December 30th, 2006

Juiced.GS Volume 11, Issue 4 on its way to subscribers

Syndicomm announced today that Volume 11, Issue 4 of Juiced.GS magazine has been mailed to subscribers. This issue contains an interview with BBS: The Documentary creator Jason Scott, a podcasting tutorial by Carrington Vanston of 1 MHz, Margaret Anderson’s guide to Interactive Fiction on the Internet, and much more.

This is the last issue of 2006. You can subscribe and get back issues, or renew for 2007, from the Syndicomm store.

December 27th, 2006

SAFE2 FTP client for GS/OS updated to v2.1.2

Ewen Wannop, author of Spectrum, has updated SAFE2, an FTP client for the Apple IIGS. SAFE2 is freeware, and requires GS/OS 6.0.1 and Marinetti.

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December 27th, 2006

The History of Computer Role-Playing Games

Courtesy Slashdot comes Matt Barton’s article on The History of Computer Role-Playing Games Part I: The Early Years (1974-1983). The chronology starts by discussing tabletop D&D and number games like Strat-O-Matic, moves into mainframe classics like dnd and Rogue, and then covers the first CRPGs for home computers. The author wrote this article for CRPG fans who want to learn more about venerable old classics (including those for the Apple II) like Akalabeth, Temple of Apshai, Ultima, Wizardry, Tunnels of Doom, Dungeons of Daggorath, and Telengard.

December 27th, 2006

ADT2006 for DOS released, client now version v1.31

David Schmidt has updated ADT for DOS to include many of the newer features of ADTPro. According to David’s comp.sys.apple2 post, the following enhancements have been made:

* Compatibility with both the SSC and IIgs at 115.2kbps
* Ability to save itself (no Applesoft configurator)
* NAK protocol error discovered and fixed by Joe Oswald
* ADTCK ADT checksummer program generalized so it’s not version-dependent

These are upgrades to the client only; the servers for MS-DOS and Windows haven’t been changed and are still v1.23.

December 20th, 2006

AppleIIGo 1.0.1 Apple //e emulator

AppleIIGo is an Apple //e emulator written in Java by Marc S. Ressl. Originally released as a mobile phone midlet, AppleIIGo can also be used as a dashboard widget in Mac OS X, or as a web page applet. This is a recap of our coverage in June 2006.

December 19th, 2006

Syndicomm store reopens

Syndicomm reopened its online store this evening after being offline for most of a week for upgrades. The store has all products available for purchase, although there may be the occasional glitch. In particular, products that include links to other products in their descriptions probably will take you to the wrong page, and the site’s appearance hasn’t been customized yet.

December 19th, 2006

A2Unplugged show #0007 released

Back from his Thanksgiving hiatus, Ryan Suenaga presents A2Unplugged, show #0007. In this podcast, Ryan interviews Tony Diaz, Chairman of the KansasFest Planning Commitee, and gets the scoop on this year’s exciting KFest event scheduled for July 17-22 in Kansas City. Tune in and get unplugged.

December 15th, 2006

ADTPro now supports Uthernet card

David Schmidt has enhanced ADTPro even further by adding support for the A2RetroSystems Uthernet card. Now you can transfer disk images to your Apple II using Ethernet instead of a serial cable (although bootstrapping still requires serial). David’s post on comp.sys.apple2 warns some work is still needed to resolve timeout issues, but that overall, it’s working very well.

December 15th, 2006

December 2006 edition of The Lamp! available

Lyle Syverson has published the December 2006 edition of The Lamp!, a monthly collection of the best of Syndicomm, and now, A2Central’s message areas. Our FTP server contains text, Appleworks and Hypercard versions of The Lamp! for your convenience.

December 14th, 2006

November 2006 issue of Apple II News and Notes posted

Better late than never, I’ve finally posted the November 2006 edition of Apple II News & Notes, produced by Howard Katz. Apple II News & Notes is a freely-redistributable monthly newsletter covering the goings-on in the Apple II world.

It’s my fault it’s late, not Howard’s.

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