March 30th, 2007

KansasFest 2007 Registration Now Open

KansasFest — the annual Apple II expo of sessions, contests, great stories, tips and tricks, fun and games, and things that “just can’t be done on an Apple II” — is now open for registration. Download and complete the PDF form at and follow its instructions to return it via mail, email, or fax.

KFest 2007 will be held at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri, from July 17 – 22. Wednesday’s lunch (the annual Kookout) is now included in the price of the event. Also, volunteers who present sessions will now receive an on-site rebate: $15 for presenting a half-hour session, and $25 for a full hour.

In addition to official shirts, sold as always at the event, there’s also a KansasFest online store, where you can buy additional shirts, hats, mugs, and more. You can find it at CafePress.

Come join the 30th anniversary celebration of the Apple II at KansasFest, the world’s only annual conference dedicated to the first personal computer. Featuring keynote speaker David Szetela, founding editor of Nibble Magazine and a former manager at Apple Computer.

March 29th, 2007

Juiced.GS Volume 12, Issue 1 on its way to subscribers

Juiced.GS Volume 12, Issue 1 (March 2007) is now shipping. Featured in this issue are Mike Maginnis’ review of Ninjaforce’s Samurai IRC client; a look at the development of DiskMaker 8 by its author, Mark Percival; an NDA programming tutorial by Kelvin Sherlock; Andy Molloy’s retrospective on the Apple II’s 1977 unveiling; and an interview with 1 MHz‘s Carrington Vanston by the Apple II user who
knows him best.

This is the first issue of 2007. If you forgot to subscribe or renew, you can do so online at the Syndicomm store.

March 26th, 2007

R&D Automation taking CFFA1 pre-orders

Rich Dreher is now accepting pre-orders for the CFFA1, a ProDOS-accessible compact flash interface for the Apple 1 and the Replica-1/Obtronix series clones. The CFFA1 is $119 USD, plus $5 shipping for 1-3 boards.

This production run is limited to 100 cards, so this batch will probably go fast. We’ve ordered ours (2 in fact), and I will very likely post a mini-review after they have arrived and been completely tested.

March 26th, 2007

CiderPress v3.0 released, now open source and free

Andy McFadden has released CiderPress v3.0 and generously reclassified it as an open source project! Thank you, Andy.

According to Andy, 270 people registered CiderPress as shareware. Now, even more people will benefit from this essential application, and maybe someone will even take on the task of porting it to Mac OS X. (hint hint) A lot of people would love to see that happen.

Update: CiderPress now has a project page on SourceForge.

You can read Andy’s entire release announcement as posted on comp.sys.apple2 below…. 

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March 22nd, 2007

NadaNet getting server enhancements

Michael J. Mahon (pre)announced on comp.sys.apple2 that he’s finishing up a server for his NadaNet project. It sounds exciting and we’re looking forward to seeing it’s release.

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March 22nd, 2007

A.P.P.L.E. announces 2007 Apple II Programming Contest

A.P.P.L.E. is once again sponsoring an Apple II programming competition to encourage development activity in the community. This is a great opportunity to have fun coding and win some nifty prizes at the same time. Contest press release, rules and other details below.

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March 16th, 2007

March 2007 edition of The Lamp! available

Lyle Syverson has published the March 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.

March 8th, 2007

February 2007 1MHz! The Apple II Podcast now available

The February edition of 1MHz! The Apple II Podcast, is now available for download from Carrington Vanston’s website or as a free podcast subscription from the iTunes store.

March 7th, 2007

IIGS Explorer site returns, now Firefox compatiable

Matt Portune’s IIGS Explorer site is back online. To use the site, you’ll have to use Internet Explorer with ActiveX enabled (that means Windows users only).

UPDATE: Matt has added Firefox support via a plug-in! Now the “rest of us” can play! Thanks Matt!