December 31st, 2007

Jonno Downes updates dsktool.rb to 0.4.2

Jonno Downes has released dsktool.rb 0.4.2, a command line tool and library (written in Ruby) for manipulating DSK images.

The major changes in this version are:

* DOS 3.3 support now read/write
* NADOL support (read/write)
* ProDOS support (read only)
* Pascal support (read only)
* Hi Res Graphics converted to PNG

Jonno has requested all feedback and bug reports to be posted to comp.sys.apple2 or the RubyForge tracker site.

December 29th, 2007

AppleIIGo updated to version 2.0

AppleIIGo is an Apple //e emulator written in Java, programmed by Marc S. Ressl. The latest 2.0 version is available from the AppleIIGo Project Site.

December 29th, 2007

Juiced.GS Volume 12, Issue 4 now available

Juiced.GS Volume 12, Issue 4 (December 2007) shipped yesterday to all subscribers. This issue features an interview with music group 8 Bit Weapon, Michael J. Mahon’s tutorial on his NadaNet network, a review of CiderPress, and Spectrum author Ewen Wannop‘s look back at the cultural and technological influences on his development as a programmer.

This is Juiced.GS‘s fourth and final issue of 2007. The complete volume is now available at the discounted rate of $16, while 2008 subscriptions are being accepted at $18 for United States customers and $26 for international customers.

December 29th, 2007

Apple II Revision 0 replica kits now available

As we reported back in September, Mike Willegal has been working on his Apple ][ Rev 0 recreation project. The historic Apple II Rev 0 board had a production run of about 6000, making it one of the rarest.

Mike has informed A2Central that he now has several of his DIY replica kits available for $495 USD. Details for ordering are on Mike’s site. There is also feedback posted from Dave Schmenk, who assembled the first retail kit.

December 25th, 2007

A2Unplugged show #0019 released

Ryan Suenaga presents A2Unplugged, show #0019! In this episode, Ryan reviews a couple of identically named but very different books, “Using Appleworks GS”.

A2Unplugged can be freely downloaded from the podcast’s web site, or subscribed to from the Apple iTunes store.

December 19th, 2007

Youngest Apple II programmer

Meet 8 year old Lim Ding Wen, possibly the youngest Apple II programmer in the world.

December 19th, 2007

Futurama’s Dr. Zoidberg and the Apple II

We found a great post from Rich (aiiadict) on comp.sys.apple2 pointing to a Wired blog about David X. Cohen, co-creator of Futurama, being a former Apple II geek. Years ago, Cohen programmed a game he titled ‘Zoid’ that later became the inspiration for the name of Dr. Zoidberg, one of the characters from the TV program.

According to the Wired blog, Cohen would like to get his Zoid game up and running again. I’m sure there are plenty of capable Apple II hackers/Futurama fans out there that could get the job done. Now we know why Bender is “6502 Inside”.

December 18th, 2007

A2Unplugged show #0018 released

Ryan Suenaga presents A2Unplugged, show #0018! In this episode, Ryan continues his foray into Apple II technical books, reviewing “ProDOS, Inside and Out”.

A2Unplugged can be freely downloaded from the podcast’s web site, or subscribed to from the Apple iTunes store.

December 12th, 2007

The Apple II from Commodore? It almost happened

At a recent panel reflecting on the history of the Commodore 64, which turned 25 this week, Steve Wozniak revealed Apple’s early ambitions to sell the Apple II to Commodore, ensuring stable jobs for Woz and Jobs. Computerworld.com has the full story.

December 12th, 2007

A2Unplugged show #0017 released

Ryan Suenaga presents A2Unplugged, show #0017! In this episode, Ryan looks at “Beneath Apple ProDOS” and dishes the news for the Apple II community.

A2Unplugged can be freely downloaded from the podcast’s web site, or subscribed to from the Apple iTunes store.

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