November 24th, 2015

Java on the Apple IIGS?

Miraculously, Java on the Apple II isn’t something new. But Mike Kohn is taking a different approach and experimenting with Java Grinder (which recently added support for the W65C816 CPU) to produce code that will execute on an Apple IIGS.

November 24th, 2015

Call-A.P.P.L.E. announces availability of historic 1978 Call-A.P.P.L.E. Magazine Compendium

Press Release

Seattle, Washington — November 23, 2015 — Apple Pugetsound Program Library Exchange is proud to announce the immediate availability of the Call-A.P.P.L.E. Magazine 1978 Compendium.

The Call-A.P.P.L.E. 1978 Compendium is a complete collection of Call-A.P.P.L.E. magazine issues originally published in 1978 by Val Golding and the members of A.P.P.L.E. The 1978 Compendium is a fully enhanced version of the issues giving the reader a window into the past of the Apple computing revolution as it was happening. All 10 issues from the first year of Call-A.P.P.L.E. magazine are included. Over 100 pages of material, enhanced and restored in high-quality grayscale, complete with the advertisements and program listings from those issues.

With articles and programs by a number of Apple computing legends, there are unique items such as the introduction of DOS 3.1, the Disk II, and a brief history of Apple as given by Michael Scott, former CEO of Apple at a meeting of A.P.P.L.E. members.

Introduced by Bill Martens of A.P.P.L.E., with a forward by the founder Val Golding, the Call-A.P.P.LE. Magazine 1978 Compendium represents a nostalgic look back at the early years of the Apple computing revolution through the eyes of the Apple Pugetsound Program Library Exchange (A.P.P.L.E.) User Group.

Key Features:

  • Forward by A.P.P.L.E. Founder Val Golding.
  • All of the 1978 issues including the articles and programs written by a number of Apple computing legends including: Darrell Aldrich, Ron Aldrich, John Backman, Dan Chapman, Robert Clardy, John Cook, John Covington, Jeffrey Finn, Val Golding, Alan Hill, Dick Hubert, Bob Huelsdonk, Gene Jackson, Neil Konzen, S.H. Lam, Steve Paulson, Dana Redington, Michael Scott, Dick Sedgewick, Michael Thyng, Roger Wagner, Michael Weinstock, Randy Wigginton, Don Williams, and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.
  • A brief history of Apple by former Apple Inc. CEO Michael Scott.
  • The first documentation of Integer and Applesoft outside of Apple.
  • Programs and tips provided but the people who became leaders in the Apple community.
  • Reviews of the Disk II, DOS 3.1, Applesoft, the first printer for the Apple II, and many other revolutionary products.
  • 120 perfect bound 8.5 x 11 pages.
  • All issues enhanced and restored in high-quality grayscale.
  • Produced by long-time Apple historians Brian Wiser and Bill Martens.

The book is available in softcover for $19.95 and hardcover for $29.95 through the Lulu bookstore.

Production Editors:
Brian Wiser — Apple historian and archivist, Producer of the documentary film Done The Impossible: The Fans’ Tale of Firefly & Serenity, Beagle Bros and Applied Engineering webmaster, co-producer of The WOZPAK Special Edition and Call-A.P.P.L.E. magazine.

Bill Martens — Apple historian and enthusiast, Programmer, President of Apple Pugetsound Program Library Exchange (A.P.P.L.E.) and co-producer of Call-A.P.P.L.E. magazine.

About Apple Pugetsound Program Library Exchange:
A.P.P.L.E. has been a global Apple user group since 1978, with membership peaking near 50,000 in 1985. Offering many services, A.P.P.L.E. is also a book publisher and game developer. In 2013, the “The WOZPAK Special Edition” book was released containing Steve Wozniak’s restored hand-written notes and printouts about his Apple II computer, as well as a forward from Steve Wozniak and other Apple legends.

Press information is available at:

This would make an excellent Christmas gift for the Apple II enthusiast, just saying.

November 9th, 2015

A2Heaven opens its gates at last


Plamen Vayssilov has opened, a new Apple II site to sell his Apple II products. The site will also host a blog and forums for technical support.

Plamen, a Bulgarian retro-computing enthusiast, has been prolific in cloning and reverse-engineering and even modernizing several Apple II peripheral products, such as the Mockingboard, AE RAMWorks and RAM Express, Apple SCSI card and many more.

November 9th, 2015

Ivan Drucker releases A2SERVER v1.2.5

Hello, hello.

A2SERVER 1.2.5 is now available. Its main new feature is to offer to install GS/OS 6.0.1 for network boot (as it did before), as well as community releases 6.0.2 and 6.0.3. It also now includes HFS.FST with the install, and has a handful of bug fixes.

You can update by typing “a2server-update” at the command prompt in Raspple II, the A2SERVER virtual machine, or whatever Linux box you’re running on.

