January 28th, 2007

Cool Woz video showing on Vintage Apple News

Vintage Apple News has posted a great YouTube video of Woz giving a tour of the Apple Historical Museum. Of special note, you can see a couple of case colors that Apple experimented with for the Apple II. Also just posted, is the Apple II Forever video with footage that coincided with the Apple IIc rollout at Moscone Center back in April, 1984.

You can see these videos and more examples of early Apple II (and Macintosh) promotional material at The Mothership. Videos are by Alfred DiBlasi, who has several more entertaining, Apple-themed videos on his YouTube site.

January 18th, 2007

Garberstreet Electronics releases dual ROM board for Apple II+

Garberstreet Electronics has released a Dual ROM Board that allows Apple II Plus owners to quickly switch between Applesoft and Integer BASIC (or any custom ROM set), without using up a valuable slot with the Apple Firmware Card.

January 18th, 2007

Why your Apple turned yellow

Via Slashdot comes this article at VintageComputing.com that takes an in-depth look as to the causes and cures for the yellowing that tends to afflict older Apple and Mac hardware. The article, which offers in-depth research into and explanation of the chemistry involved in the discoloration of plastic casings, shows an Apple IIe Platinum as an example of what age can do to our once-silver machines.

January 17th, 2007

Downunder Chat – Apple II IRC for Australians, other “downunder” regions

Beginning February 2nd, Andrew Roughan will be hosting Downunder Chat for our fellow Apple II users in Australia, New Zealand and other regions “downunder” on Fridays, 9pm-11pm Australian Eastern Summer Time. That’s 4am-6am A2Central time (or 2am-4am Pacific, 10am-12pm UTC). Discussion topics will include where participants are located, interests, projects, sale and trade of gear, etc.

The chat will be hosted on irc.a2central.com, channel #a2c.chat – use your favorite IRC client or a web-based resource like IRC@Work.

January 15th, 2007

January 2007 edition of The Lamp! available

Lyle Syverson has published the January 2007 edition of The Lamp!, a monthly collection of postings and news from A2Central’s message areas. Our FTP server contains text, Appleworks and Hypercard versions of The Lamp! for your convenience.

January 8th, 2007

December 2006 issue of Apple II News and Notes posted

The December 2006 edition of Apple II News & Notes, produced by Howard Katz, has been released. Apple II News & Notes is a freely-redistributable monthly newsletter covering the goings-on in the Apple II world.

January 4th, 2007

Briel Computers announces Apple Cassette Interface for Apple 1 coming soon

Vince Briel of Briel Computers is close to reproducing the rare Apple Cassette Interface (ACI), for the Apple 1. Vince is testing his third (and hopefully final) prototype and has announced the ACI should be available in early 2007. Pricing hasn’t been set as of yet, but the ACI is anticipated to sell for $79-$99 USD, and requires the Slot 1 Expander Adapter.

In related news, we’ve learned that Vince also has a multi-function card in the works that will feature a true programmable serial port, parallel port, EEPROM programmer, Mockingboard sound and optional SpeakJet voice chip all on a single board! Who would have imagined the Apple 1 could do all that?

January 4th, 2007

Telnet accessible Diversi-Dial site launched – Late Night BBS

PeteB posted on comp.sys.apple2 that he’s launched a 7 user, telnet accessible Diversi-Dial chat system, on a real Apple //e no less. You can read more about Pete’s system and Diversi-Dial in general at http://www.diversidial.com/ or telnet to: latenightbbs.com 6001 – the “6001” is the port the system is answering on. Apparently, you must request a user password first before gaining access. We won’t post the address here for spammers to find, so you’ll have to connect and get it from the latenightbbs.com DDial site.

January 3rd, 2007

Device Side Data to demo USB 5.25 floppy drive interface

Device Side Data has announced they will be demonstrating their prototype USB interface for 5.25 floppy drives at the W6TRW ham radio swap meet on January 27th, 2007 in Redondo Beach, CA. The prototype interfaces Apple II 5.25 disk drives to “modern computers” which we hope means PC and Macintosh.

If anyone saw this product demonstrated at the Vintage Computer Festival (November 4th, 5th 2006) or will be attending the W6TRW swap meet, please contact us.

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January 1st, 2007

December 2006 1MHz! The Apple II Podcast now available

The December 2006 edition of 1MHz! The Apple II Podcast, is now freely available for download from Carrington Vanston’s website or from the iTunes store. There wasn’t a podcast for November 2006, but Carrington is back and we’re glad to see him online.

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