October 30th, 2003

Library of Congress announces DMCA exceptions

The US Library of Congress has announced exceptions to the Digital Millenium Copyright Act. The DMCA, which became law a couple of years ago, made it illegal to circumvent copy protection for any reason, making the act of doing so–even for personal use–punishable by substantial fines and jail time. The new exceptions include one of great interest to Apple II users.It is now legal, once again, to circumvent copy protection if the software and the hardware are both obsolete (meaning no longer reasonably available in the marketplace). Since the Apple II is long-discontinued, along with most older Apple II software, this applies to nearly all Apple II software.

This does not make it legal to pirate computer software. It does, however, mean it’s once again legal to make personal backups of copy-protected Apple II software, and, more importantly, you can now create non-protected copies of Apple II software so you can run them in an emulator.

This is great news for Apple II users and emulator users. To read the full text of the Library of Congress regulation, click here..

October 26th, 2003

A.P.P.L.E. ships Call-A.P.P.L.E. Complete Collection

After several months of delays, A.P.P.L.E. has finally shipped the long-awaited Call-A.P.P.L.E. Complete Collection. This set of CD-ROMs (or DVD-ROMs) includes PDFs of every issue of Call-A.P.P.L.E. magazine from 1978 through 1990, all the issues from 2002, the DiskPak collection, the Anthology Collection, and the Disks of the Month. The package is $99.95 until the end of the year, after which the price will be $119.95. Shipping is included..

October 25th, 2003

Syndicomm offers \’Softdisk Overdose\’ for a limited time

Syndicomm today announced a limited-time special offer: Softdisk Overdose is a bundle containing both Simply Softdisk G-S and Softdisk Supreme, as well as a free copy of Ultimate UpTime.These three products comprise the complete runs of Softdisk, Softdisk G-S, and UpTime for the Apple II. These magazines-on-disk include reviews, how-tos, and tons of great (and some not-so-great) software.

This collection, at $100, is a $25 savings off the same three items purchased separately..

October 25th, 2003

Big Apple Users Group meets October 29

BAUG will hold their Reunion Pizza SIG at the V & T Restaurant, 1024 Amsterdam Ave., in Manhattan (New York City), just opposite the grounds of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, October 29. New folks are welcome to join the discussion on Apple IIs and vintage Macs..

October 23rd, 2003

Apple II mentioned in November 2003 Popular Science

Jay Edwards notes that the current issue of Popular Science magazine has an article on classic computers being able to handle the job. Included is the observation that until the hardware in industry is removed, the computer isn’t usually upgraded. Among the veterns still plugging away, there is a mention of someone still using an Apple II with a spectroscope. .

October 21st, 2003

cc65 Development Package Updated to Version 2.9.3

cc65 is a complete cross development package for 6502 systems, including the Apple II. Changes in this release include:


  • bug fixes for version 2.9.2
  • the current development versions of the ca65html and da65 applications (an assembler source to HTML
    converter and a disassembler) have been backported.

October 17th, 2003

Chicago Commodore Expo infiltrated by Apple IIgs computer

A2Central.com co-editor Andy just returned from the fun SWRAP Commodore Expo where he managed to slip a partially disguised Apple IIgs past the moat and drawbridge (with lots of help from Jeri).

Good times were had playing games, demos and letting folks check out interesting Apple cards like the CompactFlash adapter and the TransWarp IIgs. In the spirit of 8-bit camaraderie, a few Commodore aficionados expressed interest in attending KFest..

October 16th, 2003

CiderPress version 1.2.3 is out

A new version of Andy McFadden’s nifty Apple II disk image and archive utility has been released.

Changes to the latest version of CiderPress include the following:


  • Pascal “xdsk” files are now shown with type $01 (BAD).
  • NufxLib was updated to v2.0.1, which includes a workaround for bad GS/OS option lists as well as the ability to skip over junk at the start of the archive (e.g. vestigal MacBinary headers or HTTP messages, common on FTP sites)..

October 16th, 2003

October issue of The Lamp! released

The October 2003 issue of The Lamp! can be freely downloaded here. Editor Lyle Syverson collects the most useful and interesting posts from Syndicomm’s Apple II forum..

October 14th, 2003

Juiced.GS 2004 Subscriptions added to Syndicomm Online Store

Syndicomm has added both US and International subscriptions to Juiced.GS for 2004 to its online store. You can subscribe or renew securely online.If you live in the US, click here to renew or subscribe. If you live anywhere outside the US, you can renew here..

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