April 21st, 2009

Apple II Quickies (04-21-09)

Alex Lee posted an update to What Is the Apple IIGS over the weekend. Read the news for the latest details.

Bill Martens reported The Eamon Adventurers Guild added three new adventures to the collection, all written by Wade Clarke back in the 1990’s.

Glenn Jones updated his //cmxp Project devblog. Glenn says he has preliminary SD card access working now. Spiffy!

Not sure when it happened, but the So What Software site got a makeover recently, and William Stephens is blogging about programming the IIGS.

Marc Ressl announced (with kudos to Nick Westgate) that AppleIIGo 1.0.6 has been released.

April 18th, 2009

The Lost Classics Project returns

It’s been a wild ride, with lots of diversions and obstacles. But without further ado…

The Lost Classic Project was originally established May of 1992 in the A2 RoundTable on the GEnie Online Service. After a 17-year hiatus, the LCP returns, bigger and stronger than ever.

We plan on adding more titles in the coming weeks, but there’s already a large collection of Apple II gems that should bring back memories, and of course, our feature presentation; the reopening of the LCP site marks the availability of InTrec Software’s award-winning telecommunications application, the standard-setting ProTERM 3.1 for the Apple II. The long-standing king of them all is now available for download.

So what are you waiting for? Get click’n!


April 17th, 2009

Carte Blanche update

Alex Freed posted to comp.sys.apple2 that interest from the Apple II Community in the Carte Blanche had reached “critical mass”, and that the card is finally going into production. The price of the Carte Blanche is $200 USD for an assembled card, and should be available for sale in about a month. For more information on the Carte Blanche, see our previous coverage here.

A2Central will acquire a couple of CB boards for testing, and post our impressions as soon as we can. Apple II Forever!

April 15th, 2009

Juiced.GS site gets facelift, additional sample content

Juiced.GS, the last remaining print publication dedicated to the Apple II, today unveiled a redesigned Web site. Among the new features are a cover gallery showcasing all the magazine’s 52 issues to date.

The Web site’s offering of free sample content has also expanded to include two previously published issues in their entirety: Volume 6, Issues 3 (November 2001) and 4 (February 2002). These are the only two issues not previously available in digital form as part of the “Friends for Life” compilation CDs. You can now complete your collection with these free PDFs, which Syndicomm will soon be adding to their “Friends for Life II” product.

April 15th, 2009

Help request: advice for an unreliable SCSI drive

Ken Gates needs help with his cranky SCSI drive.

Hi, I still use my Apple IIe with a Q-Drive hard disk. I run AppleWorks and keep a super large list of movies on the drive, as I’m a movie buff. I’ve recently been having hangup on the hard drive. I’ve been trying to troubleshoot it and/or use some of my old programs to test it, but so far I’ve had no luck in locating the problem. Is there any program that I could use to lock out bad sectors? Any advice you can give will be greatly appreciated. I assume that no one makes a hard drive that I could use with my IIe! I’m running a SCSI card out of slot 7 to the Q-Drive.

Ken, the first thing I recommend is to verify you have a good backup! If you don’t, backup what you can… and if you are experiencing data loss, you might take a look at the late Glen Bredon’s ProSel Utilities (now freeware) and see if you can recover anything. ProSel 8 (for 8-bit Apples) is available HERE courtesy of Apple2.info.

As for a hard drive replacement, several options exist — take a look at the various compact flash drives available from 16 Sector (Focus $99), R&D Automation (CFFA – sold out, check eBay) and ReactiveMicro (MicroDrive $135). A CF card hard drive is probably the most versatile storage solution for the Apple II.

If anyone else has additional advice for Ken, please post a comment here or write him at: kengates at comcast dot com — semi-obfuscated, so we don’t send the spambots Ken’s way.

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April 15th, 2009

Help request: need Sierra AGI games for editor/emulation project

Brian Mika needs assistance getting high quality copies of various Sierra Interactive disks for the Apple II.

I am a long-time fan of Sierra’s Adventure Game Interpreter (AGI) games of the 1980’s. I need to get in touch with people who have, or can make, 100% authentic disk copies and graphics/sound samples for use in a research project to decode the Apple versions of AGI games and thus develop superior editors and emulators. Can you help?

If anyone can help Brian out, you can reach him at: bmikaus at yahoo dot com — semi-obfuscated, so we don’t send the spambots Brian’s way.

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April 14th, 2009

Nibble Magazine Collection updated, now searchable

Brian Wiser wrote in to report that the Nibble Magazine Collection has received a major update. Previously, all issues were simple page scans… not any more, they’ve been converted via OCR and are now fully searchable PDF files. Issue covers have also received attention in the form of cosmetic enhancements and touch-ups. Look for additional disks and software to have been added to the library as well.

There is also Nibble Disassembled; where many of the ads for hundreds of hardware and software products, games and cartoons have been scanned separately and organized into dozens of categories for easy retrieval.

Thanks go out to Brian Wiser who did all the hard work on the OCR conversion, and for the heads up on the update.

April 13th, 2009

KansasFest 2009 registration now open

Registration for KansasFest, the largest annual gathering of Apple II enthusiasts in the world, is now open! Join us this July 21-26 at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri, for a week of intense Apple II (and yeah, some Mac) fun. See the KFest site for details on our celebrity keynote speaker, an opportunity to build your own Apple-1 replica, and more. See you there!

April 13th, 2009

Australian Apple II gathering in the works

Jonno Downes is soliciting feedback from anyone interested in a KansasFest-like event, to be held in Australia (specifically in scenic Katoomba NSW, west of Sydney) over the weekend of July 24-26. If interested, contact Jonno on usenet newsgroup comp.sys.apple2 for further details.

Jonno’s post is attached.


Anyone aussies here interested in a meetup around the K-fest weekend (July 24-26)?

I’m thinking something pretty low key – a few hours of demos & talks plus a dinner. Plus maybe a picnic lunch for the kids. Location would be somewhere in Katoomba (in the Blue Mountains, just west of Sydney), on the basis that:

1) it starts with a “K”
2) it’s where I live, so easy for me to organise
3) about 90 minutes drive (or 2 hrs by train) from Sydney – close
enough to do a round trip in a day, far enough to justify a weekend away for those so inclined.
4) plenty of accomodation options and activities for kids and partners

Post here (comp.sys.apple2) if you’d be interested in attending or presenting at such an event.



April 3rd, 2009

A2Retro devblog updated: Uther, //cxmp progress reports

Glenn Jones of A2RetroSystems has posted a fairly large update to his devblog covering the status of future Uthernet cards and the highly anticipated //cxmp project.

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