November 12th, 2016

Simulating a Burroughs 220 on your Apple II

If you ever wanted to simulate a Burroughs 220 vacuum tube computer on your Apple II, rejoice! Those lucky enough to be at KansasFest this past July had the opportunity to check out Michael J. Mahon’s preliminary work on his B220SIM. Functional but limited at the time, B220SIM aimed to show off the state of the computing art, circa 1955. Now, Mahon has announced that his simulator is nearly complete and you can try out the fruit of his programming labor at his website.


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November 6th, 2016

Nox Archaist milestone: Shattered Stone

The hard-working developers over 6502 Workshop have announced a major gameplay milestone in the development of Nox Archaist, which is illustrated in a video through the short story: Shattered Sword.

In this episode our hero travels to town and faces an epic struggle to get his sword repaired after breaking it over an ogre’s head.

Some of the game features shown include:

*Conversation with NPCs
*NPCs moving between locations on the map based on their daily schedule
*New interactive tiles



Follow all the latest Nox Archaist news here.

October 29th, 2016

Open Apple #64 (October 2016) : John Brooks, Tiger Learning Computer, Softalk

This month on Open Apple, we share an excerpt of an interview with John Brooks, courtesy of Juiced.GS. John talks about how and why he updated ProDOS, and his experiences getting back into the community.

Tune in to hear Quinn lose 20 years of time perception around the Tiger Learning Computer, then pretend to know stuff about power supplies. Meanwhile, Mike waxes nostalgic about high school computer labs and tries to unload his excess Apple IIs on unsuspecting community members.

We try out a new segment this month, and we hope you like it! No spoilers- you’ll just have to listen and see what we’re up to.


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September 28th, 2016

A2Heaven’s Apple II VGA Scaler now available

A2Heaven continues to bring Apple II hobbyists great new hardware. The Apple II VGA scaler (AIIVGAS) is an Apple II compatible circuit board for converting Apple II, II+, Europlus and Apple IIe video to VGA compatible signals for displaying on a VGA monitor.

The board is compatible with both NTSC and PAL systems. Due to the wide variation in Apple II models, there are some jumpers and in some cases additional jumper wires to be connected to enable full functionality. $85 USD


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September 26th, 2016

Analogue and 8Bitdo to bring wireless gaming to Apple II

Gizmodo brings us news that a wireless gaming controller is being developed for the Apple II. Check out all the juicy details here and then head to their Kickstarter to get in early on the action.

September 25th, 2016

Open Apple #63 (September 2016) : Kate Szkotnicki, ProDOS 2.4, KansasFest

This month on Open Apple, we sit down with Kate Szkotnicki, long time Apple II fan and new addition to the retro community. We chat about her first impressions as a newcomer to the community, and the big splash she made at her first KansasFest. Kate is a cosplayer and frequent attendee of anime and comic cons, so she brought a very fresh set of skills and perspectives to KansasFest. Her presentation on making plastic parts (and candy!) with silicone moulding was very popular. Throw away your 3D printers- this is easier and better.

We also talk lots about John Brooks’ excellent work on updating ProDOS, Quinn says a bunch of stuff about Commodore that probably isn’t true, and Mike falls on his sword for getting everything wrong about Australian Apple II gatherings. Mike gets a record number of Apple /// references into this episode, so be sure to tune in and ignore that.

Breaking news! Between us recording and releasing this show, John Brooks has updated ProDOS to 2.4.1. Also, we worked out that the MegaBeep ROM is in fact compatible with it, contrary to the opening of the show. Listener James reported an issue that we believe was actually a bad ROM. If you are a MegaBeep owner, don’t hesitate to use it with any version of ProDOS, including John Brooks’ excellent new 2.4 updates.

Thanks to Brian Wiser of Call A.P.P.L.E. for permission to use the interview clip with Mike Harvey and John Leake.

Happy 30th birthday, Apple IIgs!


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August 24th, 2016

Open Apple #62 (August 2016) : Mark Pilgrim, Passport, Ancient Legends

This month on Open Apple, we sit down with Mark Pilgrim, one of the most active software preservationists in the Apple II community. Mark has been spending his free time working on Passport, an automated cracking tool. It automatically detects and defeats copy protection schemes on Apple II disks, producing copyable disks that are otherwise completely intact. This is a boon for preservation of software that has only been (poorly) cracked by hoodlums of the past, or is previously uncracked. The latter is very common with educational software, business packages, and other things that the old crackers weren’t interested in. Mark’s skills and perseverance are making it possible to use more and more Apple II software on sites like Archive.org and VirtualApple.

