[Blindapple] Exciting news for the Blind Apple II emulation community!

Louis Bryant louis at braillesoft.net
Wed Aug 28 09:59:01 EDT 2013

Yeah, that was apart of APH's Letter Talk. It also had a game I loved called Gorge Invasion where monsters zigzagged across the screen and you had to match their pitch and shoot them. Some would drop bombs on your Launch Pad. Love the memories.
Best, Louis

----- Original Message -----
From: Rachel Keyte <racheldk at tpg.com.au>
To: Blind Apple Discussions blindapple at bluegrasspals.com
Date: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 2:58 am
Subject: Re: [Blindapple] Exciting news for the Blind Apple II emulation community!

> wow, I have fond memories of some of the Echo games — one that comes 
> to mind I loved was where Echo would announce a key on the keyboard 
> and repeat it getting higher in pitch til you pressed it. If you 
> missed, it would explode.
> Also remember wordtalk?
> I still have all those floppy discs; guess they're no good now but 
> just can't throw them out. Lol
> I'm worried I'm not technical enough for the below but I might 
> certainly give it a go. :were
> At 10:37 AM 28/08/2013, you wrote:
> >Hi all,
> >
> >It's finally happened, what we've all been waiting for. I didn't 
> >know about it until a week or two ago, and I got it working this 
> >morning. I'm talking about the MESS project emulating the Apple II 
> >systems. Not only that, but someone decided to add Echo II 
> >emulation! Yes, you heard right, at long last, you can get a feel 
> >for how the old systems really worked for us blind folks back in the 
> >80's without ever buying any Apple hardware.
> >
> >Disclaimer: The file I'm about to link to includes ROM images. It is 
> >illegal for anyone to possess these ROMs unless they own the 
> >original hardware, in this case, an Apple IIe Enhanced and a Disk II 
> >controller card. However, since these files are absolutely necessary 
> >for the emulator to do anything at all, I've decided to make things 
> >1sier by providing the ROMs.
> >
> >If you'd like to take this emulator for a spin, you'll need to be 
> >running Windows. MESS runs on many platforms, but Windows was the 
> >system I chose for this quick distribution since it's what I most 
> >often use. Download the following file:
> >http://bluegrasspals.com/messapple.zip
> >
> >Unzip it somewhere. In the disks folder are a few talking .dsk 
> >images for you to play around with. To start the emulator with one 
> >of them, do, for example,
> >mess apple2ee comflop1 disks\egames.dsk
> >
> >Yes, you do need to write apple2ee with two e's, since we're 
> >emulating an Enhanced IIe. This system has an extended 80-column 
> >card, an Echo II in slot 4, and a disk controller in slot 6. Once 
> >the program starts, you may have to hit Enter to start the Apple. 
> >You'll notice that the Echo speech sounds a bit fast, I noticed that too.
> >
> >For the most part, things work like you'd think. F12 is the reset 
> >key, left and right Alt seem to be open apple and closed apple. To 
> >quit, hold down scroll lock, press Insert, and release both keys, 
> >then press Escape. To make this work, if you're using Jaws, you'll 
> >need to passthrough or have Jaws go to sleep or unload it. Same goes 
> >for Control key commands in the Apple. I don't know how the arrows 
> >are emulated, so I use the Control key equivalents, Ctrl+Have for left, 
> >Ctrl+Us for right, Ctrl+Just for down, and Ctrl+Knowledge for up.
> >
> >I don't know of an accessible way to switch disks during a session, 
> >so you probably don't want to use this to play Eamon. The MESS UI 
> >doesn't seem to be accessible.
> >
> >Hope you can get something out of this! I certainly have enjoyed it.
> >Jayson
> >
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