Monthly Archives: November 2002

Apple II Hacking

CFFA – CompactFlash / IDE Interface for Apple II Computers

This page describes a project to create a CompactFlash / IDE Interface card for Apple II computers. The card is ProDOS 8 compatible, and GS/OS compatible with an extra driver. I did the original wire-wrap prototype over the span of several months. This project is very much a case of old technology (the Apple II computer) meets new (CompactFlash cards and Altera CPLDs).

It’s always impressive to see what a computer geek with some time on their hands can come up with.

NBA

Usually I don’t get too interested in the NBA until the playoffs roll around, but this year I’m a little bit more in tune with what’s going on in the Association since Gonzaga product Dan Dickau got drafted by the Hawks and the Sonics are off to a decent start as well (18 assists by GP in one game last week!).

Today I saw an article on Chicago Rookie Jay Williams that caught my eye. I’ve never been a big fan of his, especially because of his tendency to brick crucial free throws at the end of close games, an unforgivable trait if you’re a point guard and the star of your team. Then I discovered that he rang up a triple double (26 points, 14 rebounds, and 13 assists) on Jason Kidd when they went head to head on Saturday en route to a 100-93 Bulls win.

The article on Williams had an another item I loved:

He ticked off a few teammates by taking Michael Jordan’s dressing cubicle after it had been left empty out of respect to Jordan.

Um, hello you morons, Michael Jordan is a Wizard these days and I guarantee he is not going to do you any favors because he used to play for your team and won some championships. That era is OVER. You sure as heck shouldn’t be saving his locker and Jay Williams was right to take it.

Cooler!

I’ve actually got wireless running on my powerbook thanks to wirelessdriver.sourceforge.net. The driver seems to work pretty well, although occasionally I get dropouts where the card seems to have lost all sign of the network. The workaround only requires powering down the card and reinserting it and the great thing is that it doesn’t require a computer restart. WiFi just starts working again when I reinsert the PC card.