kruse | 7 comments

Byte Cellar has posted a brief look at the Apple II Game Server, a Java application which allows users to run games on their Apple II computers without the use of floppy disks. Through the use of a null modem cable attached to a newer Mac or PC, the Apple II Game Server provides an easy way to access the classic games without having to make use of aging floppies.

Given my fondndess for the II, I do worry about my library of 5.25" floppies, most of which are over 20 years old. Only a few have failed, but finding floppies in really good condition is getting harder and harder. That's why I was so happy to come upon the Apple II Game Server. The Apple II Game Server is a Java (v1.5) application that allows you to send games from a Mac or PC directly to an Apple II by way of a serial null-modem cable. No other hardware required.

Once you get the Apple II accepting input from its serial port, the Java application takes over and spends about 15 seconds "typing in" the loader program which, when executed, establishes the datalink and presents the program chooser interface on said Apple II. For most of your library, floppies can be completely taken out of the picture. An excellent show of support for the retro scene by author Brendan Robert, self proclaimed Geek and Code Slinger.

To learn more about this interesting software bridge to the past follow the links below.

Byte Cellar: Apple II Game Server
Apple II Game Server Website


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