June 27th, 2007

Use your Apple II as a terminal for OS X

Dr. Steven Weyhrich brought this helpful how-to article by Paul Weinstein to our attention. Paul’s post steps the reader through the process of how to use an Apple II as a terminal for a Macintosh running OS X. It’s easy and practical to do, and it’s very cool to see the stylish Apple IIc being used in a modern, corporate office environment.

June 27th, 2007

Use your Apple II as a terminal for OS X

Dr. Steven Weyhrich brought this helpful how-to article written by Paul Weinstein to our attention. Paul steps the reader through the process of how to set up an Apple II as a dumb terminal to a Macintosh running OS X. Besides being easy and practical, we think it’s pretty cool that Paul is using his IIc in a modern, corporate office environment.

June 21st, 2007

ADTPro 1.0.0 officially released

David Schmidt announced today that after spending a year in beta, ADTPro is now officially released. ADTPro is an open source application for transferring disk images from modern computing platforms to vintage Apple II computers using serial cable, ethernet (Uthernet required) and even audio.

ADTPro is highly recommended and so easy to use, even a caveman could do it. David’s official release notice is attached.

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June 15th, 2007

June 2007 edition of The Lamp! available

Lyle Syverson has published the June 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.

June 15th, 2007

BlueFlash – bluetooth, disk controller, disk image archive card announced

Wow. I amazed and excited about this and you will be too! Check out the BlueFlash Card, a combination bluetooth, disk controller and image archive card for the Apple II. Though not ready for order, the BlueFlash is expected to sell for $160 USD, and an extra $10 if you want the bluetooth dongle.

More information will be forthcoming!

June 15th, 2007

June 2007 1 MHz podcast now available

1 MHz, the Apple II podcast, has released its June 2007 episode, available from the show’s Web site or via iTunes. Host Carrington Vanston describes this episode:

In this episode, I try to sort out when the Apple II really turned 30… and whether Retro Thing and Retrocomputing Times are going to have to wrestle shirtless to Star Trek fight music. Also, I take a gander at the new Apple ][ Incider game review column before giving a highly professional analysis (read: “big bunch of made up nonsense”) of the Jobs and Gates interview at the recent All Things Digital conference. The review this month is of a classic Infocom text adventure, Hollywood Hijinx… Finally, I ask your advice about what I should drive down to Kansas[Fest]: a motorcycle or a scooter.

June 12th, 2007

Geoff Harrison’s vintage Apple ][ (pics)

Geoff Harrison was nice enough to share pictures on comp.sys.apple2 of this vintage Apple ][ that he owns. The case is marked A2S1-0097, and the serialized motherboard is 1.299 (batch #1, board #299); before mass production forced Apple to adopt the more commonly seen week+year format. It’s a must see for the hardcore Apple II enthusiast.

June 12th, 2007

The History of MECC and Oregon Trail

Courtesy Slashdot comes a look at the history of MECC and Oregon Trail. From the article:

MECC was for many years one of the major producers of educational content including courseware, videos and educational computer games for the Apple II … MECC was instrumental in ensuring the U.S. was ahead and invested sufficiently in educational computing. MECC was best known for The Oregon Trail, an early educational game based on the historic migration route used by pioneers to settle new parts of the United States during the 19th century. The organization later introduced other titles including Amazon Trail, Lemonade Stand, Odell Down Under, Number Munchers and Dinopark Tycoon.

June 7th, 2007

SAFE2 FTP client for GS/OS updated to v2.1.6

Ewen Wannop has updated Speccie’s Automated File Exchange (SAFE) 2, the standalone FTP client, to v2.1.6. This bug fix release corrects an issue with the TCP/IP connect/disconnect buttons not properly recognizing the current connection state, as noted by Ryan Suenaga in his recent podcast of A2Unplugged.

June 6th, 2007

Vintage Computer Festival East 4.0

Vintage Computer Festival East 4.0 is occurring this weekend in Wall, New Jersey. The event will feature hardware, speakers, and presentations of classic computing from the 1940s forward.

The festival’s organizer, Evan Koblentz, writes in his blog, Technology Rewind: “Any computer wiz older than 30 knows about the legendary MOS Technology 6502 processor — the heart of computers like the Commodore Pet and Apple ][. The chip’s top developer, Chuck Peddle, rarely engages in public speaking. But he’s appearing via live videoconference this Saturday morning at the Vintage Computer Festival East 4.0, in Wall, New Jersey.”

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