March 31st, 2008

Juiced.GS Volume 13, Issue 1 now available

Juiced.GS Volume 13, Issue 1 (March 2008) shipped today to all subscribers. This issue features an interview with Dan Budiac, who bought an Apple IIc off eBay for $2,553; a review of the MicroDrive/Turbo card from ReactiveMicro.com; a retrospective on Peter Watson’s development of the popular MUG! NDA; the conclusion (for now) of Ewen Wannop‘s TCP/IP programming tutorial — and much, much more!

This is Juiced.GS’s first issue of 2008. Subscriptions are available for $18 for United States customers and $26 for international customers.

March 31st, 2008

Arnim Sauerbier porting LinApple to Nokia Internet Tablets

Arnim Sauerbier wrote in to share that he has ported LinApple to run on Nokia’s Linux-based Internet Tablets. Now he’s looking for high-quality audio samples of the Disk II performing various operations. Check out Arnim’s e-mail, attached below, and help him out if you can.

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March 27th, 2008

Anatomy of an Apple IIc

Dan Budiac certainly has made the Apple IIc popular! PC World — which has previously ranked the Apple II as both the greatest PC of all time and the second best tech product ever — today published a photo gallery entitled “Anatomy of an Icon: Inside the Apple IIc“, in which they dissect what they call “the MacBook Air of 1984″, giving a tour of the 7.5-pound machine’s technological innards. Over on PC World’s sister site, Computerworld, Tony Diaz responds with some technical clarifications on what he calls “an otherwise fun article”.

March 13th, 2008

New CFFA card firmware under development; 6th batch of cards on the way

Rich Dreher’s compact flash card for the Apple II continues to improve. The new version 2.0 firmware is expected to offer a 25% improvement in read/write performance, a built-in user configurable menu, and several other interesting features. The firmware will be incorporated into the new run of cards, but good news for folks with 4th and 5th run cards–they can be ugraded too! I have a card from the original first run in my IIgs, looks like it’s time to order a second one for my IIe.

March 11th, 2008

A2Unplugged show #0024 released

Ryan Suenaga presents A2Unplugged, show #0024. This episode is entitled “Toolbox Programming in Pascal”.

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

March 10th, 2008

More 16 Sector riddles

Tony Diaz’s new site, 16 Sector has been updated; it contains new product silhouettes, hints and insider humor. The page title now reads “SCSI? Where we’re going, we don’t need SCSI.” and “The Vespa Lives! – But the Vespa is cold…” which for KansasFest attendees is an obvious reference to Carrington Vanston, of 1MHz! — Carrington rode his Vespa all they way to Missouri from Canada last year. Looks like some of the recent speculations he made about 16 Sector in his February podcast may have been as cold as the Canadian winter. We’ll see! By the way, it’s great to have Carrington’s podcast back “on the air”.

The 16 Sector logo is based on a sticker Apple provided back in the day, to help users to distinguish between 13 and 16 sector disks. They were sometimes even placed on the Disk II controller to indicate it had been upgraded.

The first product silhouette has been captioned “Hocus”, the next says “There’s always ][ of me just hangin’ around – Maybe ///” and the last one is “Hot August Nights .. Little Red” which can’t be mistaken for anything other than the Sirius 8MB RAM card for the Apple IIGS.

Well, there you have it. Tony is obviously having a little fun while teasing us before rolling out his new Apple II gear. Personally, I’m looking forward to seeing what else happens.

March 7th, 2008

February 2008 1 MHz podcast now available

Carrington Vanston, host of the Apple II podcast 1 MHz, has released his 11th episode. Dated as February 2008, this is the first episode of 1 MHz since before KansasFest 2007. Available from the show’s Web site or via iTunes, this episode covers these topics and more:

How much is a new, unopened IIc worth…and would you open it once you got it home? For Dan Budiac the answers are “more than $2,600” and “yes” respectively, which is why his purchase (and unboxing) of an Apple IIc made headlines this month. Also in this episode, a web server hosted on an Apple IIe, plus a list of servers on other ancient Apple hardware… Finally, I play the graphical adventure game The Curse of Crowley Manor, and I do indeed feel cursed while I play it.

March 5th, 2008

ReactiveMicro announces Transwarp GS upgrades, 18MHz possible

Henry S. Courbis of ReactiveMicro.com sent me an e-mail about a new Transwarp GS upgrade service he’s about to roll out. Apparently, he has worked out all the voodoo to reliably upgrade most stock TWGS boards from 6.25Mhz/7MHz to a stable 18MHz, or even 18.75MHz (some make it, some don’t). The upgrade requires a processor and oscillator replacement, a few new IC chips and an updated GAL set. In addition, you absolutely MUST keep your accelerator actively cooled or your smokin’ fast TWGS may end up smoking for other reasons.

ReactiveMicro already offers a similar upgrade service for Zip GS owners.

Update: a few pics of the TWGS upgrade conversion process (posted 03/16/08) are available here.

This is my opinion, but if you’re planning to run any GS accelerator faster than 10MHz or 12MHz, I strongly recommend that you add an internal booster fan. By itself, a stock Kensington System Saver probably isn’t going to circulate enough air through the Apple IIGS (the KSS needs a faster fan with quiet, high-performance bearings), and the MDIdeas/Applied Engineering Conserver with it’s awkwardly placed fan is certainly not up to the task either. Since the GS case was designed to cool by convection, you need to mount the booster fan so that it is oriented in the correct direction; to pull air from the card expansion area, into the power supply, and then up through the KSS exhaust. Mounting the fan in the wrong direction breaks the convection process, and will work against the KSS. Fortunately, most fans have an arrow on them indicating the direction of air flow so it’s a goof-free enhancement.

You may also consider replacing the stock power supply in your Apple IIGS with a smaller, more efficient Mini-ATX supply and LittlePower adapter. Your GS will run cooler from improved air circulation and the removal of that old, clunky power supply as a heat source. Yes, that was a [blatant plug] endorsement… but the LittlePower is a product I really like and I feel confident in recommending it.

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