September 25th, 2006

September 1MHz! The Apple II Podcast available

The September edition of 1MHz! The Apple II Podcast, is now freely available for download from Carrington Vanston’s website or from the iTunes store.

September 25th, 2006

Colbert Report to feature Woz

According to news Web site digg.com, Steve Wozniak is scheduled to be a guest on Comedy Central’s Colbert Report this Thursday, September 28th, at 11:30 PM (10:30 PM Central). Check your local listings!

Update: the clip from this episode is now available online. Here it is:



September 19th, 2006

GSE-Reactive expanding accelerator upgrade options

GSE-Reactive is providing professional socket upgrades for Zip GSX owners who want to replace the surface mounted processor with a socket mounted one, and cache socket upgrades for faster RAM. Also available is a complete selection of oscillators, cache RAM and cables for both Zip GSX and Transwarp GS boards.

September 17th, 2006

iWoz shipping sooner than predicted

Amazon has changed their ship date for “iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple, and Had Fun Doing It”, a new hardcover book by Steve Wozniak and Gina Smith, from November 1st to September 25th. Pre-orders are still being accepted.

Update: iWoz is now shipping.

September 16th, 2006

September issue of The Lamp! posted

Lyle Syverson has posted the September 2006 issue of The Lamp!. This monthly newsletter distills the best posts from the Apple II forums at Syndicomm Online.

September 13th, 2006

Sweet16 1.7.3 released

Tonight, Eric Shepherd released Sweet16 1.7.3, which fixes speed control to work correctly on PowerPC, fixes the timing of certain interrupts (games that were playing at the wrong speed should work better now), and now supports the Dvorak and French Canadian keyboard layouts.

September 9th, 2006

Syndicomm to refocus on product development and sales

Syndicomm announced today, following A2Central.com’s announcement that it would be opening free Apple II related forums, that it will be closing the Syndicomm Online online service in order to focus its efforts on product development and sales for Apple II and Macintosh computers. The closure will take effect at midnight Eastern Standard Time on December 1, 2006.Customers that have business web site accounts with Syndicomm will be able to continue to have their sites hosted with Syndicomm.

Eric “Sheppy” Shepherd, the owner of Syndicomm, said, “With A2Central.com in Sean’s capable hands, I feel confident that he can pick up the banner of providing the ultimate online home for Apple II users. Since Syndicomm Online is almost all Apple II users anyway, I felt it was time to close the online service so my time could be better used elsewhere.”

Shepherd added, “The online service has been being supported by the sale of software products since its inception, while at the same time keeping me too busy to develop new products. I feel that my best purpose in the Apple II world is to develop software, and closing the Syndicomm Online service will allow me to spend more time doing just that.”

“Sheppy and I realized that the best way to serve the Apple II world was for A2Central.com to provide chat, message boards, and similar services, and to let Sheppy — that is, Syndicomm — write code,” Fahey said. “I look forward to continuing the legacy of support, comeraderie, and exchange of ideas and software that’s always been the legacy of the Apple II forums operated by Syndicomm.”

September 9th, 2006

A2Central.com to offer expanded features, services to Apple II community

Sean Fahey, operator of the popular A2Central.com Apple II portal, announced today that development efforts are underway to make significant additions to the services offered.”In order to make A2Central.com the ultimate resource for Apple II users it was always meant to be, we’ll be expanding our free services by implementing a bulletin board system that will offer chat, messaging, and file sections,” Fahey said. “These services will be available for access both via telnet and on the web, so we’ll be keeping one foot squarely in the past for our Apple II users, and our other foot forward for today’s modern platforms.”

The new system is expected to be in testing during October and launch by November of 2006. Access to the new bulletin board features will be free of charge.

Fahey added, “We have plans for a few extra features that we think will be a lot of fun.”

September 6th, 2006

Princeton Apple Users Group to meet September 8th

The Princeton Apple Users Group will meet on Friday, September 8th, at 7:30 in David Ciotti’s basement.

September 3rd, 2006

CiderPress v2.4.3 released

The latest version of CiderPress fixes a couple of bugs when working with ShrinkIt archives. CiderPress is an all-purpose tool for working with Apple II disk images and archives. It runs on Windows and costs $9.95.Changes in this version include:

  • Fixed a bug that prevented ShrinkIt archives on read-only volumes, such as a write-protected floppy disk, from being opened.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented files from being extracted to the root directory of a volume, e.g. “C:”.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented ShrinkIt archives with odd extensions (e.g. “archive.txt”) from being opened.
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