Yet another handy RetroConnector from Option8 has been announced for pre-order. Check out the USD $50 Joystick Interface For Apple II which lets you interface a modern USB joystick to the Apple II DB9 or DIP16 game ports.
Ewen Wannop has released updates to his excellent SNAP NNTP client and Chewbagger low-level file editor applications for the Apple IIGS. Both releases are bug fixes, but a few welcome new features have been added.
You can get these updates as well as all of Ewen’s fine programs from http://www.wannop.info/speccie/Site/Speccies_Home_Pages.html
“With thanks to Paul Laughton, in collaboration with Dr. Bruce Damer, founder and curator of the Digibarn Computer Museum, and with the permission of Apple Inc., [the Computer History Museum is] pleased to make available the 1978 source code of Apple II DOS for non-commercial use. This material is Copyright © 1978 Apple Inc., and may not be reproduced without permission from Apple.”
Thanks to Ken Gagne and Twitter friends.
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, knit-picking Apple II experts and publishing delays to get this book out. His perseverance (and ours) is about to be rewarded.
There’s a new Apple II podcast, and it’s hosted by Craig Johnston and (*the*) John Romero. Check out the pilot episode of Apple Time Warp, available on iTunes or as a direct download here. If you’re a serious Apple II enthusiast, prepare to squee! It’s really very good.
Thanks and additional reading via Ken Gagne of Apple II Bits
Wendell Sander is giving the Apple 1 serious love with technical notes, modifications and schematics for new cards he’s designed. Check out his site, The Apple 1 Project. If you’re a fan of the original Apple Computer, you won’t be disappointed.
Hey, while we’re talking about the Apple 1, there’s another one up for auction.
A small batch of David Schmenk’s Apple II Pi adapter cards (see site for more pictures) have been fabricated and are being sent out to lucky beta testers. Once the adapter is thoroughly tested, it will go on sale to the public.
In my opinion, the Apple II Pi is the most important peripheral offering to hit the community since the original CFFA and CFFA3000. Trust me, you will probably want one. Check back often, A2Central will post updates as news of the Apple II Pi develops.
By the way, if the layout style of the A2Pi card looks familiar, it may be because it was laid out by James Littlejohn.
Option8 has announced they will produce a replacement ‘Y’ cable for the Apple IIe Card, an add-on that permits some older 68K models of Macs to run vintage 8-bit Apple II software. The cable provides the interface between the Apple IIe card and an external floppy drive and joystick. It’s frequently lost during the lifespan of the Mac, and can sometimes be difficult or expensive to acquire separately.
Charles Mangin is accepting pre-orders now to estimate demand and set the final price. See site for details and sign-up for the waiting list if you want one (or a dozen).
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.
Items claimed by the seller to be movie props from the recent ‘Jobs’ biopic starring Ashton Kutcher are being listed en eBay at reasonable prices (that obviously won’t stay reasonable for much longer). Check them out at http://www.ebay.com/sch/matt_five_star_studios/m.html?item=221288156901
The stampede will now start in 3… 2… 1…