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Brutal Deluxe Back in Action

Well, we know that Brutal Deluxe the French GS development group kind of come out retirement a few months ago but I had thought they had only woken up long enough to post their old stuff and information.



That's not entirely correct. They (in particular Antoine), have gone nuts and have started writing FST (File System Translators) for GS/OS. Even Apple didn't really finish the ones they've done but BD have got an rDOS (a custom OS used for… Continue

Added by Wholly Mindless on November 19, 2008 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Putting the Old in Old School (Atari Style USB Joysticks)

While wandering around I found this link...

http://www.legacyengineer.com/store.html

Which announced a new USB version of the Old Atari 2600 joystick... Now this will REALLY make M.U.L.E. sweet on an emulator.

Added by Wholly Mindless on October 15, 2008 at 10:56am — 2 Comments

Email Notification Disabled - Too many "join me's"

Although I appreciate that you guys want us all to join you, some of us actually have to work and can't keep getting these types of messages every few hours.

I've unfortunately had to disable email notification from RMC so if you need to get hold of me, you'll have to send it direct or hope I notice.

This may have an impact on conversations I was following.

Added by Wholly Mindless on September 29, 2008 at 3:30pm — 6 Comments

Apple II emulation on 8 bit Atari?

This kinda freaks me out a little but A2Central posted this as a quickie today:



Apple II emulation has come to the 8-bit Atari, thanks to Piotr “Artax” Mejer. Read all about it (originally in Polish) Google… Continue

Added by Wholly Mindless on September 26, 2008 at 6:59pm — No Comments

ByteCellar on the Abaton Transform for the (Mac)

ByteCellar has a writeup on the Abaton Transform. I've never seen one or heard of one but it claimed to be able to convert almost any Apple II program to run on the Macintosh.

Check out the article for more details.

Has anyone ever seen one?

Added by Wholly Mindless on August 25, 2008 at 11:00am — No Comments

Pre-Apple Retro - Atari's early years 1971-77

Gamasutra is running a great article on the early history of Atari. Not much that is new here but it does go a long way stringing the known stories together to explain why they ... I can't tell you. You have to read it to find out. But it happened in 1976 and a couple of guys named "Steve" were involved.

The History of Atari: 1971-1977

Added by Wholly Mindless on August 23, 2008 at 4:32pm — No Comments

Doctor Horrible - Weird Stuff from Jos Wedon

OK, I don't normally do this but this is just too weird. I'm assuming that Apple lovers are often Jos Wedon fans (Firefly, Buffy, Angel and more).



Well, Jos has a seriously weird internet only show that goes live next week. Once it's had it's run (until July 20th) you'll need to pay to see it or buy it on DVD.



Just try it and see what you think: Doctor Horrible's Sing-Along… Continue

Added by Wholly Mindless on July 12, 2008 at 1:54am — No Comments

A2Central.com BACK Online!

Sean Fahey (a member here) has managed to get A2Central.com back online after an outage. For the whole story, check out this link

Despite Revision3's problems with Media Defender, Media Defender was probably not involved in the abuse of a2central.com

Added by Wholly Mindless on June 10, 2008 at 9:48pm — No Comments

It's not Retro, it's just old (Tandy 100)

Well, this fits the old and retro even if it isn't mac/apple (If someone can post their easy bake oven pics, I can post Tandy pics!)



This article in PC World shows a dissection in photos of an old Tandy 100 portable computer. It was a terribly neat system for its time and still has some possible uses (although the 300 baud modem doesn't sound too great).



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Added by Wholly Mindless on June 3, 2008 at 8:09pm — No Comments

A2Central - Offline

I'm not sure I can really handle this. It's kind of like finding out that a friend has a horrible disease and you wonder if they're going to make it.



A2Central went offline.



This scared me as A2Central was (and still is, and BETTER BE AGAIN) the center of the Apple // world. This not two months before KFest. It's back up with an "offline" page so I'm assuming that it's coming back but it must have been a serious failure to have disappeared so utterly. At first I thought it… Continue

Added by Wholly Mindless on June 3, 2008 at 9:39am — No Comments

Long time, no post... So...

It makes sense that I post about old stuff.



