April 23rd, 2014

Vicious, an Apple-1 sound card

Well here is a surprise! A sound card for the Apple-1, based on SID and CIA chips you’d normally expect to see on some other vintage computer platform.

November 16th, 2013

Briel Replica 1 Tenth Anniversary Limited Edition announced

Briel Computers is celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Replica 1 by releasing a limited edition (and new revision) of their insanely popular Apple 1 compatible computer. The first 50 boards make up the limited edition 10th Anniversary Replica 1; each will be serialized and sport a collectible red PCB. After those are sold out, the new 10th Anniversay Edition Replica 1 PCB will revert to its usual green color.


As always, if you’re comfortable with a soldering iron you’ll have the option to purchase the new Replica 1 as a build-it-yourself kit ($149 USD) or for the non-techie and/or time-constrained, as a fully assembled and tested product ($199 USD). The limited edition 10th Anniversary Replica 1 will be available for pre-order on November 28th, 2013 — Thanksgiving Day in the USA.

R110 kit

The new board has the following changes:

  • Smaller size (only 7″ X 4.5″)
  • Reduced chip count, only 8 chips plus USB-Serial adapter
  • Single universal power adapter mini-USB connector for serial interface and power
  • Can be powered from a PC or Mac USB interface
  • Universal drivers for serial connection for data transfer now at 9600 BAUD
  • Dual boot mode, standard Apple 1 with Woz Integer BASIC or Applesoft Lite (selected with jumper)
  • Improved video with choice of NTSC or PAL (PAL mode not tested)
  • Optional USB Power supply and cable, no need to search for a compatible power supply

Look for a review of the new Replica 1 10th Anniversary Edition in the next issue of Juiced.GS later this year!

October 15th, 2013

Wendell Sander’s Apple 1 Project

Wendell Sander is giving the Apple 1 serious love with technical notes, modifications and schematics for new cards he’s designed. Check out his site, The Apple 1 Project. If you’re a fan of the original Apple Computer, you won’t be disappointed.

Hey, while we’re talking about the Apple 1, there’s another one up for auction.

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.

July 4th, 2013

Open Apple #29 (July 2013): Mike Willegal, Apple-1, cons, and films

Mike WillegalThis month on Open Apple, the Apple II community’s only monthly podcast, Mike and Ken chat with Mike Willegal, Apple-1 and Apple II reproduction expert extraordinaire. His topic is hot this month: five Apple-1 computers were simultaneously on display at the History San Jose museum; one is being auctioned online; Willegal was interviewed for a Kickstarter-funded book about the Apple-1; and his clones are appearing in a feature-length film about Steve Jobs — what a guy! He even went to Vintage Computer Festival Southeast this spring, though he’ll be absent from VCF Southwest, KansasFest, and Oz KFest, all occurring this summer. Mike, Mike, and Ken watch the trailer for the Jobs movie and find we all have different reasons to see (or skip) Ashton Kutcher in the title role. They may or may not have dressed up to see the recent Star Trek and Man of Steel films; maybe they’ll fit the part by wearing some Apple t-shirts from 1986 to see Jobs.

Find the show at the Open Apple Web site or in the iTunes and Zune podcast directories.

June 20th, 2013

Woz attends historic testing of five Apple 1 computers

Today’s Woz-stalking is courtesy Dean Nichols and The San Jose Mercury News. Tuesday, June 18th saw Steve Wozniak and several other *very notable* attendees gathered at History San Jose to power-on and test no fewer than five Apple 1 computers. How many of us wish they could have been there to see that?

May 30th, 2013

The First Apple (Kickstarter Book)

Thanks to Ken Gagne for the heads up on this story.

We wanted to get in touch with Apple enthusiast groups everywhere, because of our forthcoming book—sure to be of interest to anyone who enjoys Apple and ‘70s Silicon Valley history—The First Apple. It’s the nonfiction account of the Apple-1, the first computer produced by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, produced in Jobs’ parent’s garage. One such computer, the very one presumed to be the first sold to an individual by Steve Jobs, has survived through the years, and is now owned by Bob Luther, author of The First Apple. (About three-fourths of the full run of these computers were disposed of by Apple itself, in the run-up towards the Apple II.)

We recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to help in the completion of this publishing project. We’re hoping that members of your group with a particular interest in Apple Computer history will help by checking out The First Apple on Kickstarter, and by spreading the word to other enthusiasts. Here’s the link to that page:


This book features extensive and exclusive interviews with many of the originators and inner circle of Apple, and their views on engineering design, computers in education, as well as their unique personal perspectives on what it was like to be at ground zero during the PC revolution.

Thank you for your time and interest.

Larry Rodman

the upcoming book The First Apple
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Alexandria, Virginia 22301

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.

November 26th, 2012

Apple-1 sells for € 500,000

The Apple-1 to most recently hit the auction block went for a record € 500,000 (nearly $650,000 USD).  Read all about it here.

 (HT: Mike Willegal)

October 29th, 2012

Yet another Apple-1 scheduled to be auctioned

While the most recent Apple-1 auction failed to close with a successful sale – bidding on the non-functional unit didn’t meet the $80,071 minimum price – another unit is scheduled to hit the auction block in November.  This particular Apple-1 is not only complete and working, but  comes with several original peripherals including a 9″ Sanyo monitor, a Datanetics ASCII keyboard, and a transformer.  The original documentation is included with the lot, though the cassette interface and tapes are listed as “reproductions”.  It would also appear that the MOS 6502 chip currently in the unit is not the original ceramic CPU.  Read more about the auction here. 

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