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The Story of Stone Soup

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nce upon a time, somewhere in post-war Eastern Europe, there was a great famine in which people jealously hoarded whatever food they could find, hiding it even from their friends and neighbors. One day a wandering soldier came into a village and began asking questions as if he planned to stay for the night.
"There's not a bite to eat in the whole province," he was told. "Better keep moving on."

"Oh, I have everything I need," he said. "In fact, I was thinking of making some stone soup to share with all of you." He pulled an iron cauldron from his wagon, filled it with water, and built a fire under it. Then, with great ceremony, he drew an ordinary-looking stone from a velvet bag and dropped it into the water.

By now, hearing the rumor of food, most of the villagers had come to the square or watched from their windows. As the soldier sniffed the "broth" and licked his lips in anticipation, hunger began to overcome their scepticism.
"Ahh," the soldier said to himself rather loudly, "I do like a tasty stone soup. Of course, stone soup with cabbage -- that's hard to beat."

Soon a villager approached hesitantly, holding a cabbage he'd retrieved from its hiding place, and added it to the pot. "Capital!" cried the soldier. "You know, I once had stone soup with cabbage and a bit of salt beef as well, and it was fit for a king."

The village butcher managed to find some salt beef . . . and so it went, through potatoes, onions, carrots, mushrooms, and so on, until there was indeed a delicious meal for all. The villagers offered the soldier a great deal of money for the magic stone, but he refused to sell and travelled on the next day. The moral is that by working together, with everyone contributing what they can, a greater good is achieved.

Our mission is to create a full historical archive for the Jupiter Ace computers, its software, hardware, documents and articles. We would like to preserve every piece of software, have as many images of hardware and other documents for use free on the site. We have a long way to go and cannot do it without your help.


There are number of ways you can help:
  1. Donate it to the site - Hardware, Software, manuals, magazines form the 80`s and we will do the scanning, PDF making, photos, software preservation.

  2. Loan it to us - So we can do the scanning, PDF making, photos, software preservation, before returning it to you.

  3. Send us items - any scans of documents, cassette bodies, tape inlays, book scans, hardware projects, adverts magazine articles or program listings, as PNG's, JPG's, PDF's. Software as wave files,
    Ace format, send files as emails or on CD-R`s, CD-RW or DVD`s and we will add it to the archive.
Email: postmaster at jupiter-ace.co.uk

replacing "at" with the @ symbol

Wanted !

Software:
Check the software index here to see what's MIA (Missing in Action), but here are the type of things we need.

  • Tape inlay scans - scans of any tape inlays.
    Objective: to have a scan of every tape inlay.

  • Cassette body scan - often there are loading instructions and other details on the body.
    Objective: to have a scan of every cassette body.

  • Wave files - A WAV file is where you hookup a cassette recorder to your sound card and record it with the Windows sound recorder, Save as a WAV file, 22050 hz, 8 bit , mono.
    Objective:To have every item of software in WAV, and Ace Format to download on the site.

  • Software Adverts - scans can often lead us to unknown or missing software.
    Objective: To have a scans of all known software adverts.

  • Ace4000 ROM - dump , do this by saving the ROM to tape ( enter 8192 0 BSAVE ROM) and then use the windows sound recorder to make a WAV file from the tape recording.
    Objective: To have all the ROM versions to check versions, differences between the ROM's

Documents:
  • Jupiter Ace Manual - scans of other languages wanted. see the English version.
    Objective: to make PDF's for download on site.

  • Ace Schematics - scan, there has been a few we need to find the original version.
    Objective: to have available as PDF and as images for download on site.

  • 16K RAM Pack Schematics - scan wanted.
    Objective: to have available as PDF and as images for download on site.

Hardware:
  • Blank issue 1 PCB - scans wanted see the issue 2 scans here here
    Objective: to make a reference page on site like the issue 2 PCB scans

  • Jupiter Ace Issue 2 Scans - circuit board scans like the issue 1 Ace scans here
    Objective: to make a reference page on site like the issue 1

  • Ace4000 Scans - circuit board scans like the issue 1 Ace scans here
    Objective: to make a reference page on site like the issue 1

  • Ace4000 Blank PCB Scans - scans wanted, like the issue 2 blank PCB see here
    Objective: to make a reference page on site like the issue 1

  • EME 16K Ram Pack - scans wanted, Essex Micro Electronics board scans and
    Schematics, instructions wanted.
    Objective: to make a reference page on site.

  • EME 32K Ram Pack - scans wanted, Essex Micro Electronics board scans and
    Schematics, instructions wanted.
    Objective: to make a reference page on site.

  • EME Sound board - scans wanted, Essex Micro Electronics board scans and
    Schematics, instructions wanted.
    Objective: to make a reference page on site.

  • EME 32Bit I/O port card - scans wanted, Essex Micro Electronics board scans and
    Schematics, instructions wanted.
    Objective: to make a reference page on site.

  • EME Buffer board - scans wanted, Essex Micro Electronics board scans and
    Schematics, instructions wanted.
    Objective: to make a reference page on site.

  • EME Large PSU - scans wanted, Essex Micro Electronics scans and
    Schematics, instructions wanted.
    Objective: to make a reference page on site.