April 22nd, 2008

cc65 v2.12.0 released

Ullrich von Bassewitz has announced cc65 version 2.12.0 is now available for download. cc65 is a very capable cross-development C compiler, with tools and utilities for coding with 65(C)02 and related processors.

Ullrich’s full announcement is attached.

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April 20th, 2008

KansasFest first call for session presenters

Now that registration is officially open, the KansasFest Committee is asking for session ideas and presenters. Sessions are 30-60 minute topics covering almost anything Apple II-related (we’ve also had Mac, Windows and *NIX too). Everyone who is planning to present sessions or product demonstrations is asked to submit a proposal and get on the schedule as soon as possible.

Attendees are also invited to suggest session topics. Let the KFest Committee know what you’d like to learn and discuss by sending e-mail to sessions@kfest.org. We’ve had some wonderful sessions in the past, let’s keep it up in 2008.

April 20th, 2008

James Littlejohn starts his own IIGS laptop project

Benjamin Heckendorn’s Apple IIGS laptop inspired a lot of buzz in the Apple II Community, so it was only a matter of time before someone else started a similar project. James is documenting his progress, and posting pictures of each step.

April 17th, 2008

Peter Khienslein’s Apple II PS/2 keyboard adapter

Peter Khienslein announced via comp.sys.apple2, information and a schematic for an easy to build PS/2 keyboard adapter for the Apple II that he’s recently developed. Thank you for sharing your project with the Apple II Community, Peter.

April 17th, 2008

WAC Archive site updated

The Williamette Apple Connection (WAC) Archive hosted by Call-A.P.P.L.E. has been revised. The WAC site contains newsletters, and over 600 disk images of Apple II content from 1987 through 1994. I think this is great, and wish more of these user group collections were being made available online.

April 17th, 2008

New Apple II VGA card in development

Ferdinand Meyer-Hermann is working on an Apple II VGA card (PCB and sample pics) that can accurately display Apple II 80 column text and color graphics on modern VGA monitors. The card seems to be aimed predominately at the 8-bit crowd, as it does not support any of the higher resolution IIGS video modes. If you’re an 8-bit fan, gamer or just want to get rid of your composite monitor, this is a project you’ll want to follow.

April 16th, 2008

ReactiveMicro beta testing Apple 3.5 Controller clone

Henry S. Courbis of ReactiveMicro.com has posted news that their clone of the Apple 3.5 “SuperDrive” Controller (pic) is now in beta testing, thanks to the support of the project’s investor Anthony Martino of UltimateApple2.com. As of the time of this post, pricing had not yet been announced, but a small production run is in the works, with product availability expected by KansasFest (mid-July).

The SuperDrive controller supports double density Apple 3.5 drives (not the UniDisk 3.5), and high density Apple SuperDrives which are commonly used on older 68K Macs. It is compatible with the Apple IIGS and enhanced Apple //e.

The Apple 3.5 Controller can be expensive, and somewhat difficult for the average Apple II user to acquire as they are uncommonly rare and coveted by Apple II power users. If ReactiveMicro’s cloning project is successful, more people will be able to utilize 3.5 drives, especially Apple //e users.

Congratulations to ReactiveMicro, and our thanks go out to Anthony Martino for backing the project.

April 15th, 2008

KansasFest 2008 registration now open

KansasFest — the annual Apple II expo of sessions, contests, great stories, tips and tricks, fun and games, and things that “just can’t be done on an Apple II” — is now open for registration. KFest is scheduled to be held July 22-27, 2008, at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri. Lane Roathe, former managing editor at Softdisk, will be the keynote speaker.

Prices for this year’s KFest are unchanged since 2007. You may sign up at the official KFest Web page. The online form will output a PDF that you can print and mail to InTrec with your check or money order. The form also offers the option to pay online via PayPal. In that case, when you submit your payment and receive your completed PDF, so too will InTrec, automatically; no further steps are necessary!

Please enjoy KFest’s new online registration, and join the event’s mailing list for pre-show planning and chatter.

April 14th, 2008

Ben Heckendorn’s incredible custom-built IIGS laptop

It’s been done before, but not like this! Check out Benjamin Heckendorn’s Apple IIGS laptop. This is the most beautiful and amazing one of a kind hack I’ve ever seen done on an Apple II. You have to see it in this YouTube video to believe it.

Like every other Apple II fanatic on the planet, I’m envious and I want one. Badly.

April 14th, 2008

Second Life on the Apple II

Joshua Bell, an employee of Linden Lab, creators of the virtual world Second Life, has posted to YouTube a demonstration of a program he’s written that streams video from a Windows machine to an Apple IIc. The specific program he’s streaming is Second Life, which appears on the Apple II monitor shortly after its original display on Windows.

The process requires no custom Apple II software and only a USB to RS-232 Adapter for additional hardware. Though the communication is one-way and offers no interactivity on the Apple II end, it is nonetheless an impressive display of a modern application for a vintage computer and is perhaps a sign of things to come.

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