In case you don’t know what I’m talking about, A2SERVER is a file server and network boot host for Apple II computers, allowing you to easily share files between your Apple II’s, classic Macs, and modern computers on the same network. It’s easy to set up, and runs on a Raspberry Pi, which is pretty much the cheapest computer in existence. It also is available as a premade virtual machine (via VirtualBox) for your modern computer, or can be installed directly on some Linux computers.

You can get A2SERVER for free at:


November 9th, 2015

French Touch releases Raster Bars

A mini demo with raster bars and Mockingboard sound support!

Get the disk image at

November 2nd, 2015

UltimateMicro to begin shipping their new 8Meg IIGS RAM Card v2.0

UltimateMicro will begin shipping pre-orders of their new 8Meg IIGS RAM Card v2.0 starting next week. Priced at USD $249 in their store, there will also be a $279 Buy It Now option via eBay.

The design of this card started out as a clone of the CVTech 8MB card, but it’s an entirely new product now. Refinements and updated components promise to make this the ultimate RAM card available for the IIGS. Features include:

  • Gold Fingers for superior oxidation prevention and long life.
  • Tantalum and Ceramic Power Filtering Capacitors for longer life (4x minimum), extreme reliability and stability over time especially when compared to Aluminum Electrolytic Capacitors. Power Filtering Capacitors are the last line of defense when it comes to protection from corrupted data in RAM.
  • Resettable Fuse for short-circuit protection and to prevent damage to the Motherboard’s and RAM Card’s PCB traces, and to help prevent Tantalum Capacitor thermal runaway and damage.
  • Power LED to show the board is receiving power and the Resettable Fuse is functioning correctly.
  • ROM Expansion/Direct Access Connector for future projects and easy connection with existing accessories.
  • RAM Bank 1 and Bank 2 LEDs to show access (not DRAM Refresh).

Click image for larger view of card.

October 31st, 2015

Open Apple #52 (October 2015) : GEOS! Robert Bowdidge, and more GEOS!

This month on Open Apple we sit down with Robert Bowdidge, one of three interns at Berkeley Softworks who ported GEOS to the best line of 8-bit computers. We talk about what a great place Berkeley Softworks was, along with the power of good tools and proper software engineering. Robert has great memories of the culture there, the GUI technology they had built, and the brilliant people who built it. Apparently GEOS existed for some other 8-bit computer as well, but we imagine it was slow and child-like. Users probably bought it at K-Mart or something.

After the interview, Mike and Quinn delve into their personal memories of GEOS, along with a couple of new projects they both did with the environment. Mike works on GEOS file conversion, and Quinn sorts out all the drivers so you don’t have to. We’re even having a contest this month! Download Quinn’s Ultimate GEOS disk image and find the secret phrase. First person to do so and email us at feedback (at) open-apple (dot) net wins nothing at all!

We also talk some news- lots of really great hardware is coming down the pipe. You won’t want to miss Javier Rivera’s hands-on with Plamen’s IIc VGA adapter, and the Uthernet II is now available. Don’t miss out! We talk some Woz, we talk some French Touch, and we revisit KansasFest yet again.

Celebrate GEOS with Quinn and Mike this Hallowe’en!

October 31st, 2015

Drop /// Inches #13: Dr. Wendell Sander

This month on Drop /// Inches, Paul’s Apple /// has trouble connecting with the world outside, so he speculates on possibilities for WiFi connectivity, and Mike’s Apple /// has trouble connecting with any worlds at all. So, we turn our attention to literature, including the full Apple /// patent, a survey of Apple II users, an early interview with Trip Hawkins, and books on the Apple ///. Paul’s gotten himself a Cursor /// and some late-era PFS software, and unexpectedly managed to get a CMC Quick-20 drive working, Mike’s gotten an Axlon 320 RAMdrive. And Charles Mangin has created a miniature Apple ///.

The second half of the episode is an interview Mike conducted over the phone with Wendell Sander, designer of the Apple ///, from a couple of years ago, covering things like the Apple-internal interactions between departments, problems and solutions to initial reliability issues, the RAM design and peripherals. Recorded from a speaker through the air for added retro sound quality, but very interesting indeed!

And after you’ve listened, be sure to read Dr. Sander’s follow up comments on the infamous National Semiconductor clock/calendar IC, loose chips in sockets, and the article on


October 31st, 2015

8 Bit Weapon posts tribute to Fallout 4

Using the Lawless Legends engine, 8 Bit Weapon posts a fun tribute to the upcoming Fallout 4.

October 31st, 2015

CFFA3000 Run #4 now available for ordering!

Rich Dreher of R&D Automation has announced the opening of sales for the fourth run of his wildly popular CFFA3000 flash storage and disk emulation card. You can order the CFFA3000 from here. Initially, there is a limit of 2 boards per customer.

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