May 28th, 2012

Apple 1 computers appear on eBay & Sotheby’s

The stars must be in alignment, as not one, but TWO original Apple 1 computers are available for sale. The eBay auction is from the collection of early Apple employees Dick and Cliff Huston. The listing description has a detailed account of how the computer was acquired (as well as some great side history). The starting bid is $35,000. Corey adds further details on its condition over on the Mid-Atlantic Retro Computing Hobbyists message board. The unit hasn’t been powered on in 20 years.

The Sotheby’s auction is scheduled for June 15, 2012 with an estimated end price of between $120,000 and $180,000. This is a working unit, which is even rarer.

Another interesting auction is an IMSAI 8080 computer, which is also being sold by the Huston Brothers. This historic machine was used to bang out some of the early development code (it may have saved Floating Point Applesoft, as we know it) and ROMs for several Apple products. The auction offers a fascinating read detailing some of Apple’s early history.

May 25th, 2012

Reminder: KansasFest early bird pricing ends next week

KansasFest is still more than a month and a half away, but you’ll want to hurry up and register now if you haven’t already.  After May 31 – that’s next Thursday for those of you without a handy calendar – prices go up.  If you get in before the deadline,  $375 will cover your conference, meal and a double room; $445 will buy you a little more privacy with a single.  After the cutoff, you’ll have to fork over $430 or $500, respectively for the same packages.  Visit the KansasFest web page to register now and join us at the annual summer camp for nerds in Kansas City!

May 24th, 2012

Seen on eBay: Steve Jobs’s Apple IIe?

Could it really be Steve Jobs’s personal Apple IIe? The auction description is vague and doesn’t offer much in the way of documentation or even pictures of the machine. Check it out for yourself on eBay auction 150822390887. If you want it, it can be yours for a mere 45K USD (negotiable) and $35 shipping (probably not negotiable).

May 22nd, 2012

Byte reprints Woz’s Apple II System Description

On the 35th anniversary of its original publication in the May 1977 issue, Byte magazine has reprinted Stephen Wozniak’s article, “System Description:The Apple-II”.  You can read it directly on their web page or download a scan of the original in PDF format here.


May 22nd, 2012

32 Gig Apple II

Ever wanted to add more memory to your Apple II?  A lot more?  How about 32 GB?


(HT: Sean Fahey)

May 18th, 2012

Woz hired to advise Jobs biopic

According to this Reuters report, Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak has been hired to act as an advisor on the new Steve Jobs biopic.  No, not that one.  This is the film currently being written by Aaron Sorkin and backed by Sony Pictures.  Woz’s role is being described as that of “tutor” for the technical aspects of the computers to be used in the film, as well as Jobs himself.

May 17th, 2012

Apple Games Disassembly Project – Ultima 1

Over at comp.sys.apple2, an extensive message detailing the disassembly of Richard Garriott’s Ultima 1 has been posted.  It’s a great read and definitely worth checking out if you’re at all interested in Ultima, game programming or just Apple II programming in general.  Check it out here.

May 17th, 2012

A2Central Updates

We’re obviously a few days behind on the news here at A2Central… Ok, a week… or two.  Anyway, life sometimes happens and it’s sure been happening around here lately, but we wanted to let you know that things are returning to what passes for normal around these parts, and more regular updates should resume shortly.  Thanks for your patience, everyone!

May 7th, 2012

Open Apple podcast #15

This month on Open Apple, Mike and Ken chat with David Finnigan, proprietor of the Mac GUI Web site and author of the upcoming book, The New Apple II User’s Guide. Our eyes are caught by another new book release, The Best of Creative Computing: Volume 3, as well as the upcoming biopic based on Steve Jobs, in which actors have been cast to play Apple’s two co-founders. Prince of Persia is still big news, with the source code for Jordan Mechner’s classic Apple II game having been salvaged, released, and modified, while classic games like Leisure Suit Larry, Dungeon Master, and even Repton are enjoying literal and spiritual remakes. On eBay, we crack open the case to examine broken Apple III boards and prototype Apple IIGS boards.

Find the show on the Open Apple Web site or in iTunes or the Zune marketplace.

May 5th, 2012

Daniel Kruszyna releases sixtyfive assembler

From Daniel’s comp.sys.apple2 post:

I wrote a forth style Apple II cross assembler:

sixtyfive is a forth style assembler. It’s only been tested with gforth, but I’m open to adding support for others if it’s not too much trouble.

sixtyfive supports 6502, 65c02, and 65c816 opcodes.
sixtyfive can output a limited set of OMF files.
sixtyfive can compile resource definitions.
sixtyfive can make ToolBox calls (they’re not all added yet though).
sixtyfive can output ProDOS disk images.

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