March 13th, 2016

UltimateMicro re-releases their clone of the Apple II 3.5 “SuperDrive” Controller

UtlimateMicro has re-released their clone of the highly sought after Apple II 3.5 “SuperDrive” Disk Controller. Known also by it’s Apple code name, the “Mustang Controller” allows you to use standard Apple 3.5 and Apple SuperDrives on your enhanced Apple IIe (and IIGS).

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It’s a much better option versus the slower Liron/UniDisk 3.5 combination or VTech Universal Disk Controller (which can also be hard to find). In addition to reading Apple’s GCR format, it can also read IBM formatted MFM disks (an enabled MS-DOS file system translator required).

Available now for USD $149.99 plus shipping and handling.

March 9th, 2016

A2Heaven releases IIGS ROM adapter

For $35 USD, this snazzy ROM adapter from A2Heaven.com will let you switch your original Apple IIGS between ROM 0 and ROM 01, or (even more interestingly) between the beta 2.0 and IIBF ROMs if you’re curious about those. It features a color-changing LED to indicate which ROM is active. Obviously, due to architecture differences, this device isn’t compatible with the ROM 3 or Mark Twain Apple IIGS.

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AppleIIGSxROM Adapter

March 9th, 2016

UltimateMicro announces new products

UltimateMicro has announced new products to enhance your favorite Apple II, with even more enhancements and fun projects on the way.

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ROM 0 to ROM 01 Adapter v2.0

The IIgs ROM0 to ROM1 Adapter v2.0 is a redux of the v1 adapter where I used to Machine Pin Sockets stacked together to allow use of a standard ROM in the IIgs. There is hidden benefit to these new v2 Adapters however. Since they use a standard EEPROM, users can now do firmware development for the IIgs very simply. For ROM3 firmware development or ROM replacement you will require two Adapters since there are two ROMs on the ROM3 motherboard. Available now, for only $30 USD.

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ZipGS SRAM SOJ to DIP Adapter

The next project is called the SRAM SOJ to DIP Adapter and it is intended to allow ZIP-GSX users to more simply upgrade their board without the need for new sockets or crazy hacks likes bending pins of “skinny” SRAMs to solder in to the on-board sockets of the ZIP. Or more correct, but costly options, like having me replace the sockets on the ZIP-GSX board. Each adapter is $20 USD and available for ordering now.

Also coming up is the new Universal Power Supply. Beta units are going out to Joe Strosnider and Chris Torrence for video reviews (which we’ll try to post here). There will be a pre-order to gauge interest since the initial expense to deliver this project is fairly significant.

March 9th, 2016

New vendor ByteBoosters releases 4MB RAM card for Apple IIGS

ByteBoosters appears to be a new Apple II vendor in Roth, Germany. Their first product is a $60 (USD) 4MB RAM card for the Apple IIGS currently being sold on eBay. It looks like it may be a clone of the Applied Engineering GS-RAM III which is a really nice card, as far as we’re concerned. The 2 year warranty is nice also.

Specifications:

  • 4MB DRAM (4 banks) using 4Mbit DRAM chips (1Mbit x 4)
  • 100% DMA compatible
  • Fast RAM -70ns
  • Low Power consumption
  • Fully gold plated high quality printed circuit board
  • Gold plated slot contacts ensuring high reliability


ByteBooster 4MB RAM

March 7th, 2016

Drop /// Inches #16: Taylor Pohlman

In this episode of Drop /// Inches, we interview Taylor Pohlman, who joined Apple in 1979 and became the Apple /// Product Marketing Manager in 1981, managing the “Reintroduction” of the Apple ///. He is also well known for the series of columns in Softalk magazine (“The Third BASIC”) introducing concepts in Business BASIC programming. Later, he left Apple to found Forethought (the company responsible for FileMaker and PowerPoint), co-founded Regent Systems, managed the development of GS-BASIC for the Apple IIGS, and then returned to Apple from 1986 to 1992, and is currently principal at Rohner & Associates, having worked with Sybase and Autodesk along the way.

We talked with Taylor about the innovations the Apple /// and SOS brought to the computing landscape, the launch at Disneyland, frustrations and missed opportunities with the Apple ///. We also heard about several other things, not specific to the Apple ///, such as the early days at Apple, interactions with Steve Jobs, launching the black Bell & Howell Apple II, using an Apple II to rock a baby cradle triggered by sound, Apple employees storming the Lisa building in Halloween costumes, the short-lived Apple IV, and lots more.

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March 5th, 2016

Lawless Legends 03/04/2016 game play video shows refinements, details

February 25th, 2016

AIPC (Apple in PC) Apple IIe emulator released

AIPC

The Korean Apple II Community has been busy this month! Keonwoo Kim has released AIPC, an Apple IIe emulator for Windows with an impressive list of features! AIPC is freely available open source software released under the GPL.

  • Emulates Apple //e enhanced computer
  • Mockingboard and/or PHASOR card support
  • Mouse Interface card support
  • Disk II card with disk image (DSI, DO, PO, NIB images supported)
  • Mass storage “SD Disk][ HDD” (HDV, 2MG images supported)
  • Joystick with NumPad or PC Joystick
  • Various screen mode: Full screen, 2x mode, Scan line, Color/Mono/Green/Custom colors
  • NTSC color approximation
  • Save and restore running status

Source download:
https://github.com/sosaria7/appleinpc

Latest release:
Apple in PC 0.1.34.4

Screen shots:
https://github.com/sosaria7/appleinpc/wiki/Apple-in-PC—Screen-Shot

If you can read Korean, there’s lots to talk about here.

February 15th, 2016

Ian Kim produces first internal Mockingboard for the Apple IIc

Ian Kim has beat a few other similar projects to the punch with his new Mockingboard 4c, an internal Mockingboard compatible card for the Apple IIc. It appears to be music only (no speech synthesis). Details are very limited at this time, but we know (or don’t know) the following:

  • The first batch of cards are going to Ian’s friends with international sales coming later.
  • Pricing has not yet been announced.
  • You won’t be able to physically use a memory expansion card at the same time. Also, the Mockingboard 4c is mapped to slot 4.
  • Zip/Rocket Chip compatibility is unknown.

Lots of pictures to see HERE.


M4c Installed

February 12th, 2016

ZDNet posts article on how communist-era clones of the Apple II influenced today’s technologists

ZDNet has posted an interesting story on how clones of popular computers (notably, copies of the Apple II) built during the communist era have influenced today’s technologists in Bulgaria, Romania and other former Soviet Bloc countries. Even today, the Apple II Community is benefiting; Plamen Vayssilov’s A2Heaven.com is a great example.

February 10th, 2016

Brutal Deluxe releases fEDD up v2

Antoine Vignua of Brutal Deluxe has announced the latest version of “i’m fEDD up” version 2.0, now with support for 3.5 disk nibble files and other improvements. Get it here: http://www.brutaldeluxe.fr/products/apple2/imfEDDup/

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