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.
Two 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/
Ready just in time for KFest …
Maximizing your Apple IIGS RAM to 8MB finally becomes affordable with a quality RAM Expansion board from the ByteBoosters – The D(ark)RAM-8MB
The DarkRAM-8MB will be available this week on eBay for a low introductory price of USD $99.99 including world-wide express shipping (shipping time to the USA is usually 5 business days)
Unique features are:
- Lowest power consumption (<1.8W max when active) on any 8MB board ever
- Smallest size 8MB expansion board ever
- Providing 3.3V supply to other projects via aux-connector
- 8MB RAM using 16Mbit DRAM chips (4Mbit x 4)
- Optimized using only four 16MBit chips to reach 4MB
- Fast RAM -60ns
- 4MB out of 8MB are fully DMA compatible like any other >4MB card
- Black PCB with blue Power Indicator LED
- Gold contact fingers ensuring high reliability
This totals the memory of your ROM 3 IIGS to 8.125MB (8320KB)!
All boards come fully tested (stock and TWGS speed) on ROM01 and ROM03 machines with a 5 years warranty and 30 days money back guarantee (less shipping).
AppleIIGSMarc posted to comp.sys.apple2 about a game he’s working on. Looks good!
Hey everyone, I just wanted to share with you a small preview of a game I’ve been working on. It’s a lo-res, vertically scrolling shooter that will run on any 48k Apple II. Yes, the graphics are extremely blocky and a bit ugly, but I thought it’d be a fun way to learn 6502 assembly on the Apple II. It’s not quite ready for release, but when it’s done I’ll make it available to anyone interested.
Oh, and if you watch the video, I recommend keeping the size small as it’s easier on the eyes. I know this isn’t Game of the Year material, so please be kind! :)
Poof! The GEnie is out of the bottle in time for KansasFest 2016 as Mac GUI Vault now holds the Apple II GEnie and Delphi software and RoundTable archives. Both of these online services were central to the Apple II world and were used by thousands of Apple II subscribers in the 1980s and 90s.
The GEnie discussion RoundTables, A2 and A2Pro, are now online. Reading these archives gives one a more complete view of the Apple II world of the 1990s and early 2000s, and forms an interesting parallel to the discussions in the Usenet newsgroups.
Furthermore, the software libraries of GEnie and Delphi are also online at Mac GUI Vault and come complete with their original text descriptions and comments.