Berkeley Macintosh User’s Group Newsletter scans

A recent donation has awoken my scanning interests and today we have another 16 scans added to my publicly shared repository. All 16 are not known to be on and I will make a mirror there soon. Of great interest were the huge Berkeley newsletter books. Presented here are 600dpi scans with Tesseract 4.0 neural network OCR applied.

Australian Mac users were well supported with the bespoke evalgesim of local MUGs. Berkeley (American) is on another level though, never have I seen such a valuable resource in one place. From just the two titles donated, we have over 600 pages of historic Macintosh information. Being more user focused, one can read a wide range of letters to the group that ask questions or seek solutions to bugs. Reading these BMUG scans will immediately bring back that unique pleasure and pain of being a Macintosh user – facing expensive accessories, printer bugs and getting good value software. You’d think your Macintosh was limitless in it’s capacity, from scanning photos in dithered black and white to MIDI music playing, its all there.

If you’re a Mac enthusiast or nostalgic for the era of Compact Mac, do yourself a favour and download a BMUG newsletter from my repo. I prefer syncing PDF files to my iPad via “Foxit PDF reader” (free).

Find these under Scanned Book and Magazine Collection -> Magazine Scans -> Berkeley

Raft Away River, Australian Apple II software with manual

Update 2020-07-26: Newly restored front box art and new scans of manuals from originals at 600dpi.  Title screenshots updated. 

Raft Away River by Jacaranda Wiley
Presented here are

  • Apple II disk label scan
  • Front artwork as restored by Jeremy
  • Teacher’s manual and student’s guide booklet scans from originals
  • Apple II disk image (140kb DSK)
Navigate through the folders:  Apple II Software -> Raft Away River, Jacaranda

Raft-Away River front JBHRaft Away River 002Raft Away River 001

This Apple II software is easily ran or played directly in your browser using’s one-click emulator here:

Raft-Away River is a game for 2 to 6 players. It is a special
sort of game called a simulation. This means that the
computer shows you a model of an adventure and you can
experiment to see what you could do if you really had such
an adventure. But, unlike the real thing, you can’t come to
any harm in a simulation. So, if your plans don’t work out
as they should, you have a chance to try again using some
different ideas. If you think hard about why your plans didn’t
work, then you might learn why some plans fail. Of course,
you will also learn how some other plans work’

First published 1984 by
65 Park Road. Milton, Old 4064
140A Victoria Road, Gladesville, N.S.W. 2111
90 Ormond Road, Elwood, Vic. 3184
4 Kirk Street, Grey Lynn, Auckland 2, N.Z.

A product of Jacaranda Software
Program designers: Rosanne Gare and David L. Smith
Production editor: Wynrie Webber
Apple version programmed by Gerald M. Wluka
BBC version programmed by David L. Smith
Commodore 64 versions programmed by Philip O’Carroll
Microbee versions programmed by Gerald Preston·

CA1000PS/EC Commodore Amiga 1000 Power Supply by Shindengen Electric; 240V; Electrolytic capacitors and photos

The following information aims to help someone recap their Commodre Amiga 1000 power supply.  Specifically the CA1000PS/EC by Shindengen Electric Japan.  240V PAL models.  I understand the fan can be replaced with AC type only.

WordPress has no real control over table layout I suggest copying the table below into a spreadsheet and adjusting column width for your own use.  The furthest right 2 colums are designed to concatenate (ancient Excel expression) the uF and V columns which allows me more easily search online stores for the values I need.  Simply copy and paste the completed string and order the quantity shown in the Order column.

