June 28th, 2008

Alex Lukacz’s CHED project

Alex “Lukazi” Lukacz of Brisbane Australia wrote in to tell us about his CHED project. The purpose of CHED is to completely replace the floppy and hard disk drives with a disk image-based system featuring an LCD interface. Alex has posted a few entries detailing his progress on CHED and pictures too. Check them out, it looks like an interesting bit of work.

At A2Central, we love reading about people like Alex in the community who share our passion for hacking on the Apple II. As retro-computing enthusiasts, we know all about the unique challenges of our hobby; restoring old (often hard to come by) hardware, adapting new gear to work with the old. The approaches we take to solving these problems differ and sometimes the results aren’t what we intended but we’re having a lot of fun in process.

June 27th, 2008

Juiced.GS Volume 13, Issue 2 now available

Juiced.GS Volume 13, Issue 2 (June 2008) shipped on Friday to all subscribers. This issue features an interview with Henry Courbis of ReactiveMicro.com; Mike Maginnis’ review of ADTPro; a collective look at KansasFests past; a survey of disk copy protection methods by Antoine Vignau — and much, much more!

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

June 26th, 2008

Another batch of Uthernet cards available (UPDATED)

Glenn Jones of A2RetroSystems has confirmed he has another batch of the ever popular Uthernet card available for sale, at $89 USD, plus shipping. The Uthernet is an Ethernet card for slot-equipped Apple II series computers.

Last April, A2Central posted Glenn had 20+ cards available. They were all gone within a day or so. It’s a great add-on for your Apple II.

Update: Apparently Glenn has orders for all the Uthernet cards he has in stock. The good news, he’s ordered additional modules so there will be more available later.

June 24th, 2008

A2Unplugged show #0027 released

Ryan Suenaga presents A2Unplugged, show #0027. This episode is entitled “Marinetti Programming Primer” an introduction to coding TCP/IP aware applications using Marinetti on the Apple IIGS.

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

June 22nd, 2008

Briel Computer taking orders for Replica-1 TE “Third Edition”

Vince Briel is taking orders for the updated Replica-1 TE (Third Edition). The latest Replica-1 revision offers a few new enhancements over the previous versions.

  • Apple 1 compatible 44 pin slot
  • Apple 1 compatible 44 pin edge connector
  • Bread board area for hobby experiments
  • Elimination of jumpers
  • Improved video display using Parallax Propeller (works with most TV’s and monitors)
  • No need for Apple 1 slot adapter because Apple 1 slot now onboard as well as original replica 1 connector
  • User firmware updates. User can download firmware updates and install. No need to send in for new chips.

The Replica-1 TE is available as a kit ($149 USD, 2 week ship) or assembled ($199 USD, 1 week ship). Peripherals such as the Slot 1 Adapter, Multi I/O Card and the CFFA1 are fully compatible with the new Replica-1 TE.

All we need now is a switchable ROM so we can toggle between Integer BASIC and Applesoft Lite.

June 22nd, 2008

AppleWin 1.14.2 released

Tom Charlesworth has announced via comp.emulators.apple2 that AppleWin 1.14.2 is now available. AppleWin is a highly regarded, open source Apple //e emulator for the Windows operating system.


  • Support for Bulgarian clones: Pravets 82 & 8A
  • Mouse can be configured to show/hide crosshairs; and can be restricted (or not) to AppleWin’s window
  • Added ‘Send to CiderPress’ function via the context menu of the drive buttons
  • Added support for “The Freeze’s” F8 ROM (Apple][ & Apple][+ only)
  • Added -f8rom cmd line switch to allow loading a custom 2K Rom at $F800
  • Support Shift-F9 to cycle backwards through video modes


  • Mouse support for Contiki v1.3, Blazing Paddles & GEOS
  • Mouse support now integrates much better with Windows (when in unrestricted mode)
  • Extended HDD image file filter to include *.po
  • [Bug #13425] Full Screen mode: drawing/erasing of the buttons on the RHS of the screen
  • [Bug #12723] DOSMaster .hdv/.po images work
  • [Bug #11592] Infiltrator now boots
June 22nd, 2008

Garberstreet Electronics develops IIe encoder for II/II+

Garberstreet Electronics is taking preorders for a new IIe Encoder board that interfaces an Apple IIe keyboard with an Apple II or II Plus. The price is $29 USD.

Update: Bill G. verified for me, that his encoder will also work with the Replica-1. That’s great news for me because I’ve been looking for a decent case to install my Replica-1 in, and all the expansion gear I have for it. Instead of hunting for a clone case, or using one of my original Apple II cases (argh!), I can instead use a very common Apple //e. I don’t mind that so much.

June 20th, 2008

Virtual Apple II updated to support Firefox 3.x

Bill Martens of A.P.P.L.E. wrote in to say, “Thanks to the FTA, Virtual Apple ][ website now has added support for Firefox 3.x. The Virtual Apple ][ website requires Windows based Internet Explorer or Firefox 1.5 through 3.x. You can also use the web site through Apple Boot Camp, Parallels or other cross platform based emulators.

With over 1400 Apple ][ and Apple IIgs games online, Virtual Apple ][ is the largest online emulator and is constantly adding new games to its library.

June 19th, 2008

Help request: where to get software, drivers for my gear?

Justin asks, “Do you know where there is a reliable business to buy aftermarket software for an Apple IIe Platinum class computer? I’m doing a little computer project for pure nostalgia reasons and I am looking for software to do wordprocessing, spreadsheet, repair and troubleshoot utilities, programs etc. for this type of computer.”

And, Phil wrote in, “I have an Apple IIgs, ROM 3. I bought a Applied Engineering 3.5” High Density Disk Drive several years ago, but did not get the drivers to use it as a high density drive on my IIgs. Are drivers available or is there a more recent “fix”? I also run a 5mb Profile (Apple also sold a 10mb & 20mb Profile, but has anyone ever seen or used one? And it worked with DOS 3.3, but it crashed and I lost all data. I have since bought another 5mb Profile that was blank, so I need the loader for DOS 3.3. Can you help please?”

How about it? Does anyone have any recommendations for Justin and Phil? Please post it here and help them out.

Comments are open on this post.

June 18th, 2008

KansasFest flashback, get ready for 2008

And now, a flashback from way back at KansasFest 2000! Steve “Godzilla” Gozdziewski, Dave Miller and Erick Wagner perform a parody of an old, quirky (but popular) Discovery Channel commercial, “Atmosphere” for A2Central. Filmed, edited and produced by Eric “Sheppy” Shepherd.

I might be getting myself in trouble for posting this, but we have far more interesting (and incriminating) examples of KFest shenanigans recorded on tape and film. ;)

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