September 28th, 2013

Juiced.GS Volume 18, Issue 3 now available

Juiced.GS Volume 18, Issue 3 (Sep 2013)Volume 18, Issue 3 (September 2013) of Juiced.GS, the longest-running Apple II publication in print, has been mailed to all subscribers. This issue features coverage of KansasFest 2013 and Oz KFest; reviews of the book The First Apple and the movie Jobs; the concluding chapter in our history of Electronic Arts; and much, much more!

This is Juiced.GS‘s third quarterly issue of 2013. Subscriptions are available for both 2013 and 2014 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.

September 25th, 2013

Option8 announces new RetroConnector for old-school joysticks

Charles Mangin has announced Option8’s latest RetroConnector will be a joystick shield. For only USD $35, you can now use your much-loved, classic CH Mach II joystick (or any other Apple DB9 or DIP16 joystick) and interface it to your USB equipped Mac or PC for some retro-gaming fun.


The joystick shield joins Option8’s family of IIe and IIc RetroConnector keyboard adapter shields for the Apple IIe and IIc. Pew-pew! Get yours today.

September 23rd, 2013

Movie props from ‘JOBS’ movie now on eBay

Items claimed by the seller to be movie props from the recent ‘Jobs’ biopic starring Ashton Kutcher are being listed en eBay at reasonable prices (that obviously won’t stay reasonable for much longer). Check them out at

The stampede will now start in 3… 2… 1…

September 23rd, 2013

Ultra-rare Apple UniFile ‘Twiggy’ drive seen on eBay

For those of you who don’t follow my Twitter account, here’s an exceedingly rare Apple UniFile Twiggy drive to look (drool?) over. It’s up for auction on eBay, starting at USD $3,750 or with a buy it now option of $6,000. Bazinga.

September 23rd, 2013

Virtual II 7.3 for OS X now available

Virtual II, the leading 8-bit Apple II emulator for Mac OS X has been upgraded to 7.3 and features a small number of bug fixes and cosmetic changes.

What’s new in version 7.3

  • The No Slot Clock; now reports Monday as weekday no. 1. Previously it reported Sunday as day no. 1, which was incorrect.
  • Added Applescript properties for better control of the connected devices.
  • The application preferences now offer two color schemes for high resolution rendering.
  • The Inspector now retains its window positions when the virtual machine is restarted.
  • Fixed several layout and font issues in the Inspector.
  • “Set Disk Properties” in the Media menu no longer refuses volume numbers 0 and 255.

Snag your copy from HERE.

September 16th, 2013

Wayne Green (1922-2013)

I noticed on my Twitter feed this morning that Matthew Reed marked the passing of Wayne Green, who died September 13th, 2013. Mr. Green published several technical oriented books and magazines, notably BYTE, 73, Kilobaud, 80 Microcomputing and for the Apple II series, inCider.

Our condolences go out to Mr. Green’s family and friends. We at A2Central will remember Mr. Green as a publisher who helped launch an industry and inspired a generation of tech savvy computer users and professionals..

September 12th, 2013

Original Mac dev team gathers to remember the Twiggy Drive

As an Apple II fan site, we don’t post very many articles about our frenemy, the Macintosh. That’s unfortunate, because I’ve often felt several of the Macintoshes (especially later models) were amongst the best Apple II peripherals ever made.

This story posted on CNET today is an exception, as it features pictures and anecdotes from many of the early Apple employees who worked on the Apple II and the first Mac. Check out Apple’s ‘Twiggy Mac’ comes back to life by Dan Farber. It’s an interesting read for Apple history buffs.

September 11th, 2013

R&D Automation now accepting orders for CFFA3000 Run #3

Apple II Fans:

We are now accepting orders for the CFFA3000 run #3. This run is 575 units. Because of high demand, please limit your order to 2 cards/customer for this run, that way everyone can get a CFFA3000. Please keep in mind that making the CFFA3000 is my hobby and not my day job so it will take me about 4 months to ship the entire batch. Depending on when your payment is received you may have to wait some time to get your board. Boards are shipped in the order your payment is received. I hope to have all outstanding orders shipped by the end of the year. The first 25 boards are scheduled to ship on Sept 23, 2013.

The CFFA3000 costs US$149.95 and includes a manual on CD-ROM in PDF format. An optional accessory: the Remote Switch w/ cable costs US$19.95. The remote switch is not required to use the CFFA3000, but is useful for people who want to mount multiple floppy disk images. With this remote you can switch between disk images without leaving the running program. If you don’t have the remote, there are two other ways to switch between floppy disk images:

1) On an Apple IIgs, use the CFFA3000’s on-screen menus via the GS Desk Accessories Menu (Apple-Control-Esc). Most but not all software allows access to these menus without rebooting.

2) Non IIgs users could use a separate flash drive for each floppy.

To place an order, please go to my web site:

Once I have received your order, you can follow the status of your order using the following link:
Note: I update this page by hand so your order won’t appear right away.

If you have any questions, or issues with the ordering process, please contact me at

Thank you,
Rich Dreher
R&D Automation

September 11th, 2013

David Schmenk’s latest Apple II Pi update posted

David Schmenk is on a mission to tightly integrate the Raspberry PI and Apple II into an amazingly awesome fusion of old school retrocomputing facilitated by modern hardware. Pure Genius.

Apple II Pi Part 4

In case you missed the previous installments:

Apple II Pi Part 3

Apple II Pi Part 2

Apple II Pi Part 1

September 9th, 2013

Jim Salmons announces The Softalk Apple Project


Jim Salmons has announced The Softalk Apple Project, a site dedicated to preserving one of the most iconic (and ironically short-lived) Apple II magazines ever published.

At just four volumes, there are still over 9,100 pages of features, tips, reviews, advertising and Apple II history to be OCR scanned, edited (via crowd-sourcing) and eventually published as PDF and web issues. Look for an upcoming Kickstarter project to fund the team’s efforts.

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