KansasFest 2017 will be July 18th-23rd at Rockhurst University!

Meanwhile, tune in to this show and listen to Quinn and Mike bumble through news of various festivals, discuss lots of new hardware, and utterly fail to be respectful of the passing of a computer science legend. We’re sorry, Mr. Papert- you will be missed, and Logo touched all our lives.

There are a record number of amazing announcements of hardware and software this month. You won’t want to miss Passport, Ancient Legends, 4soniq, CP/M Turbo 7, SD-MIDI, and more. It’s an incredible month for spending money on your Apple II.

Go download Passport and archive all your floppies. Start now, or you’ll be up very late.


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July 27th, 2016

Open Apple #61 (July 2016) : KansasFest 2016, Chicken Missile Megapodcast


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This month on Open Apple, as is tradition, we present the megapodcast recorded live at KansasFest. Most of your favorite retrocomputing podcasters attend KansasFest each year, and we all get together in a basement room to record a giant group podcast. This year’s recording includes, in no particular order:

Quinn Dunki of Open Apple
Paul Hagstrom of Retrocomputing Roundtable and Drop /// Inches
Michael Mulhern and Carrington Vanston of Retrocomputing Roundtable
Kevin Savetz of Antic
Rob McMullen of Player/Missile
Ken Gagne of Polygamer and Indiesider
John Leake of RetroMacCast
Todd George of Chicken Lips Radio
Charles Mangin of How II
Jeff Salzman of The History Of Personal Computing

In this megapodcast, we talk about our experiences at this year’s KFest, and play a form of Liar’s Dice with each other’s personal computing histories.

A note on audio quality- it’s difficult to get 11 people recorded simultaneously in a room without a lot of fancy equipment that we can’t carry on airplanes, so we hope you’ll bear with us. We have a ton of fun recording these as a group, and we hope you enjoy listening to it. Many many thanks to Paul Hagstrom for doing the editing on this one!

June 22nd, 2016

Open Apple #60 (June 2016) : Sean Fahey, KansasFest 2016 Warmup

This month on Open Apple, we sit down with Sean Fahey of A2Central, major league collector, and member of the KansasFest Committee. It’s not too late to register! Go to kansasfest.org right now. If you listen to this show, you should definitely be there. The Garage Giveaway will be larger than ever this year. You won’t want to miss the amazing pile of free Apple II gear. The other classic traditions keep getting better as well- the cookout will be catered, and the prizes for the various contests are amazing this year. All the great Apple II community vendors have stepped up with a lot of hardware, tools, and software to give away.

KansasFest 2016 runs July 19th – July 24th at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, MO. The keynote speaker this year is Mike Harvey, best known in the Apple II community as the editor of Nibble magazine. He has some great stories about the business and culture of the early computing era.

We don’t just talk about KansasFest this month. We dive a bit deeper into the murky world of Apple II clones. Also marvel as Mike pretends to know nothing about KansasFest, and roll your eyes as Quinn continues to beat a dead horse joke about the eBay segment. Fear not, however, because the world is a better now that we all know the Lode Runner board game exists.

Z0DWARE WHERE ARE YOU?!


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June 1st, 2016

Open Apple #59 (May 2016) : Amy Kefauver, Lorri Hopping, Stuff4YourGS

This month on Open Apple, Kevin Savetz sits down with Amy Kefauver and Lorri Hopping. Amy was the editor of Scholastic Microzine, an educational magazine focused on the Apple II. Lorri was a writer and editor for Microzine. They share many great memories creating lessons with computers, the nature of the educational market, and how computers can engage kids in ways that static media can’t.

After those interviews (thanks Kevin!), Mike and Quinn talk ear worm game introductions, crappy early advertising, and hardware with Bumper Stumper product names. It wouldn’t be a show if they didn’t mention UltimateMicro and Brutal Deluxe, so they make sure to do that too.

Bathe in the glory of 1980s video game box art, enjoy mobile versions of KansasFest memories, and roll your eyes at teenage boy whimsy.


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