[Blindapple] Fwd: Last CFFA3000 Update and a request for help with a good cause

Jayson Smith jaybird at bluegrasspals.com
Thu Jul 19 10:42:51 EDT 2018


I received this Email early this morning and figured I'd pass it along 
to the list.

For those who don't know what he's talking about, the CFFA is the 
Compact Flash for Apple, a project allowing the use of Compact Flash 
cards, and now USB thumb drives, on Apple II computers.

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Subject: 	Last CFFA3000 Update and a request for help with a good cause
Date: 	Wed, 18 Jul 2018 21:47:24 -0700
From: 	R&D Automation <rich at dreher.net>
To: 	jaybird at bluegrasspals.com

Dear CFFA Customers,

This email is going out to everyone (about 2000 of you) who has ever ordered a CFFA from me over the last 16 years. I have three things I hope to accomplish with this message.

First, I want to thank everyone who ever purchased a CFFA v1, v2, or CFFA3000!  The 3000 name was just the code name during development, and was inspired, in part, by the TV show Mystery Science Theater 3000. Then, when it came time to select a proper product name, nothing better could be found, so it stuck.

Anyway, thank you so much for helping me be part of the Apple II universe, and hopefully enrich your experience using Apple’s classic machine! If you were like me, you never got rid of your Apple II, but instead just put it into a closet, and then many years later pulled it out to remember how it worked and just reminisce. It was this exact type of thing that happened to me in 2002, and some faulty floppies, that got me to build the CFFA in the first place. The customer interest level over the last 15 years, to my amazement, has been very high. So thank you again.

Second, I wanted to mention I am almost caught up with the backlog of orders from CFFA3000 Run #5. I have about 250 units left out of about 1050 (Actually 1070, but I assumes 20 faulty units in the whole batch). Anyone can order 2 more units even if you have already ordered before from Run#5. If interested, please visit my store at:

This will be the last run of CFFA3000 cards. As I mentioned on my web site, I don’t know if I will ever build any more, but it would have to be a new design using more modern parts, like FPGAs, and maybe some wireless interface like Bluetooth, to make it worthwhile. I doubt anything like that could happen before 2020. As I get older, I am not as driven to build things as I used to be.

And third, and perhaps most importantly, I am reaching out to everyone because I have a fund raising cause that is very important to me. Her name is Alice and she tells her story in the link below. I know her personally and I am passionate about helping her. I asked her to set up the go-fund-me site and I have begun reaching out to my friends and family to help. Now I am reaching out to you for help too. If I could find just 5% of you to take a look and make a donation, it would make a huge difference to a young person trying to finish technical college with a degree in computer science.

For those I offended by this request for fund raising, I do apologize. I won’t be doing this again. Also you can be sure that I will never divulge or sell my customer email or address information for any reason, and there are NO tracking links in this email.


I know that I would have never been able to go to college without the help of my mom and grandmother. Like most people, mom was my safety-net in life, especially after I lost my dad and my brother to cancer.

Alice, whom I have talked to many times about the finer points of using Git, Jira and coding in C, lost most of her safety-net through no fault of her own. Her parents are not part of her life anymore, and her older brother died in car accident a couple years ago. I see much of myself in her, and I am determined to help her finish school. Although she doesn’t look like a nerd, she definitely has the heart of one! She lights up when we talks about computers!

Computers and education have provided me with a very comfortable lifestyle and I hope to pass some of that forward to this amazing young lady. I can’t think of a better group of people than 2000 Apple II fans to reach out to for help. Please consider donating to her education, but if you don’t want to donate, maybe just share her story.


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