January 31st, 2008

The Apple II gaming platform

Bill Loguidice of Armchair Arcade wrote in to tell us that Gamasutra had posted an excerpt from a forthcoming book that he and Matt Barton co-wrote (title yet to be determined), covering the first 15 years of home videogames and computers. The 8 page Gamasutra post details the historical gaming legacy of the Apple II, and some of it’s better known developers and programmers and their impact on the gaming industry.

January 28th, 2008

Is a new Apple //c really worth $2,553 USD?

That’s the big question I’m asking myself. As a die-hard Apple II user, I’ve collected a fair amount (ok, tons really) of retro-computing gear over the years. I call them spares, my Wife calls it clutter. I’ve also aquired several machines still new in the box that I’ve picked up on the cheap back when the Apple II was generally considered obsolete AND disposable. I used to have an affordable hobby, or so I thought. That was just a few years ago…

On January 26th, a NEW Apple //c auctioned for $2,553 USD on eBay. I saw the //c listed early on, and being that it was new, I expected it to go for $500, even maybe as high as $700. It was only a //c after all and not even the historic original ROM 255 model released in 1984. The selling price went much higher than I was willing to commit so I didn’t bid. So much for my skills as an appraiser of Apple II collectibles. Still, I was astounded at the going price.

I’m not the only one amazed and a little pained by the auction either. Check out what Blake Patterson has to say on the matter at his vintage computing site, BYTECellar.

In the meantime, I’m asking myself other questions as well. Was this a fluke? I’ve seen some weird things happen on eBay over the years. Should I move my brand new machines to one of those temp controlled storage places? Should I secure them better? Should I try to sell them now and ride the nostalgia wave while I can? Despite what my Wife says, my vintage spare computers seem much more like an investment, but who knows if these machines will still be considered collectible a few years from now?

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January 23rd, 2008

KansasFest 2008 countdown

We’ve just passed the mid-year point in our countdown to KansasFest 2008.

It may seem like the biggest annual gathering of Apple II enthusiasts in the world is still a long way off… and you might be wondering why I’m posting about KFest now. Simply, it’s because I’m hoping you are planning to join us this summer at Rockhurst.

Don’t let it sneak up on you. Mark your calendar for July 22nd through 27th, and come out for one of the biggest and best KansasFests ever.

January 21st, 2008

ADTPro 1.0.4 update released

David Schmidt announced via comp.sys.apple2 that he has released ADTPro 1.0.4.

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January 20th, 2008

Syndicomm orders to be delayed 3-4 weeks

Eric Shepherd of Syndicomm asked us to get the word out to the Apple II Community, that beginning January 21st, Syndicomm won’t be shipping orders that require physical processing or mailing for 3-4 weeks. Sheppy does plan to process downloaded orders though.

Sheppy is taking medical leave to undergo a surgical procedure and will be recuperating during that time. Sheppy appreciates everyones patience until he’s back on his feet again and apologizes for any inconvenience the hiatus may cause his customers.

A2Central wishes Sheppy the best and our hope for a speedy recovery.

Update: 01/21-3:30p A2CT: Sheppy is out of surgery and doing well.

January 20th, 2008

A2Unplugged show #0022 released

Ryan Suenaga presents A2Unplugged, show #0022. In this episode, Ryan hosts a roundtable discussion reviewing events in the Apple II community during 2007 with guests Eric “Sheppy” Shepherd (Syndicomm), Ken Gagne (Juiced.GS) and Sean Fahey (A2Central.com).

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

January 17th, 2008

LittleProto II final, available soon from ReactiveMicro

Back in November, 2007 we posted an announcement that Littlejohn Systems was close to releasing the LittleProto II prototype development card for the Apple II. Since then, the product has been further refined with the addition of 4 LEDs and 4 inline resettable fuses on the power lines to prevent accidental smoke tests and other “D’oh!” moments. You can see an updated picture of the card here.

Update: the LittleProto II will soon be available exclusively from ReactiveMicro.com for USD $65.

January 12th, 2008

A.P.P.L.E. celebrates 30th Anniversary, with free stuff and announcements

Bill Martens writes in with the latest news from A.P.P.L.E.

“Over the past 30 years, many of us have come to know A.P.P.L.E. and its software very well. Of course, things are not quite what they used to be but we are trying to change that once again.”

“Announcing today, the celebration begins with the release of all 1978 materials to the general public for Free. Thats right, the first year of Call-A.P.P.L.E. Magazine down loadable by anyone. This is our gift to the community and the Apple II world in general. (Copyrights remain with A.P.P.L.E.) The issues are available from the right column of the A.P.P.L.E. index page.”

A.P.P.L.E. Releases 3 Font packs and 1 Sound pack for Apple IIgs

A.P.P.L.E. today released three font pacts and one sound pack from the 1980’s for the Apple IIgs. The font packs were part of the 1988 product catalog and are now available by logging into the web site and downloading the disks from the Apple IIgs block on the right side of the screen. The disks are as follows:

Apple II GS Font Packs

S2PF01, S2PF02, S2PF03

Apple II GS Sound Packs

SOU601

All of the disks are available on the A.P.P.L.E. website now.

New Apple 1 Game — Find the Queen

Paolo Di Leo, a member of the Italian site Allaboutapple.com (English version) has delivered the first Apple-1 game of the year. The program is a card game, Find The Queen. This game should work on the Replica-1 with no issues. The program listing is available in the article on the A.P.P.L.E. Website.

January 9th, 2008

A2Unplugged show #0021 released

Ryan Suenaga presents A2Unplugged, show #0021. In this episode, Ryan encourages listeners to “Pick a Language, Any Language”.

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

In other Apple II podcast related news, rumors of recent Carrington Vanston sightings have been circulating in the community, leading to speculation that 1MHz! The Apple II Podcast may return soon.

January 7th, 2008

Ewen Wannop releases Whozat NDA for GS

Spectrum author and GS programming guru Ewen Wannop has released Whozat a small NDA that does a ‘reverse lookup’ of a North American telephone number, and if it is available, displays the user information for that number.

Marinetti and an Internet connection required.

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