October 24th, 2014

UltimateApple2 and ReactiveMicro to bring Transwarp GS clone (and more) to the masses

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.

September 12th, 2014

Next batch of CFFA3000 cards (run #4) expected early 2015

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.

August 5th, 2014

GGLabs, new RAM card vendor for the Apple IIGS

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.


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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…

September 23rd, 2013

Ultra-rare Apple UniFile ‘Twiggy’ drive seen on eBay

For those of you who don’t follow my Twitter account, here’s an exceedingly rare Apple UniFile Twiggy drive to look (drool?) over. It’s up for auction on eBay, starting at USD $3,750 or with a buy it now option of $6,000. Bazinga.

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.

March 22nd, 2013

Apple II / The 2013 release: Zéphyr by Froggy Software

France, March 22nd 2013 РBrutal Deluxe Software, in partnership with Jean-Louis Le Breton (CEO of Froggy Software) and Richard Soberka (programmer, author of Pleins gaz), is happy to announce the release of the arcade game Z̩phyr for the Apple II.
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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.

Together, in 2013, we have decided to release the game and release as software were distributed during the golden years of the Apple II: zip lock bag, manual, sticker and floppy disk with label.

We auction the first three issues, one after the other. Those were signed by Jean-Louis Le Breton (http://www.jeanlouislebreton.com/) and Richard Soberka (http://www.soberka.com/).

Find the first auction @ http://www.ebay.com/itm/200908966058
Get more information @ http://www.brutaldeluxe.fr/2013/

Free shipping worldwide, the 77 next issues will be sold @ brutaldeluxe.fr

Share this vintage moment with us. Apple II forever!

Jean-Louis Le Breton, Richard Soberka,

Antoine Vignau and Olivier Zardini.

January 14th, 2013

Stolen gear being sold on eBay?

This is being posted as a service to the retro-computing community.  The following message from VCF founder and respected hobbyist Sellam Ismail appeared on the Classiccmp mailing list this evening.

eBay seller id "tvrsales" is currently selling property stolen from the Vintage Computer Festival.

If you are planning on buying anything of a vintage computer nature from eBay seller "tvrsales" in Stockton, California, please know that you are most likely bidding on stolen property.

The VCF Archives were stolen by Tri-Valley Recycling (eBay ID "tvrsales") in cahoots with the landlords of the building where it was sold. The sordid tale can be read about through lawsuit material already on my
website for download: http://vintagetech.com/download/lawsuit/

Whether or not you believe Sellam’s account of this dispute, it may be wise to reconsider bidding on items from eBay user “tvrsales” until any legal issues have been settled. Caveat emptor.

December 3rd, 2012

Prototype //c on eBay – $5500 (or make offer)

If you’re into collecting Apple II gear, you know prototypes are hard to find and highly sought after. So when an authentic prototype like this Apple //c shows up anywhere, it gets some attention.

This specimen appears to be from late in the development phase, and it may even be a seed machine ie. pre-release machines sent to third party developers prior to a product’s launch. The case is nearly finalized and the keyboard looks like the final production model. When this machine was being reviewed and used, the fabrication of the final //c was probably ready for immediate startup.

Of all the Apple II models, prototype (and seed) versions of the Apple //c are the most accessible to collectors because as protos go, they’re the most common. Is it worth USD $5500 though? Only time will tell.

Update: With just over two days remaining in the auction, the Buy It Now price has been lowered to $3,700.

May 24th, 2012

Seen on eBay: Steve Jobs’s Apple IIe?

Could it really be Steve Jobs’s personal Apple IIe? The auction description is vague and doesn’t offer much in the way of documentation or even pictures of the machine. Check it out for yourself on eBay auction 150822390887. If you want it, it can be yours for a mere 45K USD (negotiable) and $35 shipping (probably not negotiable).

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