May 27th, 2008

A2Unplugged show #0026 released

Ryan Suenaga presents A2Unplugged, show #0026. This episode is entitled “Rez, Rez, Rez” which continues Ryan’s series on general Apple IIGS programming information and resources.

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

May 27th, 2008

KansasFest 2008 session preview: 17 mainboard AppleCrate demo

Michael J. Mahon wowed the KansasFest crowd at KFEST 2007 with his impressive AppleCrate and NadaNet demonstration.

This year, he’s outdoing himself by demonstrating a redesigned and vastly larger AppleCrate with 17 Apple IIe mainboards installed! One Apple IIe is the master controller processor, while the 16 others are slave processors all tied together with special NadaNet adapters. According to Michael, he’s planning to demonstrate 16-voice music over NadaNet, and possibly an instant messaging network. It’s quite possible he may even have a few other surprises for us as well.

This is just one example of the fun stuff we do at KansasFest. You’ll be able to read all about this demonstration and all the other conference activities and product announcements here at A2Central… or you could join us at KansasFest and experience it all for yourself. Believe me, you won’t regret it! Apple II Forever!

May 23rd, 2008

KansasFest 2008 Early Bird prices expiring soon

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 offering its traditional “Early Bird” discounted registration rates through May 31st. Though attendees can register as late as on-site when the event opens in Kansas City on July 22th, prices go up after next week, so be sure to get your registration in soon!

To register, visit the official KFest Web site and follow the instructions there. If you need help registering or have questions, please email or call Jerry Cline at 602-992-1345.

May 20th, 2008

RetroChallenge 2008 announced

Simon D. Williams has announced RetroChallenge 2008 will kick off on July 1st, 2008. It’s time for all you alpha-geeks to pull out your best hacks, and demonstrate your retrocomputing enthusiast credentials.

Simon’s announcement is attached.

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May 20th, 2008

A2Unplugged show #0025 released

Back from equipment (the dog ate my podcast) failure and scheduling constraints, Ryan Suenaga presents A2Unplugged, show #0025. This episode is entitled “What’s a Resource?”

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

May 14th, 2008

16 Sector debuts …or has it?

Tony Diaz has finally revealed 16 Sector to the Apple II community. As previously teased and hinted at, 16 Sector will soon be selling CompactFlash-based Focus drives, Sirius 8MB RAM cards for the Apple IIGS, the “Triple Play” slot 7 expansion card and a as yet unnamed external switchable slot chassis with room for six cards.

Update: At last check (May 15th, 7:30a A2Central time) the site had been rolled back to its former ambiguous presentation. It’s possible a few glitches turned up, and Tony is tweaking the site.

May 8th, 2008

Sara Apple III emulator 0.5.0 released, now OS X app (updated 5/23/08)

Chris Smolinski of Black Cat Systems has released Sara 0.5.0, the only known Apple III emulator in existence. The BCS site contains a link to the required ROM and a collection of disk images to get you going.

The Apple III was supposed to be the successor to the Apple II, but bad marketing decisions, engineering flaws and continued strong sales of the Apple II eventually doomed the Apple III line. It does have limited Apple II compatibility, so it wasn’t all bad. The Apple III, and III Plus did find their niche in some places, and even today, enjoy a dedicated retro-computing following. Apple III collectors love their machines.

This release is a Universal Binary for Mac OS X.

Update: Sara 0.5.1 released 05/23/08.

May 7th, 2008

Applesoft BASIC “lite” for the Apple 1

Something very cool for the Apple 1 fan who wishes they had a FP BASIC — a “lite” variant of Applesoft (sans graphics, cassette I/O) has been ported by Tom “Cowgod” Greene. The thread discussing it can be found on Vince Briel’s Replica 1 support site.

Update: Tom has added a Applesoft BASIC “lite” project page to his site.

I thought this development too important to be part of a quickie; that it deserved its own post. Apple 1 Forever!

May 7th, 2008

Is this the future Apple II?

Over at AppleFritter, SteveH has posted preliminary information and screenshots (pic 1, pic 2) of his FPGA-based Apple II, using Altium’s new NanoBoard II. Emulating an Apple II in FPGA isn’t new, but this project has slots and the potential for interfacing with actual Apple II peripheral cards.

May 6th, 2008

Apple II Quickies (5-06-08)

R&D Automation has shipped their first batch of 25 (out of approximately 200) CFFA cards featuring the new v2.0 firmware. Included with it are a 16MB CF card, a flash application for upgrading (or downgrading) firmware and the manual on compact disc. The next batch of CFFA cards are expected to ship on May 12th, 2008.

Andy Buddenbaum of the Netherlands has put together a Flickr site showing off his Apple II collection. Check out the interesting case mods. [Link fixed]

The LittlePower IIe is now available from for a reasonable $35 USD.

While perusing Tom’s site for info on his Applesoft “lite” project, I noticed he has a few other nifty things to share. Take a look at his Apple II style audio for the Replica 1 using a modified version of Electric Duet, plus his impressive collection of old Apple DOS versions and vintage Apple cassette-ware.

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