March 28th, 2016

UltimateMicro News

Coming soon from UltimateMicro: a new heavy duty universal power supply for the Apple II, II+, //e, IIGS and Apple ///. The circuit board for the power supply will feature multiple mount points and snap-offs to accommodate any of the standard power supply enclosures used in the Apple II and /// series and possibly even those from Applied Engineering and Applied Ingenuity. The UM-UPS will likely be available as both a DIY kit and as a fully assembled product ready for mounting in your enclosure. You will also have the option of having UltimateMicro upgrade your existing power supply by sending it in and paying for labor. Pricing has not yet been announced for this product or upgrade services.

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The Scalable Oscillator has been revised and now we have the v2.0 versions for the Zip-GS and the Transwarp GS. Although identical in function, the new Scalable Oscillator circuit boards were redesigned for reliability and accuracy by using a higher grade clock IC. Both have fuse protection and a diagnostic power LED to let the user know the card is powered on. Either product is available for a very reasonable USD $40 plus shipping.

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Scalable Oscillator for ZipGS

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Scalable Oscillator for TranswarpGS


Scalable Oscillator 2.0 Review by Joe’s Computer Museum

Lastly, we have the replacement DuoDisk cable. It’s a common occurrence for Apple II enthusiasts to find 5.25 DuoDisk Disk Drives missing their interface cable, or sometimes it’s been cut-off. It doesn’t help that the cable is somewhat non-standard. Good news! UltimateMicro will soon have a solution for you!

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March 26th, 2016

Juiced.GS Volume 21, Issue 1 now available

Juiced.GS Volume 21, Issue 1 (March 2016)Volume 21, Issue 1 (Mar 2016) of Juiced.GS, the longest-running Apple II publication in print, is now arriving in subscribers’ mailboxes. This issue features a behind-the-scenes look by Ian Johnson at his work bringing Japanese language support to the Apple IIGS; an interview with Jimmy Maher of The Digital Antiquarian; David Schmenk’s introductory tutorial for programming in PLASMA; a review of Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs film; a reflection on lessons learned using the Apple II in a modern high-school classroom; and much, much more!

This is Juiced.GS‘s first quarterly issue of 2016, its twenty-first year in print. Subscriptions for 2016 are also available at $19 each for United States customers, $24 for readers in Canada and Mexico, and $27 for international customers.

March 14th, 2016

Vintage Computer Festivals Spring/Summer 2016

Vintage Computer Festivals are like no other events! Come join us for a few days of family-friendly historic computing awesomeness. Each event has a hands-on exhibition hall where you can see and try computers from the 1960s-1980s. There are also keynote lectures, technical classes, special attractions, and much more.

There are four U.S. editions of the Vintage Computer Festival scheduled for 2016.

VCF Southeast — April 2-3, Atlanta region
contact: earl@baugh.org

VCF East — April 15-17, central New Jersey
Online ticketing and exhibit registration is open!
contact: evan@vcfed.org

VCF West — August 6-7, Silicon Valley
Online ticketing and exhibit registration is open!
contact: erik@vintage-computer.com

VCF Midwest — September 10-11, Chicago region
contact: silent700@gmail.com

Want a VCF show in your area? Let us know! – Contact info@vcfed.org
Be sure to check out the Vintage Computer Forums!

March 13th, 2016

UltimateMicro re-releases their clone of the Apple II 3.5 “SuperDrive” Controller

UtlimateMicro has re-released their clone of the highly sought after Apple II 3.5 “SuperDrive” Disk Controller. Known also by it’s Apple code name, the “Mustang Controller” allows you to use standard Apple 3.5 and Apple SuperDrives on your enhanced Apple IIe (and IIGS).

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It’s a much better option versus the slower Liron/UniDisk 3.5 combination or VTech Universal Disk Controller (which can also be hard to find). In addition to reading Apple’s GCR format, it can also read IBM formatted MFM disks (an enabled MS-DOS file system translator required).

Available now for USD $149.99 plus shipping and handling.

March 12th, 2016

Open Apple #57 (March 2016) : Bill Budge!

This month on Open Apple, we sit down with legendary Apple II programmer, Bill Budge. In addition to being an icon of Apple II gaming and graphics, he is the number-one-requested guest by listeners of the show. Mike and Quinn are very excited he was able to make some time to talk to them, and hope you agree it was worth the effort. Bill is, of course, the author of such seminal classics as Raster Blaster, Pinball Construction Set, and MousePaint. He was an influential force in the golden years of Electronic Arts, and did many good works with early Apple as well.

