November 24th, 2015

Java on the Apple IIGS?

Miraculously, Java on the Apple II isn’t something new. But Mike Kohn is taking a different approach and experimenting with Java Grinder (which recently added support for the W65C816 CPU) to produce code that will execute on an Apple IIGS.

November 24th, 2015

Call-A.P.P.L.E. announces availability of historic 1978 Call-A.P.P.L.E. Magazine Compendium

Press Release

Seattle, Washington — November 23, 2015 — Apple Pugetsound Program Library Exchange is proud to announce the immediate availability of the Call-A.P.P.L.E. Magazine 1978 Compendium.

The Call-A.P.P.L.E. 1978 Compendium is a complete collection of Call-A.P.P.L.E. magazine issues originally published in 1978 by Val Golding and the members of A.P.P.L.E. The 1978 Compendium is a fully enhanced version of the issues giving the reader a window into the past of the Apple computing revolution as it was happening. All 10 issues from the first year of Call-A.P.P.L.E. magazine are included. Over 100 pages of material, enhanced and restored in high-quality grayscale, complete with the advertisements and program listings from those issues.

With articles and programs by a number of Apple computing legends, there are unique items such as the introduction of DOS 3.1, the Disk II, and a brief history of Apple as given by Michael Scott, former CEO of Apple at a meeting of A.P.P.L.E. members.

Introduced by Bill Martens of A.P.P.L.E., with a forward by the founder Val Golding, the Call-A.P.P.LE. Magazine 1978 Compendium represents a nostalgic look back at the early years of the Apple computing revolution through the eyes of the Apple Pugetsound Program Library Exchange (A.P.P.L.E.) User Group.

Key Features:

  • Forward by A.P.P.L.E. Founder Val Golding.
  • All of the 1978 issues including the articles and programs written by a number of Apple computing legends including: Darrell Aldrich, Ron Aldrich, John Backman, Dan Chapman, Robert Clardy, John Cook, John Covington, Jeffrey Finn, Val Golding, Alan Hill, Dick Hubert, Bob Huelsdonk, Gene Jackson, Neil Konzen, S.H. Lam, Steve Paulson, Dana Redington, Michael Scott, Dick Sedgewick, Michael Thyng, Roger Wagner, Michael Weinstock, Randy Wigginton, Don Williams, and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.
  • A brief history of Apple by former Apple Inc. CEO Michael Scott.
  • The first documentation of Integer and Applesoft outside of Apple.
  • Programs and tips provided but the people who became leaders in the Apple community.
  • Reviews of the Disk II, DOS 3.1, Applesoft, the first printer for the Apple II, and many other revolutionary products.
  • 120 perfect bound 8.5 x 11 pages.
  • All issues enhanced and restored in high-quality grayscale.
  • Produced by long-time Apple historians Brian Wiser and Bill Martens.

The book is available in softcover for $19.95 and hardcover for $29.95 through the Lulu bookstore.

Production Editors:
Brian Wiser — Apple historian and archivist, Producer of the documentary film Done The Impossible: The Fans’ Tale of Firefly & Serenity, Beagle Bros and Applied Engineering webmaster, co-producer of The WOZPAK Special Edition and Call-A.P.P.L.E. magazine.

Bill Martens — Apple historian and enthusiast, Programmer, President of Apple Pugetsound Program Library Exchange (A.P.P.L.E.) and co-producer of Call-A.P.P.L.E. magazine.

About Apple Pugetsound Program Library Exchange:
A.P.P.L.E. has been a global Apple user group since 1978, with membership peaking near 50,000 in 1985. Offering many services, A.P.P.L.E. is also a book publisher and game developer. In 2013, the “The WOZPAK Special Edition” book was released containing Steve Wozniak’s restored hand-written notes and printouts about his Apple II computer, as well as a forward from Steve Wozniak and other Apple legends.

Press information is available at:

This would make an excellent Christmas gift for the Apple II enthusiast, just saying.

November 9th, 2015

A2Heaven opens its gates at last


Plamen Vayssilov has opened, a new Apple II site to sell his Apple II products. The site will also host a blog and forums for technical support.

Plamen, a Bulgarian retro-computing enthusiast, has been prolific in cloning and reverse-engineering and even modernizing several Apple II peripheral products, such as the Mockingboard, AE RAMWorks and RAM Express, Apple SCSI card and many more.

November 9th, 2015

Ivan Drucker releases A2SERVER v1.2.5

Hello, hello.

A2SERVER 1.2.5 is now available. Its main new feature is to offer to install GS/OS 6.0.1 for network boot (as it did before), as well as community releases 6.0.2 and 6.0.3. It also now includes HFS.FST with the install, and has a handful of bug fixes.

You can update by typing “a2server-update” at the command prompt in Raspple II, the A2SERVER virtual machine, or whatever Linux box you’re running on.

In case you don’t know what I’m talking about, A2SERVER is a file server and network boot host for Apple II computers, allowing you to easily share files between your Apple II’s, classic Macs, and modern computers on the same network. It’s easy to set up, and runs on a Raspberry Pi, which is pretty much the cheapest computer in existence. It also is available as a premade virtual machine (via VirtualBox) for your modern computer, or can be installed directly on some Linux computers.

