June 30th, 2012

Want a free copy of the upcoming “What’s Where in the Apple” eBook?

Bob Tripp wrote in today to let us know that progress on the What’s Where in the Apple eBook is coming along nicely, and to ask for your help with the project.  You’ll get to see your name in print, as well as score a free copy!  Read on for all the juicy details (bold emphasis added by A2Central):

The electronic version of “What’s Where in the Apple?” is progressing well.  We have received all of the Guide text conversions back from our vendor in India and are currently doing minor clean-up.  The biggest chore now is to re-enter the figures. These were just too small in the printed version to be scanned and converted and must be essentially re-done by hand.  We have completed the figure entry for the first eight chapters — 12 to go!.

We are expecting to received all of the Atlas and Gazetteer spread sheets in the coming week.  They will require good proofing both to correct any induced errors and to correct those that were in the original.
Anyone willing to proof read ten (10) of the Guide chapters or twenty (20) of the Atlas or Gazetteer spreadsheet pages would get listed on the Acknowledgments page in addition to a free copy of the final eWWA. If you want to participate, please let me know ASAP and also indicate whether you would prefer the Guide or spreadsheets.

We have a Kickstarter project that you can find at:
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/845678003/electronic-version-of-classic-whats-where-in-the-a

This discusses what we are trying to do, includes a video with some neat pictures of the original cover color-separations from MICRO and other stuff.  We are offering the $15.00 discounted price to Kickstarter Backers and a $50.00 Supporter deal.  Please check it out.

If this works out well, we are considering doing an e-version of the three-volume set “MICRO on the Apple”.

If you’re interested, you can contact Bob directly through the eWWA page linked above, or email us here at A2Central and we’ll put you in touch with him.

June 30th, 2012

Juiced.GS Volume 17, Issue 2 now available

Juiced.GS Volume 17, Issue 2 (June 2012)Volume 17, Issue 2 (June 2012) of Juiced.GS, the longest-running Apple II publication in print, has been mailed to all subscribers. This issue features an interview with Dan Muse, former editor-in-chief of inCider/A+, as he reflects on the magazine’s evolution and legacy. Wade Clarke details his transition from writing text adventures for the Apple II in Eamon to using the modern interactive fiction language of Inform 7. Andy Molloy reviews Stephen Emond’s paperback book, Ultima: The Ultimate Collector’s Guide, while Peter Neubauer continues his Logo programming tutorial. All this, and much, much more!

This is Juiced.GS‘s second 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.

June 28th, 2012

Brutal Deluxe Software releases CADIUS

Paris, June 29th, 2012 – Brutal Deluxe Software is proud to announce the release of CADIUS, a command-line tool for Windows to manage Apple II image disk files (.2mg, .po, .hdv).

The first purpose of Cadius is to write the output of the 65c816 Assembler directly into an Apple IIgs disk image (usually a .2mg) in order to quickly test the result, avoiding many keyboard & mouse manipulations. Cadius may also manage Source Code files, by setting/cleaning the High Bit and formatting the Source Code to make it easy to read and edit in the Windows world.

Cadius is part of Brutal Deluxe’s Cross Developpement Tools Project, a full set of utilities available on Windows (and other) platforms to enable the creation of new Apple IIgs software : 65c816 Assembler, 65c816 Desassembler, 65c816 Simulator, Graphic File Converter, Resource Catcher…

It is available at http://www.brutaldeluxe.fr/products/crossdevtools/cadius/

Regards,
Antoine Vignau & Olivier Zardini
Brutal Deluxe Software

June 26th, 2012

KansasFest kit-building workshop with Vince Briel

Past KansasFest attendees have had loads of fun building one of Vince’s kits. Last year almost 20 of us built the a2mp3 card, and the year before was the Replica-1.

Vince will again offer a workshop with his hands-on guidance. He’s a good teacher and patient with newbies (you can learn how to solder!).

To register for the workshop, visit this link. The deadline to register is July 8.

The following kits will be offered (prices are special for KFest attendees):

  • Replica 1 (Apple-1) – $129 (save $20 off list) – Experience: Beginner to intermediate
  • Apple IIGS 4meg RAM – $49 (save $40 off list) – Experience: Beginner Only 10 available!
  • Apple II MP3 – $89 (save $20 off list) – Experience: Beginner
  • Micro-KIM – $99 (save $10 off list) – Experience: Intermediate
  • Altair 8800micro – $209 (save $10 off list) – Experience: Intermediate

Visit Briel Computers to read up on the kits.

At the very least you will need to bring a soldering iron (pick one up at Radio Shack).

