October 31st, 2007

Juiced.GS free sample issue — with KFest 2007 coverage!

Now available from the Web site of Apple II print publication Juiced.GS is a 12-page sample issue PDF. This free download includes an extensive write-up of KansasFest 2007; an interview with The Byte Works developer Mike Westerfield; a review of Mike Harvey’s Nibble Magazine DVD collection; and Mark Percival’s reflection on the challenges faced when programming DiskMaker 8.

Juiced.GS publishes four 20-page issues of Apple II news, reviews, interviews, and features every year. Subscriptions for 2007 and 2008 are currently being accepted at the Juiced.GS online store.

October 29th, 2007

Vintage Computer Festival 10.0 this weekend

The 10th annual Vintage Computer Festival will be held on Saturday, November 3rd and Sunday, November 4th, at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.

The Vintage Computer Festival is an international event that celebrates the history of computing. The mission of the Vintage Computer Festival is to promote the preservation of “obsolete” computers by offering people a chance to experience the technologies, people and stories that embody the remarkable tale of the computer revolution. Speakers at this year’s event include Jason Scott, director of BBS: The Documentary; Phil Lapsley on a brief history of phone phreaking (you’ll recall Jobs and Woz got their start with this dubious pursuit); and Lee Felsenstein on a retrospective of the computer revolution of three decades ago. Exhibitions, a marketplace, and a film festival round out Vintage Computer Festival 10.0.

October 22nd, 2007

Woz on the Good Ol’ Days

Electronic Design has an interview with Steve Wozniak reflecting on the background and upbringing that led him to Apple, and the times he wishes he could go back to:

“I miss the technical camaraderie,” Wozniak says. “The whole feeling of being on a revolution, on the edge. I miss the intuitive philosophies.”

(Tip of the hat to Slashdot.)

October 20th, 2007

Last chance to get R&D Automation CFFA cards – updated

R&D Automation is down to the last 25 or so units of their very popular CFFA card, a compact flash interface for slot-equipped Apple II computers. According to Rich Dreher, the cards in stock now are likely to be the last produced. The CFFA is $99.95 USD plus shipping. If you’ve been putting off getting one, you’re running out of time.

Update: R&D has sold out their remaining inventory of CFFA cards. Rich has a few cards that didn’t work for some reason or another and will attempt to repair them to satisfy the last-minute demand for the CFFA card.

October 12th, 2007

Tony Diaz launches redesigned Apple II FAQ site

Tony Diaz has launched the CSA2 FAQ Project site with a new design and updated content. The CSA2 FAQ has a long and occasionally turbulent past. In it’s early years, it was maintained by Dan DeMaggio, then Nathan Mates and most recently by Tony Diaz (originally posted as part of apple2.org). There is also a forked version maintained by Jeff “Rubywand” Hurlburt that is posted monthly to CSA2. Despite it’s colorful past, the CSA2 FAQ has always been an excellent resource for new and experienced Apple II users, with content contributed by many of the most knowledgeable people in the Apple II community.

October 12th, 2007

Scott Alfter’s homebrew interface for homebrewing

Apologies: this article was supposed to be posted A LONG TIME AGO, but wasn’t due to a technical problem with the site.

Scott Alfter uses an Apple IIe to monitor the temperature of the fermentation process of his homebrew. Recently he’s shared some of the hardware required with other Apple II users, and even more recently has rewritten his BASIC routines for reading the interface data, and converted them to C and assembly for use with the cc65 cross-compiler. We’d love to see pictures of Scott’s hardware setup.

Click here to take a look at the project files, and click here for the native-build 1-Wire routines that Scott’s project is based on.

October 12th, 2007

Semi-Virtual Disk II (SVD2) in development

Apologies: this article was supposed to be posted A LONG TIME AGO, but wasn’t due to a technical problem with the site.

If you’re one of the lucky people who own an original SVD, you know what a cool, useful device it is and how well it’s put together. The SVD is easy to use and better yet, it’s open project — Eric Rothfuss generously made all the schematics, parts manifest, assembly instructions and accompanying software freely available to the retro-computing community. Eric also sold kits and assembled units (for the impatient and soldering iron impaired) but unfortunately, he discontinued doing so over a year ago and stated he wouldn’t build any more original SVD units.

So, I was VERY happy to read Eric Rothfuss has returned from his hiatus and is now working on the SVD II! Planned improvements include a USB interface, additional support for more floppy formats (non-Apple), half-track image support and a other features that are of use to other platforms.

If you’d like to have other features considered, now is the time to let Eric know. Hey Eric – how about Macintosh support?

October 12th, 2007

JACE, Java Apple Computer Emulator

Apologies: this article was supposed to be posted A LONG TIME AGO, but wasn’t due to a technical problem with the site.

Brendan Robert has announced Jace, a new Java-based Apple //e emulator project on usenet group comp.emulators.apple2. According to Brendan, Jace attempts to emulate the //e in a 100% cycle accurate manner. Brendan’s announcement is attached.

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October 4th, 2007

Wozniak on Great Designs

Courtesy Computerworld comes Babson Insight‘s interview with Steve Wozniak. The interview focuses on the design philosophies that led to his creation of the Apple II three decades ago:

Babson: How do you know when you have created a great new product?

SW: The key to creating great products is that they have to be easy to use… Reaching that point of greatness is very, very hard. I would say to people, “Here’s a list of all the things the product has to do in the end, or here’s a list of all the methods it has to have.” Then you have to think through all the functions, the user steps and the possible solutions. Then ask, “How can we combine things to make it easier with fewer steps?” It takes an awful long time to think that out and do it well. We’ve done that at Apple and in those few periods we really made things easy and changed the world.

October 2nd, 2007

Juiced.GS Volume 12, Issue 3 now available

Juiced.GS Volume 12, Issue 3 (September 2007) shipped last week and is now arriving in subscribers’ mailboxes. This issue features reviews of the SNAP Usenet reader and of The Computist Project on DVD; the second article in Ewen Wannop’s TCP/IP primer series; KansasFest 2007 coverage; and much, much more!

The Juiced.GS Web site is now accepting subscription orders for 2007 and 2008 — only $18 each for United States customers and $26 each for international subscribers. Additionally, any previous four-issue volume from 2002 to 2006 is available for $16/each.