March 26th, 2006

Rich Dreher taking orders for fourth run of CFFA card

Rich Dreher is taking orders for the new, fourth, run of the CompactFlash for Apple II card. The card sells for US $105 plus shipping. The new run of the card improves compatibility with CompactFlash cards, particularly larger sizes. It also includes a few other changes. Instructions are available on Rich’s web site for how to apply the compatibility fixes to previous runs of the card.

March 26th, 2006

GSE-Reactive releases 12 new products

GSE-Reactive has released 12 new products fot the Apple II series of computers, including TransWarp GS High Speed GAL Set versions 1 and 2, the GSE-Reactive version of the System Saver IIe, TransWarp GS and ZipGSX CPU cables, ROM 01 & ROM 3 batteries, a 200 watt power supply for the IIe and IIgs, a IIgs to IIe power adapter, and various memory chips.

March 23rd, 2006

KansasFest 2006 rates coming soon

Tony Diaz announced this week that rates and other information about KansasFest 2006 should be announced very soon. He continued to mention that rates will be a bit higher this year than last, due to increased costs at Rockhurst University, our venue for the second year in a row.

March 21st, 2006

March 2006 issue of The Lamp! released

Lyle Syverson has posted the March 2006 issue of The Lamp!, the monthly distillation of the most interesting discussions on Syndicomm Online’s Apple II bulletin board.

March 16th, 2006

Silvern Castle Google Group and RSS feed created

Silvern Castle author Jeff Fink created a Google Group to discuss his neat Apple II game. A RSS feed makes it easy to check for postings. Dungeon delvers are welcome.

March 14th, 2006

AppleWin v released

The popular AppleWin 8-bit Apple II emulator for Windows has been updated to version New features include support for ejecting disks using the right-click menu, great new features in the debugger, and an updated tutorial for the debugger.

March 11th, 2006

Virtual ][ 5.1 released for Mac OS X

Gerard Putter has released version 5.1 of Virtual ][, his excellent 8-bit Apple II emulator for Mac OS X. The new version is a Universal Binary that runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macintosh computers.In addition, the following changes have been made:

  • ImageWriter II printer emulation has been added.
  • A mouse card issue has been fixed; the program Blazing Paddles now works.
  • Disk drive timing has been improved, which allows the game Wasteland to run from copy-protected NIB images.
  • The Mockingboard sound card emulation has been improved so that the game SkyFox now detects and uses it.
  • A preference has been added that lets you skip the “save machine state” dialog when closing a virtual machine.
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in wrong game paddle values when running at high speeds.
  • Fixed a potential crash in the Inspector when analyzing some types of copy-protected disks.
  • The “soft caps lock” feature doesn’t affect pasted text anymore — now it only affects typed characters, the way it should.
  • Solved a sound handling issue that could lead to a deadlock when resetting the virtual machine.
  • The “relative mouse mode” setting is now stored when saving a configuration file.
March 8th, 2006

Marinetti driver for Uthernet card progressing

Exciting news for Uthernet card owners! Development of a Marinetti link layer driver for Glenn Jones’ Apple II ethernet card appears to be progressing nicely. Glenn has posted a status page, along with an application matrix showing that several programs such as Marinetti Telnet and Kelvin Sherlock’s Silver Platter Web Server are working. A forum post says that one can request the version 1.0.1b1 driver for testing purposes. Ewen Wannop (of Spectrum fame) is helping with development. Andrew Roughan and Geoff Weiss are also pitching in.

March 7th, 2006

Wish Apple a happy 30th birthday

Check out, which is collecting 30th birthday greetings for Apple from Apple fans around the world. The messages will be collected and printed in a hardcover book which will be given to Steve Jobs in celebration of the anniversary on April 1. In order to fund layout and printing, each message costs US $2 to submit.

March 4th, 2006

February A2 News and Notes posted

The February, 2006 issue of Apple II News & Notes has been posted by its editor, Howard Katz. The freely redistributable newsletter covers the key goings-on in the Apple II world over the past month.