July 27th, 2016

Open Apple #61 (July 2016) : KansasFest 2016, Chicken Missile Megapodcast


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This month on Open Apple, as is tradition, we present the megapodcast recorded live at KansasFest. Most of your favorite retrocomputing podcasters attend KansasFest each year, and we all get together in a basement room to record a giant group podcast. This year’s recording includes, in no particular order:

Quinn Dunki of Open Apple
Paul Hagstrom of Retrocomputing Roundtable and Drop /// Inches
Michael Mulhern and Carrington Vanston of Retrocomputing Roundtable
Kevin Savetz of Antic
Rob McMullen of Player/Missile
Ken Gagne of Polygamer and Indiesider
John Leake of RetroMacCast
Todd George of Chicken Lips Radio
Charles Mangin of How II
Jeff Salzman of The History Of Personal Computing

In this megapodcast, we talk about our experiences at this year’s KFest, and play a form of Liar’s Dice with each other’s personal computing histories.

A note on audio quality- it’s difficult to get 11 people recorded simultaneously in a room without a lot of fancy equipment that we can’t carry on airplanes, so we hope you’ll bear with us. We have a ton of fun recording these as a group, and we hope you enjoy listening to it. Many many thanks to Paul Hagstrom for doing the editing on this one!

July 27th, 2016

A2Heaven.com releases new 8MB IIGS RAM card


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Run your Apple IIGS with 8MB Battery Backup RAM or using a ROM Disk and ROM Tools? Yes, it’s now possible!

The WhiteRAM 8MB will be available very soon now on A2Heaven.com for the low introductory price of USD $89.99 including shipping to anywhere in the solar system.

Unique features are:

  • Lowest power consumption (<0.8W max when active) on any 8MB board ever.
  • Smallest size 8MB expansion board ever!
  • Battery Backup 8MB RAM.
  • 512K ROM add on BOARD with ROM disk driver and Memory Test Program.
  • Built-in ROM Tools and Debugger software.
  • Quality support provided by the A2Heaven.com team.

Specifications:

  • 8MB RAM using Static RAM chip
  • 512KB ROM for ROMDisk or ROM-based tools
  • Fast RAM – 70ns
  • White PCB with status LEDs
  • Gold contact fingers ensuring high reliability.

July 27th, 2016

Ian Kim’s CP/M Turbo 7 available soon on eBay


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Click graphic for additional information.

Dear friends, Z80 turbo7 card is ready. This card is compatible as MS Softcard hence, it runs MBASIC, GBASIC(It is my favorite Language).

Z80 CPU speed could selected Normal or Fast mode. Normal mode is same speed of MS Soft card and Fast mode make Z80 run to 7Mhz. But, unfortunately even 7Mhz running Z80 but, APPLE II BUS can’t give data to make satisfy for Z80, so the results is overall speed is about 1.6times faster then Normal Z80 card. It is the Maximum speed which can run as MS Softcard compatible card.

I want it to run under APPLE IIGS for many of users who want to CP/M with APPLE IIGS. It can run with Fast mode of APPLE IIGS. but CP/M card runs properly only on the ‘Normal position’.

It has 40pins AUX port for who like to make DIY board under Z80 CPU signals. I hope to see any daughter board using the AUX port.

I used PLCC type CPLD who want to solder to pull some signal from CPLD for DIYer’s board. Original Soft card doesn’t care the Signal for IO but, I added to care for the Z80 IORQ signal. Hence, you can add your IO board and could control by Z80 IO commands. Hope to like this feature.

It is selling now for Korean fans first after this I will put some on eBay for international APPLE II fans. Other English information will be followed after I put on eBay.

It doesn’t work on APPLE ][ nor ][+. (I’m trying to make it run on ][ and ][+) EDIT: (** Now it start to work on APPLE ][+ and IIe non enhanced model but ][+ only work with Normal speed)

It runs on APPLE IIe enhanced, APPLE //e platinum and APPLE IIGS (With limitation).

APPLE IIe non enhanced model have to change the CPU to 65C02.

Others;

And I trying to make a sample daughter board with it.

July 26th, 2016

KansasFest appears on Cult of Mac

Five KansasFest related articles have been posted to Cult of Mac.

Some general coverage, including a bit of the Garage Giveaway is available at: http://www.cultofmac.com/438978/apple-ii-fans-find-themselves-in-hog-heaven-at-kansasfest/

…and everyone’s restoration hero, Javier Rivera is featured at http://www.cultofmac.com/439119/this-guy-makes-badly-aged-apple-computers-sparkle-again/

SolderFest! http://www.cultofmac.com/439258/kansasfest-solder-session-proves-theres-fun-in-melting-metal/

Martin Haye interviewed, http://www.cultofmac.com/439484/kansasfest-is-a-second-chance-childhood-for-one-programmer/

Final Notes from Nerdvana, http://www.cultofmac.com/439621/kansasfest-final-notes-from-nerdvana/

July 26th, 2016

WOzFest $04 recap

Hi all,

I’ve now posted my WOzFest $04 recap and photos galleries on my blog site, the recap is roughly the same as I posted here:

http://apple2.europlus.zone/community/wozfest-iv-recap/

http://apple2.europlus.zone/community/wozfest-iv-galleries/

If you have any photos from WOzFest $04, please post a link to them in the comments to the galleries post.

