February 28th, 2008

Alex Freed releases new FPGApple

Alex Freed (FPGApple, Pseudo-Disk II) announced to comp.sys.apple2 that he has programmed a new version of FPGApple. Written in Verilog HDL and running on the Altera Cyclone II DE1 board, FPGApple is a soft computer; the entire Apple II architecture is simulated in software on a field-programmable gate array system.

FPGApple can read NIB images from a FAT16 formatted MMC/SD card, which is conveniently interchangeable with Alex’s Pseudo-Disk II project. Future revisions will include 80 column support and Soft Card compatibility for running Z80 based CP/M applications.

Alex has generously released his FPGApple code as open source.

February 25th, 2008

The cat is almost out of the bag

Something cool for the Apple II community is coming. I’ve hinted around about this (and a few other things) in previous posts on A2Central and in podcast interviews I’ve been part of.

All I can say for now, is that when this site finally goes live, it’s going to be very good news for Apple II enthusiasts everywhere. Keep an eye on 16 Sector.

Update: numerous people have asked me for a hint on what 16 Sector is all about. I’m sorry, but I can’t. I will say that everyone who has guessed that a clone of the Applecat is being released is waaaay off. I mean, what would be the point of that? ;)

Update: another mysterious graphic has been added to the site. Also, the page title now says “Ready, Set … Get Sirius” which seems to imply something to do with the 8MB Sirius card for the Apple IIGS. Another hint, a whois query can tell you who registered the site. If you know anything about this person, you’ll instantly have some ideas on what might be coming soon from 16 Sector.

February 25th, 2008

Brutal Deluxe releases rDOS 3.3 FST

Apple II programming group Brutal Deluxe has released a new File System Translator (FST) for GS/OS 4.x that allows access to rDOS 3.3 disks. I’ve attached Antoine’s announcement (posted to comp.sys.apple2).

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February 21st, 2008

Littlejohn Systems reveals new products, hints at others

In true Apple II hacker fashion, Littlejohn Systems has announced a few new products that are about to be released… and posted mysterious clues about others that won’t be released for a few months, or until KFest 2008.

First, we have confirmation that a version of the LittlePower is being made for the Apple IIe, II+ and II. The LittlePower line of adapters enable you to use an ATX power supply (either an internal mini-atx unit, or a big clunky external one) with your Apple II. Now, if Littlejohn were to design a functional and attractive replacement power supply for the Apple //c, I would be even more happy. I can say from personal experience that the LittlePower is a top-notch power accessory and it would be great if I could standardize all my Apple’s on the same AC adapter.

Also announced, a clone of the Applied Engineering dClock is almost finished. Finally! An internal clock for the memory expansion Apple //c that isn’t a giant pain in the posterior to install, like the <$&*@!> No Slot Clock is. Another advantage for the dClock over the NSC, is the inexpensive and easily replaceable battery. If the dClock can also be adapted for use in the //e, it’s bound to be a winner.

Now for the mysterious stuff — what is project ‘Gumdrop’? We won’t find out until KFest 2008. And, what is Project 6? I guess we’ll have to wait until the end of March 2008 to find that secret out. If Littlejohn’s previous projects are any indicator, they’re sure to be clever, practical and affordable.

Like Littlejohn’s other quality products, these new items will be available exclusively from ReactiveMicro.com soon.

February 18th, 2008

Luddite’s 64K Apple //e web server

Simon Williams, of 8-bit Sound & Fury has launched the first publicly accessible web server that I know of, running on a 1MHz 64K Apple //e using Contiki Web Server 2.0, an Uthernet card and a single floppy drive for storage. Simon warns the site is “finicky” (try reloading if you can’t access the site), but several people (myself included) have accessed the site with a variety of browsers on various platforms with no problems so far. How cool is that?

February 16th, 2008

Get Lamp documentary update

Jason Scott, creator of BBS: The Documentary, recently updated the Web site for his latest project, Get Lamp, a documentary of text adventures:

Primary shooting of GET LAMP has completed. Over 80 interviews were conducted across three countries to capture some amount of the massive story of the text adventure. While I certainly don’t consider it comprehensive, I definitely think that the final film will have representatives from all the major expected touchpoints of this story. From there, the even more curious will find plenty to look up and read about, which is a better medium for some information anyway. I hope to be done with this by June of 2008, but as I often have said, quality trumps time.

A teaser trailer of this documentary is currently available.

February 5th, 2008

Brutal Deluxe site returns with exciting new content

Famed French Apple II programming group Brutal Deluxe has launched a new web site with links to the programs they’ve produced over the years. The site also features a treasure trove of previously unreleased software, content and source code that Apple II users are definitely going to want to check out.

It’s great to see you guys back online Antoine and Olivier — you’ve been missed!

February 4th, 2008

Is a new Apple //c really worth… Update

Thanks to Warren Ernst (and Digg), we’ve learned who the lucky winner is, of the brand new Apple //c that recently auctioned on eBay for $2553… and now you can vicariously experience the unboxing of that 20 year old Apple //c via Dansays’ flickr album documenting the big event. You won’t get to enjoy the new computer smell, but it’s the next best thing to being there.

Check out the updated discussion over at Blake’s BYTECellar.

February 4th, 2008

ADTPro 1.0.5 update released

David Schmidt has released ADTPro 1.0.5, to fix a few bugs.

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February 4th, 2008

A2Unplugged show #0023 released

Ryan Suenaga presents A2Unplugged, show #0023. This episode is entitled “A IIgs Toolbox Programming Primer”.

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

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