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.
Prolific Bulgarian Apple II enthusiast Plamen Vaysilov has produced another clone of a famous card, the ALF MC1. You can get your own kit (i.e. assembly required) via eBay for USD $60 ($51+$9 S/H).
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.
The trigger has been pulled, UltimateApple2 and ReactiveMicro are going to attempt to clone the much sought after (and often freakishly expensive on eBay) Applied Engineering Transwarp GS accelerator. Will they be heroes or zeroes? Others have tried and failed, so this is a risky but potentially rewarding project. UA2/RM already offer tweaker upgrade products and services for the Transwarp GS, so they know their way around the board’s quirks and voodoo. If anyone is going to succeed, it’s likely going to be the team of Henry Courbis and Anthony Martino.
Also in the pipe, Tom Arnold is working with UA2/RM to make the revised Mockingboard 1A available again. Even more interesting are the rumors of an Applied Engineering Phasor clone that are being circulated. The constraint of cloning any Apple II sound card is in the availability of vintage speech synthesizer ICs or finding a modern substitute. Solve that riddle, and we can expect our Apple II computers to sing. We just need programmers to support the sound cards we have now.
RAM! 8MB CV Tech clones for the Apple IIGS, Ramworks and Ramfactor with buffed out expansion options and an updated (intelligent?) Apple2Pi card all are in the pipe from UA2/RM. Stay tuned! Winter is coming.
Rich Dreher is selling 7 CFFA3000 cards that had minor production issues (since corrected). The boards have a full 1 year warranty, and come with the Remote Switch board, cable and a CD with the manual and various support files.
Rich has also alluded to the next production run of the wildly popular CFFA3000 would take place in early 2015.
I found this IIGS 4MB RAM card on eBay, and a subsequent search for the vendor turned up GGLabs, ‘Open Source Electronics from Silicon Valley.’ It appears to be a copy of the Applied Engineering GS-RAM III but it may only be a resemblance based on the type of RAM used (ZIP-20). More details (schematics, Gerbers, documentation) are available here.
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…
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.
This monochrome DHGR arcade game had to be released by Froggy Software in 1987. As the company shut its doors, the game has never been released nor distributed by its author.
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