December 9th, 2014

Carte Blanche II nearly finalized, pricing to be announced soon


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November 29th, 2014

Kevin Smallwood to release GBBSPro under the GPL

Kevin Smallwood announced in the Facebook Apple II Enthusiasts forum that he intends to release the GBBSPro bulletin board system (along with ACOS and other related products) under the GPL. Kevin is the current owner of the GBBSPro product.

To my fellow Apple // fans. Tony Diaz and I are going to GPL the GbbsPro source code. Stay tuned. -Kevin Smallwood

Tony Diaz has a huge collection of GBBSPro/ACOS material, so in tandem, they will be releasing a literal treasure trove of Apple II telecommunications history and source code. We could even see a resurgence of interest in good ol’ fashioned Apple II BBS’ing, as several people have expressed their desire to update the code to support telnet access.

November 28th, 2014

CFFA 3000 run #4 delayed until November 2015

In an e-mail to interested buyers, Rich Dreher dropped the bombshell that the next run of CFFA 3000 boards will be delayed until November 2015! The community had been looking forward to early spring 2015 for availability.

Rich’s announcement is posted below:

Dear Apple II fans,

You are receiving this email because you have expressed an interest in the CFFA3000 card (an Apple II interface card). If you want to be removed from this list please let me know.

After 12 years of building cards the interest level in the CFFA remains high, with over 200 people expressing an interest in purchasing a card from Run 4. Unfortunately, for personal reasons, I need to postpone the next run of the CFFA3000 cards (Run 4) until November 2015.

I will notify you as soon as we are ready to take pre-orders, in late fall 2015. I am sorry for the delay.

Sincerely,

Rich Dreher
R&D Automation
http://dreher.net/?s=projects/CFforAppleII&c=projects/CFforAppleII/main.php

November 23rd, 2014

UltimateApple2 preparing to release several new products

Anthony Martino and Henry Courbis are about to offer for sale several new products. First up is the new ‘8 MEG RAM CARD v2.0′ for the Apple IIGS that is switch selectable between 4MB-8MB in 1MB increments, making it fully compatible with both the ROM 01 and ROM 3 Apple IIGS. We’re anticipating being able to review this card very soon, so stay tuned for updates. Pricing has not yet been disclosed but availability should be only a few weeks away.


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Just built and testing the first few 8 Meg RAM Cards (see pic). What makes this card unique and the best solution out there for your IIgs memory needs? Well I’m glad you asked!

The Ultimate-ReActiveMicro 8 Meg RAM Card features Gold Fingers for superior oxidation prevention and long life.

Tantalum and Ceramic capacitors for longer life (4x minimum), extreme reliability, and they are very stable over time especially when compared to aluminum electrolytic capacitors.

A resettable Fuse for short-circuit protection and to help prevent Tantalum Capacitor thermal runaway.

ROM Expansion/Direct Access for future projects.

DRAM Address Termination.

Full Power Decoupling and Filtering for ALL chips.

Power LED to show the board is receiving power and the Fuse is functioning correctly.

And of course what project is complete without a blinky LED? We have TWO DRAM LEDs to show access and functionality! One LED for each bank of 4 Megs.

As you can see from the pic we also did away with the jumper and used a simple to understand DIP Switch along with adding the legend on the board so it can’t be lost.

Some may wonder why we used a CPLD yet kept the 74F245. Yes we could have added the logic to the CPLD however the 74F245 is meant to drive a higher TTL load (the data bus) than a CPLD. So although it would technically work it’s not good practice. This is also why we used DRAM Address Termination – to reduce ringing and related signal issues, and is just good design work.

Apple //e users and other 8bit fans won’t be left behind. Got RAM? Also coming are cloned versions of the Applied Engineering RAMWorks 2MB expansion and RAMFactor 4MB expansion cards. Expect a much improved No-Slot-Clock with user replaceable battery as well!

From James Littlejohn, offered exclusively through UltimateApple2 will be the new ‘LittlePower Flip’. The new LittlePower Flip is an improved design, essentially combining the previous LittlePower IIGS, IIe and II+ (three separate adapters!) into a single ‘flippable’ super adapter. The Flip will be perfect for quickly testing those dodgy power supplies, motherboards or even when used as a permanent part of your Apple II computer’s power solution.

November 18th, 2014

Pictures of upcoming Carte Blanche II posted

A gallery showing the upcoming programmable Carte Blanche II from AppleLogic is available online for viewing here: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B6UD-1FjUTjkZ0NmZF9Zb0VUSjg&usp=sharing

Contact AppleLogic SOON if you want to get on the waiting list!

November 13th, 2014

Tecnobytes sells out limited batch of Apple IDE cards… more coming soon

Tecnobytes Classic Computers announced yesterday via the Facebook Apple II Enthusiasts forum a small run of 10 boards for their new Apple IDE card (a ‘replica’ of the original CFFA v2.0 from R&D Automation) would be for sale. Within a few hours, they were quickly snapped up for $125 each (including shipping). Tecnobytes promises more are coming — and as soon as they’re available, we’ll post it here.


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November 6th, 2014

GGLabs out with new 8MB RAM card for Apple IIGS

GGLabs has started selling an 8MB RAM card on eBay called the RAMGS-MAX. Similar to their 4MB RAMGS card offering, this card uses ZIP style DRAMs, making the board extremely compact. Also as before, it appears this card will be open-source. I think I’ll try to get one of these boards and check it out.


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October 24th, 2014

UltimateApple2 and ReactiveMicro to bring Transwarp GS clone (and more) to the masses

The trigger has been pulled, UltimateApple2 and ReactiveMicro are going to attempt to clone the much sought after (and often freakishly expensive on eBay) Applied Engineering Transwarp GS accelerator. Will they be heroes or zeroes? Others have tried and failed, so this is a risky but potentially rewarding project. UA2/RM already offer tweaker upgrade products and services for the Transwarp GS, so they know their way around the board’s quirks and voodoo. If anyone is going to succeed, it’s likely going to be the team of Henry Courbis and Anthony Martino.

Also in the pipe, Tom Arnold is working with UA2/RM to make the revised Mockingboard 1A available again. Even more interesting are the rumors of an Applied Engineering Phasor clone that are being circulated. The constraint of cloning any Apple II sound card is in the availability of vintage speech synthesizer ICs or finding a modern substitute. Solve that riddle, and we can expect our Apple II computers to sing. We just need programmers to support the sound cards we have now.

RAM! 8MB CV Tech clones for the Apple IIGS, Ramworks and Ramfactor with buffed out expansion options and an updated (intelligent?) Apple2Pi card all are in the pipe from UA2/RM. Stay tuned! Winter is coming.

September 27th, 2014

Juiced.GS Volume 19, Issue 3 now available

Juiced.GS Volume 19, Issue 3 (Sep 2014)Volume 19, Issue 3 (Sep 2014) of Juiced.GS, the longest-running Apple II publication in print, has been mailed to all subscribers. This issue features coverage of KansasFest 2014; developer journals for both Lawless Legends and Apple2048; an interview with Robin Bailey, author of novels based on Infocom text adventure games; a tutorial for dealing with resource forks from an 8-bit environment; and much, much more!

This is Juiced.GS‘s third quarterly issue of 2014. Subscriptions for 2014 and 2015 are available at $19 each for United States customers, $24 for readers in Canada and Mexico, and $27 for international customers, with several free sample issues available as PDFs.

September 21st, 2014

Something new coming from Tecnobytes

Apparently a new compact flash controller is on the horizon from Tecnobytes Classic Computers. We’ll post details and pricing when the info is available.


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