CA1000PS/EC Commodore Amiga 1000 Power Supply by Shindengen Electric; 240V
1uF 50V
4.7uF 50V
C15, C17, C19
100uF 25V
180uF 400V
330uF 25V
470uF 35V
C11, C12, C13
2200uF 10V



Four new scanned books to share


The aim of this blog post is to highlight four new books that I have scanned to PDF files for sharing online.  Today we have:

  1. BASIC computer programs for the home by Charles D.Sternberg

    ISBN 0-8104-5154-9

This book covers a very ride range of programs that seem to solve a number of problems such as making Christmas card lists, music collections and meal planning. For example the second chapter Automobile Related Programs covers:

Auto Maintenance 50
Gasoline Use Computation—Basic Version 54 Gasoline Use Computation—Extended Version 56 Automobile Comparisons 59
Trip Planning—Basic Version 64
Trip Planning—Extended Version 67

Navigate through the link above as Scanned Book and Magazine Collection -> BASIC Reference and Programming

2. Program Design by Peter Juliff (Head, Department of Computing Victoria College Prahran Campus Victoria, Australia)

ISBN 07248 10064.
This Australian published book (© 1984) will certainly bring back nostalgia for 1980s computer programming and algorithms curriculum.  I believe this title is important to preserve, as Peter’s contribution to teaching reaches Australia wide.  This scan is dedicated to Michael Mulhern for his generous and important contributions online and in person to the vintage computing.

Typed below is the table of contents  (see the PDF for the illustrations!)

Writing Programs
Algorithm Design
Program Structure
Module Design
Programming Standards 
Program Documentation
Program Testing/Debugging 
Serial File Processing
Array Processing 
Abstract Data Structures
Data-driven Programs
Appendix A COBOL
Appendix B BASIC
Appendix C Pascal 
Appendix D

Navigate through the link at the top as Scanned Book and Magazine Collection -> BASIC Reference and Programming

3. The Z80 Microcomputer Handbook by William Barden Jr (© 1978)
International Standard Book Number: 0-672-21500-4

The purpose of this book is threefold, to acquaint the reader with the hardware of the Z-80, to discuss the almost overwhelming (in number of instructions) software aspects of the Z-80, and to describe microcomputer systems built around the Z-80.

I bought two Z80 books and have created a new genre section on the shared Google Drive.  Navigate through the link at the top as Scanned Book and Magazine Collection -> Z-80 Zilog Programming and Reference Books

4. Blacksburg’s Z80 Microprocessor Programming and Interface Book 1
© 1979 by Elizabeth A. Nichols, Joseph C. Nichols and Peter R. Rony
International Standard Book Number: 0-672-21609-4

This is an excellent title for looking back on hardware of the era, such as the Nano (NBZ80) and Super Nano COMPUTER (NBZ80S).  It also covers in depth Z80 addressing modes, logical instructions and more.

Navigate through the link at the top as Scanned Book and Magazine Collection -> Z-80 Zilog Programming and Reference Books

Bumper Books of Programs Australia

A Your Computer Publication “Bumper Book of Programs”, covering programs for all ages and popular brands.  I scanned this book becuase it has a large list of Australian Computer Clubs such, ranging from the Blue Mountains Microbee Computer Club (Roger Cooper) to the Spectravideo Computer Users Group in Tasmania.

Worthwhile to have online.  PDF available by navigating Scanned Book and Magazine Collection -> General Vintage Computing Books -> Bumper Books of Programs Australia.pdf

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The book was partially water damaged so I had to restore the front cover in photoshop the best I could, and one or two pages are missing the very edge of the page.

Electronics Australia – A Basic Guide to Colour TVs and VCRs

PDF available by nagvigating through Scanned Book and Magazine Collection -> Repair


Presented online is the Electronics Australia publication of A Basic Guide to Colour TVs and VCRs by David Botto.  “An in-depth look at the operation of both colour TV receivers and video recorders”.

I scanned this so that people getting back into cathode ray sets and VHS machines could have a reference book about PAL colour signals and using a scope to measure ranges.  Certainly a niche publication but valuable none the less.  I can’t think of any Australia broadcast reference materials that are online.

Videotex II v2.15 for the Apple //e and //c by Apple Australia

Presented here is ‘Videotex II’ for the Apple //e and //c computer.  Steven Kazoullis has provided these unique discs for imaging at WOzFest 14.25045 MHz and were created with AppleSauce to produce A2R, WOZ and DSK disk archives.

