March 15th, 2015

Cloned TranswarpGS in testing — IT LIVES!

Achievement Unlocked! ReactiveMicro and UltimateApple2 appear to have successfully cloned the Applied Engineering TranswarpGS! A2Central has been granted exclusive access to pictures of the prototype running self-diagnostics during a marathon burn-in session (at 16.5MHz), along with pics of the assembled prototype’s front and back. Within a week or so, prototypes will be shipped out to A2Central and Open-Apple Podcast for actual real-world testing and review!

THIS IS SO EXCITING but it’s just the beginning! Geoff Body is close to releasing the schematics for the TranswarpGS, and is working with Henry Courbis to develop updated firmware and features (like larger cache, faster performance or even a redesigned board using modern components). Dagen Brock is also helping out, so expect something fun on the software side later on.

Wait… we mentioned we had pics. Are you ready for those?


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March 14th, 2015

Benoit Gilon releases Peersoft 1.4

Hi everybody,

This not so short message is to advise the community that an update for the Peersoft utility has been posted on my Website.
The donwloading URL is: http://bgilon.free.fr/apple2/Peersoftv15.zip.

Briefly stated, the latest implemented features (which appear in this release) are:

a) Precomputed GOTO/GOSUB within Applesoft program texts. One fact worth of notice is that it is completely transparent to the Applesoft program end user as well as to the Applesoft application author. Performance gain was measured to be around three times the performance of normal GOTO/GOSUB in small to medium size programs (i.e. number of lines < 200); greater performance is to be expected for "real life" applications written in Applesoft BASIC, with even more program source lines).

b) From now on and for configurations supporting this (mouse interface required and Apple //c, //e with enhanced ROM, //gs or //c+ to fully benefit from interrupts), MOUSE and TIMER event handlers (based on (i.e. lazily bound to) mouse and VBL hardware interrupts) could be written in Applesoft BASIC with the help of those new keywords with a syntax similar to my understanding of what exists in other flavors of BASIC (whether or not from Microsoft). It uses the same mechanism (on stack GOSUB frames' creation "ex nihilo") that supports the coroutines feature within 1.4 release.

c) Miscellaneous features: now the companion Applesoft program (designed to illustrate every feature from Peersoft) has been updated to support the SMT noslotclock chip as it is currently supported by the Applewin emulator.

A design document (PDF and LibreOffice formats) is available with details on the mechanisms involved and giving hints about future developments in the pipeline (not vaporware, just hints). The user/reference manual (PDF format) has also been updated accordingly to match this release's features.

OK, I missed the end of year 2013 deadline, I missed the end of year 2014 deadline, but I'll be damned if I miss the end of year 2015 deadline!...

Best regards,
Benoît

March 13th, 2015

VCF East, South East and Midwest coming up


Vintage Computer Festival East 10 – April 17-19, 2015 in Wall, New Jersey
Click HERE for details

Vintage Computer Festival South East – May 2-3, 2015 in Roswell, Georgia
Click HERE for details

Vintage Computer Festival Midwest 10 – August 29-30, 2015 in Elk Grove Village, Illinois
Click HERE for details (Facebook link)

March 10th, 2015

Brian Edwards of the UK Mirror is a [colorful metaphor]

Demonstrating he’s not much of an historical fact-checker, Brian Edwards dribbles out a hate piece that will probably rile you up too.

March 10th, 2015

Jeff Atwood reminisces on how Beagle Bros influences his coding

Jeff Atwood at Coding Horror posted an article reminiscing how his experience with Beagle Bros software still influences his programming today. We suspect Jeff isn’t alone in that regard. Check it out.

March 3rd, 2015

Mouser now stocking WDC development boards

Western Design Center (aka WDC) 65xx/65xxx development boards are now in stock at Mouser Electronics. Click HERE for the complete product list.

March 2nd, 2015


Coming soon from Tecnobytes Classic Computers, the ClassicIDE mk-II


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March 2nd, 2015

Plamen Vaysilov selling ALF MC1 kits

Prolific Bulgarian Apple II enthusiast Plamen Vaysilov has produced another clone of a famous card, the ALF MC1. You can get your own kit (i.e. assembly required) via eBay for USD $60 ($51+$9 S/H).


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March 1st, 2015

Open Apple #44 (February 2015) : Beagle Bros Reunion Roundtable, Andrew Roughan

This month on Open Apple, we sit down with Beagles Bros Randy Brandt, Mark Simonsen, Tom Weishaar, and Alan Bird. We share stories of Beagle’s development, poke lots of fun at each other, and check in on where everyone is now.

We spread the love for Oz KFest with Andrew Roughan, and amazingly resist the urge to make any upside-down jokes about Australia. Mike and Quinn are trying to be bigger than northern-hemispherism, and they like to think they’ve grown as people as a result.

We talk brain-imaging, we talk helicopter piloting, and we spread more IIgs love than usual. We search for amazing things, and sometimes we find them. Join us for another great month of Apple II brouhaha.

Listen here now, or subscribe in iTunes!


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February 25th, 2015

John Carmack starting his kids programming on the Apple IIc

Cult of Mac has a nice story of DOOM co-author John D. Carmack starting his kids out on programming with the Apple IIc. John posted via Twitter, “Teaching my kids programming on an Apple IIc is like kung fu training in the primitive wilderness.” We couldn’t agree more, but we’d add that there is an oasis of knowledge to be found in that wilderness, that will last a lifetime. #parenting_power-up

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