May 19th, 2014

Do you want 16MB of auxillary RAM in your Apple IIe?

The real question is, ‘what would you do with 16 megabytes of auxiliary RAM?’ Well, there’s AppleWorks (but it only recognizes 1.5MB) and only a few other programs like SuperCalc that can adequately justify adding more than 1MB of RAM to your Apple IIe. Sure, you can also add a print spooler and a RAM disk but then, what’s next?

We’re about to find out. Matt Jenkins is close to turning his prototype RamWorks clone, dubbed ‘ScramWorks’ into an actual card. Initially, Matt looked at an 8MB version, but it’s just as easy and with little increase in cost to max out the card for the ultimate 16MB auxiliary card.

During their early years, Applied Engineering advertised memory add-on cards for the RamWorks line totaling between 14MB to 16MB (achieved by stacking multiple expanders), digital and analog video adapters and even optimistically developed a 65c816 option card, perhaps in the hope of spurring 16 bit development on the Apple II line. By the time the RamWorks II and III were introduced, AE had reduced their advertising claims to 3MB and the 16bit option card was a gizmo that little to nothing took advantage of. That was then.

So what’s new and different today? Honestly, very little. Matt is looking into making the card compatible with the older AE RGB interfaces, or more likely, integrate Nishida Radio’s VGA adapter into the design. That would certainly be practical.

It would be up to today’s hackers and enthusiasts to develop the killer apps or utilities to make 16MB of RAM dance on the Apple IIe. I will buy one (or two) in the hopes someone will do exactly that.

If you’re interested in the ScramWorks project, let Matt know. He has a survey up to gather information on what the community needs and expects.

February 28th, 2014

Nishida Radio working on Apple IIc VGA adapter

Koichi Nishida has Apple //c users on Facebook excited about the VGA adapter he is designing. Since the extremely limited run of Gregory Estrade’s Guimauve 2000, the Apple IIc has been without a viable VGA adapter option.


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Thank you Koichi — we will be following your progress with enthusiasm!

February 24th, 2014

Ultimate Apple2 officially reopens — Apple2Pi card now available for sale


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The day is finally here! Ultimate Apple2 reopens today with exciting new products and carrying old favorites from ReactiveMicro and James Littlejohn. Available NOW: the Apple2Pi 4.4 for $59.99. Also available, A2Pi Accessory Pack for beginners or anyone wanting to get started with their A2Pi quickly.

You’ll also find previously sold out and hard to find products are now back in stock: LittlePower GS, 32K cache card and high-speed GAL kits for Transwarp GS, the cloned EDD4+ card and MicroDrives!

January 30th, 2014

G. George Ostrom needs an Apple II

George Ostrom, noted columnist for the Columbia Falls, Montana Hungry Horse News needs an Apple II to replace his (currently malfunctioning) machine so he can look up archived data and stories for his column. If anyone in the northwest USA region can help him out, please contact him. He lives in Kalispell, MT. You can reach him via feedback to his column, or through the paper.

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


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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!

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