April 27th, 2005

CFFA card moves to 4th run

Rich Dreher has sold out his 3rd run of the popular CFFA compact flash/IDE card for Apple IIs. He is taking names for an upcoming 4th run.

He also continues work on v1.4 of the logic chip found in current CFFA cards, which will be user-replaceable. He hoped this update would allow larger size compact flash cards to work with the CFFA, but it turns out that existing cards will need a hardware modification. More info is on his website..

April 26th, 2005

Fruity Dog FIDO Mailer code available for purchase

You can now order online a copy of the Fruity Dog FIDO mailer source code. The source code, along with an assortment of files that are appropriate for including in a BBS’s file library, is provided on a Mac-formatted CD for $20, and can be ordered online..

April 24th, 2005

Eric Shepherd\’s web site updated

Eric Shepherd has updated his web site, so that it now includes information about all his software, instead of about just a few select titles. Also, it’s now more friendly to Lynx users..

April 15th, 2005

April issue of The Lamp! posted

Lyle Syverson has released the April edition of The Lamp!, the monthly distillation of the best messages posted in the Apple II forum on Syndicomm Online..

April 13th, 2005

US Copyright Office investigating \"orphan works\"

The United States Copyright Office is investigating ways to deal with “orphan works” — software and other copyrighted material whose owners can no longer be found, or who no longer exist.This could be a huge deal for Apple II users if the Copyright Office comes up with rules indicating exactly what happens if the author of a copyrighted work can no longer be located, or if a piece of software is abandoned by its publisher. Depending on what they choose to do, we may find that vast quantities of Apple II software becomes, essentially, public domain. A2Central.com urges you to visit the US Copyright Office’s orphan works site and give them your input..

April 12th, 2005

April issue of Retrogaming Times Monthly released

Issue #11 of the online Retrogaming Times Monthly has a review of the Apple II version of Battlezone, which celebrates 25 years. Also included is “The Thrill of Defeat,” a roundup of the earliest home computers, including the Apple I..

April 7th, 2005

Syndicomm releases KFest 2004 DVD series disc 3

Syndicomm has finally released the next disc in their set of DVDs covering KansasFest 2004. Disc 3 includes three sessions: Greg Nelson’s session on Apple IIgs graphics and animation, Hans Franke’s look at the design of the AnyCard, and Tony Diaz’s presentation on refurbishing 3.5″ drives..

April 4th, 2005

Semi-Virtual Diskette now supports Apple II

The April 4 issue of the email-based Computer Collector Newsletter contains a short interview with Eric Rothfus. He reports that he has added Apple II floppy drive support (through emulation) to his hardware SVD device. He expects to update his SVD website with the new info soon.Eric writes:

“Despite the lack of web site updates, the SVD is progressing nicely. I have just released Apple ][ support. With it, you can now use the SVD to emulate an Apple ][ floppy drive, booting and running your favorite operating systems and games from Internet images on your physical Apple ][. (It’s funny that I find it necessary to say
‘physical’, but with the popularity of software emulators it’s necessary – ER.) It supports the sector-based Apple image formats as well as NIB, which is the method used for many copy-protected
games. I’ve spent many hours recently playing ‘Alien Rain,’ one of my long-lost favorites on the Apple.”.

April 3rd, 2005

Princeton Apple ][ Users Group meets April 8

The Princeton Apple II Users Group of NJ will meet on Friday, April 8, at 7:30 pm in Dave Ciotti’s basement. New folks are welcome..

April 1st, 2005

March A2 News and Notes posted

Howard Katz has posted the March issue of the freely redistributable monthly newsletter Apple II News & Notes..