June 27th, 2011

Juiced.GS Volume 16, Issue 2 now available

Juiced.GS V16I2Volume 16, Issue 2 (June 2011) of Juiced.GS, the longest-running Apple II publication in print, is now arriving in subscribers’ mailboxes. This 24-page issue features an interview with Don Worth, author of Beneath Apple Manor and Beneath Apple DOS; a review of modern-day word processors that re-create the AppleWorks environment; a tutorial for using the Apple II as a dumb terminal; a behind-the-scenes look at how Melissa Barron hacked Oregon Trail; a guide to restoring and equipping an 8-bit Apple II; and much, much more!

Also part of this issue and available separately as a free download is a tribute to Ryan Suenaga.

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

June 24th, 2011

Apple Service Technical Procedures Manuals

Henry Courbis of ReactiveMicro.com has scanned many of the Apple Service Technical Procedures Manuals and provided them to Apple2Scans.net to be hosted.  You can download them here.  A big thanks to Henry for doing this.

June 21st, 2011

The Franklin ACE 2100 in pictures

Mike Maginnis provides a fascinating look at the Franklin ACE 2100, an Apple IIe clone. Through a series of photos, he pops the top off the case and takes us on a tour of the innards.

Franklin Ace 2100 face plate

June 21st, 2011

ReactiveMicro, UltimateApple2 announce hiatus

We wanted to let everyone know that ReactiveMicro and UltimateApple2 are going on hiatus and will not be accepting new orders for the time being. We are starting up a new full-time business which will require all of our time and effort.

On behalf of Anthony Martino and I, we want to thank the Apple II Community for their support. We hope to be back.

Best Wishes,
Anthony Martino, UltimateApple2
Henry S. Courbis, ReactiveMicro

June 20th, 2011

An in-progress list of KansasFest sessions

Here’s a sample of the sessions planned for Kansasfest. The list is subject to change, and several more are in the works.

  • A tour of the hidden tricks of the Apple IIGS toolbox (Eric Shepherd)
  • A demonstration and analysis of P2E, an Apple II emulator for iOS (Martin Haye)
  • The secret sophistication and potential of LOGO (Peter Neubauer)
  • A photo tour and comparison of several mobile robotic “turtles”, contemporaries of the Apple II (Peter Neubauer)
  • A look at the timing of the Apple II using the Fast Processor Interface (Daniel Kruszyna)
  • A tour of a scale model of an Apple II Plus, built in the game Minecraft (Steve Weyhrich)
  • A technical look at the Apple III and its OS, programming languages, and add-ons you can get today (Mike Maginnis)
  • Accessing files over a LAN with an Apple II (Ivan Drucker)
  • Behind the scenes at Open Apple (Mike Maginnis & Ken Gagne)
  • A2MP3 workshop (Vince Briel)
  • An open-for-discussion look at early Apple television advertisements (Mike Maginnis)

It’s not too late to register for KansasFest and contribute your session to the pool!

June 20th, 2011

Machine Project announces Apple II concert

Los Angeles based Machine Project (about us) is putting on an Apple II concert performance this June 25th. One of their members, Jason Torchinsky has programmed a 16-step sequencer and will attempt to perform a “live, dynamic concert/musical event”. They want to use as many Apple II computers as possible, so they are asking area Apple II owners to help out with the performance. See site for contact info.

Thanks to 8 Bit Weapon for the tip.

June 18th, 2011

A website for the SmartPort Virtual Hard Drive device

Cédric Peltier, maker of the SmartPort Virtual Hard Drive has created a website for his nearly-ready SmartPort Virtual Hard Drive device at http://www.spvhd.org/.

SmartPort VHD

The device is planned to be available this summer and will be offered as:

  • a DIY package, priced at 30 euros (+/- 43 US dollars)
  • a PNP package, priced at 50 euros (+/- 72 US dollars)

If you are interested in purchasing the SmartPort Virtual Hard Drive, please contact Cédric Peltier who will provide you with the shipping fee to your destination.

June 14th, 2011

AppleIIGo 1.0.8 released

Hello everybody,

Thanks to Nick Westgate, AppleIIGo was just promoted to version 1.0.8!

The changes include:

* – implemented disk writing (only in memory, not persisted)
* – added support for .2MG (2IMG) disk images, including lock flag and volume number
* – support meta tag for write protect in disk filename eg: NotWritable_Meta_DW0.dsk

This should allow Castle Wolfenstein and Wizardry to work on VA.

Best wishes,


June 9th, 2011

The British IIgs Club diskazine

Ewen Wannop and Brutal Deluxe Software now make the complete set of the British IIgs Club disks available to the Apple II community. The bimonthly diskazine was published from August 1992 to February 1999.

The archive can be downloaded at http://www.brutaldeluxe.fr/public/

June 6th, 2011

Open Apple podcast #5 (June 2011) now available

The June 2011 episode of Open Apple, the only co-hosted Apple II podcast, is now available. This month, Mike and Ken chat with Brian Wiser about VCF East, Apple II magazines, museums, Ron Wayne, and Ultima.

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

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