January 24th, 2014

News from UltimateApple2

Anthony Martino dropped us an update on their re-opening and future plans.

What is up with the Apple2Pi…..

It’s been some time since any news about our new card, the Apple2Pi (or A2Pi for short) for your beloved Apple2 has been announced. We wanted to thank everyone for their support and encouragement. We are happy to announce that we have due to be delivered to the UltimateApple2.com office in New York on or around February 15th, 2014 the final production boards.

We originally wanted to launch in January, but the reason for our delay is two part. One is that we have made a few slight changes on our proto boards here and wanted to be sure that all of these improvements were successful and passing with flying colors! The second part for the delay outside of our regular lives as this isn’t our full time jobs is that China has their new year celebrations this week and next. This shutdown effects any of our orders and are forced to wait until they reopen and resume their daily regular working activities.

So that being said, if they do arrive on our office doorstep, we will immediately test our items that we received. If everything is perfect which is expect to be the case since every design since we started this project has been working fine, we can expect to open the “2store” immediately which should be around February 16th, 2014. Set your calendar reminders!! If our order is processed quicker than they projected for us to receive, then expect this date to be moved up. If we can get these back any sooner and release them any sooner, we will.

Some other re-release announcements….

On the same day as the A2Pi gets released, we will once again open up ordering for two other items that we had for sale a few years back. One will be the EDD4+ card and the other will be the DB19 crimp connectors. These are VERY limited supply so act fast!

Collaboration projects for 2014….

As for some collaboration work with our trusted partner company ReactiveMicro, we are expecting them to get up and running sometime soon. As of now, we are not totally sure when, but we do expect them to be back online in some way, shape, or form and offering some of those very hard to find items. There has been some discussions as how this will launch and it is finally starting to take shape. Stay tuned to both websites and most importantly here at A2Central for more information.

Looking ahead for the rest of 2014…..

As we mentioned ReactiveMicro already, even though their online store is not open at this time, this doesn’t mean that they are not actively working behind the scenes. We are working closely with them to bring to market two great items this year. We would hate to give a time table, but, if things progress the way they have been progressing, expect to see two great projects released we hope around Kfest2014…again, if everything stays on track…we are keeping our fingers crossed!

Will we attend Kfest 2014…..

We are always hopeful that we will be able to attend Kfest. It is always a great escape from the East Coast during some of the hottest days in the summer! This year, if we can attend, we already said that we would try to host a hands-on workshop. We haven’t worked out these details yet as we are not even 100% sure that we can attend. We will announce on UltimateApple2.com once we have a better idea about our availability.

December 31st, 2013

Business Insider – Early pics of Apple employees

Business Insider has a short article on Apple’s earliest days, including behind-the-scene pictures of employees and operations.

December 22nd, 2013

Show off your drive


Disk II tee
If you want one, you can order it here.

December 18th, 2013

They’re back! Ultimate Apple 2 and ReactiveMicro announce re-opening


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Good news from Anthony Martino and Henry Courbis! After a lengthy hiatus, they’re coming back online and will soon start offering products to the Apple II Community again.

UltimateApple2.com has announced that they will be distributing David Schmenk’s Apple2Pi adapter, as well as the products from their former catalog. Details are still being ironed out on the extent of ReactiveMicro’s return, and the scope of products and services it may offer. As more information is provided, A2Central will post updates.

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.


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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.


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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.


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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.

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