October 31st, 2006

Assembled NadaNet adapters now available

GarberStreet Electronics has a small inventory of assembled adapters for Michael J. Mahon’s NadaNet, a peer to peer network for Apple II computers. The adapters are $30 USD per pair, and additional adapters are $15 each.

October 25th, 2006

Important software update for Microdrive users

Henry S. Courbis of GSE-Reactive.com, has announced an updated setup utility for the ///SHH Systeme Microdrive controller. The software is available here.

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October 23rd, 2006

A2Unplugged show #0005 released

Ryan Suenaga’s Apple II podcast A2Unplugged, show #0005 is now available for download from either the A2Unplugged web site or via iTunes.

October 22nd, 2006

Alex Freed rolls out his Pseudo-Disk project

Alex Freed has posted an update (with pics!) of his Pseudo-Disk Project, an MMC interface for the Apple II. He has three extra prototype boards for sale ($100) and is gauging community interest on whether to produce more.

October 18th, 2006

October issue of The Lamp! posted

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

October 17th, 2006

Rich Dreher’s CFFA for Apple 1 progressing

Richard Dreher has been busy developing a CFFA solution for the Apple 1 and its clones. Check out the latest info and a pic of the most recent prototype here.

October 17th, 2006

Catakig 2.00b2 for Mac OS X announced

Colin Klipsch has announced a new beta release of his open source Apple II emulator Catakig, for Mac OS X.

October 16th, 2006

Virtual ][ for Mac OS X updated to version 5.5

Gerard Putter has updated his excellent 8-bit Apple II emulator, Virtual ][, to version 5.5.
What’s new in version 5.5:

  • The arrow keys on the keyboard can now be used as a joystick.
  • The “enter” key on the numeric pad can now be used as an alternative “return” key. This is consistent with the numeric key pad of the Apple //e.
  • Improved ProDOS compatibility of the Thunderclock emulation.
  • Fixed a potential crash when the virtual machine is restarted.
  • Fixed yet another issue with license key validation when Japanese is the system default language.
  • Reorganized the long list of subjects in the documentation, in order to make it more accessible. 
October 8th, 2006

CiderPress v2.4.4 released – now converts Magic Window files

The latest version of Andy McFadden’s CiderPress adds the ability to recognize and convert Magic Window files. It also improves the Applesoft importer. CiderPress is a superb Windows utility for working with Apple II disk images and files.

Detailed changes in version 2.4.4 include the following:

  • Added recognition and conversion of Magic Window “formatted” documents to plain text.
  • Fixed a bug in Applesoft BASIC import that caused some keywords to be mishandled (notably HGR2 and ONERR, which parsed as HGR 2 and ON ERR).
  • Modified Applesoft import to convert characters not in DATA/REM statements or in quoted text to upper case. This is needed for variable names.
  • Modified Merlin assembly source formatter to track quoted text.
October 7th, 2006

David Szetela to keynote KansasFest 2007

The KansasFest (KFest) Committee has announced the keynote speaker for KFest 2007 will be former Nibble Magazine editor-in-chief David Szetela. Press release below.FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

KANSAS CITY, MO – (October 6, 2006) – KansasFest, the Apple II expo held annually in Kansas City, Missouri, is pleased to have David Szetela as its 2007 keynote speaker. Mr. Szetela was the first editor-in-chief of Nibble Magazine, one of the premiere Apple II magazines of the Eighties.

“It’s amazing and gratifying to me that the flame of passion for the Apple II we shared nearly 30 years ago still burns brightly,” says Mr. Szetela. “I’m looking forward to attending KansasFest 2007 and re-connecting with old friends, reminiscing about Apple II milestones, and maybe sharing some little-know insider anecdotes.”

Szetela began his career as VP of Operations at MindCraft Inc., publisher of Nibble. Next was a seven-year stint with Apple Computer, building and managing Apple’s Evangelism department, the Worldwide Developer Conference series, Developer University and several award-winning print and multimedia publications. Szetela’s Apple career included three years at Apple’s European headquarters based in Paris, where his responsibilities included management of European Developer operations and Apple’s online services business. Szetela is now the founder, president, and CEO of Clix Marketing, an Internet marketing agency that specializes in the management of clients’ paid search advertising campaigns. An experienced speaker, Mr. Szetela promises a fascinating inside perspective on Apple and Nibble for attendees of KansasFest.

The 2007 convention will be held at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri, from July 17th through the 22nd. The days following the opening keynote will consist of informational sessions, the HackFest programming challenge, the KFest Kookout, and more. The convention officially concludes on Saturday with the annual Vendor Fair, at which attendees buy, sell, and trade new and used hardware and software, featuring official vendor representation by Syndicomm, The ByteWorks, Nibble Magazine, and more.

Registration information will be posted in early 2007 to the KansasFest web site at http://www.kfest.org/

KansasFest 2007

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