March 31st, 2011

Installing the Apple IIe Card in a Mac Color Classic

Mike Maginnis takes us step-by-step through his project to add the Apple IIe Card to his Color Classic. Nice write up and pictures, including some gotchas to look out for.

March 30th, 2011

Juiced.GS Volume 16, Issue 1 now available

Juiced.GS V16I1Volume 16, Issue 1 (March 2011) of Juiced.GS, the longest-running Apple II publication in print, is now arriving in subscribers’ mailboxes. This issue features a review of text adventure Leadlight and the larger interactive fiction industry it represents; an interview with Alan Floeter, creator of Macrosoft and The Assembler; an overview of Mac, Windows, and Linux utilities for managing Apple II disk images and files; and an introduction to the retrocomputing hobby. You’ll find it all behind Juiced.GS‘s first-ever full-color cover.

This is Juiced.GS‘s first quarterly issue of 2011. Annual subscriptions are available for $19 for United States customers and $26 for international customers.

March 30th, 2011

KansasFest 2011 registration now open

KANSAS CITY, MO — March 30, 2011 — KansasFest, the 22nd annual convention dedicated to the Apple II computer, is now open for registration. Users, programmers, hobbyists, and retrocomputing enthusiasts are invited to Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri, from Tuesday, July 19, 2011, through Sunday, July 24, for six days and five nights of sessions, demos, announcements, contests, and camaraderie.

The week kicks off with keynote speaker Bob Bishop, co-founder of Apple’s R&D lab alongside Steve Wozniak and creator of many popular Apple II programs and articles. Several sessions and workshops are scheduled throughout the rest of the week, including but not limited to:

  • Ivan Drucker’s tutorial for putting your Apple II on a LAN
  • Build your own Apple II MP3 expansion card workshop by Vince Briel
  • A look at the Apple III’s technical aspects and modern accessories, by Mike Maginnis
  • A live-action text adventure, hosted by Ken Gagne
  • A behind-the-scenes look at the Open Apple podcast
  • The latest on Apple’s iOS mobile devices by Rob Walch of the Today in iPhone podcast
  • A vendor fair that includes an exhibit hall for attendees to show off and play with new or unusual hardware and software
  • HackFest, an annual programming challenge open to coders of all skill levels

What the schedule can’t predict is the variety of surprises that are a hallmark of KansasFest. Recent years have seen the debut of a new, boxed Apple II game; the reclassification of Resource Central’s catalog; a “lunch and learn” session on Apple IIc disassembly; and many other announcements and demonstrations. Attendees are encouraged to share their knowledge by presenting their own hardware and software sessions, especially of the Apple II but also including Macintosh, Windows, Linux, iOS, and others.

Register before June 1 to guarantee a price of $365 for a double room or $435 for a single, which includes admission to all sessions as well as most meals. Official KansasFest shirts and Vince Briel’s MP3 workshop are extra and optional and must be ordered by May 31; registration for staying on-site closes July 10. Veterans of the event are invited to bring a first-time attendee; if each indicates the other’s name on the registration form, both will receive a $25 referral rebate at the event. To register, please visit the official Web site at

KansasFest sponsor 16 Sector invites any and all Apple II users, fans, and friends to attend the world’s only annual Apple II conference. For photos, schedules, presentations from past year’s events, and inquiries, please visit the event’s Web site.

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March 28th, 2011

AppleLogic announces experimental Carte Blanche Atto for Apple //c

AppleLogic, creators of the FPGA-based Carte Blanche card have introduced a similar card for the Apple //c. The Carte Blanche “Atto” is experimental at this time, but already has a slew of anticipated features for the host machine:

  • Replacement of the physical CPU with an accelerated synthetic CPU
  • Hard disk emulation via MicroSD
  • 12 bit VGA (4096 colors possible)
  • Mockingboard compatible audio
  • Wireless Ethernet (driver and IP support required)
  • Additional RAM for the host computer
  • The CB Atto will mount in, and be powered by the 65c02 processor socket

The innovation from Down Under continues.

March 25th, 2011

Apple II Quickie: bpNichol’s Apple II poems preserved

Over the years of 1983-84, Canadian poet Barrie Nichol (bpNichol) created “First Screening” a collection of twelve programmed works of poetry written in Applesoft BASIC. The poems have been described as ephemeral kinetic art, and are often cited as being among some of the earliest works of digital poetry. The collection has been preserved in it’s original form as disk images (suitable for emulators), as well as Hypercard and Javascript (links are on the preservation site).

March 22nd, 2011

Don Lancaster releasing titles as free ebooks

Legendary technical writer Don Lancaster is generously releasing several of his published works as free ebooks, in PDF format. A few of the titles now available are: Apple Assembly Cookbook part 1 and 2, RTL Cookbook with more on the way. You can see the complete list of current titles here.

March 22nd, 2011

Alex Lee on IIGS System Extensions

Alex Lee (What Is the Apple IIGS) has published a definitive collection of Apple IIGS system extensions and is sharing his advice and opinions on many of them. System extensions can expand the usefulness of your IIGS, or they can slow down your machine — even to the point of making it less stable. Sometimes, it can feel like there’s a little bit of voo-doo involved.

March 19th, 2011

Apple II screens recreated as weavings

Melissa Barron’s recent art installation consists of a number of Apple II game and program screens recreated as loom weavings. ExTV writes that she “creates ‘glitch’ weaves by hacking a Jacquard Loom. What materializes is code, made tangible.” Amazing! Visit Melissa’s web site for additional projects.

March 18th, 2011

Chris Espinosa (Apple employee #8) reminisces 34 years at Apple

Yesterday (03/17/11) was Chris Espinosa’s 34th anniversary as a full time employee at Apple (not counting his months of part-time work before that).

Join Chris as he reminisces about the early years with Woz, Jobs and other notable employees of Apple Computer.

March 14th, 2011

Apple II Quickie: a slice of Apple Pi

Datajerk posted this fun, clever and entertaining entry (especially if you’re a math geek) on his blog. Check out the Pi Day retro Apple II vs. HP-41C throwdown.

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