Wandering the a2central.com site tonight I looked into Luddites Apple //e web server. I was wondering if it was still up after all the abuse we'd all given it. So, I jumped over and took a look at it. Still there, 2000+ hits. But I noticed a link to a C64 running the same software. When I got over there I found a much more C64 like page with a lot more info AND more than 60,000… Continue

Added by Wholly Mindless on May 15, 2008 at 10:27pm — 3 Comments

Apple ][ Resources updated on "Pre-Mac Goodness"

I've added some links to some very useful Apple ][ Community resources on the Pre-Mac Goodness page. It includes information about "Summer Camp for Geeks" - KansasFest and the incredibly helpful A2Central site.



There are lots of cool things happening this year with ReactiveMicro,… Continue

Added by Wholly Mindless on March 27, 2008 at 8:27am — 1 Comment

Even Mac Viruses are Cool

With all the destructive PC viruses out there, it's nice that a Mac Virus isn't destructive but fun.

Article with Video From Gizmodo

Added by Wholly Mindless on March 4, 2008 at 4:28pm — 6 Comments

Old Apple gets a workout

A slightly loony Canadian has managed to get his Apple //e hosting web pages to the internet using an ethernet card and the Contiki OS. It's actually running as a server and is delivering a page with a few links and some images. I'd have put the link in this earlier but I wanted to ensure that you guys knew that this machine is WOEFULLY unsuited for delivering content. The tiny image of the //e, is actually 1/3 of the entire memory space of the machine.



One really useful piece of… Continue

Added by Wholly Mindless on February 18, 2008 at 11:36pm — 4 Comments

That's not retro. Now *THIS* *IS* RETRO...

I saw this and thought of RetroMacCast...



This is a quick blurb about the computer used on the Lunar Excursion Module (LEM) betwen 1969 and 1972 on http://dvorak.org/blog



A Brief Look At The Computer That Helped With The Lunar Landing



From the posting:



It’s cycle time was 1 Mhz, 11 instructions. It had 1K of 16 bit words of erasable (RAM) core memory and 12K of read-only memory (ROM). The ROM held…
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Added by Wholly Mindless on February 14, 2008 at 8:30pm — 4 Comments

Danish Police confused by iMac

I found this article while monkeying around:



Danish Police Befuddled by 1G iMac



I thought you guys would enjoy the fact that police everywhere are just a bit thick when it comes to these things. Strange that we give them guns....



More details are here (from a link in the article above:…



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Added by Wholly Mindless on February 9, 2008 at 9:44pm — 2 Comments

MY EYES!!! MY EYES!!! I've gone BLIND!!!

OK, normally I wouldn't have any issues posting a picture here for you guys to see, but in this case the problem is the picture itself. T-Mobile thought James was a serious Apple fan but I feat this guy's more willing to humiliate himself.



This picture at http://dvorak.org/blog is disturbing.



James, John - I must ask that you NEVER go that far and please don't bother interviewing him.



(On a side note, I think it's… Continue

Added by Wholly Mindless on February 7, 2008 at 7:06am — 6 Comments

"With Old Age Come's Wisdom..."

... so where the hell is mine?!?!



I just spent four hours, shoveling the driveway, waking up my teenage daughter (harder than the shoveling by a long shot) driving through a foot and a half snow and ice driving to work, just to find that we actually have today off (the front doors hadn't even been opened).



I used to work for banks and credit unions so I was used to having every weird holiday off (Left-Handed Bowler's Day anyone?) and knew that I'd be giving that up to work… Continue

Added by Wholly Mindless on January 21, 2008 at 11:36am — 4 Comments

History Lesson - Trivially

Well, I was hoping to teach my daughter a history lesson with Tron but it didn't go over so well. She was (somehow) thinking that you had to know about computers to understand it. Well, as *we* all know Disney movies are not anything like real life and take it as entertainment.



Now for the trivial part:



Who knows what computer Flynn used to remotely connect to the MCP's systems to look for the "scuzzy data"?



It wasn't a Mac but it was an Apple /// with a Silentype… Continue

Added by Wholly Mindless on January 5, 2008 at 5:41pm — No Comments

Targeted Ads

It looks like even Microsoft can't resist giving money to google to try to woo mac users:



This ad is often displayed here at "The Network" …



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Added by Wholly Mindless on January 2, 2008 at 8:01am — 4 Comments

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