September 30th, 2015

Open Apple #51 (September 2015) : Mike Westerfield, Opus ][, The Byte Works, Merlin 32

This month on Open Apple we sit down with Mike Westerfield, of The Byte Works’ fame. We talk about his adventures writing assemblers & compilers for 8/16 bit computers, and we see what he’s up to nowadays. We talk about small-system compilers, Logo, the perils of open source, and where to go for Byte Works’ products. It’s a compiler and assembler-themed episode of the one-and-only Apple II podcast.

Tune in to hear Mike pine longingly for Lawless Legends, and hear Quinn achieve maximum Boo Atari Density (BAD). We find amazing new hardware and unauthorized museums. There are wacky Australians, wacky Russians, wacky Brazilians, and wacky Germans. There are Arduinos, headphone jacks, and realtime clocks, oh my! You won’t want to miss Mike dropping a Murphy Brown reference. Take that, Millenials!



September 24th, 2015

Remembering Crisis Mountain

In his latest Gamasutra blog entry, David H. Schroeder discusses his days developing Crisis Mountain, the classic Apple II game eventually published by Synergistic Software.


crisis mountain

September 22nd, 2015

The lost Apple Logo…

Fast Company has posted an article The Lost Apple Logo You’ve Never Seen which clearly doesn’t apply to most long-term Apple II users (but maybe to most Macintosh users).

September 21st, 2015

Juiced.GS Volume 20, Issue 3 now available

Juiced.GS Volume 20, Issue 3 (Sep 2015)Volume 20, Issue 3 (Sep 2015) of Juiced.GS, the longest-running Apple II publication in print, is now arriving in subscribers’ mailboxes. At 28 pages, this is the largest issue of Juiced.GS ever, featuring coverage of the KansasFest and Apple II Festival France conventions; Carrington Vanston’s HackFest journal; an interview with the editors of Scholastic Microzine; a breakdown of ProDOS file headers and fields; the penultimate chapter of Detective Pomme and Colonel Hexings’ latest mystery; and much, much more!

This is Juiced.GS‘s third quarterly issue of 2015, its twentieth year in print. Subscriptions for 2015 and 2016 are also available at $19 each 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 11th, 2015

Wayne Johnson’s Raster Blaster Reloaded available for download

I’ve spent the last few months remaking Raster Blaster from the Apple II which was a game I loved playing back at school in the day. It’s currently available for Windows, MacOSX and Android and I need to get back to finishing the Linux build which will hopefully be next week sometime.

The free download is at: http://sausage.itch.io/raster-blaster-reloaded.

The official site is: http://hippocket.waynejohnson.net

September 9th, 2015

John Brooks releases DiskImage Nibble Utility

Alex Lee via Facebook, posted a tweet from Rastan programmer, John Brooks (@JBrooksBSI) that he’s writing new software in order to release old software. His first offering is a “DiskImage” nibble utility, featuring:

  • Fast 3.5″ data read & head-stepping via bare-metal IWM control
  • Displays raw 3.5″ disk nibbles graphically in SHR on-the-fly
  • Breaks all known emulators :)

Get it here (800k .po disk image, zip compressed)
https://goo.gl/oc9MhZ

Readme.txt
https://goo.gl/BJJcta

September 5th, 2015

UltimateMicro announces RAMFactor 4MB Expansion clone completed and shipping

UltimateMicro has finished cloning the RAMFactor 4MB Memory Expansion card and final testing of this elusive and highly sought after peripheral is underway. So far, the clone is working as expected and should be shipping VERY SOON to those who pre-ordered. Henry will be contacting those lucky people early next week. Meanwhile, here’s a pic of the card!


2015-09-04 - ReActiveMicro - RF 4Meg Expander v1.0
Click picture for LARGER view.

September 3rd, 2015

(Not So) Cheap Tunes by the French Touch



September 1st, 2015

New game play video of Lawless Legends released



September 1st, 2015

First look, IDEA2c from UltimateMicro

Some Apple IIc -=love=- from UltimateMicro’s Facebook page:

Speaking of the IDEA2c Drive (from the last post)- A proto is now assembled and being tested. We will be moving from standard chips to custom logic (CPLD). This board however is a hybrid of both designs, and will allow us to move one IC at a time in to the CPLD and continue testing to ensure we have correctly emulated the standard logic. As chips are integrated we then cut the traces on the PCB, or just remove the IC from its socket.

As you may have noticed, we have ordered this proto with a few examples of the new logo printed on it, and also the move to Altera MAX7000S CPLDs. Both items will be standard on all future projects.

The next version of this board should include a Clock and Aux RAM, however we may even see a decrease in total physical size of the board. Even the current PCB didn’t need to be as large as it is. We mainly wanted to document what the physical size limits were in case we need more room in the future.

The board will connect using the CPU and MMU sockets on the IIc or IIc+ motherboard. We did find some IIc units that had the MMU soldered to the motherboard. In this case we will offer a service to remove the MMU and add a socket.

Work continues in the ReActiveMicro, and more updates to come!


Idea2c
Click on picture for a MUCH LARGER view.

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