September 29th, 2009

Juiced.GS Volume 14, Issue 3 now available

Juiced.GS V14I3Volume 14, Issue 3 (September 2009) of Juiced.GS, the last remaining Apple II publication in print, shipped today to all subscribers. This issue features coverage of both KansasFest and Mt. Keira Fest; a look at the Apple IIe card for the Macintosh; a review of music group 8 Bit Weapon‘s latest album; and much, much more!

This is Juiced.GS‘s third quarterly issue of 2009. Subscriptions are available for $19 for United States customers and $26 for international customers.

September 21st, 2009

Apple II Quickies (09-21-09)

The premier 8-bit Apple II emulator for Mac OS X Virtual ][ 6.3.1 is out, squashing a nasty bug. David Schmidt updates (our favorite disk transfer tool) ADTPro to 1.1.3 and Ryan Suenaga gets the lowdown from Mt. KeiraFest via Andrew Roughan in the latest edition of A2Unplugged #0033.

September 17th, 2009

Carte Blanche shipping

The first batch of the highly anticipated Carte Blanche card is now shipping. Apple II enthusiasts who reserved a CB are being notified that their card is ready for shipment.

Carte Blanche has been completed and your remaining card is now ready for delivery. All cards have been fully tested, packed and are ready to go.

You will receive:

– Carte Blanche
– SVGA Adaptor Board and Cable
– Mounting Hardware Kit (hex nut and bolts to suit the Apple IIe/IIgs chassis)
– JTAG cable set
– Demo SD Card
– Bitstream SD card
– Molex connector (for developing a plug on board)
– Screw kit (Three screws for securing plug on boards to Carte Blanche)
– Shunt/Jumper (To enable/disable card features).

Carte Blanche is an open source comprehensive logic resource board for the Apple II. The hardware and software code loaded into Carte Blanche on shipping is an enhanced version of Alex Freed’s open source Pseudo Disk ][ called JAT (version 1). JAT v01 is the standard demonstration code that allows Carte Blanche to be used out of the box when you receive it.

JAT v01 Features:

– Standard VGA video interface for Apple IIe – supporting 40 and 80 col text, low and hi-res graphics (but currently not double hi-res)
– Software library storage based on SD cards using read-only Apple floppy disk emulation (one demo SD card supplied with examples)
– Apple II software is stored as .NIB images directly onto FAT formatted SD cards, manageable by conventional PC’s.
– Menu driven disk selection on boot up (optional with supplied jumper).

Other hardware, firmware and software examples, including diagnostics and open source resources will be made available on each of the Carte Blanche websites noted below in the following weeks. Schematics and gerbers will also be published.

On receipt of your card, please check: and for technical data and the latest information and examples for your cards.

A note of caution regarding compatibility of modern FPGA’s and the Apple IIe; Carte Blanche uses a Xilinx XC3S series logic device to provide a plethora of resources to plug in Apple II hardware designs. The FPGA’s only requirement is clean quick power. Carte Blanche has an onboard software selectable configuration delay of either 40ms or 220ms, allowing the power supply in the Apple II to reach regulation. It has been noted though, that with the aging of some Apple supplies (especially clones), they take longer to reach regulation when the capacitors of the supplies are dried out.

Payment requirements:

Each Carte Blanche is $US238.50, which includes courier delivery costs. For US residents only, payments can either be made via cheque, made out to “Freed Consulting” (for California Residents, a 9.25% sales tax applies). Or if you wish to pay via Paypal, a transaction fee of $8 must be included in addition, bringing the total to US$246.50 per card. Please make Paypal payments to: steveh @ postoffice . utas . edu . au with the serial number of your card(s).

Delivery: Your Carte Blanche card will be delivered to you via EMS couriers (international).

Thank you for your interest and support in Carte Blanche. If you have any suggestions or opinions, we very much look forward to your feedback.

With thanks,

best regards,
Steve and Alex

September 14th, 2009

Get Lamp distribution survey

Jason Scott, creator of BBS: The Documentary, continues his work on his next project: a documentary of text adventures entitled Get Lamp. Media distribution has changed much in the four years since Scott’s last release, and he’s looking for his audience’s perspective on how they want this next documentary delivered.

To that end, he has created an informal survey on his blog, asking potential viewers how they’d like to get their hands on Get Lamp. Do you want a DVD or a digital download? Are the extras as important to you as the film? Help shape the course of this project with just a moment of your time.

Update: This survey was completed on September 20th. Thank you to all who participated.

September 10th, 2009

CFFA3000 prototype debuts

Rich Dreher’s CFFA3000 prototype has made its public debut (at least an assembled version has). It doesn’t work yet; Rich says there is still much work to be done with the card’s logic before it’s ready… but if all goes as planned, the new card is projected to be completed by mid-2010.

Rich Dreher's CFFA3000 Prototype; with 4 LEDs, you KNOW it's serious.

Rich Dreher's CFFA3000 Prototype; with 4 LEDs, you KNOW it's serious.

In addition to the usual CFFA features we’ve grown accustomed to, the CFFA3000 is expected to include nibble-level floppy disk emulation, USB flash drive support (for holding .dsk images only) and possibly full DMA support — all of which makes it a worthy successor to the popular “classic” CFFA card.

September 3rd, 2009

Vintage Computer Festival East 6.0

The sixth annual Vintage Computer Festival East will be held September 12-13 at the InfoAge Science Center in Wall, New Jersey.

VCF is a public event celebrating the history of computers from the 1940s – 1980s.  Each day’s morning events include lectures and workshops, while the afternoons offer an open exhibit hall where classic computers are up and running for you to see and use. Among this year’s event highlights are a keynote address by Ted Hurewitz about RCA computers in the 1950s; an 8-bit musical concert; a BASIC programming challenge; and Vince Briel’s PockeTerm terminal-building workshop. A two-minute video montage of last year’s event showcases the hardware, software, and folks that make VCF great:

Tickets are $10 for one day or $15 for both days; attendees 17 and younger get in free. The event benefits the InfoAge Science Center, which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit.