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.

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.

-Alex.

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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 http://ozkfest.net/.

You can also join in the weekly “Downunder Chat”, which happens on the A2Central IRC server every Friday night, 9-11pm Australian Eastern time. (#a2c.chat on irc.a2central.com).

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.

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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.

March 11th, 2013

Apple //e Quickcam – Now in Hi-Res!

On Friday, David Schmenk posted a video of a neat hardware hack: a Connectix parallel Quickcam running real-time images to his IIe through an Apple Parallel Card.  Today, he showed off the natural evolution of his hack: the Quickcam transmitting in glorious monochromatic high resolution.  According to Schmenk, it’s slow – about 1 frame per second – but it works!

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Be sure to visit the Apple II Enthusiasts Group on Facebook to follow David’s progress.

March 11th, 2013

How MOS 6502 Illegal Opcodes really work

An extensive article detailing the illegal opcodes present in the original MOS 6502 has been posted over at pagetable.com.  Check it out here.

 

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Note: this article is rather old (2008) (age being a relative thing on the interwebs), and as the author states, much has been written to document the opcodes already.  The difference here is this:

I am not aware of any article that tries to explain where exactly they come from. I’ll do this here.

Pagetable.com is an excellent resource for learning assembly language, or brushing up your skills if you’re already an expert.

March 8th, 2013

Eamon Micro-Adventure Contest announced

A new contest has been announced over at the Eamon Adventurer’s Guild.

If you’ve read through the old NEUC and EAG newsletters, you’ve undoubtedly run across one of the contests held years ago. (This is why there are about a billion Eamons mentioning a “Life Orb.”) They tended to produce some pretty solid adventures. Of course, actually sitting down to write an Eamon is a pretty daunting task. While it’s certainly a lot of fun, to write an entire adventure requires some investment of time. So here’s the compromise:

Consider a large Eamon dungeon in the shape of a tower. The challenge is to write in approximately ten rooms a miniature dungeon making up one floor of the tower using either Apple II Eamon or Eamon Deluxe. You can add monsters, treasures, secret doors, and weapons… whatever your mind can generate, so be it. Frank and I will string them together into a (dis)continuous whole and judge on the basis of pure awesomeness.

The winner will receive a plaque on the glorious Wall of Fame (in Frank Black’s Waiting Room micro-adventure) to be memorialized for all eternity. (We’ll throw in a free subscription to the newsletter as well.)

Go here for all the details and contest rules.

March 5th, 2013

Brutal Deluxe releases Mr. Sprite

Paris, March 3rd, 2013 – Brutal Deluxe Software is proud to announce Mr Sprite, a command-line tool to manage sprites and to simplify the integration of sprites into Apple IIgs games.

Discover Mr Sprite at http://www.brutaldeluxe.fr/products/crossdevtools/mrsprite/

Mr Sprite is part of the Brutal Deluxe’s Cross Developpement Tools Project, a full set of utilities available on Windows (and other) platforms to enable the creation of new Apple IIgs software : 65c816 Assembler, 65c816 Disassembler, 65c816 Simulator, Graphic File Converter, Resource Catcher…

Antoine Vignau & Olivier Zardini
Brutal Deluxe Software

http://www.brutaldeluxe.fr/

BD has also posted “Mr. Sprite Tech“, an in-depth look at the technical magic behind the program.

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