October 15th, 2013

Wendell Sander’s Apple 1 Project

Wendell Sander is giving the Apple 1 serious love with technical notes, modifications and schematics for new cards he’s designed. Check out his site, The Apple 1 Project. If you’re a fan of the original Apple Computer, you won’t be disappointed.

Hey, while we’re talking about the Apple 1, there’s another one up for auction.

October 12th, 2013

Open Apple #31 (Oct 2013): Brendan Robert, Lawless Legends, Texas, and Wayne Green

Brendan RobertThis month on Open Apple, the Apple II community‚Äôs only monthly podcast, Mike and Ken chat with Brendan Robert of the Java Apple Computer Emulator (JACE) and Apple Game Server.Innovative cross-platform tools are being used to bring Lawless Legends, an original 8-bit RPG, to the Apple II and Commodore 64; as part of the programming team, Brendan takes us behind the scenes. He lives in a lawless land himself — the Old West of Texas, where gaming icons Ion Storm, Zynga, Lord British, Rooster Teeth reside. But when it comes to games, sometimes you can’t do better than Tetris, of which there are many new and devious deviations. We get rid of old toys, like a SCSI CD-ROM 7-disc changer and a LANceGS card, so we can all have room for new toys, like A2CLOUD, Apple2Pi, BenchmarkeD, AppleIIWorks Envoy, and Final Cut Pro X. And sadly, Wayne Green of InCider and Byte has passed away; we remember his magazines fondly.

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

October 5th, 2013

It’s here… the Apple II Pi adapter card

A small batch of David Schmenk’s Apple II Pi adapter cards (see site for more pictures) have been fabricated and are being sent out to lucky beta testers. Once the adapter is thoroughly tested, it will go on sale to the public.

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The Apple II Pi is an adapter card that interfaces the popular Raspberry Pi computer (RPi) directly to the Apple II bus. With the A2Pi software, the Apple II can control the RPi, use it serve virtual drives and access various servers and services locally or on the Internet. You can even run an emulated Apple IIGS and control it with your IIe keyboard and mouse.

In case you’ve missed it, our Apple II Pi coverage is HERE and HERE.

In my opinion, the Apple II Pi is the most important peripheral offering to hit the community since the original CFFA and CFFA3000. Trust me, you will probably want one. Check back often, A2Central will post updates as news of the Apple II Pi develops.

By the way, if the layout style of the A2Pi card looks familiar, it may be because it was laid out by James Littlejohn.

October 2nd, 2013

Option8 to produce Apple IIe Card replacement ‘Y’ cables

Option8 has announced they will produce a replacement ‘Y’ cable for the Apple IIe Card, an add-on that permits some older 68K models of Macs to run vintage 8-bit Apple II software. The cable provides the interface between the Apple IIe card and an external floppy drive and joystick. It’s frequently lost during the lifespan of the Mac, and can sometimes be difficult or expensive to acquire separately.

Charles Mangin is accepting pre-orders now to estimate demand and set the final price. See site for details and sign-up for the waiting list if you want one (or a dozen).