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:

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:

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.

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.


Visit Rich’s CFFA1 Project page for more details.

March 15th, 2013

David Schmenk’s QuickCam //e project gets documentation

Remember David Schmenk’s awesome hardware hack where he routed the output of an old parallel Connectix QuickCam to his Apple IIe through an Apple Parallel Card?  Of course you do.  Here’s how he did it, in case you want to build your own: Part I – The Hardware, Part II – The Software.

March 14th, 2013

More 20 MHz Z80 coprocessor cards available

Alex Freed has announced the availability of more 20 MHz Z80 cards for sale.  They go fast, so don’t dally if you want one.  Here’s the text of Alex’s post on csa2:

The very slow boat from China finally made it to California so I have  the new batch of the PCBs. Apparently I have all the parts for a few boards and it’s easy to get more from DigiKey. So now’s a good time to send a payment if you want one.

My account is associated with an address alex_paypal at the domain you already know. The kit with a programmed CPLD, PROM, a 20 MHz Z80 and all the parts is $60 plus $5.80 domestic priority mail.


March 13th, 2013

Oz Kfest announced

In the tradition of KansasFest, the Australian alternative gathering, Oz Kfest, will happen again this year. When last held in 2009 it caused quite a stir: one prominent Apple II celebrity allegedly lamented that the lack of a followup to this event was their number one gripe. So here it is!  Scheduled to again coincide with KansasFest, Oz Kfest will be happening July 26-28 2013 at Kurilpa Hall, Kurilpa, a suburb of Brisbane in Queensland state.

Registration is now open and session requests and proposals are now being solicited. For more information please visit the website at

You can also join in the weekly “Downunder Chat”, which happens on the A2Central IRC server every Friday night, 9-11pm Australian Eastern time. ( on

March 11th, 2013

Woz to keynote UC Berkeley 2013 Commencement

Following in the footsteps of his Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who delivered the 2005 Commencement Address to Stanford, Steve Wozniak has been named the keynote speaker for UC Berkeley’s 2013 Commencement program.  Commencement activities are scheduled to begin promptly at 9am on Saturday, May 18, “rain or shine”.  The Daily Californian has the full text of the press release.

March 11th, 2013

$10,000 copies of Akalabeth go quickly

Lord British’s return to Britannia is old news – Richard Garriott’s Kickstarter to fund his new game, Shroud of the Avatar, is already up to more than 75% of its stated goal of $1 million – but did you know that pledging at the “Lord of the Manor” level, a $10,000 donation, would have secured for yourself a copy of Garriott’s original game, Akalabeth?

What differentiates this perk from the high-priced copies that occasionally show up on eBay, is that these have been assembled from Garriott’s private stash of left-over parts from when he was originally selling ziploc-bagged copies at his local software store.  Unfortunately, all 10 backer spots at that level have sold already (the Kickstarter launched just three days ago) so if you missed out, you’ll just have to dream about what might have been.

You can read all details at this Wired article.  Is a hand-assembled copy of the original Ultima game worth $10,000?  It was to a few eager fans.

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