April 30th, 2011

1MHz Podcast episode 13 released

In case you missed it (I did), Carrington Vanston has posted a new episode of 1MHz! The Apple II Podcast. Its nice to see (hear?) Carrington behind the mic again. Download direct or subscribe via iTunes.

April 28th, 2011

CFFA3000 may be available by KansasFest

The CFFA3000 has reached its third and probably final revision, according to Rich Dreher, and it might be available in time for KansasFest. Everyone is going to want one (or two or three), so drop Rich an e-mail to get on the waiting list.

April 25th, 2011

Ryan Suenaga passes away

Apple II writer, editor, podcaster, programmer, advocate, and friend Ryan Suenaga passed away yesterday. The Hawai’i Star Advertiser reports that Ryan was hiking the Olomana Trail with friends when he suffered a fatal fall.

Ryan’s contributions to the Apple II community include being the editor-in-chief of Juiced.GS, GEnieLamp, and Apple II News & Notes; writing for A2Central.com; producing the Apple II’s second-ever podcast, A2Unplugged; programming a variety of telecommunications utilities; founding and moderating several online communities, including on Syndicomm Online; getting Steve Wozniak to attend KansasFest 2003; and more.

The loss of Ryan, who turned just 44 this past January, comes as a shock to his many friends. Blog posts dedicated to his memory have already been published by Eric Shepherd, Tony Diaz, Mike Maginnis, Juiced.GS, KansasFest, Open Apple, and Ryan Ozawa. An archive of Ryan’s last one thousand tweets has also been collected.

Words cannot describe how much richer we all have been for having had Ryan Suenaga in our lives, and how much poorer we are to face a future without him.

April 24th, 2011

Pulsewave celebrates 5th anniversary with Apple II flyer

Pulsewave celebrates it’s 5th anniversary as the United States’ longest running Chip Music event dedicated to the artistic expression of retrogaming and vintage computer visuals and music.

The event will be held Saturday April 30th at The Tank (formerly the 45th St. Theater between 8th and 9th Avenues), 354 W. 45th St. in Hell’s Kitchen. Show begins at 8pm, all ages, $10 at the door. Awesome Apple ][ Flyer created by Bud Melvin — GET IT ON .DSK!

April 19th, 2011

Exclusive Apple II MP3 card workshop at KansasFest

Vince Briel will be conducting a KansasFest workshop this year to build his new A2MP3 card. Vince demoed a prototype of the card a couple of years ago at KFest. Included in the $99 workshop fee are all parts needed to build the card, along with Vince’s expert guidance (please bring your own soldering iron).

The card plugs into an internal Apple II slot. It accepts a USB memory stick and will play MP3s located on the stick through your Apple II. This will be the first time the card is available to the public, and these cards will be unique because they will have ‘KansasFest 2011’ silkscreened on the circuit board.

You can sign up for Vince’s workshop as part of the online KansasFest registration process.

I’ve built several of Vince’s kits, including the Apple-I Replica, PockeTerm, and Altair 8800micro (well, I paid him to build the Altair–all those front mounted switches, whew!), and have found them to be of high quality. He’s a helpful and enthusiastic teacher too.

April 18th, 2011

Create your own Apple II weather display

Kevin Dady is posting a three part series on how he created an Apple II weather display using an Apple //c (with a little help from a Linux PC). Part 1 is available now at the Hack A Day website.

Part 2
Part 3

April 12th, 2011

NiftySpell v1.1 now freeware

Via Usenet comp.sys.apple2, Ewen Wannop has announced NiftySpell v1.1 is now freeware. Ewen’s complete post is attached:

NiftySpell v1.1 NDA

A welcome return to the NiftySpell NDA by Chris Vavruska. Originally sold by Shareware Solutions II, NiftySpell has been reclassified as Freeware, and is now available on general release.

The NDA can be used on its own, to spell check an open TextEdit window or the Clipboard, or through a Spectrum XCMD, and from IPC calls from any program.

For the Freeware release, various bugs have been fixed from the original release back in 1998.

Full instructions are included, along with a user manual. Select from either a .bxy or .2mg version, which can be downloaded from: http://www.wannop.info/speccie/

April 11th, 2011

Open Apple podcast #3 released

Mike Maginnis and Ken Gagne have released the third monthly episode of their Apple II podcast, Open Apple. In this show, Mike and Ken joined by KansasFest committee member Peter Neubauer to talk about attending KansasFest and VCF and reading Juiced.GS, 300 Baud, Twisty Little Passages, and Don Lancaster's Assembly Cookbook; review favorite edutainment software; gawk at outrageous eBay "Buy It Now" prices; and discover remakes of classic games Ultima, King's Quest, SimCity, Lode Runner, Wizardry, Choplifter, and more.

Find the episode on the Open Apple Web site or at iTunes.

April 4th, 2011

KansasFest first call for sessions

Now that registration is open, the KansasFest planning committee is accepting session proposals for this year’s event. Sessions run from 30-60 minutes, and cover most any Apple II related subject. They are the lifeblood of KFest, and a great way for attendees to share their knowledge, interests and passion with others. You don’t have to be a polished or ‘expert’ presenter, just someone who wants to share what they know. The list is already off to a good start, with session topics on how to get your Apple II on a LAN, a look behind the scenes of the new Open Apple podcast, a technical look at the Apple III operating system and add-ons, and a workshop to build your very own Apple II MP3 card. Visit the past session archive to see what others have done, and please send in your proposal.

April 3rd, 2011

Cedric Peltier demonstrates Smartport virtual hard drive

The Apple //c (and probably the IIGS) just got some more love. Cedric Peltier has posted an update to his Smartport virtual hard drive project along with a YouTube video of it in action.

Hi all,

Some news about the smartport virtual hard drive project, since last year. The embedded usb version is near completion, you can look at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wT3nhcQc1I to see my //c booting Prodos with Mousedesk from an usb key. The upper card is the usb key without his enclosure. The lower card is the interface hosting the software, small enough to fit within the //c itself, or an external drive like the disk //c. Of course, it could get his own enclosure. Actually only one device is emulated, but the version 1.0 should emulate up to 4 devices, each up to 32MB, on the same usb key. I will do a full presentation with the first release. The cost of this solution is pretty low, less than 40$ for the prototype, but this could be more expensive if you want it ready to plug in an external enclosure.

C dric.

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