Supersize Your Apple II Experience by Adding a Hot Raspple Pi [Part 2]

The Raspple II package is a great interface. I am excited about the communications that it is able to do, although to be truthful I haven’t spent lot of time on that side of the house, and in part that is based on my approach to interfacing my Windows 7 machine to the Raspberry Pi. I wanted to use Xming because it would serve up individual X windows from the raspberry pi and I liked that option. The main reason for this preference is because I had to have a conceptual sorting out between emulated and real machines, I thought less is more with regards to my display.

Setting up PuTTY with X11 forwarding and installing and running Xming allowed me to access the GUI of the Raspberry Pi immediately, but when I tried to access other programs, mainly GSports and Kegs, I could see the Raspberry Pi loading the programs, and I could see the X window launch on my Windows 7 machine, but the X window would close and I was left with a segmentation fault.

My week was spent tracking down a solution to this fault.

I visited forum after forum, Apple II forums,  Linux forums, Windows forums, programmer forums, gamer forums, religious forums, weight-lifting forums. I was on the Internet, the Darknet and the Meshnet. I searched high and low and finally I found my answer here:

https://wiki.utdallas.edu/wiki/display/FAQ/X11+Forwarding+using+Xming+and+PuTTY

Near the bottom of the page, under the heading of “A Few Gotchas” you will find a link to download some fonts for Xming. That’s it. Now, I could serve up X windows for KEGS and GSports.  Nice.

While I was exploring the internet with ProTerm I realized that Raspple II didn’t come with telnet installed so from the Raspberry Pi terminal I did a quick:

sudo apt-get install telnet

Now the world of telnet BBS is available in a very satisfactory way.

Also I discovered that one can engage Twitter from the Raspberry Pi via TTYtter.

sudo apt-get install ttytter

You can read more about TTYtter here: http://www.floodgap.com/software/ttytter/

Basically, TTYtter is using OAuth and basic HTTP authentication to sign you in and streaming API to keep you updated. I find the interface a bit crowded, but it’s still amazing to use.

Althoguh the text is a bit claustrophobic, the regular refresh rate makes this application a nice addition to the Raspple II.

Although the text is a bit claustrophobic, the regular refresh rate makes this application a nice addition to the Raspple II.

So, although most of my week was spent troubleshooting a relatively easy fix, my next steps are to create the CF images I want to support this new found Apple II power and delve even further into the Raspple II.

2 thoughts on “Supersize Your Apple II Experience by Adding a Hot Raspple Pi [Part 2]”

  1. Yes, and that was something I wanted to talk about and missed. My current connections to the Raspberry Pi utilize the ethernet to my LAN, and a USB serial connection to the Apple IIgs Printer port. In my current set up I am not fully operational. Officially there is a second USB serial connection to the modem port as well, but I needed to order an additional Apple IIgs serial cable which is being shipped.

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