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Another Apple-1 Computer Up for Auction at Christies

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After a record setting sale at auction of an Apple-1 computer this past month, another one has appeared on the auction block.  With the previous Apple-1 going for more than $671,000 USD, Christies isn’t even messing with a low number for this auction start.  Initial bids for the machine will begin at $300,000 USD and according to reports around the web, is expected to raised more than $500,000 USD.

The Apple-1 being auctioned as part of a collection entitled “FIRST BYTES: ICONIC TECHNOLOGY FROM THE TWENTIETH CENTURY” and is owned by Ted Perry, a retired Psychologist in Sacramento, Ca.  He traded for it in 1979 and contacted Steve Wozniak about programming the machine.

According to Stephen Edwards, a consultant on the lot and computer science professor at Columbia University, there is a number of other Apple historical machines that are also associated with the lot including “a transparent Mac, prototype //c and IIGS machines, and a number of other early Apple goodies that should go for less-than-stratospheric prices.”

While many of the Apple-1 Computers were thought to have long been destroyed, at this point, more than 50 of the machines are still in existence although less than a dozen are known to be operational due to the fact most owners are not willing to turn on their prized machines.

Christies has announced that the auction will be an online only auction.  For more information about this particular auction, check the Christies website at:

http://www.christies.com/about/press-center/releases/pressrelease.aspx?pressreleaseid=6522

 

Brutal Deluxe Apple ][ Cassette Collection Reaches 600

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The collection of Apple ][ cassettes offered by Brutal Deluxe for download has surpassed the 600 tape milestone.  The collection, owned and curated by Antoine Vignau has been steadily adding more tapes each month as they have been discovered.

The latest updates to the Apple ][ Cassette collection includes items from Powersoft, Inc., Program Design, and Softtape.   The tapes, cassette inlays and catalogs are downloadable from the site.

For more information, check the Brutal Deluxe Casssette Collection website at:

http://www.brutaldeluxe.fr/projects/cassettes/index.html

eBook Edition of New Apple II User’s Guide Available

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Finally, The eBook Edition is Available

The first Apple II book in print since over a decade, The New Apple II User’s Guide has sold 400 copies since it first went on sale a year ago, 18th June 2012. Since day one, readers have been asking for an ebook edition for their computers, Amazon Kindles, and Apple iDevices. I’m happy to say that it’s available now!

After evaluating all the options for delivering an ebook edition, I have decided to follow the most liberal solution and provide a PDF copy to readers! This PDF is unlocked and unencumbered by any DRM, plus it has hyperlinks to each of the chapters and appendices for your convenience. This means that readers are free to convert this PDF for use on Amazon Kindle, Apple iDevices such as iPad, and other e-reading devices using freely-available conversion software.

But it gets even better! I couldn’t decide what price to charge, so I came up with this compromise: I’ll accept any price above $1! That’s right, you pay whatever you think the ebook edition is worth, and you’ll get your copy.

Want to see what others have to say? Read all nine of the 5-star reviews on Amazon.com, or visit the book’s web site to sample the book before you purchase.

The print edition of the book is still available for purchase at the low price of only $22.

Ready to get the ebook edition now? Just send an email to df@macgui.com with your request. If you don’t get a reply within 48 hours, try sending your email again, or contact me via comp.sys.apple2 or Mac GUI.

Early Apple ][ Sells for over $23,000 on Ebay

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An early Apple ][ computer posted on EBay, sold for for an unheard of $23,099 US today.  The computer with the markings of being serial number 047 of the A2S1 series is a first run case, which does not have the traditional ventilation slots found in later run machines.  It also had a power supply hand marked as serial number 049.

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While most Apple ][ computers sold on the Internet normally go for up to a few hundred dollars, the rarity of this machine made our initial estimates of the selling price in the 10,000 USD range.  This was doubled and then some with some last minute bidding that was quite harried.  The bid on the machine went from 6,000 USD with about 15 seconds left to 10,100 then to 14,000 and finally to the selling price of 23,099 USD.

 

Latest in the Apple II World

What’s been going on in the Apple II world these past few days? Let’s take a look:

 

1.) Steven Weyhrich is asking about the Applesoft Firmware card in comp.sys.apple2 for his upcoming Apple II history book.

2.) The Daily Apple blog has been keeping up with daily updates. Currently we are working on Pascal and BASIC programming, and trying to use the Apple IIc as a command-line terminal.

3.) Wade Clarke has started a new web site called Wade-Memoir where he is telling the story of Apple II games that he programmed in his youth, complete with playable disk images of these games.

4.) David Schmenk is busy at work interfacing a Raspberry-Pi with the Apple, and posting YouTube videos of his handiwork.

