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/

February 7th, 2016

Brutal Deluxe releases DustHead! disk mechanism exerciser


DustHead


DustHead! is a utility for exercising your 3.5 and 5.25 drive mechanisms (IWM controllers only). When used in conjunction with a cleaning disk, it can help keep your drives in tip-top operating condition. It can also come in handy when lubricating your drives!

January 26th, 2016

UltimateMicro releases Ramworks schematics, announces 4MB kit coming soon

We are glad to announce another ReActiveMicro release to the Apple II Community!

We have published the RAMWorks III 2 Meg Plus Expander schematic and programing files.

https://goo.gl/HkraX8

With the RAMWorks III and the 2 Meg Plus Expander now fully documented we can start the RAMWorks IIII Kit project and continue with adding AUX RAM to the IDEA2c Drive project.

The RAMWorks III Kit project is planned to be a RAMWorks style Apple IIe AUX Slot RAM Card with 4Meg of RAM and sell for about $80. It will also maintain compatibility with all AE’s RGB daughterboard options.

As named, this project will be sold in “kit” form and feature DIP and through hole parts for ease of assembly. We will work to keep the IC count to about 10 units so even a novice should be able to completely assemble the kit in about 1 hour. With some luck this project will be ready for the SolderFest session of KFEST 2016.

All are welcome who would like to help with testing or writing software. We would like to update AE’s RAMWorks III Test program to allow for 4Megs. Please contact “Support at ReActiveMicro.com”.

January 16th, 2016

Big Mess o’ Wires introduces Floppy Emu Model B

Steve Chamberlain has revised his successful Floppy Emu product and added additional enhancements for vintage Apple II and Macintosh users. Check out Steve’s intro attached below.


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Today I’m excited to introduce the first significant update to the Floppy Emu disk emulator for Apple II and classic Macintosh computers: Floppy Emu Model B. The new Model B has the same disk emulation functions as the Model A and Universal Adapter, but with several new convenience features:

  • Built-in Apple II Compatibility – Model B is directly compatible with the entire Apple II line, emulating a 5 1/4 inch disk, 3 1/2 inch disk, or Smartport hard disk. While Model A required a separate Universal Adapter for the best Apple II compatibility, Model B has the equivalent functionality built-in. Classic Macintosh and Lisa disk emulation is still supported too.
  • microSD Card Support – The SD card slot is now a push-push microSD type, identical to what’s used in most mobile phones. This will make it easier to find suitable SD card media, since the older full-size SD cards are becoming rare.
  • SD Card Hot-Swap – The SD card can be removed and re-inserted while the Floppy Emu is powered on.
  • Improved Protection Circuitry – Model B features improved protection circuitry on the disk drive interface connector. This circuitry will help protect the Floppy Emu from electrical damage caused by voltage spikes and surges. It also eliminates the risk of potential damage if an Emu board running the Apple II firmware is inadvertently connected to a Mac or Lisa computer.
  • Same Great Emulation Features – All of the time-tested Macintosh, Apple II, and Lisa disk emulation features from Model A are still present. Model B reads and writes emulated 140K, 400K, 800K, or 1.4MB floppy disk images, or hard disk images up to 2GB, if supported by your Apple computer. For full details, see the instruction manual.

If you’re new to Floppy Emu, it’s an external hardware device for vintage Macintosh, Apple II, or Lisa computers. It uses a removable SD memory card to mimic an Apple floppy disk and drive, or an Apple hard drive. The Emu behaves exactly like a real disk drive, requiring no special software or drivers. Floppy Emu is perfect for booting your favorite games, moving files between modern and vintage machines, and troubleshooting a computer without a working OS. Just plug in the Emu board, and you’ll be up and running in seconds.

Floppy Emu Model B is available for sale now. While supplies last, I’m also selling the remaining inventory of Floppy Emu Model A units for a reduced price. It’s disk emulation madness!

January 11th, 2016

David Finnigan’s Marina IP stack now Uthernet II compatible

Announcement copied from Usenet comp.sys.apple2

The January 2016 edition of Marina is compatible with the new Uthernet II from a2RetroSystems.

Find updated demo disk, user’s manual, and source code at the Marina web site.

The source code disk also has some sample programs that use the Uthernet II’s built-in TCP/IP stack. Marina’s Uthernet II driver is in UTH2.S and is an example of how to interface with the MAC Raw mode of the W5100.

Several bugs are fixed, and there have been some advancements towards the TCP implementation, mostly in the sockets interface, but I also have the TCP checksum routine written, and parts of the port demultiplexer going too. The DNS resolver now uses the sockets API, but I’m in the middle of writing a GETHOSTBYNAME function call, so in this edition of Marina it never processes the reply from the server. Not a big deal.

Now that I’ve got the Uthernet II driver done, I can switch back to the Uthernet and focus on completing TCP, as well as other smaller items on my to do list.

