January 17th, 2007

Downunder Chat – Apple II IRC for Australians, other “downunder” regions

Beginning February 2nd, Andrew Roughan will be hosting Downunder Chat for our fellow Apple II users in Australia, New Zealand and other regions “downunder” on Fridays, 9pm-11pm Australian Eastern Summer Time. That’s 4am-6am A2Central time (or 2am-4am Pacific, 10am-12pm UTC). Discussion topics will include where participants are located, interests, projects, sale and trade of gear, etc.

The chat will be hosted on irc.a2central.com, channel #a2c.chat – use your favorite IRC client or a web-based resource like IRC@Work.

September 9th, 2006

A2Central.com to offer expanded features, services to Apple II community

Sean Fahey, operator of the popular A2Central.com Apple II portal, announced today that development efforts are underway to make significant additions to the services offered.”In order to make A2Central.com the ultimate resource for Apple II users it was always meant to be, we’ll be expanding our free services by implementing a bulletin board system that will offer chat, messaging, and file sections,” Fahey said. “These services will be available for access both via telnet and on the web, so we’ll be keeping one foot squarely in the past for our Apple II users, and our other foot forward for today’s modern platforms.”

The new system is expected to be in testing during October and launch by November of 2006. Access to the new bulletin board features will be free of charge.

Fahey added, “We have plans for a few extra features that we think will be a lot of fun.”

August 7th, 2006

A2Central Changeover FAQ

Since the upcoming change in operation to A2Central was announced, I’ve received dozens of e-mails from well-wishers (thanks!) and questions, recommendations, concerns, general comments (thanks for all of those). So, it’s time for a FAQ to answer as many of the redundant questions as I can (or I’m allowed to at this time). First off, I want to clarify something a lot of people seem to be stuck on. A2Central is a seperate entity from Syndicomm. A2Central started out as, and always has been a news and information portal for the Apple II community. Syndicomm is an online service, with forums, chat, file areas etc, but it’s completely seperate. I understand how it’s easy to confuse them as being one and the same because they’ve both been owned and operated by Eric Shepherd. Plus there are links to Syndicomm services on A2Central’s web page. All that was there for convenience though and nothing more.

OK, now for the questions…

Q.) What happened to Sheppy, is he burned out? Is he dying or something?

A.) Sheppy’s fine. He’s extremely busy though, and has generously allowed me step in to help out.

Q.) Will you make A2Central free?

A.) A2Central is already free. Again, it’s not Syndicomm.

Q.) Will you be changing A2Central in any way?

A.) Sure, changes are inevitable. Maybe a new logo? Sounds like a contest in the making to me. A2Central will otherwise continue normally but I have ambitious plans for the future.

Q.) Will you be adding chat, IRC, forums, etc. to the site?

A.) I won’t undermine anything that Syndicomm is already involved in. If in the future there is a need, I will consider expanding A2Central.

August 4th, 2006

Sean Fahey taking over A2Central.com

Syndicomm announced this morning that over the next few weeks, management of A2Central.com, the popular Apple II portal web site, will be transferred to Sean Fahey. Initially, A2Central.com will continue to be running on Syndicomm’s system, but it will likely be relocated at some point in the future to complete the separation.Eric “Sheppy” Shepherd, the owner of Syndicomm, indicated his enthusiasm for the transfer. “Syndicomm’s role in the Apple II world has grown so much since I first founded A2Central.com in the summer of 2000 that I just don’t have time to keep up with everything anymore. It was time to give something up, and A2Central.com is the easiest thing to separate from the whole. I’m thrilled that someone with Sean’s enthusiasm, integrity, and passion for the Apple II is taking the reins.”

“I’ve always wanted to run an Apple II portal,” Fahey said when asked why he was taking over A2Central.com. “When Sheppy indicated that he was looking for someone to take A2Central.com forward, I jumped at the chance. I’m excited for the opportunity to find new and engaging ways to improve the services offered by A2Central.com, too.”

This ownership change for A2Central.com does not affect the Syndicomm Online online service or the Syndicomm online store and other products.

February 3rd, 2006

Server upgrade status report

Syndicomm’s server upgrade is mostly finished now. FTP access for paying customers has been restored, along with essentially all other services. A few small issues remain to be polished off, but most users shouldn’t notice them.

January 31st, 2006

A2Central.com server undergoing improvements

For the past few days, we’ve been engaged in a move to a new server, which will offer a vastly faster download speed for downloading content from our site. Most services are available once again, but a few (including FTP access, for paid Syndicomm Online members of our A2 forum) are not yet operational again. They should be back up and running soon. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we’re also sure you’ll love the new, faster, A2Central.com!

October 9th, 2005

Mike Harvey, editor of Nibble magazine, to be chat guest in Syndicomm A2

The Apple II forum on Syndicomm Online will be hosting Mike Harvey, the founder and editor of Nibble magazine, in its chat room on Monday, October 24, at 6:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time. A $35/year Syndicomm Online membership is required to attend.Nibble was published for 14 years, providing Apple II news and reviews, as well as great articles on programming. One of the key features of Nibble was complete, professional-quality programs you could type into your Apple II and use. Mike Harvey wrote the first four issues himself, including the programs, and should be a great chat guest!

August 1st, 2005

New Wanted category added to a2central.com classifieds section

We’ve added a new “Wanted!” category to our classified ads section, where you can post ads when you’re looking to buy something and just can’t find it!

December 27th, 2004

A2Central.com server upgrade scheduled for January 1

Our parent company, Syndicomm, will be installing a system software upgrade on its main server on Saturday, January 1. This will involve about two hours of downtime that afternoon. Our site, as well as Syndicomm’s services, will all be unavailable for the duration. The KansasFest web site will also be offline, as it runs on the same server..

June 12th, 2004

a2central.com adds classified ads section

Today we introduce our new classified ad section, where Apple II users can advertise items they have for sale or trade. To access it, simply click the “Classified Ads” button in the sidebar to the left..

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