Javier Rivera has opened a store to offer fashion-conscious Apple II enthusiasts an array of Apple II-themed t-shirts (and coffee mugs). Check them out at the Apple II FAQ Store”.
This month on Open Apple, we sit down with Sean Fahey of A2Central, major league collector, and member of the KansasFest Committee. It’s not too late to register! Go to kansasfest.org right now. If you listen to this show, you should definitely be there. The Garage Giveaway will be larger than ever this year. You won’t want to miss the amazing pile of free Apple II gear. The other classic traditions keep getting better as well- the cookout will be catered, and the prizes for the various contests are amazing this year. All the great Apple II community vendors have stepped up with a lot of hardware, tools, and software to give away.
KansasFest 2016 runs July 19th – July 24th at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, MO. The keynote speaker this year is Mike Harvey, best known in the Apple II community as the editor of Nibble magazine. He has some great stories about the business and culture of the early computing era.
We don’t just talk about KansasFest this month. We dive a bit deeper into the murky world of Apple II clones. Also marvel as Mike pretends to know nothing about KansasFest, and roll your eyes as Quinn continues to beat a dead horse joke about the eBay segment. Fear not, however, because the world is a better now that we all know the Lode Runner board game exists.
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Volume 21, Issue 2 (Mar 2016) of Juiced.GS, the longest-running Apple II publication in print, has now shipped. This issue features coverage of WOzFest ///, where the 4play and 4soniq cards were revealed alongside an updated version of KABOOM!; reviews of the 1983 game Dino Eggs and its 2016 sequel, Dino Eggs: Rebirth; a review of Tulip House’s VGA Adapter for Apple IIGS ROM 3; David Schmenk’s tutorial on creating an auto-updating chat client using PLASMA and Python; Charles Mangin’s detailed analysis of mice bearing the M0100 model number; and much, much more!
This is Juiced.GS‘s second quarterly issue of 2016, its twenty-first year in print. Subscriptions for 2016 are also available at $19 each for United States customers, $24 for readers in Canada and Mexico, and $27 for international customers.
Hello Everyone! A quick update that we have some new items now listed in the UA2 Store – The RAMWorks IIII Kit v1.0.
This Kit is mainly designed and meant for the SolderFEST part of KFEST to help add to the show. We will however ship to users since there is a demand for the board and a fun “kit” project for the Apple II.
All details and pics are listed on the item’s page in the Store. I’ll be posting a facebook announcement tomorrow for the above items being active in the Store.
It’s mid-2016 and a new Apple II game has been published called GENIUS, Ep.1 “Into the Toy Warehouses” by Daniele Liverani. Billed as a strategic, fast-action high-res arcade game, you must help GENIUS save an imprisoned prince by tackling 80 levels of obstacles, puzzles and enemies.
The first copy of the game is up for auction on eBay.
GENIUS requires at least an Apple II Plus with 48KB RAM. Mockingboard support (via slot 4) is also supported.
Read all about how GENIUS went from concept to software in a ziplock baggie HERE.
This month on Open Apple, Kevin Savetz sits down with Amy Kefauver and Lorri Hopping. Amy was the editor of Scholastic Microzine, an educational magazine focused on the Apple II. Lorri was a writer and editor for Microzine. They share many great memories creating lessons with computers, the nature of the educational market, and how computers can engage kids in ways that static media can’t.
After those interviews (thanks Kevin!), Mike and Quinn talk ear worm game introductions, crappy early advertising, and hardware with Bumper Stumper product names. It wouldn’t be a show if they didn’t mention UltimateMicro and Brutal Deluxe, so they make sure to do that too.
Bathe in the glory of 1980s video game box art, enjoy mobile versions of KansasFest memories, and roll your eyes at teenage boy whimsy.
The recently announced (and demonstrated) 4soniq 4-channel sound card from Manila Gear is now available for pre-order at the introductory price of $99 (regularly $119).
The 4soniq gives you four separate channels of sound for your Apple IIgs, instead of the usual one.
Each of the 32 oscillators available in the Apple IIgs’ Ensoniq Digital Oscillator Chip (DOC) can be assigned to play on any one of 8 output channels. One 4soniq card unlocks 4 of those channels. Pair it with a second 4soniq card to unlock all 8!
To enjoy four channel sound with the 4soniq, you will need four powered speakers (e.g. two sets of 2.1 computer speakers setup up as Front Left, Front Right, Back Left and Back Right), and the appropriate software.
For software that does not support four channel sound yet, the 4soniq functions equally well as a two channel stereo card.
- 4 Channel Output (via 2x 3.5mm stereo jacks)
- Single Channel Input (via 1x 3.5mm mono jack)
- Ability to pair with another 4soniq to get 8 Channel Output **
- Ability to power externally for slotless operation ***
What’s In The Box:
- 1x 4soniq
- 1x 4soniq-to-J-25 Connector Cable
- 1x Backplate and Cable Assembly
* Requires appropriately modded .SSM sound files
** Requires a 4soniq-to-4soniq connector cable, sold separately
*** May require longer cables, +5/-5VDC power supply sold separately
**** Photos are of original prototypes and do not depict final product
Discounted early-bird registration for KansasFest 2016, the 28th annual Apple II convention, ends May 31. On June 1, prices rise $55, so reserve your spot now. Official KansasFest shirts are extra and optional and must be ordered by June 22; registration for staying on-site closes July 1.
Users, programmers, hobbyists, and retrocomputing enthusiasts are invited to Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri, from Tuesday, July 19, through Sunday, July 24, for six days and five nights of sessions, demos, announcements, contests, and camaraderie. Mike Harvey, a business executive, salesperson, technologist, project manager, entrepreneur, programmer, and best known in the Apple community as the founder and publisher of Nibble Magazine, will join us with a keynote presentation. Harvey will be available immediately afterward for a Q&A and autograph session.
Attendees present all KansasFest sessions, so please submit your session proposal by May 31. Whether it’s a behind-the-scenes look at new software, preorder opportunities for new hardware, a hands-on workshop, a podcast recording session, 4 player Kaboom! tournament, or an athletic round of Bite the Bag, there are experiences to be had and memories to be made at KansasFest that aren’t possible except in the company of surprising, brilliant, diehard Apple II fans.
Alexander Krauss writes:
After the successful introduction of our first 4MB Apple IIgs Memory Expansion the ByteBoosters are happy to announce an improved revised version – the 4MB XLP (eXtreme Low Power) Expansion board. The first batch of boards is for sale on eBay for USD $59. Worldwide shipping for less than USD $10.
Unique features are:
- Lowest power consumption (<0.9W max when active) on any 4MB board ever
- Optimized using only two 16MBit chips to reach 4MB
- Smallest size 4MB expansion board ever
- Providing 3.3V supply to other projects via aux-connector
- 4MB (4096kB) DRAM using 16Mbit DRAM chips (4Mbit x 4)
- 100% DMA compatible
- Fast RAM -60ns
- Power Indicator LED
- Gold contact fingers ensuring high reliability
All boards come fully tested on ROM01 and ROM03 machines with a 5 years warranty and 30 days money back guarantee (less shipping).