The Story of Stone Soup
Once 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:
- Donate to the site - Hardware, Software, manuals, magazines form the 80`s and we will do the scanning, PDF making, photos, software preservation.
- Loan it to us - So we can do the scanning, PDF making, photos, software preservation, before returning it to you.
- Upload - any scans of documents, cassette bodies, tape inlays, book scans, and we will add it to the archive using this link
- email us - postmaster AT jupiter-ace.co.uk - [replacing the AT with the @ sysmbol]
There are many software titles missing in action. Check the software index here to see what's MIA. Can you help find them?
Missing tape inlay scans - scans of any tape inlays. Objective - to have a scan of every tape inlay in the archive.
Cassette body scan - often there are loading instructions and other details on the body. Objective - to have a scan of every cassette body.
Adverts - scans can often lead us to unknown or missing software. Objective - To have a scans of all known software adverts.
Jupiter Ace Manuals - scans of other languages wanted. see the English version. Objective - to make PDF's for download on site.
Schematics - of all hardware. Objective - to have available as PDF and as images for download on site.
Essex Micro Electronics
EME 16K Ram Pack - Schematics, instructions and board scans wanted.
EME 32K Ram Pack - Schematics, instructions and board scans wanted.
EME Sound board - Schematics, instructions and board scans wanted.
EME 32Bit I/O port card - Schematics, instructions and board scans wanted.
EME Large PSU - Schematics, instructions and board scans wanted.
MicroProcessor Engineering Ltd
Jet Disc II- Schematics, instructions and board scans wanted.
16K RAMpack, instructions and board scans wanted.
32K RAMpack, instructions and board scans wanted.
48K RAMpack, instructions and board scans wanted.
Pace 16K RAMpack, instructions and board scans wanted.
Joystick interface AC5 - instructions and board scans wanted.
Colour Board - instructions and board scans wanted.