We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting a workshop at this years Kansas Fest. The Kansas Fest is one of the largest Apple II gatherings in the USA. Please join us starting July 22nd for a fun filled week.
REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. THANKS TO THOSE WHO SIGNED UP. IF YOU MISSED THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE AND WANT TO PARTICIPATE, CONTACT VINCE AT VBRIEL@YAHOO.COM
Now is your chance to build a kit in a classroom environment with the designer! Not only do you get the workshop for free, you get personalized attention from the designer. Pre-registration is requested but if you have a firm commitment to do the workshop and want to pay at on the day of the workshop, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will get your information and have a kit for you. We request pre-registration because we have to plan for the event and how many kits to pack. We will bring a few extras but there is no guarantee if prepayment is not made. Kits will be issued at the workshop unless you wish to get them early when Kansas Fest starts.
Registration will close, Thursday July 10th so we can have everything ready for the workshop.
soldering iron (25-35 watt), solder, wire cutters. Pliers are optional. For those who can’t bring tools, I will have a few extra soldering irons available.
Kits for the workshop are:
NEW! Superboard III
Based on the Ohio Scientific Superboard II AKA OSI 600 or C1P in the case, the new Superboard III is a singleboard computer with a built in video display and keyboard. Power is taken from a USB source such as a PC, Mac, power supply or tablet with USB interface! These are not available to the public until July but you can be one of the first to get one with the workshop. This is actually an easy kit to build so it is classified as beginner to intermediate builder kit. The kit price is $199.
The replica 1 is a functional clone of the apple 1 and uses some of the original chips like the 6502 and 6821. With the help a micro-controller the kit has only 10 chips and is a great kit for the beginner to intermediate builder. The kit price is $149. This is for the standard replica 1 plus edition similar to the tenth anniversary edition.
The PockeTerm is a single board terminal that uses a Parallax Propeller micro-controller to emulate a VT100 terminal. With a special pass-thru serial port you can connect a PC to the PockeTerm and download data right to the host device. Just add your own PS/2 keyboard and VGA monitor and you have a powerful terminal in a small compact size. Perfect kit for the beginner. Kit price is only $69
The Micro-KIM is a reduced sized replica of the KIM-1. The KIM-1 was a single board computer designed to help aide with 6502 engineering development. The Micro-KIM has a reduced chip count with no micro-controllers and much of the original design. A few changes were made for more RAM and 6532 and EPROM replace the 6530. This kit has many components and is recommended for intermediate builders. List price on the Micro-KIM is $109 but the workshop special price is only $99! This is the original selling price from 2007 when the Micro-KIM was released.
We finally have the Altair micro serial number 1 up for auction on Ebay. 50% of the proceeds go to the Wounded Warrior Project. I have friends who have used the services offered by Wounded Warriors and this is my chance to give back. Please help support this project. The auction can be found here:
The long awaited RAM drive for the Altair 8800micro is now available to order. We are ordering boards this week and orders will ship in about 2 weeks when the boards arrive. You can choose from kit or assembled as is with most of our products. If you have an Altair now is your chance to get a RAM drive and have a full operating system (CP/M) with 2 virtual RAM drives. To load CP/M simply load a disk image onto the SD card, then transfer it over to the RAM drive A or B and run the bootloader to boot from the RAM drive. visit the store or the Altair 8800micro order page to order yours now.
We’ve been a little busy around here and things are going to get a lot busier in the near future. We have been in Talks with Thomas “Todd” Fischer to acquire the IP and remaining inventory of IMSAI. With this pending purchase we will be able to roll out new IMSAI series 2 machines in the near future. There is still some work to do but a tentative agreement has been reached.
In order to raise the capitol required for the purchase we will do a Kickstarter project that will ask for a donation to help “Save IMSAI”. If you have ever wanted to be a part of something big, this is your chance. We are working out rewards for donations but even $5 or $20 will help. I’m doing something I don’t like to do and that is to ask for help to save IMSAI. Together we can reboot IMSAI and make something incredible. Please wait until the Kickstarter project is up before making a donation. It is really an exciting time here.
We just returned from our trip to Kansas and other locations. Kansas Fest is one of the best events you can attend as a fan of vintage computers. Nearly a week with seminars and hanging out with other like minded people too much to list. I’ll be there every chance I get to go. New experiments have been started with interfacing a Bluetooth dongle to an Apple II opening up new wireless possibilities in the near future. The cassette interface for the replica 1 will BETA test starting tomorrow with 25 units to be issued to those who can help with debugging and running other tests. I ran some tests while at Kansas Fest and everything appears to work great on a single 5V supply! Look for an order page on that tomorrow.
The workload the last 2 weeks has been heavy and finding time to prepare for Kansas Fest 2012 has been difficult. I am hosting a workshop and participants can sign up and build a selected kit to build. I will be helping those who need guidance during the workshop to get their kits built. If you were there last year, you know how much fun it was. If you want to attend the workshop but can’t order a kit until Kansas Fest has started, drop me an email and I’ll put a kit aside for you.
The official website for the workshop is here: Workshop
The time is almost here for the 7th annual Maker Faire in San Francisco. With over 300 exhibits in the indoor building alone, this is a huge celebration of creating projects! Briel Computers will be in the Expo hall on Saturday and Sunday demonstrating the Altair 8800micro and CP/M. Please feel free to stop by and say hi. More information on the Maker Faire can be found here:
We have decided to do another run of disk RAM drives for the Altair 8800micro after a lot of requests. There are still a couple of bugs we are working on but the RAM drive appears to operate CP/M very well. The one little bug is a corruption that can occur on power off. To order your RAM drive, visit the order page here:
We are going to do a small beta run of 20 units of the disk controller for the Altair 8800micro. This add-on board will give the Altair micro 64K of total RAM and 2 RAM disk drives that are battery backed (batteries not included). Now you can run CP/M on your Altair 8800micro and enjoy all the programs that are available for it. The board uses the expansion connector but gives you another connector onboard so you don’t loose any expansion options.
Steve Jobs was the co-founder of Apple computers. His vision and drive made Apple what it is today. He has played a large part in the what we have for computers today. For those not aware, Steve Jobs passed away today at the age of 56. You can read one of many articles here
Our prayers and wishes go out to the Jobs family during this difficult time. Steve, you will be missed.