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.

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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August 23rd, 2013

Ian Kim’s SD DISKII Emulator

Meanwhile, over in Korea… Ian Kim has been busy developing his own SD-based Disk II emulator. The site is in Korean, but movies of the card in action are available for viewing.


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August 20th, 2013

Lawless Legends

You may recall from our KansasFest 2013 coverage that Martin Haye gave attendees a sneak peek at an upcoming NEW Apple II game called ‘Lawless Legends’, a fantasy role playing game set in the wild west for the Apple II & other platforms!

Today, Brendan Robert announced the launch of the Lawless Legends community page on Facebook and also the project’s source code repository at https://github.com/badvision/lawless-legends.

Description:

The year is 1856, you have just arrived at Fort Miller, near Mariposa California. The gold rush has now past it’s peak and the region is slowly being over run with cutthroats, thieves, murderers and the like. It seems like drifters from the wilderness are gravitating back into the nearest town they can find. The only other thing keeping the peace in these parts, besides lawmen, are the saloons with their fill of booze, gambling and loose women. To make things worse, there are rumors circulating about mysterious, unnatural things taking place behind the curtain of mountains beyond the local ridges, spreading like wildfire. It’s getting to the point where most folks are too nervous to venture far from town…even for gold.

Lawless Legends is being developed for Apple II & Commodore 64 computers with potential ports to PC/MAC/etc…

If you are an Apple II or C64 coder and would like to participate, please contact us!

Thank you all in advance for your support!

August 6th, 2013

Briel Computer’s annual ‘can’t solder’ sale underway

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It’s that time again when our friend Vince Briel sells his awesome retro-computing kits assembled, but at DIY kit prices. Save time and money! Check out Briel’s I can’t solder sale 2013. The sale ends August 12th.

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