5.) Everyone is getting excited about this years’ KansasFest which should have a larger crowd of people compared to years past.

New Bitstream For SHR Graphics on the Carte Blanche Released

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A note from “Charlie” in the CSA2 Usenet group has announced the arrival of Super Hi-Res Graphics capability for the Carte Blanche card in Apple //e emulation mode.  According to the posting, ”

I have made a Carte Blanche bitstream that allows an Apple //e to have SHR graphics.  Most of the JAT stuff has been removed so it is mostly a VGA video card for the //e.  The SHR works pretty much as it does on an Apple IIgs, so you can write 8-bit programs that work in either.   I have included a demo viewer to display some included SHR pictures.

The bitstream also has the ability to save a few settings (similar to the IIgs battery RAM). A program is included to allow saving the settings.

There is also an Applesoft flashing program so that you can flash the bitstream to the Carte Blanche onboard flash memory chip from an Apple //e drive.

You can find more information about the bitstrem and the related downloads on Charlie’s website at:

http://noboot.com/charlie/cb2e_p2.htm

The Carte Blanche card is a reconfigurable FPGA Apple II card produced by AppleLogic.  More information about the card can be found on the AppleLogic website at:

http://www.applelogic.org/CarteBlanche.html

Charlie has also posted information about the Carte Blance card and his other Apple II projects on his website at:

http://noboot.com/charlie/Charlie%27s%20Stuff.htm

Brutal Deluxe Adds More Cassettes to the Apple II Collection

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Brutal Deluxe, maintainers of the Apple II Cassette collection have announced a couple of new additions to the library.  They include:

  • The Software Factory’s Apple Beneath Manor by Don Worth, with a signed manual from the author
  • Ritam Corporation’s Monty plays monopoly, that is a new publisher.

There are currnetly 592 cassettes listed in the collection.  More are being added as they come in.  If you currently own Apple II cassettes which are not included in the library, you are encouraged to contact Antoine Vignau, curator of the collection.  He can arrange have the cassettes digitized and added to the collection.

For more information about the Apple II Cassette collection or to download cassettes, go to the Apple II cassette website at:

http://www.brutaldeluxe.fr/projects/cassettes/

Brutal Deluxe Software is a software publisher specializing in software for the Apple II series computers.

http://www.brutaldeluxe.fr/

Apple-1 sells for over 670,000 USD

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With the Apple-1 computer being in big demand since the death of Steve Jobs, the German auction house Brecker has pulled in a record haul for a working version of the famed computer.  Hand built in the garage of Steve Wozniak, the Apple-1 was only produced in a short production of less than 200 units.  Of these 200, only 48 are known to exist today and of those, working models are even a rarer item with less than ten units known to function.

If you would like more information about the current Apple-1, Mike Willegal has maintained an unofficial registry of the Apple-1’s that are still known to exist at: http://www.willegal.net/appleii/apple1-originals.htm

Open Apple #27: Daniel Kruszyna, demoparties, iSteve, and clones

This month on Open Apple, Mike and Ken chat with famed demo programmer Daniel Kruszyna, aka krüe. We chat about @party, the upcoming fourth annual demoparty to be held in recently beleaguered Boston, and how even non-programmers will find plenty to like. The first of three movies based on the life of Steve Jobs is now available for free online streaming — what’s the popular verdict on iSteve? There’s still more CFFAs coming from Rich Dreher, and they’ll work on even an original Apple-1, of which Mike Willegal is making yet more replicas. Speaking of clones, we found a “Redstone” Apple IIe clone in Australia that looks like a PC XT and is certainly no Tiger Learning Computer.

Find the show at the Open Apple Web site or in the iTunes and Zune podcast directories.

SHELL*SHOCK Tank Battle Game Released for the Apple ][

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Virtual Apple ][ has published a new Apple ][ game.  SHELL*SHOCK is a high paced action tank battle game for the Apple ][ computer.   Originally written in 1985 by Peter Blum, Alan Burkle, and Jonathan Dunaisky, the game has been largely unseen until this month when it was resurrected by the original authors and sent to Virtual Apple ][.

SHELL*SHOCK is unique in the Apple ][ gaming realm as it allows users to battle each other in two player mode over the modem.  While this feature is something that is long lost to the annuls of computing history, in 1985 it was a feature that was not really available in games of the time.

SHELL*SHOCK runs on any Apple II series computer with at least 64K of memory.  The game comes complete with a full 40 page instruction manual, two disks and is freely downloadable from the Virtual Apple ][ website at:

 http://www.virtualapple.org/shellshockdisk.html