Talk soon,
Sean

July 26th, 2016

KansasFest 2016 HackFest videos and downloads




Rob McMullen
Omnivore
Jumpman Level Editor

Jeremy Rand
Bejeweled Project Page
Bejeweled Bootable Disk Image

Kevin Savetz
Kaverns of KFest Project Page
Kaverns Bootable Disk Image

Paul Hagstrom
WavyDots Project Page

July 26th, 2016

4am releases Passport, automated copying tool


Passport

Passport is a verification program for 5.25-inch Apple II floppy disks. It can verify all unprotected disks and many copy-protected disks. It can also create a copy of the original disks in a standard 16-sector format, and optionally apply patches to the copy to help make the copy work properly.

BOOM!

Jeremy Barr-Hyde is already using Passport. Check out his excellent blog post documenting his archival workflow for backing up protected diskettes.

https://jbretro.wordpress.com/2016/07/25/passportby4am-jbhworkflow/”

July 25th, 2016

Call-A.P.P.L.E. releases updated books for KansasFest

Try using checkout code LULU30 or SHIPSAVE16.


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Press Release:

Seattle, Washington — July 22, 2016 — Apple Pugetsound Program Library Exchange (A.P.P.L.E.) is proud to announce the immediate availability of the classic book The Apple II Monitor Peeled.

Last published by A.P.P.L.E. in 1979, this release returns the book to print and for the first time in Hardcover. Writing programs for an Apple II computer is simplified by having a useful reference for the Apple II Monitor that describes how to make use of a particular feature. The Apple II Monitor Peeled examines the Apple II Monitor and ROM address range $F800~$FFFF, and provides a useful reference for Peeks, Pokes, and Calls.

Features

• Restored pages and a new back cover.
• Back in print for the first time since 1979.
• Available in Softcover and Hardcover for the first time.
• Peeks, Pokes, and Calls organized by topic.
• Memory Locations in Hex and Decimal fully described.
• ROM contents of the Apple II described and organized by subject.
• Keyboard Input, Text Output, and Screen Format routines.
• Machine Language program development aids.
• Beneficial for Machine Language and BASIC programmers.

Pricing

The Apple II Monitor Peeled is available in Softcover for $19.95 and Hardcover for $29.95 through the Lulu bookstore.


WWA2

Press Release:

Seattle, Washington — July 22, 2016 — Apple Pugetsound Program Library Exchange (A.P.P.L.E.) is proud to announce the immediate availability of the book What’s Where in the Apple – Enhanced Edition: A Complete Guide to the Apple II Computer.

Produced in coordination with original publisher Robert Tripp and last published in 1984, this new Enhanced Edition is the most complete and accurate edition ever created, featuring improved readability, new coverage of the Apple IIe and Apple IIc, and a forward and historical perspective by Robert Tripp.

A comprehensive guide to the hardware and firmware organization and architecture of the Apple II computer, What’s Where in the Apple discusses concepts and programming techniques useful for mastering the inner workings and hidden mechanisms of the Apple II.

The numerical Atlas and alphabetical Gazetteer guide you to over 2,700 memory locations of PEEKs, POKEs, and CALLs in DOS and ProDOS. The names and locations of various Monitor, DOS, Integer BASIC, and Applesoft routines are listed, and information is provided on their use.

Applesoft and Integer BASIC users will learn how to speed up and streamline programs. Assembly language users will discover routines that simplify coding and interfacing. All users will find this book helpful to understand the Apple II and essential for mastering it!

Features

• The definitive guide to the Apple II computer.
• New Forward and The Evolution of WWA by original publisher Robert Tripp.
• Article by William F. Luebbert about WWA that originally appeared in MICRO.
• All Apple IIe and Apple IIc models are covered for the first time in two Chapters and the Atlas/Gazetteer.
• More new features include: Chapter 1 describing Apple computer models, Appendices, Glossary, and Index.
• With over 4,000 hours of editing, restoration, formatting, and new features, this new Enhanced Edition is the most complete and accurate edition ever created.
• 23 Chapters encompassing a comprehensive guide to the hardware and firmware organization and architecture of the Apple II computer to help BASIC and Assembly language programmers through clear tutorials and examples.
• Over 2,700 memory locations of PEEKs, POKEs, and CALLs in DOS and ProDOS, detailing routines and use.
• All complete programs in the book are available on an Apple II DSK image.
• Almost 600 pages.
• Introduced and produced by two long-time Apple historians, Brian Wiser and Bill Martens.

Pricing

What’s Where in the Apple – Enhanced Edition is available in Softcover for $49.98 and Hardcover for $69.95 through the Lulu bookstore.

July 24th, 2016

Week of the KFest



July 22nd, 2016

KansasFest 2017

Official News: KansasFest 2017 will be held at Rockhurst University, July 18th through July 23rd, 2017. This will be the 29th consecutive year of the largest gathering of Apple II retro-enthusiasts in the world.

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