But I am also open to working on other areas of Marina. So if anyone has any suggestions or other input, I’m all ears.

Now that the Uthernet II is out and in the hands of hundreds of people, completing Marina is really now just a learning exercise for me.

Anyone who is seriously considering writing a networking application, or heaven forbid, a game, should go with the Uthernet II’s built-in TCP/IP stack, which you will find is fairly competently described in the Uthernet II manual, which I will also update later this week (and hopefully finish before too long).

There is also a new document in the Marina Technical Library called “The New Uthernet II Send Sequence” which describes a less-headache-inducing method of transferring data to/from the W5100. It may need to be updated a little, but overall the technique is sound.

And now, here’s the big change list since the October 2015 edition of Marina:

– Uthernet II driver added
– ARPINIT sets MAC address in various ARP templates
– Fixed check for LLBCAST flag in HANDLEIP
– Don’t pad DHCPDISCOVER and REQUEST messages to 300 bytes
– Fixed check for DHCP replies when no IP address is configured
– Allow SOTYPETCP in SOCKET
– Started writing LISTEN for TCP sockets
– Moved HANDLETCP to TCP.S
– Moved IPHEADCHKSUM to IP.S
– Moved IPCONFIG and IPRECONFIG to IPCONFIG.S
– Removed missed frame count from ETH.S
– Wrote TCPCHKSUM
– Fixed random number generation for link-local address
– Fixed check for NSTXID in DNSRESOLVE
– Wrote VERIPADDR
– Wrote GETHOSTBYNAME
– Modified DNSRESOLVE to use Sockets API
– OUTPHEAD buffer size increased for TCP
– Moved HANDLEIP to IP.S
– Wrote GETSOCKOPT
– Added REUSEPORT socket option
– Uthernet driver scans slots for CS8900A
– Uthernet driver counts transmission failures in TXFAILS
– Socket RECV demo prints all data received, beyond 256 bytes
– SEND eliminated from Uthernet driver; falls into SEND16

January 8th, 2016

Mockingboard v1a and SSI-263 back in stock at UltimateMicro

Henry Courbis has informed us that the Mockingboard v1a ($85 USD) and SSI-263P Speech Synthesis Chip ($65 USD) are back in stock, thanks to Tom Arnold. They won’t last very long.

December 31st, 2015

Juiced.GS Volume 20, Issue 4 now available

Juiced.GS Volume 20, Issue 3 (Sep 2015)Volume 20, Issue 4 (Dec 2015) of Juiced.GS, the longest-running Apple II publication in print, is now arriving in subscribers’ mailboxes. This issue features a review of the Uthernet II networking card; an interview with anonymous cracker 4am; Lucia Grossberger Morales’ recounting of her collaboration with Bob Bishop and the creation of SpaceLace; an examination of how ProDOS deletes and undeletes files; the shocking conclusion to Detective Pomme and Colonel Hexings’ latest mystery; and much, much more — including a 5.25" floppy disk with some special surprises!

This is Juiced.GS‘s fourth quarterly issue of 2015, its twentieth year in print. The collected 2015 volume is now available at a discounted price. Subscriptions for 2016 are also available at $19 each for United States customers, $24 for readers in Canada and Mexico, and $27 for international customers.

December 7th, 2015

Apple2ix for Android

Hi there,

I would like to announce “Apple2ix”, a new Apple //e emulator app for Android (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.deadc0de.apple2ix.basic).

The Apple2ix emulator is designed for cross-platform (Mac/Linux/*BSD desktop and iOS/Android mobile), only the Android version is officially released and supported at this time. The source code primarily derives from the discontinued “apple2-emul-linux” project from the late ’90s and also contains more recent contributions from AppleWin.

Source code and collaboration is through GitHub: https://github.com/mauiaaron/apple2

Apple2ix features:

  • Apple2ix for Android integrates minimalist “touch keyboard” and “touch joystick” UI elements to make the playing of old arcade titles on a touch screen feel almost seamless
  • Provides support for a wide range of Android 2.3.3 “Gingerbread” and later phones and tablets
  • Minimal permissions (read/write external storage only)
  • Currently out in Play Store for Australia, Canada, New Zealand, U.K., and U.S.plans for more releases as translations become available
  • Free as in beer and free as in liberty

As the primary/sole developer on this side-project of love, I am very much interested in Android bug reports for the Android variant. Stay tuned!

Kind regards,
mauiaaron

November 30th, 2015

Dagen Brock announces MiniMemoryTester for Apple IIGS

Dagen Brock has released a cool new RAM diagnostic utility for the Apple IIGS called MiniMemoryTester. MMT is a fast ProDOS 8 application compatible with the IIGS ROM 01, ROM 3 and has been tested with several different RAM cards. It’s also open source — check out the source code at https://github.com/digarok/mmt and for the manual, click here.

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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.

Pricing:
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: www.callapple.org/press

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

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