[Blindapple] intro to the apple 2

Simon Eigeldinger simon.eigeldinger at vol.at
Tue Oct 22 11:39:58 EDT 2013

hi jayson,

thanks for the info. will have a look at it.


Am 22.10.2013 10:22, schrieb Jayson Smith:
> Hi,
> The following info from the Readme should be enough to get you started.
> Jayson
> Instructions for using DOS
> If you boot a disk and the Echo says, "Ready," with no instructions in
> sight, that means the disk doesn't have a menu system. Here are some
> pointers to get you started with such disks.
> To get a catalog of the files on the disk, type CATALOG and press Return
> or Enter. If the Apple beeps and says, "Syntax Error, Ready," you need
> to push your caps lock. After every eighteen files, it will pause. Hit
> the space bar to continue. You'll know the catalog is finished when it
> says "Ready" again.
> There are several types of files on disks. For each file, the first
> thing you'll hear is a letter. If the letter is A, you can run that
> program by typing RUN, followed by a space, followed by the name of the
> program and pressing Return. Files with a file type letter of A are
> written in Applesoft BASIC, the most common form of BASIC.
> After the file type letter, you'll hear three digits. This relates to
> how much space the file is using on the disk, you don't have to worry
> about that. Finally, you will hear the file name, which can contain
> spaces. For example, if the system said, "A zero zero two HELLO," you
> could type RUN HELLO to run that program.
> If the file type letter is I, this is a program written in an older form
> of BASIC called Integer BASIC. To run such programs, you first need to
> teach your Apple computer Integer BASIC. To do this, type:
> and press Return. When that command completes, the system will say,
> "Greater than." Now you can RUN Integer BASIC programs just like
> Applesoft programs. You can keep running Integer programs until you
> reboot, turn the computer off, or run an Applesoft program. Any of these
> things will make the computer forget Integer BASIC, so you'll have to
> BRUN INTEGER to teach it again if you want to run another Integer program.
> On all disks included here, you'll see a few files you don't need to
> run. Every disk will contain an Applesoft program called HELLO. This is
> the program that runs when the disk is first booted, so you don't need
> to run it again. There will also be files with a file type letter of B
> called TEXTALKER.RAM and TEXTALKER.OBJ, or names similar to these. These
> are files relating to the Textalker software which makes the system
> talk. You don't need to worry about these.
> If you need a quick reminder about all of this, boot using the
> egames.dsk disk. First it will ask if you want slow speech, press Y or N
> depending on your preference. Then it will tell you this disk contains
> games and programs in DOS 3.3, and ask if you want notes about using
> them. Answer Y here, and you'll be given instructions.
> The disk called echocric.dsk contains lessons on using the Echo speech
> synthesizer. You should consult these lessons for information about
> controlling the Echo speech and reviewing the screen. Complete
> instructions are included.
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