September 30th, 2003

Playing the Rhodes Chroma with an Apple II

Kicking off our new ‘Apple II Elsewhere’ topic are a couple of 1983 articles submitted by Sean Fahey. The Apple II was one of the first computers to
interface with and control professional electronic musical instruments, in this case a 16-track
polyphonic system called the Rhodes Chroma. Read all about the sequencer and interface..

September 29th, 2003

SyndiChat chat client for Windows updated to 1.1

Mark Percival’s SyndiChat chat program for Syndicomm Online members (including folks that wish to join in our chats in the Apple II forum) has been updated to version 1.1, which now lets you choose the font size, between 6 and 15 points..

September 28th, 2003

Andy Molloy joins as co-editor

Andy Molloy has joined the staff (now numbering a whopping two people!) as a co-editor. He will be helping to get stories, events, and links posted and updated as quickly as possible, and will also be helping to generally maintain the site. Welcome aboard, Andy!.

September 28th, 2003

Syndicomm\’s online store begins accepting PayPal

Syndicomm, publishers of a vast array of Apple II software and printed products, is now accepting PayPal through their online store, in addition to checks, money orders, Visa, and MasterCard..

September 26th, 2003

No Slot Clock group purchase: the chip\’s in the mail

Mark Percival emailed participants in his group purchase of No Slot Clock chips this morning, letting them know that the chips have been mailed out to the buyers. Mark has set up a web page where you can download the installation instructions and with other information.He adds some important tips that are not included in the installation instructions he mailed with each order:

  • The chip will arrive with its pins set in Styrofoam. You should leave the chip in the foam until you’re ready to install it. When you do remove it from the foam, don’t set the chip pins-down on any surface. There’s a tiny battery in the chip, and shorting the battery pins can destroy the chip.
  • When you install your NSC, pay special attention to the direction of the notch in your 28-pin ROM and the same notch in the NSC. They must be facing the same direction. Getting either chip in the wrong direction would be a very bad thing.
  • If you have an accelerator, including the built-in acceleration on the Apple IIc Plus, disable the acceleration before running the SWU.SYSTEM utility to set the time on the clock. The program won’t see the clock if the system is accelerated. Once the time is set, you can safely turn acceleration back on.


September 25th, 2003

Vintage Computer Festival details announced

Vintage Computer Festival 6.0 will take place Saturday, October 11 and Sunday, October 12, from 10 AM to 6 PM daily. The event will be at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.The event will be taking place at the new 119,000 square foot facility recently opened by the Computer History Museum; it’s now the largest computer history archive on the planet.

This year’s event features:

  • Xerox Alto 30th Birthday Bash. The 30th birthday of the Xerox Alto. The Alto is the granddaddy of the Macintosh and all other systems with graphical user interfaces. VCF is celebrating the Alto by having a panel of past and present Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) luminaries speak about the development of the Alto. An assortment of classic Xerox machines will be present as well, including the Alto, Alto II, and other machines, which you’ll be able to actually try out.
  • Retro-Code Video Game Programming Challenge. Three classic computers — an Apple //e, an Atari 800, and a Commodore 64 — will be provided, complete with an operating system, technical manuals and programming books. Participants will be assembled into three teams. The goal? To create, in just three hours, the best video game they can. This event will be held on Saturday, beginning at 2:30 PM. Arrive at 2:15 if you want to participate, since that’s when teams will be chosen.
  • Computer History Museum Mega Book Sale. The Computer History Museum will be selling over 1,000 books on contemporary computer topics starting at around 1:30 PM on Saturday, October 11. The sale will also include duplicate copies from the museum’s library; many of these are very interesting (and often old) books on various computer-related topics.
  • IMSAI Series Two to be Debuted.Tom Fischer of IMSAI will debut the IMSAI Series Two, a modern-day reincarnation of the venerable IMSAI 8080 computer. The new machine features the classic IMSAI 8080 cabinet, a newly designed IEEE-696 compatible Programmer’s Front Panel, a 10-slot active termination IEEE-696 motherboard and a 350-watt switching power supply. The machine is powered by a Zilog Z8S180 20 MHz processor with 32K of flash memory and 1 MB of static memory. Other new products will be exhibited as well.
  • Exhibit Your Vintage Computer. Ribbons — and a cash prize for first place — will be given to the top three judged exhibits. Bring your Apple II setup along and show them what a real computer looks like! Hans Franke will be there with Jeri Ellsworth’s Chamelon USB/VGA/IDE/CompactFlash interface card, which Hans still prefers to call the “AnyCard.” The new Apple 1 clone will be there as well.

There are also three tracks of speakers, including Jef Raskin, the father of the Macintosh, and many other events. This is gearing up to be a great event, so if you can make it, you should go! We need a huge Apple II contingent to be there. Show those other geeks up in a big way!.

September 24th, 2003

Silvern Castle 8.0 released

Jeff Fink has released version 8.0 of the popular Apple II role-playing game Silvern Castle. The game includes several major new features, as well as some bug fixes.The new features include:

  • Character transfer utility to move characters between Silvern Castle rosters.
  • Character undelete utility.
  • New SYSTEM startup program; BASIC.SYSTEM no longer required.
  • Tome viewer online reference available; DOGPAW program no longer required.
  • Bug fixes include a fix to the combat action sort order. Other unspecified changes were made as well.

If you’re a fan of Silvern Castle or just want to get your hands on a great Apple II game, you can download this one from our FTP site..

September 22nd, 2003

New Syndicomm Online chat client for Windows available

Mark Percival has released a freeware Syndicomm Online chat client for Windows 95 and later that provides a chat entry buffer to make your experience in our chat rooms more pleasant. Check it out!.

September 19th, 2003

Site updates tonight

We now have the chat room user counter and a new KansasFest countdown clock in our sidebar to the left. Additionally, all the still-valid links from our old web site have been migrated to our links page. Work continues to bring the rest of our content over..

September 19th, 2003

New MacReporter plugin released

We’ve released an updated version of our MacReporter plugin that works with our new site layout. Download it now..

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