September 12th, 2014

RIP Douglas E. Smith (1960 – 2014)

Tozai Games is reporting the sad news that Douglas E. Smith, creator of the iconic, groundbreaking game Lode Runner, has apparently died.  Details are still emerging and we’ll be sure to keep you updated as we learn more.

 

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(HT: @yesterbits via Twitter.)

September 10th, 2014

Joe Ely releases album recorded with an Apple II, with liner notes by Woz

Texas rocker Joe Ely has released B4 84, an album he made with an Apple II, using the alphaSyntauri music system and a Roland 808 drum machine.  In a brief interview with the San Antonio Current, Ely discusses the details of the album, which was recorded over 30 years ago, his interactions with Woz, and how his record company liked the songs but wanted him to re-record them using traditional studio methods.  The redone tracks were released on 1984’s Hi-res album which, “didn’t do very well.”

Now Joe has released the original recordings and you can get your own copy for $9.99 on iTunes, with liner notes by Steve Wozniak himself.

 

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Oh, and hey – did you know Joe ran his own BBS back in they day?

May 23rd, 2014

Woz reflects on Apple’s early days

His appearance at KansasFest 2013 and recent write up on the development of Integer BASIC notwithstanding, Woz has spent much of his time recently battling the FCC’s controversial new net “neutrality” policies and generally looking to the future. This is understandable of course – you can only tell the same stories of the company’s early days so many times before they lose a bit of their luster – but the Apple co-founder still finds time now and then to spend an afternoon, recounting the past as he did when he appeared as the “surprise” guest at the Smith & Associates Thirtieth Anniversary in Houston, Texas earlier this week (in a suit jacket, no less).


From left: Lee Ackerley, co-founder and co-owner of Smith; Marc Barnhill, chief trading officer for Smith; Bob Ackerley, co-founder and co-owner of Smith; and Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple. (Olivia Pulsinelli/HBJ)


Woz shared anecdotes of Apple’s founding, and explained to lucky attendees to the “fireside chat” and luncheon how factors such as the company’s organization in its early years and the professionalism brought by industry vet and initial investor Mike Markkula, helped Apple achieve success in the then-nascent industry.

PRWeb has the original press release available here.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that any video of the chat has been posted online, but we’ll be sure to update you the moment it is made available.

 

May 2nd, 2014

Apple II case for your Raspberry Pi

Charles Mangin sure has been having fun with his 3D printer.  Last month, his SD card reader disguised as a Disk II drive made waves in the community and now he’s followed it up with this totally awesome thing:




Yes, it’s a Raspberry Pi case designed to look like an Apple IIe.  Mangin explains:

Each case is 3D printed in SLA (at Shapeways) from 3D models based on my actual Apple II collection. Then, each part is painted to match the original beige, brown or platinum grey – or Black, if you prefer the Bell & Howell model. I also include all the hardware you will need to connect your Pi to power and video – just add Pi.

The case is currently available to order on the RetroConnector Etsy shop for US $115 + shipping.

May 2nd, 2014

Woz recounts writing Integer BASIC

BASIC, that simple language that was an integral part of the Apple II experience for so many fans, turns 50 this month and to help celebrate, Woz has contributed a nice little memoir about how he wrote Integer BASIC from scratch.

 



August 6th, 2013

Apple-1 Registry gets an overhaul

With all the recent news about Apple-1 computers fetching the 21st century equivalent of a king’s ransom seemingly every few months, and more and more units emerging from storage units, garages and attics, Mike Willegal decided it was time to give his Apple-1 Registry a facelift.  The new layout features a clickable table of units in an easier-to-read format and now includes recently-discovered machines updated information, with more improvements coming.

Check it out here.

August 3rd, 2013

Open Apple special KansasFest 2013 coverage

The Open Apple team forced Carrington Vanston of 1 MHz and KansasFest first-timer Kevin Savetz of the new (and excellent) ANTIC: The 8-bit Atari Podcast into a room in the basement of Corcoran Hall at Rockhurst to record the very first Open ANTIChertz.

Listen in as we discuss KFest goings-on, from Kevin’s impressions — both as a newcomer to the week-long convention and as a life-long Atari fan — to Randy Wigginton’s keynote, the appearance of a working Apple-1, and did someone mention Woz? Yes, for what feels like the thousandth time, Mike recounts the harrowing tale of how we got the Apple co-founder and creator of our favorite computers to return to Kansas City on the 10th anniversary of his keynote speech, and 25th anniversary of our favorite summer camp for geeks. Download our collaborative KansasFest report now!

Then Mike and Ken kick out their guests just in time to hustle Woz away from the hectic crowds of Apple II fans for a few minutes, and sit him down for an interview. Did the Apple co-founder have fun at Rockhurst this year? Listen to our interview to find out!

April 25th, 2013

New run of CFFA3000s

Rich Dreher has announced that a new run of CFFA3000 boards will be available sometime later this year. Pre-orders are not currently being taken, but you can get on his email list to be notified about details as they become available. This will also help Rich gauge interest in the next run.

Project Status:

4/23/2013:
There has been a lot of interest in the next batch of CFFA3000 boards (Run#3). Here are answers to a few questions being asked:

Run3 boards should be available some time this autumn (N. Hemi). We are aiming for Sept 2013.

They will probably cost the same US$149.95 + shipping as the previous run.

Preorder are NOT open yet, I am only collecting email addresses currenlty.

If you would like to get on the email list to be notified for a Run#3 please send me an email Here!

April 18th, 2013

ADTPro 1.2.7 released

David Schmidt has announced the release of the latest version of the ADTPro utility.  Here’s what’s new:

Just a few little niceties this go-round:

Inspired by Sheldon Simms’ project to stay serial for not only booting but also disk serving, I combined Speediboot and the Virtual Serial Driver so that you can boot into the ProDOS BASIC interpreter with VSDrive active.  No floppies required, and all makes, models, and serial devices that ADTPro supports work.  The process is described here:
http://adtpro.sourceforge.net/bootstrap.html#Starting_with_Virtual_Serial_Drive

Since AppleCommander is an integral part of ADTPro now, I added a little command line invoker for the embedded AC jar.

Then there’s the thing I really wanted for myself: fixing the batch numbering scheme to start at 1 and not 0, and re-starting when the prefix name is changed.

Finally something that only the occasional person will need… you know who you are… floppy disks that don’t have a recognized filesytem will always be written in DOS physical order.

http://adtpro.sourceforge.net

1.2.7 – April 18, 2013

New functionality:

* [VDrive] Added the ability to bootstrap into ProDOS with
VSDrive active

* [Server] Added a command-line invoker for AppleCommander

Bug fixes:

* [Server] Start the numerical part of batch name at 1, not
0; reset the counter when a batch name changes

* [Server] 5-1/4″ disk images with unrecognized filesystems
are always written with DOS-ordered physical interleaving

April 9th, 2013

Another run of CFFA1s

Rich Dreher, creator of the popular CFFA line of Apple-1 and Apple II expansion boards, has announced that cards from the next run of 200 CFFA1 are now available to order for $109.95 + shipping.  The CFFA1 is compatible with Vince Briel’s Replica 1, Mike Willegal’s Apple 1 Mimeo, the Obtronix clone, and of course, the original Apple-1.

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Visit Rich’s CFFA1 Project page for more details.

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