July 27th, 2016

Ian Kim’s CP/M Turbo 7 available soon on eBay


CPM_Turbo7-1

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Dear friends, Z80 turbo7 card is ready. This card is compatible as MS Softcard hence, it runs MBASIC, GBASIC(It is my favorite Language).

Z80 CPU speed could selected Normal or Fast mode. Normal mode is same speed of MS Soft card and Fast mode make Z80 run to 7Mhz. But, unfortunately even 7Mhz running Z80 but, APPLE II BUS can’t give data to make satisfy for Z80, so the results is overall speed is about 1.6times faster then Normal Z80 card. It is the Maximum speed which can run as MS Softcard compatible card.

I want it to run under APPLE IIGS for many of users who want to CP/M with APPLE IIGS. It can run with Fast mode of APPLE IIGS. but CP/M card runs properly only on the ‘Normal position’.

It has 40pins AUX port for who like to make DIY board under Z80 CPU signals. I hope to see any daughter board using the AUX port.

I used PLCC type CPLD who want to solder to pull some signal from CPLD for DIYer’s board. Original Soft card doesn’t care the Signal for IO but, I added to care for the Z80 IORQ signal. Hence, you can add your IO board and could control by Z80 IO commands. Hope to like this feature.

It is selling now for Korean fans first after this I will put some on eBay for international APPLE II fans. Other English information will be followed after I put on eBay.

It doesn’t work on APPLE ][ nor ][+. (I’m trying to make it run on ][ and ][+) EDIT: (** Now it start to work on APPLE ][+ and IIe non enhanced model but ][+ only work with Normal speed)

It runs on APPLE IIe enhanced, APPLE //e platinum and APPLE IIGS (With limitation).

APPLE IIe non enhanced model have to change the CPU to 65C02.

Others;

And I trying to make a sample daughter board with it.

June 8th, 2016

Genius Episode 1 “Into the Toy Warehouses” now available

It’s mid-2016 and a new Apple II game has been published called GENIUS, Ep.1 “Into the Toy Warehouses” by Daniele Liverani. Billed as a strategic, fast-action high-res arcade game, you must help GENIUS save an imprisoned prince by tackling 80 levels of obstacles, puzzles and enemies.

The first copy of the game is up for auction on eBay.

GENIUS requires at least an Apple II Plus with 48KB RAM. Mockingboard support (via slot 4) is also supported.

Read all about how GENIUS went from concept to software in a ziplock baggie HERE.

May 23rd, 2016

ByteBoosters introduces new 4MB/XLP IIGS RAM card

Alexander Krauss writes:

After the successful introduction of our first 4MB Apple IIgs Memory Expansion the ByteBoosters are happy to announce an improved revised version – the 4MB XLP (eXtreme Low Power) Expansion board. The first batch of boards is for sale on eBay for USD $59. Worldwide shipping for less than USD $10.

Unique features are:

  • Lowest power consumption (<0.9W max when active) on any 4MB board ever
  • Optimized using only two 16MBit chips to reach 4MB
  • Smallest size 4MB expansion board ever
  • Providing 3.3V supply to other projects via aux-connector

Specifcations:

  • 4MB (4096kB) DRAM using 16Mbit DRAM chips (4Mbit x 4)
  • 100% DMA compatible
  • Fast RAM -60ns
  • Power Indicator LED
  • Gold contact fingers ensuring high reliability

All boards come fully tested on ROM01 and ROM03 machines with a 5 years warranty and 30 days money back guarantee (less shipping).

December 8th, 2015

Bob Bishop’s Apple II for sale (via eBay)

The estate of Bob Bishop has been selling off his various collections, and have now posted Bob’s modified Apple II (serial #13) to eBay. It’s not completely original but no one should care. This is the machine that Mr. Bishop used to program all of the nifty software we know so well, like APPLE-VISION, APPLE-TALKER and DUNG BEETLES. UPDATE (Dec 15, 2015, 4:58 PM EST): The computer sold for 1$7,877.00 USD + $18.80 S&H.

October 1st, 2015

Is the Apple-1 “gold rush” over?

This Apple-1, described by Bonhams Auctions as, “in nearly perfect condition” was put up for auction in September with a starting bid of $300,000. It bears the number 01-0059, indicating it was one of the batch Apple sold to The Byte Shop. Bonhams expected the computer to go for as much as $500,000 and stated, “The customer had only used the Apple-1 once or twice, and Mr. Romkey set it on a shelf, and did not touch it again.” It even has the coveted white ceramic 6502 CPU still in place and was tested as functional, but BBC News reports that it was one of only two lots in Bonhams’s “History of Science and Technology” auction that failed to sell.

Is the “gold rush” over?


Apple-1

April 28th, 2015

GGLabs producing new IIGS to component video adapters

In addition to their RAM card products, GGLabs is now producing a component video adapter for the Apple IIGS. You can see (and bid on) it via eBay. I think my only gripe is that it isn’t in a protective box.


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November 6th, 2014

GGLabs out with new 8MB RAM card for Apple IIGS

GGLabs has started selling an 8MB RAM card on eBay called the RAMGS-MAX. Similar to their 4MB RAMGS card offering, this card uses ZIP style DRAMs, making the board extremely compact. Also as before, it appears this card will be open-source. I think I’ll try to get one of these boards and check it out.


GSRAM-MAX

September 8th, 2014

Bonhams to auction rare Apple 1

Another rare Apple 1 has turned up for auction. This Apple 1 is verified as working (always a bonus) and will be sold by auction house Bonhams in New York, on October 22nd, 2014.

The Apple 1 was acquired in 1980 by John Anderson, a founding member of the AppleSiders User Group of Cincinnati, Ohio during a local Apple convention. It’s been sitting in glass display case all this time, and it’s condition has been described as ‘pristine’.

Due to it’s functional condition, Bonhams estimates this Apple 1 will sell for between USD $300,000 and $500,000.

September 23rd, 2013

Movie props from ‘JOBS’ movie now on eBay

Items claimed by the seller to be movie props from the recent ‘Jobs’ biopic starring Ashton Kutcher are being listed en eBay at reasonable prices (that obviously won’t stay reasonable for much longer). Check them out at http://www.ebay.com/sch/matt_five_star_studios/m.html?item=221288156901

The stampede will now start in 3… 2… 1…

June 11th, 2013

Apple II serial A2S1-0047 (1-243) sells for over $23K

A rare early production Apple II in a ventless case has sold on eBay for an unprecedented USD $23,099. Despite the Apple II having been upgraded, most of the unit was completely original and in working condition. A pair of early Disk II drives (serials unknown) were also included, as well as several peripherals from the same era.

Originally designed as a ventless, fanless computer, Apple quickly determined that the Apple II would overheat and malfunction in it’s original case. Rather than add a cooling fan (Steve Jobs hated fans), vents were quickly added to the case design, solving the overheating issue. The Apple II remained vented ever after (though users still often added a third-party cooling fan). It’s been speculated that only about a hundred of these ventless cases were ever manufactured. Apple eventually offered a trade-in program to owners of the early cases and most of them took advantage of the replacement offer, thus insuring the rarity of the Apple II ventless case.

Recently, Apple II machines with early revision motherboards have been increasing in value (if eBay sales are a reliable indicator). Some machines with low serial numbers have been selling for $3000-$5000 USD depending on their original, overall condition. It’s been an on-going topic of interest in the Apple II collecting community as enthusiasts ponder if this is a just a fad or a harbinger of the future value of their collections.

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