September 15th, 2014

Oz KFest dates announced: Melbourne Australia, April 17-19, 2015

Andrew Roughan asked that we post this:

The next Australian retro computing gathering, Oz KFest, will be happening in Melbourne, Australia, April 17-19, 2015. Come join us downunder for a few of days of retro inspiration, Aussie ingenuity and camaraderie!

The goal of the event is to provide a user group style environment to exchange ideas and discuss new developments in retro computing hardware, software, preservation, emulation and other related topics.

There will be a few attendees of past KansasFests and Oz KFests and we hope to imbibe the spirit of these events into Oz KFest once again.

The presentations during the weekend will come from the participants and therefore an invitation is extended for session proposals to be made via email to ozkfest@gmail.com

If you have an idea for a session that you’d like to present, please let us know so we can allocate a time slot for you. If you would like to learn something, let us know what that is and we will try to find a presenter for that topic.

Registration for the event is not yet open. However, now is the time to block out the dates in your calendar, arrange how to get there and where you’ll stay. If you need help, let us know how we can help.

For event details, see http://ozkfest.net and for breaking updates follow OzKFest on Twitter.

Reminder that the ‘Downunder Chat’ happens every Friday night from 9pm Australian EST in irc.a2central.com #a2.chat

Apple II Forever!

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.

August 29th, 2014

A.P.P.L.E. hosting Australian Apple Review at Apple Archives

Bill Martens forwarded news of this posting from Call-A.P.P.L.E.


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The Australian Apple Review has been officially released by A.P.P.L.E.. The release announcement occurred last evening in the Downunder Chat on A2Central’s IRC channel. According to the announcement made by A.P.P.L.E.’s Bill Martens, “The project is the culmination of a number of people including Andrew Roughan, Brian Wiser and even the National Library of Australia.”

The Australian Apple Review was a magazine published in Australia by well known publisher Gareth Powell. In 2005, permission was initially received to reproduce the entire run in PDF format. The project began in earnest in 2009 when Andrew Roughan began providing a number of issues from his collection and coordinating with the National Library of Australia for an exchange of materials which would allow them to complete their in-house collection of the magazine.

All issues of the magazine were scanned and OCR’d and the entire collection is now available for free download from the AAR website at:

http://aar.applearchives.com

August 25th, 2014

Will there be a Carte Blanche 2?

That’s the question now being discussed on Usenet forum Comp.Sys.Apple2 right now. The new Carte Blanche would offer several improvements over the original, of which built-in VGA or HDMI output and new video modes may be possibilities. If this is something you might be interested in, drop in to CSA2 and voice your support. It sounds like orders may be opening soon.


CB2

August 22nd, 2014

Mr. Yocam, if only it had turned out that way…

August 12th, 2014

Level 29 BBS online, running ProLine


Level29
http://bbs.fozztexx.com

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.


ramgs

August 1st, 2014

Quinn Dunki (BLONDIHACKS) blogs about her KansasFest 2014 experience

Read about Quinn’s KansasFest 2014 experience.ogol

July 31st, 2014

Dagen Brock introduces Crusty Coders site for Apple IIGS programmers

This is a place to learn about programming the Apple IIgs.

This came about as a result of a conversation with fellow Apple developers who, like myself, found a lack of centralized resources for Apple IIgs specific documentation. This is just an early design and a place to start putting the information together. The goal is to add the ability for user contributed content via a wiki, forums and other collaboration tools. For now, it’s really just beginning, but I hope you enjoy it and if you’d like to help out, let me know via the contact page (once I make one).

You can find it at Crusty-Coders.com (currently resolving to apple2.gs).

July 26th, 2014

KansasFest Day 3

MORE LINKS WILL ADDED LATER

Andre Lozano greeted early risers with the first session of the day. Andre was part of the group that restored disks from the collection of Chris Marker, a French film director, writer and early pioneer in multimedia computing and authoring. Chris was interested in how computers and humans interacted emotionally (something retro-computists can easily identify with). He developed a program called ‘Dialector’ that explored these emotional responses which were similar in concept to the famous ELIZA program and it’s variants.

If you haven’t seen Jason Scott in person, it should be something on your short ‘to-do’ list; he’s like a Kung-Fu kick to the psyche (but in a good way). Jason is a natural and entertaining speaker with a passion for his work with the Internet Archive. He’s been busy JSMESS emulation project (try it, you’ll be floored), in addition to scanning of magazines, books and disks from all sources retrocomputing. Jason shared some good news, apparently museums, other archival organizations (and even copyright holders like Atari) are waking up to the need to preserve and protect our digital history and are supporting projects like the Internet Archive. Perceptions are changing; it’s no longer a matter of digital piracy, but of digital preservation.

Ken Gagne announced that Juiced.GS continues to thrive as the last, and longest running Apple II print magazine ever. Publishing will continue into 2015 at the same rates as before! Also announced, some money-saving bundles for digital copies of back issues. See site for details.

Ch-ch-ch-changes to the schedule created an opportunity for an impromptu but very productive programmers roundtable event.

Charles Mangin and friend then gave us a tutorial on the various types of 3D printing that are available. During the session, he produced a few key caps as practical examples of what can be achieved for the retrocomputing hobbyist.

Next up, Quinn Dunki discussed her personal journey of discovery with ‘Veronica’, a homebrew 6502 based computer she built from scratch. Quinn put in about 5 years of work designing circuits and PCB’s as a learning exercise reminiscent of Steve Wozniak’s Apple 1 endeavor. You can read about on Quinn’s blog.

Michael Sternberg next demonstrated how Sir-Tech’s ‘STAR SAGA: ONE, Beyond the Boundary’ can be played over the internet using the VASSAL Engine. According to it’s site, ‘Vassal is a game engine for building and playing online adaptations of board games and card games. Play live on the Internet or by email. Vassal runs on all (modern) platforms, and is free, open-source software.’ Wow, I didn’t know this existed and it’s very cool. I can’t wait to try it out.

Pizza happened next, which was a much appreciated, welcome break from the yucky, uninspired, tasteless (and occasionally mysterious) food we’ve been getting from the cafeteria. Wow Rockhurst, we LOVE you, but the food has been disappointing this year. I think I lost weight just by looking at what was on my plate. Thanks?

The evening’s activities wrapped up with the annual group photo, best wacky tie (hey, I won!) contest and a few late evening sessions.

We have more than a few Podcasters present this year. I saw them massed around a microphone recording a joint podcast. I’m looking forward to that podcast — it should be interesting.

David Schmenk demo’d Apple II Pi (because he still gets asked ‘what is it?’).

Anthony Martino announced the upcoming A2Pi 6.5 card (with numerous improvements). We hope to have pics and a press release for that soon.

Lastly, Tony Diaz led a class on repairing floppy disk drives. Attendees were free to bring their malfunctioning drives for diagnostics and repair, because if Tony can’t fix it, probably no one else can.

Wow it’s late. I’m tired but staying up late tonight. I’ve managed to return 3 Transwarp GS boards from my personal collection back to the community so far. I’m using the proceeds to fund additional Garage Giveaways, recoup shipping expenses, etc. I’m probably going to list a few more on eBay before long.

Tomorrow, I’ll probably sleep in. Saturday is the last official day of KansasFest and I can’t tell if we’re winding up or winding down. One thing is for certain, this has been a great year.

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