February 25th, 2016

AIPC (Apple in PC) Apple IIe emulator released

AIPC

The Korean Apple II Community has been busy this month! Keonwoo Kim has released AIPC, an Apple IIe emulator for Windows with an impressive list of features! AIPC is freely available open source software released under the GPL.

  • Emulates Apple //e enhanced computer
  • Mockingboard and/or PHASOR card support
  • Mouse Interface card support
  • Disk II card with disk image (DSI, DO, PO, NIB images supported)
  • Mass storage “SD Disk][ HDD” (HDV, 2MG images supported)
  • Joystick with NumPad or PC Joystick
  • Various screen mode: Full screen, 2x mode, Scan line, Color/Mono/Green/Custom colors
  • NTSC color approximation
  • Save and restore running status

Source download:
https://github.com/sosaria7/appleinpc

Latest release:
Apple in PC 0.1.34.4

Screen shots:
https://github.com/sosaria7/appleinpc/wiki/Apple-in-PC—Screen-Shot

If you can read Korean, there’s lots to talk about here.

February 21st, 2016

Open Apple #56 (February 2016) : Peter Lount, Gemstone Warrior, KansasFest

This month on Open Apple we sit down with Peter Lount, co-developer of Gemstone Warrior and Gemstone Healer for the Apple II. Canadian programmer Peter and his partner Trouba broke new ground in video games by combining fast action combat with procedurally generated caves and dungeon content. Gemstone Warrior doesn’t get credit for being the predecessor to Blizzard megahit Diablo, but it should. Peter talks about tuning his rendering engine, including rewriting huge chunks of it overnight to meet a deadline. What’s your reality resolution?

Tune in to hear Mike complain that Gemstone’s monsters are too smart for him, and hear Quinn choke on the most important Apple II announcement of the year. We talk a lot about solid state drives, marvel at underground ‘zines, and bask in the awesome glory of Brutal Deluxe’s tape collection. Audio is still the “best” way to move data after all these years. “A bold statement,” you say? “Nonsense,” you cry? Listen and decide.

Meanwhile, Ultimate Micro continues to kick butt by reverse engineering all that sweet Applied Engineering hardware, Quinn makes terrible “card” jokes, and we catch up on lots of feedback.

Breaking the fourth wall on segment bumpers- good idea, or great idea?


oa podcast cover color (400)

February 15th, 2016

Ian Kim produces first internal Mockingboard for the Apple IIc

Ian Kim has beat a few other similar projects to the punch with his new Mockingboard 4c, an internal Mockingboard compatible card for the Apple IIc. It appears to be music only (no speech synthesis). Details are very limited at this time, but we know (or don’t know) the following:

  • The first batch of cards are going to Ian’s friends with international sales coming later.
  • Pricing has not yet been announced.
  • You won’t be able to physically use a memory expansion card at the same time. Also, the Mockingboard 4c is mapped to slot 4.
  • Zip/Rocket Chip compatibility is unknown.

Lots of pictures to see HERE.


M4c Installed

February 12th, 2016

ZDNet posts article on how communist-era clones of the Apple II influenced today’s technologists

ZDNet has posted an interesting story on how clones of popular computers (notably, copies of the Apple II) built during the communist era have influenced today’s technologists in Bulgaria, Romania and other former Soviet Bloc countries. Even today, the Apple II Community is benefiting; Plamen Vayssilov’s A2Heaven.com is a great example.

February 10th, 2016

Brutal Deluxe releases fEDD up v2

Antoine Vignua of Brutal Deluxe has announced the latest version of “i’m fEDD up” version 2.0, now with support for 3.5 disk nibble files and other improvements. Get it here: http://www.brutaldeluxe.fr/products/apple2/imfEDDup/

February 8th, 2016

“Classic Computing: The Complete Historically Brewed” now a free download

Back in 2011, David Greelish ran a successful Kickstarter to republish “Historically Brewed”, a series of ‘zines for fans of retro-computing. It was one of the first Kickstarter projects I’ve backed, and I was pleased with the results. It’s not an Apple II-specific ‘zine, but there are plenty of articles of interest for the Apple II user to make for a pleasant, nostalgic experience. I recommend it.

David has generously made the 446MB PDF version free for everyone. You can download it HERE.

February 7th, 2016

Brutal Deluxe releases DustHead! disk mechanism exerciser


DustHead


DustHead! is a utility for exercising your 3.5 and 5.25 drive mechanisms (IWM controllers only). When used in conjunction with a cleaning disk, it can help keep your drives in tip-top operating condition. It can also come in handy when lubricating your drives!

February 2nd, 2016

KansasFest 2016 opens for registration

KansasFest 2016, the 28th annual Apple II convention, is now open for registration.  Users, programmers, hobbyists, and retrocomputing enthusiasts are invited to Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri, from Tuesday, July 19, through Sunday, July 24, for six days and five nights of sessions, demos, announcements, contests, and camaraderie.

Mike Harvey, a business executive, salesperson, technologist, project manager, entrepreneur, programmer, and best known in the Apple community as the founder and publisher of Nibble magazine, will join us with a keynote presentation. Harvey will be available immediately afterward for a Q&A and autograph session.

Attendees are encouraged to share their knowledge by presenting their own hardware and software sessions related to the Apple II. 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 hands-on workshop, a podcast recording session, Structris tournaments, or an athletic round of Bite the Bag, there are experiences to be had and memories to be made at KansasFest that aren’t possible except in the company of surprising, brilliant, diehard Apple II fans.

Register by May 31 to guarantee a price of $385 for a double room or $455 for a single, which includes admission to all sessions as well as most meals. After that, prices rise $55. Official KansasFest shirts are extra and optional and must be ordered by June 22; registration for staying on-site closes July 1. To register, please visit the official registration form.

KansasFest invites any and all Apple II users, fans, and friends to attend the longest running annual Apple II conference. KansasFest is working towards non-profit status, which will help keep the conference alive for many more years. For photos, videos, schedules, and presentations from past year’s events or to sign up for the email list and for inquiries, please visit the event’s Web site.

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