March 31st, 2012

Juiced.GS Volume 17, Issue 1 now available

Juiced.GS Volume 17, Issue 1 (March 2012)Volume 17, Issue 1 (May 2012) of Juiced.GS, the longest-running Apple II publication in print, has been mailed to all subscribers. This issue features interviews with Jason Scott, David Greelish, Andrew Plotkin, Stephen Emond, Vince Briel, and others for whom crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter can help bringing retrocomputing projects to life. Also included are reviews of the book The Complete Historically Brewed and 8 Bit Weapon’s DMS Drummer software; an interview with AppleWorks legend Randy Brandt; the first in a three-part series on programming in Logo; and much, much more!

This is Juiced.GS‘s first quarterly issue of 2012. Hardcopy subscriptions are available at $19 for United States customers and $27 for international customers, with several free sample issues available as PDFs.

March 30th, 2012

Ewen Wannop updates SNAP and SAFE2

From Ewen’s comp.sys.apple2 post:

“After extensive feedback from testers, I have made many minor changes to SNAP, and fixed some bugs in SAFE2.   SNAP 1.1.3, and SAFE2 2.2.5, have been uploaded to my server at 

“Please read the Change.List & Version.History files in the archives for more details. 

“Cheers – Ewen” 

(HT: Sean Fahey)

March 29th, 2012

Prince of Persia source code found

Jordan Mechner announced on his blog today that after years of searching, the original Apple II source code for Prince of Persia has finally been located.  You can read the details of the discovery here.

March 27th, 2012

Bare Mimeo PCBs available again

Mike Willegal has announced that as of today, a limited quantity of bare Mimeo PCBs is available for hobbyists who want to put together their own Mimeo 1, Mike’s Apple-1 replica.  Full kits are expected to be available later this summer.    A bare PCB can be had for US $150.  More details are available at Mike’s Mimeo 1 page here.


March 24th, 2012

New Eamon newsletter published

A new edition of The Eamon Deluxe Newsletter has been published over at the Eamon Adventurer’s Guild Online blog.  Writes Frank:

I’m writing this blog to announce that an entirely original, 10-page Eamon newsletter was just added to the Guild website. While it is named "The Eamon Deluxe Newsletter", this publication is actually intended to be a place for content that relates to any platform or aspect of the Eamon community and is published in the spirit and fond memory of Tom Zuchowski’s former EAG newsletters.

Read the entire blog entry and download the newsletter in PDF or RTF format here.

March 22nd, 2012

Steve Wozniak to keynote CloudCon

We’re fairly certain Woz won’t be at KansasFest this year but if you missed him hanging out in line at the Century City, CA Apple store for an iPad 3, you still have a chance to see him.  The jovial Apple co-founder will deliver the opening keynote at this year’s CloudCon Expo & Conference, ExpoNential announced Tuesday.  The conference is scheduled to take place at the Hotel Nikko in San Francisco on July 12 – 13, 2012.  Woz, who currently serves as Chief Scientist at Fusion-io, will give a presentation titled, “How to Foster Creativity and Innovation in a Technical Environment.”

(via MacObserver)

March 14th, 2012

Wasteland 2 Kickstarter Launched

Last month, A2Central brought you the news that Brian Fargo, the creative force behind the original Wasteland, was considering a sequel for modern platforms and was looking at Kickstarter to crowd-source funding for the project.  The Wasteland 2 Kickstarter campaign, which is seeking $900,000 in pledged funds by April 17, 2012, went live yesterday and as of this post, has already exceeded $730,000.  A this rate, Fargo should have plenty of funding to get Wasteland 2 into development.

From the Kickstarter description:

“Wasteland 2 is the direct sequel to the first ever post-apocalyptic computer RPG. The original Wasteland was the inspiration for the FALLOUT series of games, and the first RPG to allow players to split parties for tactical considerations, to face players with moral choices, and to make them deal with the consequences of their actions. It was the first to provide far more than the one-key-for-one-lock style of puzzle solving. It was groundbreaking, which is why IGN named it one of the top 25 PC games of all time, Computer Gaming World named it the Adventure Game of the year in 1988, and it was short-listed for inclusion in the Smithsonian Institution’s current “Art of the Computer Game” exhibition.”