One more reason to attend KansasFest!

June 24th, 2012

1984 Video of Woz unearthed, posted

In 1984, Woz visited the East Ohio Apple Corps to introduce the new Macintosh and discuss plenty of other Apple related topics.  The video doesn’t include the actual Macintosh intro, but Woz gives a detailed history of the early days of Apple including Mike Marrkula and Ron Wayne, the development of the Disk II drive, his pranks with the other Steve, visiting early computer shows, and much, much more.  Apparently, even in 1984, an Apple-1 was fetching upwards of $15,000.

A digitized copy of the nearly two-hour talk has been posted to Vimeo. (HT: The Unofficial Apple Weblog.)




1984 Steve Wozniak visit to NEOAC from NEOAC MUG on Vimeo.

June 24th, 2012

GET LAMP raw interviews posted

Documentary director and tech historian Jason Scott announced today that the raw interview footage from his most recently released film, GET LAMP: An Interactive Documentary, has been posted and is available for viewing over at the Internet Archive.  Generally speaking, these interviews are extended versions of what you saw in the film, or items that for whatever reason, didn’t make it into Scott’s final cut.  (This isn’t the first time he has done this – you can view hours upon hours of extra video from his first film, BBS: The Documentary, here.)  If you’re a fan of Scott’s work or just interested in technology in general, this footage, comprised of over 50 individual interviews, is well worth viewing, and after you’re done, you can go buy a copy of the movie.

June 24th, 2012

What’s Where in the Apple eBook – more details

As the release of the eBook version of “What’s Where in the Apple” draws near, more details are becoming clear.  Robert Tripp, publisher and owner of the former MICRO Ink, Inc. sent us this information in an email:

What’s Where in the Apple? is in the process of being readied for release as an electronic book. I am the publisher and copyright holder that published this and other microcomputer books back in the late 1970s and early 1980s as part of MICRO — The 6502 Journal.  If you go to our web site http://www.whatswhereintheapple.com (or http://www.ewwa.us) you will find lots of good information.  It also includes Chapter 1 from the Guide, page 2 from the Atlas and page 3 from the Gazetteer as samples of what the totally upgraded book will look like.

The site also contains the Adobe PDF version of the original William F. Luebbert article from the August 1979 issue of MICRO.

The plan is to release the PDF book by Sept 1, 2012 priced at $19.95.  The web site has an offer for people who pre-order now who will be notified when the book is released and then have ten days to purchase through PayPal for $15.00.

June 21st, 2012

Ewen Wannop creates Sweet16 Starter Kit, updates SAM2 and SNAP

Ewen Wannop announced via Usenet newsgroup comp.sys.apple2 that he has created a starter kit for the popular Apple IIgs emulator, ‘Sweet16’. Ewen’s announcement is attached:

Announcing the Sweet16 Starter Kit

Comprising a pre-installed disk image, and a PDF set of instructions, you only need to add a copy of Sweet16, and your favourite IIgs ROM image, and you are ready to go.

The disk image comes with System 6.0.1 installed, as well as Marinetti 3.0.1 installed and working. You are ready to get online from your Mac with a single click.

Included on the disk image are some useful utility programs, as well as working copies of SAM2, SNAP, and SAFE2.

With a simple configuration of SAFE2, you can connect directly into your Mac using FTP, and copy files into and out of the IIgs environment with ease.

Also released today are updates to SAM2 2.0.4, and SNAP 1.1.4.

All these, and more, are available from my website:

http://www.wannop.info/speccie/

June 21st, 2012

Mike Willegal announces Mimeo Apple 1 kits to be available again

Mike Willegal posted via his blog that the Mimeo Apple 1 replica kit will soon be available again. Some changes in how the kits are obtained are in the works though. Instead of providing everything Mike will sell the Mimeo mainboard, but the components will be available as a pre-picked kit package from Unicorn Electronics. You can get all the details here.

Or, you could go this route. ¡Ay, caramba!

June 21st, 2012

Mockingboard v1a clones still available

Are you bummed because you wished you’d ordered a Mockingboard clone from ReactiveMicro (before they shut down)? Do you pine for the dulcet tunes of Ultima IV or the sound effects of MB compatible games? Well, we have good news for you.

The person responsible for the Mockingboard v1a production run, Tom Arnold, has made it known he still has new cards and is selling them for the very reasonable price of USD $60 (the same price ReactiveMicro sold them for). We don’t know how many he has left, and Tom hasn’t committed to making more in the future. So, our advice if you still want one is, don’t waste time and drop Tom an e-mail today.

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