After chatting with Bill, Mike and Quinn chew the fat about Soviet Apple II clones, slowing down the IIc Plus, and documenting rare II models. Meanwhile, Quinn constructs an impromptu sound studio in a conference room, and Mike waxes nostalgic about harpsichords. Also, this episode marks the most Apple III references snuck in to date. Mike even manages to goad the guest into bringing it up. Don’t miss Quinn struggling to remember the word “Dacta”, and Mike taking a cheap shot at Elevator Action.

A quick update to Quinn’s Floppy Emu Model B review- since this was recorded, Steve has updated the firmware so it now remembers the last disk image you used.


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March 9th, 2016

A2Heaven releases IIGS ROM adapter

For $35 USD, this snazzy ROM adapter from A2Heaven.com will let you switch your original Apple IIGS between ROM 0 and ROM 01, or (even more interestingly) between the beta 2.0 and IIBF ROMs if you’re curious about those. It features a color-changing LED to indicate which ROM is active. Obviously, due to architecture differences, this device isn’t compatible with the ROM 3 or Mark Twain Apple IIGS.

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AppleIIGSxROM Adapter

March 9th, 2016

UltimateMicro announces new products

UltimateMicro has announced new products to enhance your favorite Apple II, with even more enhancements and fun projects on the way.

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ROM 0 to ROM 01 Adapter v2.0

The IIgs ROM0 to ROM1 Adapter v2.0 is a redux of the v1 adapter where I used to Machine Pin Sockets stacked together to allow use of a standard ROM in the IIgs. There is hidden benefit to these new v2 Adapters however. Since they use a standard EEPROM, users can now do firmware development for the IIgs very simply. For ROM3 firmware development or ROM replacement you will require two Adapters since there are two ROMs on the ROM3 motherboard. Available now, for only $30 USD.

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ZipGS SRAM SOJ to DIP Adapter

The next project is called the SRAM SOJ to DIP Adapter and it is intended to allow ZIP-GSX users to more simply upgrade their board without the need for new sockets or crazy hacks likes bending pins of “skinny” SRAMs to solder in to the on-board sockets of the ZIP. Or more correct, but costly options, like having me replace the sockets on the ZIP-GSX board. Each adapter is $20 USD and available for ordering now.

Also coming up is the new Universal Power Supply. Beta units are going out to Joe Strosnider and Chris Torrence for video reviews (which we’ll try to post here). There will be a pre-order to gauge interest since the initial expense to deliver this project is fairly significant.

March 9th, 2016

New vendor ByteBoosters releases 4MB RAM card for Apple IIGS

ByteBoosters appears to be a new Apple II vendor in Roth, Germany. Their first product is a $60 (USD) 4MB RAM card for the Apple IIGS currently being sold on eBay. It looks like it may be a clone of the Applied Engineering GS-RAM III which is a really nice card, as far as we’re concerned. The 2 year warranty is nice also.

Specifications:

  • 4MB DRAM (4 banks) using 4Mbit DRAM chips (1Mbit x 4)
  • 100% DMA compatible
  • Fast RAM -70ns
  • Low Power consumption
  • Fully gold plated high quality printed circuit board
  • Gold plated slot contacts ensuring high reliability


ByteBooster 4MB RAM

March 7th, 2016

Drop /// Inches #16: Taylor Pohlman

In this episode of Drop /// Inches, we interview Taylor Pohlman, who joined Apple in 1979 and became the Apple /// Product Marketing Manager in 1981, managing the “Reintroduction” of the Apple ///. He is also well known for the series of columns in Softalk magazine (“The Third BASIC”) introducing concepts in Business BASIC programming. Later, he left Apple to found Forethought (the company responsible for FileMaker and PowerPoint), co-founded Regent Systems, managed the development of GS-BASIC for the Apple IIGS, and then returned to Apple from 1986 to 1992, and is currently principal at Rohner & Associates, having worked with Sybase and Autodesk along the way.

We talked with Taylor about the innovations the Apple /// and SOS brought to the computing landscape, the launch at Disneyland, frustrations and missed opportunities with the Apple ///. We also heard about several other things, not specific to the Apple ///, such as the early days at Apple, interactions with Steve Jobs, launching the black Bell & Howell Apple II, using an Apple II to rock a baby cradle triggered by sound, Apple employees storming the Lisa building in Halloween costumes, the short-lived Apple IV, and lots more.

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March 5th, 2016

Lawless Legends 03/04/2016 game play video shows refinements, details

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