Additionally, Fargo has been hard at work to get the proverbial band back together, enlisting original Wasteland primary designers Alan Pavlish and Mike Stackpole, and pursing other original team members to participate in the sequel.

To read more about the project (and maybe make a contribution), visit the Wasteland 2 Kickstarter page here.  You can also follow Brian on Twitter for more immediate updates.


(HT to Ken Gagne).

March 9th, 2012

CFFA3000 second run planned for summer 2012

Rich Dreher has announced his plans for a second run of CFFA3000 cards.  This is great news for those who didn’t get in on the first run of cards last year.  From Rich’s page at

“We are now in the process of getting final quotes on parts for run #2 of the CFFA3000. We hope to be placing orders for the parts this week or next. We have not made a final decision on the run size yet, but we are looking at quantities of 400 and 500. The price of the next run will likely stay the same at US$149.95. It should be available in summer of 2012.  We are also adding support for image file directories to the firmware and making a lot of optimization to speed up all disk operations. Time permitting we will also be looking into DMA support, but there is still much work to do before we have something to test.”


March 8th, 2012

A look at the Apple GEOS file structure

While the Apple II version of GEOS was never as popular or well-supported as the Commodore variant, there are still a few within the A2 community who enjoy this early GUI.  Oliver Schmidt has taken the time to dig a little deeper into GEOS, and having discovered the secrets of the file structure, published his findings over at  Says Schmidt:

Although the Apple GEOS filesystem is based on ProDOS 8 the Apple GEOS files are not standard ProDOS 8 files. I’m not refering to file content here but to the file structure – meaning that Apple GEOS files aren’t seedling, sapling nor tree files.

You can read more details about the fruits of his efforts in his announcement in this comp.sys.apple2 thread.  The findings themselves are available to read here.

March 7th, 2012

KansasFest 2012 registration opens

KANSAS CITY, MO — March 7, 2012 — KansasFest, the 23rd 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 17, through Sunday, July 22, for six days and five nights of sessions, demos, announcements, contests, and camaraderie.

The week kicks off with a keynote speech by John Romero, co-founder of id Software and creator of Wolfenstein 3D, Dangerous Dave, and nearly a hundred other popular computer and video games. Romero will be available immediately afterward for a Q&A and autograph session.

KansasFest 2012 logo

The week then offers a variety of presentations and workshops, including but not limited to:

  • The history of AppleWorks, presented by Randy Brandt
  • Andy Molloy looks at the best of the Apple II demo scene
  • Apple II Road Show — Tony Diaz shows you how to tell authentic hardware from a fake
  • Build your own Apple II WordPress site with Ken Gagne
  • Learn to program interactive fiction in Inform 7 with Carrington Vanston
  • A Kickstarter brainstorming session
  • HackFest, an annual programming challenge open to coders of all skill levels
  • A vendor fair and exhibit hall for attendees and the general public to show off, play with, and buy and sell new or unusual hardware and software

Attendees are encouraged to share their knowledge by presenting their own hardware and software sessions, especially of the Apple II but including Macintosh, Windows, Linux, iOS, and others. All KansasFest sessions are presented by the attendees, who are known for unscheduled events and debuts, too. Whether it’s a behind-the-scenes look at new software, preorder opportunities for new hardware, a live-action text adventure, a podcast recording session, GShisen and Dueltris tournaments, or an athletic round of Bite the Bag, there are experiences to be had and memories made at KansasFest that aren’t possible except in the company of surprising, brilliant, diehard Apple II fans.

Register before June 1 to guarantee a price of $375 for a double room or $445 for a single, which includes admission to all sessions as well as most meals. Official KansasFest shirts are extra and optional and must be ordered by May 31; registration for staying on-site closes July 8. 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, videos, schedules, and presentations from past year’s events, to sign up for the email list and for inquiries, please visit the event’s Web site.

Twitter: @KansasFest

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