April 28th, 2007

Early Apple ][ on eBay #271

Dr. Steven Weyhrich, historian and author of the Apple II History web site, brought this remarkable Apple ][ auction on eBay to our attention. What makes this Apple ][ so interesting is it’s early serial number, #271 — and check out the case, it lacks the ventilation slots that appear on later Apple computers.

We expect this beautiful system will draw interest from serious collectors from all over the world, and we’re eagerly watching to see how much it goes for.

Update: $2,581.47

April 18th, 2007

A2Unplugged show #0009 released

Ryan Suenaga presents A2Unplugged, show #0009. In this episode, Ryan shares his first hand experience with Ewen Wannop’s new SNAP usenet news reader for the Apple IIGS and other events of interest in the Apple II community. A2Unplugged can be freely downloaded from the podcast’s web site, or subscribed to from the Apple iTunes store. Tune in and get unplugged.

April 16th, 2007

Apple ][ introduced on this day, 30 years ago

Today marks a significant day in the Apple II legacy. It was 30 years ago today, April 16th, 1977 that the Apple II was introduced at the West Coast Computer Faire.

And the rest, is history.

April 16th, 2007

Call for KansasFest sessions, product demonstrations

We hope you’ll be able to join us for KansasFest 2007, the largest annual gathering of Apple II users worldwide, this July 17-22 at Rockhurst University in Kansas City! This year, we’re going to party like it’s 1977! And the buzz in the community is that this year’s KFest is shaping up to be one of the best ever. You won’t want to miss out on the fun!

With only 3 months to go, the call for sessions has gone out. The KansasFest Committee is asking for everyone who is planning to present sessions or product demonstrations to get on the schedule as soon as possible.

Attendees are also invited to suggest session topics. Let the KFest Committee know what you’d like to learn and discuss by sending e-mail to sessions@kfest.org.

Something new this year, session presenters can earn rebates of $15 and $25 for half-hour and hour long sessions respectively. A nice “thank you” for contributing your time and effort toward making KansasFest successful.

April 15th, 2007

April 2007 edition of The Lamp! available

Lyle Syverson has published the April 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.

April 7th, 2007

AppleWin 1.13.2 released

Tom Charlesworth announced on comp.sys.apple2 that AppleWin has been updated to version 1.13.2. AppleWin is an open source project and is easily the most popular Apple II emulator for Windows.

April 5th, 2007

Juiced.GS sampler issue, free download

Juiced.GS has posted an 8-page sample issue containing favorite articles from the 2006 volume of the magazine. You can get a complimentary PDF copy here.

Juiced.GS is published quarterly, and is the last Apple II print publication in existence.

April 5th, 2007

Ewen Wannop announces SNAP, NNTP client for Apple IIGS

As announced in the latest issue of Juiced.GS, Ewen Wannop is about to release SNAP (Speccie’s News Acquisition Program), a new NNTP client for the Apple IIGS which let’s you access Usenet servers directly from your desktop. SNAP is expected to be available from Ewen’s web site sometime around April 10th.

SNAP requires a IIGS running Marinetti 3.0b3 (or later). An ethernet card is also strongly recommended.

Update: SNAP is now available, as is a revised SAFE2 (FTP) client from Ewen’s web site.

April 3rd, 2007

PC World ranks the Apple II, #2 best tech product of all time

The enlightened staff of PC World recently recognized the Apple II as being the #1 greatest PC of all time. Now, they’ve ranked the Apple II as being #2 in their list of the best tech products of all time. Only Netscape Navigator came out ahead.

The Apple II is still amazing today, even 30 years after it’s introduction. Apple II Forever!