You can get A2SERVER for free at:


November 9th, 2015

French Touch releases Raster Bars

A mini demo with raster bars and Mockingboard sound support!

Get the disk image at

November 2nd, 2015

UltimateMicro to begin shipping their new 8Meg IIGS RAM Card v2.0

UltimateMicro will begin shipping pre-orders of their new 8Meg IIGS RAM Card v2.0 starting next week. Priced at USD $249 in their store, there will also be a $279 Buy It Now option via eBay.

The design of this card started out as a clone of the CVTech 8MB card, but it’s an entirely new product now. Refinements and updated components promise to make this the ultimate RAM card available for the IIGS. Features include:

  • Gold Fingers for superior oxidation prevention and long life.
  • Tantalum and Ceramic Power Filtering Capacitors for longer life (4x minimum), extreme reliability and stability over time especially when compared to Aluminum Electrolytic Capacitors. Power Filtering Capacitors are the last line of defense when it comes to protection from corrupted data in RAM.
  • Resettable Fuse for short-circuit protection and to prevent damage to the Motherboard’s and RAM Card’s PCB traces, and to help prevent Tantalum Capacitor thermal runaway and damage.
  • Power LED to show the board is receiving power and the Resettable Fuse is functioning correctly.
  • ROM Expansion/Direct Access Connector for future projects and easy connection with existing accessories.
  • RAM Bank 1 and Bank 2 LEDs to show access (not DRAM Refresh).

Click image for larger view of card.

October 31st, 2015

8 Bit Weapon posts tribute to Fallout 4

Using the Lawless Legends engine, 8 Bit Weapon posts a fun tribute to the upcoming Fallout 4.

October 31st, 2015

CFFA3000 Run #4 now available for ordering!

Rich Dreher of R&D Automation has announced the opening of sales for the fourth run of his wildly popular CFFA3000 flash storage and disk emulation card. You can order the CFFA3000 from here. Initially, there is a limit of 2 boards per customer.

October 27th, 2015

Tecnobytes announces Tecnowarp reserve list

Tecnobytes is now accepting pre-order reservations for the upcoming Tecnowarp accelerator card for the Apple II Plus and IIe.

The Tecnowarp features four software selectable speeds (1.0MHz, 2.0MHz, 3.6MHz and 7.2MHz) and can use an external switch to toggle turbo mode off and on. It also boasts user upgradeable firmware and jumperless configuration via inbuilt menus. No dips or jumpers to set!

Performance-wise, the Tecnowarp appears to be comparable to the elusive Applied Engineering Transwarp II which also ran at 7MHz.

The Tecnowarp is priced at $250 USD each (PayPal and shipping fees not included), discounts for multiple board orders.

October 11th, 2015

Hands on with the A2Heaven Apple IIc VGA Adapter

Review written by Javier Rivera

The apple //c is a little marvel and it is a favorite among retro collectors for its beauty, versatility and size. Lately there has been a lot of development for the platform around storage and display, as media is harder to acquire and slow, and CRT displays are aging and failing. Also there’s the problem of color: a lot of old displays are green or monochrome, and the color options are sometimes hard to get. All these constraints have engaged creative minds around the world, like France, Bulgaria, Japan, Korea, Brazil and US just to name a few, to come with new and creative alternatives.

The video problem for the Apple //c has been a special one: the signal from the video port is not a typical standard, and very few attempts to use the connector have been made. The first was from Video7, who made a “video enhancer” that connected to RGB monitors. Later there was a home-brew from France called “Guimauve 2000” that connected the //c to a VGA monitor.

Lately, Nishida Radio came out with a beautiful adapter that not only worked very well, but was very small and connected to the back of the computer. The only drawback of the last two solutions is that they don’t include protective enclosures, the components are exposed.

Recently, Plamen Vasilyov from Bulgaria, a prolific Apple II hardware creator, came up with his version of a VGA adapter. I had the fortune of getting ahold of the device and it is a simple yet effective VGA converter. The device not only works flawlessly, but is also elegant and simple. Comes in a white plastic printed enclosure, with a rainbow cable that connects to the //c video port (very retro Apple II style) and provides on the output side a three-row 15-pin DB-15 VGA connector.


The feature that sets this adapter apart from the others is a small button next to the connector: by pushing it will provide 8 different video modes: Color, Green, Monochrome, Mono White, Color-scanline, Green-scanline, Monochrome-scanline and Mono White-scanline. The beauty of these modes is that you can emulate different monitors with one button: a color, green, monochrome and white monochrome monitors, and with the addition of scan lines it recreates the CRT look and feel, very popular in the console game scene.

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These modes also make working with 80 column and graphic desktop applications very easy, allowing readable and crisp clear text at the touch of a button.

Green | Green w/scan lines | Color | Color w/scan lines

The device sits on the back of the computer out of sight but easily accesible to the switch, is small, light and very well crafted. I’m not surprised as his other creations (//c dclock, Senior PROM, Audio cards and his famous Disk II floppy Emulator) are known for quality and reliability.

I greatly recommend this adapter, as not only does what it is intended very well, but provides extra options found only in high end gaming devices.

At the time of this review, the price of the Apple IIc VGA Adapter had not yet been announced. Separate NTSC and PAL versions will be available.

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