October 2nd, 2015

MacGUI announces prize winners for Apple II photo contest

Prize Winners for Apple II Photo Contest

At last, the 14 photo entries for last month’s Retro Apple II Photo Contest have been judged, leaving us with a first prize winner for an Uthernet II, a second prize winner for free shipping on the same, and three honorable mentions.

To keep everything fair, the judge was someone who is not a part of the Apple II community, but who has a BFA degree and has a basic familiarity with the Apple II. Entries were judged based on composition, elements from the chosen time period, and overall retro feel.

Speaking personally, there were a lot of really good photos. I love looking at Apple II setups, as I’m sure a lot of other people in the community do. The idea for this contest came to me around January or so, and I’m glad that I brought it to execution and that the community made so many good photos for it.

And now, here are the winners.

October 1st, 2015

Tecnobytes announces new batch of ClassicIDE cards available

Tecnobytes has produced another (and possibly the last) run of ClassicIDE cards for the Apple ][ Plus, //e and IIGS. Priced at only $70 USD, it’s one of the most affordable CF/IDE solutions for Apple II series.

September 22nd, 2015

The lost Apple Logo…

Fast Company has posted an article The Lost Apple Logo You’ve Never Seen which clearly doesn’t apply to most long-term Apple II users (but maybe to most Macintosh users).

September 11th, 2015

Wayne Johnson’s Raster Blaster Reloaded available for download

I’ve spent the last few months remaking Raster Blaster from the Apple II which was a game I loved playing back at school in the day. It’s currently available for Windows, MacOSX and Android and I need to get back to finishing the Linux build which will hopefully be next week sometime.

The free download is at: http://sausage.itch.io/raster-blaster-reloaded.

The official site is: http://hippocket.waynejohnson.net

September 9th, 2015

John Brooks releases DiskImage Nibble Utility

Alex Lee via Facebook, posted a tweet from Rastan programmer, John Brooks (@JBrooksBSI) that he’s writing new software in order to release old software. His first offering is a “DiskImage” nibble utility, featuring:

  • Fast 3.5″ data read & head-stepping via bare-metal IWM control
  • Displays raw 3.5″ disk nibbles graphically in SHR on-the-fly
  • Breaks all known emulators :)

Get it here (800k .po disk image, zip compressed)


September 5th, 2015

UltimateMicro announces RAMFactor 4MB Expansion clone completed and shipping

UltimateMicro has finished cloning the RAMFactor 4MB Memory Expansion card and final testing of this elusive and highly sought after peripheral is underway. So far, the clone is working as expected and should be shipping VERY SOON to those who pre-ordered. Henry will be contacting those lucky people early next week. Meanwhile, here’s a pic of the card!

2015-09-04 - ReActiveMicro - RF 4Meg Expander v1.0
Click picture for LARGER view.

September 3rd, 2015

(Not So) Cheap Tunes by the French Touch

September 1st, 2015

New game play video of Lawless Legends released

September 1st, 2015

First look, IDEA2c from UltimateMicro

Some Apple IIc -=love=- from UltimateMicro’s Facebook page:

Speaking of the IDEA2c Drive (from the last post)- A proto is now assembled and being tested. We will be moving from standard chips to custom logic (CPLD). This board however is a hybrid of both designs, and will allow us to move one IC at a time in to the CPLD and continue testing to ensure we have correctly emulated the standard logic. As chips are integrated we then cut the traces on the PCB, or just remove the IC from its socket.

As you may have noticed, we have ordered this proto with a few examples of the new logo printed on it, and also the move to Altera MAX7000S CPLDs. Both items will be standard on all future projects.

The next version of this board should include a Clock and Aux RAM, however we may even see a decrease in total physical size of the board. Even the current PCB didn’t need to be as large as it is. We mainly wanted to document what the physical size limits were in case we need more room in the future.

The board will connect using the CPU and MMU sockets on the IIc or IIc+ motherboard. We did find some IIc units that had the MMU soldered to the motherboard. In this case we will offer a service to remove the MMU and add a socket.

Work continues in the ReActiveMicro, and more updates to come!

Click on picture for a MUCH LARGER view.

September 1st, 2015

Open Apple #50 (August 2015) : Rebecca Heineman, Plamen’s Clones, GS/OS Updates

This month on Open Apple, we sit down with Rebecca “Burger Becky” Heineman. Becky is a legendary Apple II developer (not to mention many other platforms), and was the keynote speaker at KansasFest 2015. We discuss Becky’s KansasFest experiences then and now, how the community has changed, and what she’s up to now. She has a lot of Apple II gold archived away, and we’re starting to see more and more of it as a result of the continued warmth and friendliness of the Apple II community.

Tune in after that interview, when Quinn and Mike go on to talk about amazing Bulgarian hardware products, new ways to acquire Byteworks software, the mysteries of Double Hires graphics, and of course Halt & Catch Fire. KansasFest stories abound, Mike plugs the Apple III, and Quinn acts oblivious to Mike on the subject of Prince of Persia. Listen in awe as she tells the exact same story about Mechner’s source code, immediately after Mike says the same thing. We swear your co-hosts do listen to each other most of the time, folks.

Place your orders now for the hottest new fragrance, R3TR0: By Gagne.

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