Keynote Speakers for Vintage Computer Festival East 8.0 Announced

Vintage Computer festival East (VCF East) keynote speakers have been announced on the VCF website. VCF East is scheduled to happen May 5th and May 6th at the InfoAge Science Center in Wall New Jersey.  Considered the smorgasbord of vintage computing, VCF covers the gamut of vintage computing platforms. It also is the only remaining event of the VCF Festivals after the downturn in the economy.

The Saturday session will be headlined by the creator of the BASIC programming language, Tom Kurtz.  Tom created BASIC in 1964 while he was at Dartmouth University.

The Sunday session is scheduled to be headlined by the man known as Apple employee #12, Daniel Kottke.  Daniel was involved with Apple from a very early time and even traveled to India with Steve Jobs.

For more information about VCF East 8.0, check out the VCF website at:

http://www.vintage.org/2012/east/

New Mod Allows 12 Bit VGA Color Using Carte Blance

A new modification for the Carte Blanche Board allows the user to get 12 bit color output from the board. The creator of the modification for the board, posted the following in CSA2:

“I have made a little modification to the Carte Blanche to allow 12 bit color VGA output for the Apple IIgs. The modification is very simple to make. Its just a cable with some resistors and a bit-stream to send the video to the IDE connector instead of the on-board 6 bit video connector. No altering of the Carte Blanche itself. The new bitstream now allows the full 4096 colors, handles palettes correctly and works in both 640 and 320 SHR modes.”

According to a posting on the website, a board will be produced Garberstreet Enterprises should enough people be interested in it.    Currently, the mod is only available in instruction form and users must create their own cable.

The modification cable he talks about in the posting is shown in detail on the Charlies Stuff website at:

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

Really Wild iPad Drop from 100,000 feet

Have you ever wondered what would happened if you dropped your ipad?  What if it was dropped out of an airplane?  Well, the guys at G-Form already did that one and had to go one better.  Using a weather balloon, they took an iPad to 100,000 feet insulated with their G-From Extreme Edge Case.  Amazingly, the iPad drops to earth and survives.  Dont believe it?  Check it out for yourself!:

Apple Archives Link Library Updated

A.P.P.L.E. has updated the Apple Archives Link site with over 50 new links and now has more than 250 vintage apple links.  The site includes categories for nearly every aspect of vintage apple computing including software, emulation and project related links.  Some of the new features of the archives include:

  • New Pull Down menus for each category
  • Added DVD and Apple IIgs categories to the archives
  • Single click to website links

There currently are another 25 links remaining in the submission system which will be added in the coming days. For more information or to use the Apple Archives, go to:

http://www.applearchives.com

 

Apimac Updates iDatabase to Version 2.3

Apimac has released the latest version of their iDatabase program.  The program which allows users to create and support databases on their Apple portable devices, has a number of features found only on larger database systems.

From the Press Release: iDatabase is a simple and easy-to-use database manager that offers the most natural and easy way to organize information and data. With this database manager for Mac, you can manage membership lists, expenses, projects, keep track of your internet accounts and much more! You can choose from 22 ready to use and easy to personalize database templates to organize any type of information or you can create a totally new database from scratch.

Choose from 22 ready-to-use database templates which you can personalize to fit your needs. The following templates are included: Accounts; Books, CD Collection, Classes; Computers; Contacts; Customers; DVD Collection, Events; Exercise Log; Expenses; Inventory; Movie Catalog; Membership List; Mobile Phones; Notes; Pet Care, Projects; Records, Recipes; To Do; Vehicle Maintenance.

iDatabase for Mac can be synchronized via Wi-Fi with iDatatabase for iPhone (sold separately). The app supports Backup and Restore, Exporting and Importing of databases in .idatabase and .CSV formats. The .idatabase files preserve the complete content and structure of the database, including pictures and they can also be used by iPhone version of iDatabase.

We have reviewed this package in the past and as the program has improved over time, the later versions have begun to give the user a truly usable and flexible interface.  The pre-setup templates give you fast start up with the program, but the flexibility of the app allows you to adjust the app just how you need it to accomplish your tasks.

You can download the program from the Mac App Store at:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/idatabase/id414104841?ls=1&mt=12#

A.P.P.L.E. Members can get the single license of the iDatabase app at a 50% discount using the code available in the members discounts section until 15 January.

