March 30th, 2013

Juiced.GS Volume 18, Issue 1 now available

Juiced.GS Volume 18, Issue 1 (Mar 2013)Volume 18, Issue 1 (March 2013) of Juiced.GS, the longest-running Apple II publication in print, has been mailed to all subscribers. This issue features a tutorial for using the Raspberry Pi computer to add a network-attached storage (NAS) drive to the Apple II; an interview with Apple II historian and soon-to-be published author Dr. Steve Weyhrich; reviews of Jordan Mechner’s Prince of Persia journals and Ewen Wannop’s Phoenix and ByteBagger utilities; a proposal for the next model of Apple IIGS; and much, much more!

This is Juiced.GS‘s first quarterly issue of 2013. Subscriptions are available at $19 for United States customers, $24 for readers in Canada and Mexico, and $27 for international customers, with several free sample issues available as PDFs.

March 29th, 2013

KansasFest 2013 opens for registration

KansasFest, the 25th 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 23, through Sunday, July 28, for six days and five nights of sessions, demos, announcements, contests, and camaraderie.

The week kicks off with keynote speaker Randy Wigginton, Apple employee #6, who worked on the Disk ][ disk drive, Apple DOS, and Applesoft BASIC. Wigginton will be available immediately afterward for a Q&A and autograph session.

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

  • Teaching kids to program with Matthew Hellinger
  • Disk ][ theory of design with Tony Diaz
  • Hardware hacking with Stephen Buggie
  • How to build an arcade machine using MESS and MAME emulation with Carrington Vanston
  • Disk copy de-protection with Martin Haye
  • 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 http://www.kansasfest.org/.

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.

 

Many Web sites, including the KansasFest site, have been experiencing technical difficulties for the past couple of days.  We’ve held off this announcement until the site seemed to work reliably.  But, if you have trouble, please try again later.  Rest assured that KansasFest and the Apple II will go forward even if the Internet does not.

March 22nd, 2013

Apple II / The 2013 release: Zéphyr by Froggy Software

France, March 22nd 2013 РBrutal Deluxe Software, in partnership with Jean-Louis Le Breton (CEO of Froggy Software) and Richard Soberka (programmer, author of Pleins gaz), is happy to announce the release of the arcade game Z̩phyr for the Apple II.
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This monochrome DHGR arcade game had to be released by Froggy Software in 1987. As the company shut its doors, the game has never been released nor distributed by its author.

Together, in 2013, we have decided to release the game and release as software were distributed during the golden years of the Apple II: zip lock bag, manual, sticker and floppy disk with label.

We auction the first three issues, one after the other. Those were signed by Jean-Louis Le Breton (http://www.jeanlouislebreton.com/) and Richard Soberka (http://www.soberka.com/).

Find the first auction @ http://www.ebay.com/itm/200908966058
Get more information @ http://www.brutaldeluxe.fr/2013/

Free shipping worldwide, the 77 next issues will be sold @ brutaldeluxe.fr

Share this vintage moment with us. Apple II forever!

Jean-Louis Le Breton, Richard Soberka,

Antoine Vignau and Olivier Zardini.

March 22nd, 2013

Woz, Wigginton at the Denver Apple Pi User Group (1984)

Tech site Ars Technica featured these YouTube videos of the Woz and KansasFest 2013 Keynote Speaker Randy Wigginton speaking at the Denver Apple Pi user group back in 1984. As semi-official ‘Woz-stalkers’, we naturally had to post them here as well. Enjoy!








March 19th, 2013

AppleIIWorks Envoy – beta testers wanted

Hugh Hood has announced AppleIIWorks Envoy, a tool for adding support for classic 8-bit Appleworks to the MacOS X Finder. Attached is part of Hugh’s announcement from Usenet comp.sys.apple2 newsgroup.

AppleIIWorks Envoy is an application for Mac OS X with a two-fold purpose.

First, it provides for Mac Finder recognition of Apple II AppleWorks Files, presenting both a custom Mac Finder icon as well as a custom ‘Kind’ description.

Second, the application implements a Spotlight metadata importer for AppleWorks Word Processor files that not only indexes the text content of these files, but also sets (2) ProDOS-related custom metadata attributes that display in the ‘More Info’ portion of the ‘Get Info’ window.

Hugh is looking for beta testers. So far, the software (packaged as a Universal Binary) has been tested on PPC, but needs further trials on Intel running Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion and Mountain Lion (MacOS X 10.5-10.8).

March 15th, 2013

David Schmenk’s QuickCam //e project gets documentation

Remember David Schmenk’s awesome hardware hack where he routed the output of an old parallel Connectix QuickCam to his Apple IIe through an Apple Parallel Card?  Of course you do.  Here’s how he did it, in case you want to build your own: Part I – The Hardware, Part II – The Software.

March 14th, 2013

More 20 MHz Z80 coprocessor cards available

Alex Freed has announced the availability of more 20 MHz Z80 cards for sale.  They go fast, so don’t dally if you want one.  Here’s the text of Alex’s post on csa2:

The very slow boat from China finally made it to California so I have  the new batch of the PCBs. Apparently I have all the parts for a few boards and it’s easy to get more from DigiKey. So now’s a good time to send a payment if you want one.

My account is associated with an address alex_paypal at the domain you already know. The kit with a programmed CPLD, PROM, a 20 MHz Z80 and all the parts is $60 plus $5.80 domestic priority mail.

-Alex.

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March 13th, 2013

Oz Kfest announced

In the tradition of KansasFest, the Australian alternative gathering, Oz Kfest, will happen again this year. When last held in 2009 it caused quite a stir: one prominent Apple II celebrity allegedly lamented that the lack of a followup to this event was their number one gripe. So here it is!  Scheduled to again coincide with KansasFest, Oz Kfest will be happening July 26-28 2013 at Kurilpa Hall, Kurilpa, a suburb of Brisbane in Queensland state.

Registration is now open and session requests and proposals are now being solicited. For more information please visit the website at http://ozkfest.net/.

You can also join in the weekly “Downunder Chat”, which happens on the A2Central IRC server every Friday night, 9-11pm Australian Eastern time. (#a2c.chat on irc.a2central.com).

March 12th, 2013

Open Apple podcast #25 (March 2013) now available

Egan FordThis month on Open Apple, the Apple II community’s only co-hosted podcast, Mike and Ken chat with Egan Ford, aka the datajerk, the Apple-1 and II programmer extraordinaire responsible for the Apple II Game Server Online! Egan expertly demonstrates which CPU is faster, the 6502 or 8088, running circles around everyone listening. Laurie Spiegel is an Apple II user you may not have heard of, but extraterrestrials have, thanks to her contributions to Voyager’s Golden Record; we have some of her music for you to listen to. Courtesy Facebook and scanners, we save Don Worth’s magazines from the trash and Softalk from extinction, but we can’t save derelict hardware from abandoned buildings. Will Steve Wozniak be as good a commencement speaker as the late Steve Jobs? Having heard Woz at KansasFest, we weigh in.

Find the show at the Open Apple Web site or in the iTunes and Zune podcast directories.

March 11th, 2013

Woz to keynote UC Berkeley 2013 Commencement

Following in the footsteps of his Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who delivered the 2005 Commencement Address to Stanford, Steve Wozniak has been named the keynote speaker for UC Berkeley’s 2013 Commencement program.  Commencement activities are scheduled to begin promptly at 9am on Saturday, May 18, “rain or shine”.  The Daily Californian has the full text of the press release.

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