August 24th, 2016

Open Apple #62 (August 2016) : Mark Pilgrim, Passport, Ancient Legends

This month on Open Apple, we sit down with Mark Pilgrim, one of the most active software preservationists in the Apple II community. Mark has been spending his free time working on Passport, an automated cracking tool. It automatically detects and defeats copy protection schemes on Apple II disks, producing copyable disks that are otherwise completely intact. This is a boon for preservation of software that has only been (poorly) cracked by hoodlums of the past, or is previously uncracked. The latter is very common with educational software, business packages, and other things that the old crackers weren’t interested in. Mark’s skills and perseverance are making it possible to use more and more Apple II software on sites like Archive.org and VirtualApple.

KansasFest 2017 will be July 18th-23rd at Rockhurst University!

Meanwhile, tune in to this show and listen to Quinn and Mike bumble through news of various festivals, discuss lots of new hardware, and utterly fail to be respectful of the passing of a computer science legend. We’re sorry, Mr. Papert- you will be missed, and Logo touched all our lives.

There are a record number of amazing announcements of hardware and software this month. You won’t want to miss Passport, Ancient Legends, 4soniq, CP/M Turbo 7, SD-MIDI, and more. It’s an incredible month for spending money on your Apple II.

Go download Passport and archive all your floppies. Start now, or you’ll be up very late.


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August 18th, 2016

Pics from Apple II Festival France 2016

Thanks to Stephane Briancourt, we can see pictures from France’s premier Apple II retro-computing event. Check out the gallery here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/130765014@N06/sets/72157669232460520/

August 18th, 2016

Another prototype in the works from Fabrice Montupet, TI D-VDP9929A graphics card

Remember the Dual Mockingboard card we posted earlier and now want so badly? Check out the latest from Fabrice Montupet! New video modes! Sprites! Colors galore!


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August 11th, 2016

Happy 66th Birthday Woz!


It’s Steve Wozniak’s Birthday today!
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July 29th, 2016

A2Heaven announces availability of Apple II Midi card (Passport clone)


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A2Heaven.com’s Apple II Midi Passport clone card, only USD $80. Click pic for more info.

July 28th, 2016

Ian Kim’s SD-MIDI Passport compatible card


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Ian Kim is a card building machine. Click the pic for more information.

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/

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