December 10th, 2013

Students experience 30 years of Apple technology

At Kenilworth’s Joseph Sears School (Chicago, Illinois suburb), students recently participated in a ‘visual history of technology’ exhibit featuring 30 of Apple’s products from the Apple II through the latest iOS equipped devices. The exhibit is now on permanent display.

The students researched the Apple computers used by their school district over the years and interviewed the former technology coordinator. It’s a fun read and it’s nice to see the contributions of the Apple II series in education weren’t forgotten.

Check out the article here. You can also see a tour and listen to the students present their written and oral reports on the various Apple models at Elisabeth LeBris’ Apple Computer Museum site.

It looks like the students grabbed pictures of some very well-equipped machines off the Internet. If only school cast-offs were loaded like these units (with accelerators, RAM and other goodies).

November 5th, 2013

Steven Weyhrich’s book Sophistication & Simplicity really, really, for real available for pre-order now

This… is a blatant plug. After many delays, Dr. Steven Weyhrich’s *highly* anticipated book, Sophistication & Simplicity is now (for reals this time, we promise) available for pre-order on Amazon (again). We’re teasing our good friend Dr. Weyhrich, who has had to endure editorial hell, endless fact-checking, nitpicking Apple II experts and publishing delays to get this book out. His perseverance (and ours) is about to be rewarded.


The presses are rolling! Trust me, YOU WANT THIS BOOK! Pre-order your hardcover copy today on Amazon for a mere $22.40 USD. Such a deal!

November 5th, 2013

John Romero and Craig Johnston launch Apple Time Warp podcast

There’s a new Apple II podcast, and it’s hosted by Craig Johnston and (*the*) John Romero. Check out the pilot episode of Apple Time Warp, available on iTunes or as a direct download here. If you’re a serious Apple II enthusiast, prepare to squee! It’s really very good.


Apple Time Warp is a nostalgic look at the early years of Apple II gaming featuring stories of the programmers and software companies that brought computer gaming out of it’s infancy and into the mainstream. Let’s hope they do the Apple Time Warp again. It’s just a JMP to the left…

Thanks and additional reading via Ken Gagne of Apple II Bits

September 25th, 2013

Option8 announces new RetroConnector for old-school joysticks

Charles Mangin has announced Option8′s latest RetroConnector will be a joystick shield. For only USD $35, you can now use your much-loved, classic CH Mach II joystick (or any other Apple DB9 or DIP16 joystick) and interface it to your USB equipped Mac or PC for some retro-gaming fun.


The joystick shield joins Option8′s family of IIe and IIc RetroConnector keyboard adapter shields for the Apple IIe and IIc. Pew-pew! Get yours today.

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.

September 23rd, 2013

Virtual II 7.3 for OS X now available

Virtual II, the leading 8-bit Apple II emulator for Mac OS X has been upgraded to 7.3 and features a small number of bug fixes and cosmetic changes.

What’s new in version 7.3

  • The No Slot Clock; now reports Monday as weekday no. 1. Previously it reported Sunday as day no. 1, which was incorrect.
  • Added Applescript properties for better control of the connected devices.
  • The application preferences now offer two color schemes for high resolution rendering.
  • The Inspector now retains its window positions when the virtual machine is restarted.
  • Fixed several layout and font issues in the Inspector.
  • “Set Disk Properties” in the Media menu no longer refuses volume numbers 0 and 255.

Snag your copy from HERE.

September 16th, 2013

Wayne Green (1922-2013)

I noticed on my Twitter feed this morning that Matthew Reed marked the passing of Wayne Green, who died September 13th, 2013. Mr. Green published several technical oriented books and magazines, notably BYTE, 73, Kilobaud, 80 Microcomputing and for the Apple II series, inCider.

Our condolences go out to Mr. Green’s family and friends. We at A2Central will remember Mr. Green as a publisher who helped launch an industry and inspired a generation of tech savvy computer users and professionals.

September 12th, 2013

Original Mac dev team gathers to remember the Twiggy Drive

As an Apple II fan site, we don’t post very many articles about our frenemy, the Macintosh. That’s unfortunate, because I’ve often felt several of the Macintoshes (especially later models) were amongst the best Apple II peripherals ever made.

This story posted on CNET today is an exception, as it features pictures and anecdotes from many of the early Apple employees who worked on the Apple II and the first Mac. Check out Apple’s ‘Twiggy Mac’ comes back to life by Dan Farber. It’s an interesting read for Apple history buffs.

September 6th, 2013

Jason Scott announces Apple IIGS and IIe now on JSMESS

Jason Scott has taken to Facebook to announce the inclusion of Apple IIGS and //e emulation into the JSMESS site.

The Javascript MESS (JSMESS) project is dedicated to porting the MESS emulator to the Javascript language, so that many gaming consoles and classic computers can be emulated from within a web browser.

It’s all in beta now with the inevitable glitches, but the early results are good and getting better all the time. Be sure to check it out.

August 28th, 2013

Build your own SwyftCard

Mike Willegal has just finished work on converting his SuperProto card into a Jef Raskin SwyftCard kit. The SwyftCard firmware contains a set of instant-on word-processing and calculator applications which don’t require an operating system to load or store data files on diskette.

The cost of the kit is $65 USD plus shipping. Good soldering skills are strongly recommended.


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