August 27th, 2018

Apple VHS Archive: Patents at Apple

The excellent Apple VHS Archive YouTube channel continues to unearth analog video gold. The latest update is a nine and a half minute company internal video featuring, among others, a beardless(!) Woz – by then an “Apple Fellow” – talking up the benefits and general warm fuzzies of hardware and software patents.

Watching Apple patent attorney Bob Martin literally smashing unlicensed Apple II clones on the floor at about the 4:00 minute-mark is not to be missed!

August 8th, 2018

This week in Apple II news

(With apologies to Leo Laporte…) Packing and readying for a move across town has kept me from getting started here as soon as I’d like, but that’s coming to an end so I thought I’d kick things off with a summary of all the Apple II goings-on I could find, in the last week or so:

Software updates! Windows-based emulator AppleWin, and Dennis Molony’s Apple II Disk Browser saw new versions recently released (hat tip to Call APPLE for those items).

Michael Packard has officially announced OidZone for Apple II-family computers.

Thomas Harte’s MIT-licensed emulator Clock Signal now emulates the IIe.

Jeff Ramsey invites you to play his server-based Zork I setup on your Apple II. Just telnet over to zork.retroadventures.net, port 6502 and login with the username zork and password 2018Zork.

Did you get on the waitlist for one of John Morris’s Applesauce devices?

VCF West 2018 happened this weekend. Hackaday has some great coverage.

… and I’m sure plenty more 8-bit Apple IIish goodness happened elsewhere, but that’s all I have time for right now. See you soon!

Update: IIGS developer Ewen Wannop reached out to us and let us know the item mentioning the update work on SNAP was inaccurate. We have removed the paragraph and apologize sincerely to Ewen and our readers for the error.

July 20th, 2018

Transitions

After many years of service as the editor of A2Central.com, Sean Fahey has stepped aside. Eric Shepherd, the founder of A2Central.com, has resumed ownership of the site, and has selected a new editor-in-chief. Our new editor is a well-known blogger, writer, and pundit with his finger on the pulse of the Apple II community. With great pleasure, we announce that effective today, A2Central’s new editor is Mike Maginnis!

We hope that going forward we can make real headway toward enhancing A2Central’s relevance and toward making the site better than ever!

With that, I turn the reins over to Mike! Enjoy!

May 24th, 2018

A2osX: Multi-Tasking OS for Apple II goes v0.9.1

Rémy Gibert, the author of A2osX, a now preemptive multi-tasking OS for the Apple II, announces the release of v0.9.1. Rémy is also looking for contributors.

If you believe you could help, please visit https://github.com/burniouf/A2osX

Announcement:

Kernel 0.9.1 is now preemptive. All you need is a “tick” source, see below for supported hardware. For now, only SBIN/BIN executables are “switcheable”.

Roadmap is as follow:
Check all BIN/SBIN sources to make them preemptive compliant, most of them are NOT.
Add a way to make LIB also interruptible and reentrant.
Add more supported hardware for system clock.
…and still hoping finding few contributors…. :-(

January 18th, 2018

Announcing ProDOS 2.4.2 for all Apple II computers

Via Callapple.org at http://www.callapple.org/vintage-apple-computers/apple-ii/announcing-prodos-2-4-2-for-all-apple-ii-computers/, thanks to John Brooks:

ProDOS 2.4.2 is a minor release with bug fixes and updates. It replaces ProDOS 2.4 and ProDOS 2.4.1.

Bugs fixed:
1. If a directory with more than 255 files was used, and then a different disk was used, a Bad Dir Error $51 was reported.
2. Bitsy Bye was not compatible with the Appletalk Workstation card.
3. Bitsy Bye was not compatible with the Mac LC Apple IIe card.

Updates:

1. Thunderclock driver is updated for years 2018 – 2023
2. ADT Pro v2.0.2
3. Copy II Plus v8.4
4. Added Cat Doctor’s extended utilities

If you’d like to help develop or test future versions, please contact me.
Enjoy.
-JB
John Brooks
Twitter: @JBrooksBSI

Download Disk Image: ProDOS_2_4_2.DSK

If you’d like to support John’s efforts to improve the Apple II, donations are welcome through Paypal

January 17th, 2018

PLASMA Developer Preview 1.0 available

David Schmenk has just released v1.0 of the developer preview of PLASMA.

Modern Retroprogramming on the Apple II. When was the last time you programmed a modern language on a 40 year old computer? Now is your chance. PLASMA is a combination of operating environment, virtual machine, and assembler/compiler matched closely to the 6502 architecture.

Check out the Release Notes for details: https://github.com/dschmenk/PLASMA/blob/master/doc/Preview%20Version%201.0.md

December 12th, 2017

Andy McFadden releases CiderPress v4.0.3

Andy McFadden announced today, on comp.sys.apple2, the release of version 4.0.3 of CiderPress, his (more than) disk image utility for Windows.

If you want to know more about the update, click the second link!

 

CiderPress v4.0.3 has been released.  This is functionally the same as v4.0.3-a3, but with the version number changed to make it “official”.

http://a2ciderpress.com/

https://github.com/fadden/ciderpress/releases/tag/v4.0.3

October 10th, 2017

Orca/C, Linker & library source released on GitHub

Mike Westerfield of The Byte Works recently announced on the Facebook Apple II Enthusiasts group that he had made the source code to Orca/C, the Linker and the OrcaLib library available on GitHub.

Mike retains copyright of the code and rights to distribution, but is making it available on GitHub to accept contributions of fixes from the community.

July 31st, 2017

Nox Archaist Kickstarter

6502 Workshop has announced that their Kickstarter campaign for Nox Archaist is scheduled to launch in September 2017.

As unveiled at KansasFest, Nox Archaist will be available on Kickstarter in an old school plastic bag and a collector’s box edition*. There will be several box sets to choose from all of which will be loaded with feelies such as:

*5.25″ Floppy Disks (4 doubled sided disks expected)
*Game Box
*Fabric Map
*Printed Manual

All items will have professional artwork custom made for Nox Archaist.

July 8th, 2017

Oz KFest 2017 is now open for registration

Oz KFest 2017, the Australian retro computing gathering, is now open for registration. Oz KFest is happening at Bribie Island, Queensland, Australia between August 30th and September 3rd 2017

Oz KFest provides a similar experience to the well known and admired Kansasfest Apple II convention. For the first time, Oz KFest will be held at a venue with on-site accommodation. Also for the first time, due to popular demand, Oz KFest will run for longer than a weekend.

Australian Apple II enthusiasts have a long history of innovation and Oz KFest provides an opportunity for them to share their latest exploits and discoveries. Oz KFest welcomes session proposals on any retro computing topic. In addition all attendees share their knowledge and expertise by providing assistance to others on maintaining their equipment. There will also be optional workshops for learning to solder and building a Wifi RS-232 modem.

Accommodation in bunk beds in a shared cabin is available for AU$190 which includes admission to all sessions as well as most meals. The event will be partially self-catered with attendees helping out to prepare the meals under guidance from the head Chef.
Registration closes on August 1st and spaces in the onsite cabins are limited.

For the registration form, more information about the venue and for news about previous events please visit the event website.

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