Apple ][ Disk Server Updated to Version 6

Egan Ford has updated his new Apple ][ Disk Server once again.  The Apple ][ Disks Server allows the user to connect their audio port to the Apple ]['s cassette i/o port and load complete disk images to the floppy drive.  This process now takes less than three minutes according to a note from Egan.

Improvements between version 3 and version 6 include:

  • Added friendly 'BEEP', "[RETURN] to reboot”.
  • Extra second of padding for slower drives.
  • New 8KFI option that uses more reliable 8000 bps code. Try HIFI first, if that does not work use 8KFI. 8kFI works with emulators too.
  • All audio files volume decreased from 100% to 75%.
  • In-line help.
  • New INSTA-DISK with less padding.
  • FORMAT and NO-FORMAT options. NO-FORMAT assumes preformatted diskette.
  • All audio files volume increased from 75% to 100%. I cannot go any higher.

To use the Apple ][ Disk Server, go to the Disk Server website at:

http://asciiexpress.net/diskserver/

Apple /// in 10 EZ Lessons on YouTube

Datve Ottlani has posted his original Apple /// in 10 EZ lessons videos to You Tube.  The videos give a good overview of the Apple /// and its usage for those who have never touched an Apple /// Computer.  You can view the lessons from the links below or from Dave’s you tube channel

Two other videos included in the channel are:

Source: Dave Ottlani’s YouTube Channel

Apple Stock Continues Upward Climb

Since reaching a low of $354.23 USD on the day that Steve Jobs died, Apple, Inc’s Stock (AAPL) price has been on a steady climb.   The stock closed at $422.40 at the market close and was trading just down from that at $422.28 USD in the after hours market.  With Apple expected to announce their 4th Qtr results on the 24th of this month, it is expected that the stock will continue this upward trend baring some unforeseen change in the sales expectations of the iPhone 4S.

Source: AAPL (on Bloomberg)

1990 Version of GEM CD now Available for Download

Thanks to Arnaud Brossard, the original 1990 version of the Generous Efforts of Many (GEM) CD is now available for download from his website.  The collection which included all of the major Apple ][ shareware and freeware up to that point, included some 200mb of software, fonts, utilities and other items related to the Apple ][.

The CD is divided into 6 sections, 32mb each, and are ProDOS volumes.  They include:

GEM.CD.A - (Bootable) Features, Shrinkit
GEM.CD.B - Sounds, Games
GEM.CD.C - Graphics, MacPaint
GEM.CD.D - Macpaint
GEM.CD.E - NDA, CDA, INIT, Icons, Music, Selectors, File.Utilities, Development, Communications
GEM.CD.F - Productivity, Education, TAWUG, NAUG, AppleWorks GS, Appleworks, Miscellaneous

The zipped download file is in ProDOS ordered files and are ready for use in your favorite Apple II emulator.  They can also be transferred to a hard drive.

To download the GEM CD in its entirety, go to Arnaud's Apple ][gs Info website at:

http://www.apple-iigs.info/logicielsgemcd.php

Thanks to Alex Lee for pointing this out to us in his latest news bulletin.

An A.P.P.L.E. Review: Pigeon Palooza for the iPhone

This week, Pigeon Palooza came to the iPhone and iPad.   While much has been made of this program being the next Angry Birds, we found that the game was anything but that exciting.  And after plunking down out $0.99 cents for the game, we were left with a game that really isnt all that much real fun.

The concept of Pigeon Palooza is that you are a Pauley the Pigeon, flying through town pooping on cars.   While the game may have a hilarity to the juvenile or sophmoric crowd, this game quite frankly was too slow and actually not all that much fun.  The game requires no puzzle solving capability really and the only real goal is to avoid objects like street lights, poop on as many people, objects, and cars as you can, and get 1000 points in 2 minutes in order to clear the level.

As you maneuver through the levels, you must load up on the piles of birdseed / food scattered Hodge-podgy along the way in order to keep pooping.  Since you start out with only 5 poops, this is quite important to completing the levels.

The graphics of the game are acceptable but clearly could have been a bit better as could the game play itself.  If you still want to try out the game, you can pay you $.99 cents and download it from the iTunes App Store at:

http://itunes.apple.com/app/pigeon-palooza/id492151739?mt=8

Rating: 2 out of 5 Apples