May 26th, 2009

KFest downunder is on, July 24th-26th

Andrew Roughan confirmed that a meeting of downunder Apple II enthusiasts will occur at Wollongong, NSW, Australia July 24th-26th to coincide with KFest in the United States.

Hi all, Just a quick note to confirm that the gathering in Australia to co-incide with Kansasfest will go ahead on July 24-26. The location is Wollongong (at the base of Mt Kiera – to try to continue the K theme).

Agenda:

24th optionally meet up in the evening and have dinner somewhere
25th sessions all day (a morning link up with Kansasfest will be investigated)
26th sessions morning only

Registration forms will be made available in the near future.

If I’ve spoken to you about presenting a session then expect me to be confirming that with you soon. Cost will be minimal. Own accommodation (we can arrange shares) and food while there.

Regards,
Andrew

For details, contact: roughana at yahoo dot com dot au

As Andrew mentioned, we’ll try to arrange a webcam “meet and greet” with our Australian friends during KFest USA. We’d love to see other groups from around the world get together and join us as well. We know there are sizable groups in Brazil, France, Italy and Japan. We’d love to hear from you too!

May 22nd, 2009

Countdown to KansasFest Registration – early bird rates expire soon

The 20th annual KansasFest opens on Tuesday, July 21st, two months from yesterday — and early bird registration closes on May 31st, just ten days from yesterday! If you wish to stay on campus, registration prices go up $55 starting June 1st, and t-shirts must be ordered by then as well. To get the best prices for this once-in-a-lifetime event, be sure to register online to pay by credit card or PayPal, or use our fillable, printable registration form to pay by check. Both options are here:

http://www.kansasfest.org/register/

We look forward to seeing you in Kansas City! If you have any questions, please .

May 21st, 2009

Carte Blanche update

Steve Howell (AppleLogic) has posted an update on comp.sys.apple2 regarding the highly anticipated Carte Blanche project. I’m posting the announcement here as well (with minor edits). I think I can safely predict the first batch of cards will go lightning fast.

Hi folks,

For those of you interested in Carte Blanche’s progress, here’s an update.

Assembly

CB has been scheduled to go into production on the 29th of May. To ensure we will be shipping, orders can take place on the 30th after the boards have gone to assembly. The run comprised 30 boards. Shipping is expected to start on the 5th of June. If all boards sell, that’s great – however – first in, first served. The results of the first run will determine if we can do any more. We are currently preparing how ordering, receipts and payment will take place.

Changes between the development version and the shipped item…

The Coloured Apple logo on CB will not be present in the shipped version. Although I was very fond (a world first might I add) of the coloured soldermask logo, it does go against Apple’s guidelines for using their Apple image. See http://www.apple.com/legal/trademark/guidelinesfor3rdparties.html

RGB Connector — sourcing the Apple miniVGA RGB connector has been a real headache. If anyone can help solve this sourcing problem, I’d be very appreciative.

http://groups.google.com.au/group/sci.electronics.design/browse_thread/thread/02daa4abcaf57ba1#

As a result, the shipped version of CB will be supplied with an 8 Pin gold plated IDC style Right Angled header with a SVGA connector board to suit the IIe cutouts. See http://www.applelogic.org/AL/CBSVGAIO.png

Functionally, it is exactly the same as the Apple miniVGA, including I2S DDC functionality.

Cost

Carte Blanche will be US$200 plus registered shipping.

What’s in the box

1x Carte Blanche with XC3S250E FPGA and 256K 15ns SRAM
1x Video IO Board with HD15 VGA connector
1x hardware kit (hex nuts and bolts) for the video connector to be mounted in the IIe
1x CB to Video board cable
1x JTAG flying lead cable
2x 256MB SD Cards
1x Antistatic bag

Carte Blanche comes pre-loaded and will plug and go straight out of the box when used in a II or IIe. The III and IIgs are still yet to be confirmed. Carte Blanche has been designed by the apple2 community for the apple2 community, and we are open to any suggestions or questions.

best regards,
steve

May 17th, 2009

An advanced CFFA card with dual floppy emulation support?

Although the sixth and final run of Rich Dreher’s compact flash card for the Apple II is sold out, the CFFA project may get a new lease on life. He is considering whether to produce an advanced CFFA card offering dual floppy disk drive emulation support. He writes, “This would allow a new CFFA card to handle both ProDOS and any other OS that can run from the floppy drives, like DOS 3.3. This would also include protected games as long as a nibblized image could be made.”

Rich is asking for folks interested in such a card to contact him.

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