August 29th, 2012

Another Apple-1 to be auctioned by Christie’s



Image source: Mike Willegal’s Apple-1 Registry

AOL’s DailyFinance News reports that another original Apple-1 computer is to go on the auction block at Christie’s on October 9.  This particular machine, which comes from the estate of former Apple employee Joe Copson, is expected to fetch as much as $127,000 USD, though it may go for much more.  The Inquirer notes that this is Apple-1 serial number 22.

Joe’s machine is listed on Mike Willegal’s Apple-1 Registry, where it is noted that it was put up for auction on eBay back in December, 2011 and failed to sell with a starting bid of $170,000.

Update: Mike Willegal wrote in with the following information about Apple-1 serial numbers:

Apple 1’s did not have unique Apple serial numbers.  The Byte shop labelled the units they sold with a sharpie on the back.  Other units have numbered stickers on them, that were possibly added during the manufacturing process.

August 29th, 2012

HP’s History of the Floppy Disk credits Apple II for format’s popularity



Hewlett-Packard has published a well-written article by Steven Vaughan-Nichols called The History of the Floppy Disk.  Vaughan-Nichols goes all the way back to the format’s invention by IBM engineer David L. Noble, who was assigned by Alan Shugart to develop, “a reliable and inexpensive system for loading microcode into the IBM System/370 mainframes using a process called Initial Control Program Load (ICPL).”  This project led to the invention of the 8” floppy disk.  Vaughan-Nichols follows the evolution of the format to the present day, and along the way credits the Apple II with making the floppy disk a success.

Read the whole article here.

August 29th, 2012

Update brings JACE out of beta




Brendan Robert released a new JACE update yesterday.  Here’s the list of new features, fixes and release notes:

This is the first major release, bringing this emulator within a hair of my original vision for what I wanted it to be: it is a complete recreation of the computer I had growing up.  (yaaaaaay!)  There are a few bugs left to fix, but the only people in this world that claim software is ever complete are sales people.  In spite of its flaws it’s ready to get some heavy use: I took the BETA label off the sourceforge page.

] Several timing and deadlock fixes, this not only spells more stable but also a lot more efficient in some cases.

] AE RamFactor card implemented and working.  You will need to install the AE Ram Expander for Appleworks to see the extra storage.
    *There is an additional option to max out the speed of the emulator when the ramfactor is in use.  This means that any applications using Ram for cache or extra storage will speed up dramatically.

] Mockingboard works perfectly with Ultima 5.  
    *AE Phasor support has been implemented, but it isn’t working right just yet.  For now, just use Mockingboard mode.
    *Note: Only use ONE mockingboard.  Using more than one will cause the timing issues and sound horrible.
    *You can use a mockingboard at the same time as a Passport MIDI card.  It has a strange syncopated sound to it.  it does reveal, however, that the mockingboard playback is pitch-perfect. :-)

] Visual UI completely overhauled: Now fullscreen is possible (press F9)
    *Pressing F8 while in fullscreen will toggle aspect-constrained or stretched displays.

] Indicator icons now appear for:
    *Disk II activity
    *Mass storage activity
    *Mouse activation
    *SSC activity
    *RamFactor activity

JACE, the Java Apple Computer Emulator is an open source, multi-platform Apple II emulator.  Get binaries, source code and documentation at the JACE Sourceforge page.  More information is also available at Brendan’s page.

August 27th, 2012

CFFA 3000 order limit raised to 4

Now that the initial demand for CFFA 3000 cards has been met, Rich Dreher has raised the order limit to 4 cards. If you had ordered the maximum 2 cards per customer before, you can now order 2 more. There are only about 120 cards left — when they’re gone, there might not be another batch offered for some time.

August 25th, 2012

Mike Willegal’s SUPERPROTO general sales now available

Mike Willegal announced that he is now selling his SUPERPROTO Apple II prototyping kits and PCBs:

I’m going to open up general sales of SUPERPROTO kits and PCBs.

Price will be $65 for a SUPERPROTO kit.

Bare PCBs (no components) are going to be $35 each.
I’m also offering a bundle deal of 4 bare PCBs (no components) for $125.

Shipping will be a flat $10 to anywhere in the world. When I get busy, I often ship on Monday after packing during the weekend. Because of this, shipping may take up to a week after payment, though usually it’s less.

For detailed ordering information, send an email to:



August 24th, 2012

Video: Randy Brandt at KansasFest 2012

Randy Brandt today posted an edited video of his A History of AppleWorks session from KansasFest 2012. Brandt’s presentation, which clocks in at just over two hours and five minutes, is an extensive accounting of his Apple II programming experiences. Brandt begins with his early days learning to code on an Apple II Plus and continues to his tenure at Beagle Bros, Quality Computers and JEM, and through his experiences as the lead developer of the later versions of AppleWorks. Watch the entire presentation here:

August 17th, 2012

Trip Hawkins interview

Edge Online has posted an extensive interview with EA founder and early Apple employee, Trip Hawkins.  The long piece has been serialized and posted over several days.  Among other things, Hawkins talks about his time at a young Apple Computer; founding Electronic Arts and dealing with “superstar” programmers such as Richard Garriott, Dan Bunten, and Bill Budge; and Steve Jobs’ influence on his managerial style.

Start reading with part 1 – “The Inspiration for EA”, and then find the rest of the interview sections here.



(HT: Hot Rod)

August 14th, 2012

Open Apple podcast #18 (August 2012) now available

On the August episode of Open Apple, Ken Gagne speaks with Wayne Arthurton, who recently attended his first KansasFest since 2004, and Paul Hagstrom and Jeremy Rand, both first-time attendees at the world’s premier annual Apple II convention. In this panel-format discussion, the four veterans discuss their personal highlights from the show, what motivated them to attend, and their favorite sessions, HackFest challenges, keynote speaker memories, vendor fair purchases, and more. Find the show at the Open Apple Web site or in the iTunes and Zune podcast directories.

August 14th, 2012

AppleWin emulator updated

AppleWin, the popular 8-bit Apple II emulator for Windows, has been updated to version   This new version features the following changes and fixes.

. [Feature #4399] Allow Z80 SoftCard to be inserted into slot 4 or 5. (Allows CP/M v3 to work)
. Reworked Configuration (property sheets) to allow multiple hardware changes.
. Updated Help .chm with info on No-Slot clock.

. Floating bus not returned for empty slot $Cnxx addresses.
– A2VGA.DSK: Apple][VGA card detection.
– [Bug #018643] Mabel’s Mansion.
. [Feature #005552] Mouse wasn’t working for BeagleWrite / MultiScribe.

Get the binaries, documentation and source code at the AppleWin berliOS Developer page.

August 13th, 2012

ADTPro 1.2.3 released

David Schmidt posted news of a new version of ADTPro via Usenet newsgroup comp.sys.apple2 (attached).

Thanks to the work of Rob Greene and John B. Matthews of AppleCommander fame for their implementation of the Shrinkit library, ADTPro can now interpret all manner of Shrinkit-compressed files: .shk, .sdk, and .bxy are all converted to an intermediate disk image for serving. This makes ShrinkIt-derived files essentially transparent to ADTPro.

Other improvements include understanding of DiskCopy 4.2 disk images and increased speediboot bootstrapping flexibility.

New functionality:

  • [Server] ShrinkIt “SHK” and “BXY” files are converted to an appropriately sized disk image and served
  • [Server] DiskCopy 4.2 disk images are recognized and dealt with as any other disk image

Bug fixes:

  • [Client] Speediboot pauses ever longer, and bootstrapping downloads may be restarted with the escape key
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