My understanding is Viatel was a company that brought an online service to their own hardware and home computers often had software that could also access the service.  This software appears to allow a 128K Apple II to connect via a modem and was written specifically by NetComm Australia.
Click the link and navigate to Apple II Software, scroll to V for “Videotex II v2.15 (Apple Australia) WOZ”. 




Explore-Australia (1988), Australia educational Apple II software

Presented here are links and screenshots to feature Explore Australia.  This educational game makes good use of the Apple //e feature-set of higher resolution colour and smooth mouse control.  Animation is used throughout and reminds me of Commodore 64 graphics.  The Apple ColourComposite //e display is best designed to handle this graphics style.  Gameplay screenshots are from Virtual II as Open Emulator does not support Mouse cards (if it does let me know!).

Read my writeup below or download the A2R + WOZ formats by searching WOZ or easily navigating folders Apple II Software, scroll to E for “Explore Australia, Datamost WOZ” :

Update: @4am has published a crack and will post files on soon

Users select from a girl (Kate) or boy (Neil) character to read through history or explore the globe.  Navigating the game is done by turning the page (click top right corner), with graphics on screen being interactive which I think is a great feature considering the hardware constraints (It really needs 2mHz).

Indigenous Australians are featured in the history section and the topic can be expanded on by clicking on ? icons to read more about the Aborigines dream time stories being passed down through generations going back 40,000 years.  Animation is used to bring features of dreamtime stories to life and tells the player to read a story in the student book.  Unfortunately no printed materials were available to me, only the disk.  This is the same crap we’ve seen before from the National Library of Australia (NLA) (via Trove search).  I have the disk saved from a church in Henty and the NLA have it in their catalogue but it’s missing.

The next 6 pages show immigration from England and Scotland for white settlement and establishment of farming.  Again I am very impressed at the level of interactivity on the slides which I think was best done many years later on the Macintosh with ‘Once Upon a Time’ by Computeach.  Disk 2 is required to progress.

Program credits:
Animation graphics by Laura Koller
Programmed by Rob Shaver & Peter Andrews
Published by Datamost © 1988 on two sides

Explore Australia - Disk 1, Side A 001

Explore Australia2.gif


Police Artist (Sir-Tech Software)

Presented here are full box art scans along with included documentation and disk label scans.  Disk images are pending.

Graphics created with the aid of the Graphics Magician (noteworthy considering KansasFest 2019 Keynote).

“Police Artist includes 3 different colorful games that draw over 1,000,000 unique faces.  Each face has his or her own distinctive name and personality.  All three games challenge and strengthen your ability to accurately see and remember a face.  If you always forget a face and want to do something about it, Police Artist is for you.”  Copyright 1983 by Elizabeth Levin.

Donated by Leslie Ayling.

JB Retro Collect repository 
Click and navigate to Apple II Software, scroll to P for “Police Artist (Sir-Tech Software)”. 

Police Artist005 frontPolice Artist006 rear


In Search of the Most Amazing Thing, Apple II software (Complete scans) WOZ

Presented here are full scans of the box art and included manual, book, Spinnaker catalogue and disk images.

By Tom Snyder Productions and Spinnaker software present a game for ages 10-Adult.  “The Most Amazing Thing is out there somewhere.  It won’t be easy to find it.  But even when you do, finding it again will be a brand new challenge.”  Copyright 1983.

Donated by Leslie Ayling for scanning and archive by JB Retro Collect.

JB Retro Collect repository 
Click and navigate to Apple II Software, scroll to I for “In Search of the Most Amazing Thing (Spinnaker) WOZ”. 

InSearchOfTheMo frontInSearchOfTheMo rearSpinnaker CatalogueIncluded BookInSearchOfTheMo diskIn Search of the Most Amazing Thing - Disk 1, Side A

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