Arthur's Download Page

 Homepage Photo Pages Song Parodies / Text Files Send Feedback 

The first real computer I ever used was an Apple ][+ in high school in 1983. The first computer I actually owned was a TI-99/4A, but in 1985 I won an Apple at a programming contest hosted by Bentley College (to attract computer-savvy high school students to visit their campus – other prizes included scholarships, but I just wanted the computer). Over the following years I expanded it, upgraded to a Laser 128EX, eventually got an Apple IIgs, etc. I taught myself BASIC, Pascal, and 6502 assembly language, and had a few of my small programs published in Apple magazines like inCider. I still have the Apple IIgs in a closet, along with hundreds of disks (although it's been several years since I've used it). I've had other machines (including Macintoshes) and used other operating systems (Linux, for a little while), but I'm now pretty much exclusively a Windows user (That's what I use at work, and I find it easier to keep a similar configuration on all of my machines), and do most of my programming with Borland Delphi.

Apple // to PC Conversion Utilities

Back in the mid-90s, I wrote a few utilities to convert Apple // files (Applesoft programs, hi-res screens, Broderbund Print Shop clip art) into formats usable on PCs (ASCII text or Windows bitmaps). When I discussed these at the time on an Apple // Usenet newsgroup, a number of people expressed interest in them – so I've made available all three (DOS) programs, along with the source code (written in Borland Pascal). You can download them all here in a single ZIP archive. (If you convert any of the code into another language/OS, or roll it into a larger utility, please provide me with some credit.)

Other Old Binary Files

I have hundred and hundreds of Windows icons which I made or collected back in the 90s – they're all 16 color and 32x32, since they were made for Windows 3.1 or Windows 95 (although they are compatible with subsequent versions of Windows). I created several tile sets (Rocky Horror, Star Trek, Ranma½, and more) for Ron Balewski's Mah Jongg for Windows (many of which use the aforementioned icons for raw material). Finally, I have a collection of clip art that I made for the Rocky Horror Picture Show and Shock Treatment, some of which are scalable Windows metafiles. These can be used for creating a few quick and easy props or costume pieces.

Allah Sulu's Massive Tool

Unlike the above downloads, which are in most cases over a decade old, Allah Sulu's Massive Tool is a program that is still being updated and modified. It is basically a text and HTML editor on steroids, with special functions built in for use with LiveJournal (and, to a lesser extent, compatible sites) – posting journal entries, creating customized user tags, and both creating polls and manipulating the results when the polls are closed. It even has a built-in programming language (also written by me, based on FORTH) which can be used for automating various functions or creating scripts for a number of applications. (For instance, I have one script which will, given an URL, download every picture on that page onto the user's hard drive. Great for mass-grabbing images from sites like 4chan, or from Fark photoshop contests.) The program gets part of its name from my LiveJournal account, Allah Sulu; there is also a community on LJ called as_massive_tool which is dedicated to instructions, updates, and other information about this program. The Massive Tool can be downloaded either in Windows installer format (setup.exe etc.; good for first-time installers but may not work with Windows 9x/Me) or as a simple ZIP archive of files which can be extracted into your existing Massive Tool directory over the current files (in either event, make sure that you are not running the Massive Tool while you're trying to install/extract an update!)

There is also a separate, spin-off program called Drag Show which can be used to create web pages (for local or online use) with draggable elements. This can be (and has been) used to simulate Colorforms or refrigerator magnets, for playing with various words and/or images (my son loves it), and also for creating a form of stop-motion animation on the PC by dragging the pieces around and taking screen shots. Download it here.