February 2nd, 2017

Open Apple #67 (January 2017) : Year End Roundtable!

This month on Open Apple, we round out the year with our annual tradition of sitting around a virtual table with some friends of the show, discussing whatever comes to mind. Mike and Quinn are joined by Jeremy Barr-Hyde, Jorma Honkanen, Kate Szkotnicki & Chris Torrence.

We have a really fun mix of Apple II fans from all walks of life and all parts of the world this month. Sit down with us as we discuss our history with the machines and how they fit into our lives today. Can retrocomputers be teaching tools for kids today? Can an Apple II serve a practical role in modern life? What was your unicorn accessory or software package back in the day? How do we get new faces to KansasFest? We chat about all this and more, so don’t miss it!

January 3rd, 2017

Happy 40th Birthday, Apple Computer Inc.!

As tweeted by early (and current) employee Chris Espinosa, today is the 40th anniversary of Apple Computer’s incorporation in California.


Apple badge from 1977

December 28th, 2016

Open Apple #66 (December 2016) : Glenda “The Atom” Adams

This month on Open Apple, we sit down with Glenda Adams, better known on the Apple II as The Atom. She was a cracker of some note back in the 1980s, and she shares great stories with us of her exploits in boot tracing, cracking, and distributing software in the glory days of the Apple II BBS scene.

We talk about the journey from programming to cracking, and back to programming again. We talk about the politics of the Apple II scene, and the unique experience of cracking software remotely. Think fixing your grandparents’ printer over the phone is hard? Trying cracking a game!

Can you deduce the release date of Fontrix by time-lining Apple II crack screens? We leave that as an exercise to the listener. Meanwhile, Glenda shares stories of porting Space Rogue, parties at Lord British’s house, and the old-school feel of early iOS development.


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December 23rd, 2016

Add a little Apple II to your holiday cheer!

From Gizmodo, someone made this appetizing gingerbread Apple II:

Gingerbread Apple II

Check out all the sugary goodness at this Imgur gallery.

December 6th, 2016

Open Apple #65 (November 2016) : Alex Lee, What Is The Apple IIgs?

This month on Open Apple, we sit down with Alex Lee, purveyor of the canonical IIgs reference site What Is The Apple IIgs? We talk about what it was like being one of the brave few with this machine, and that feeling of living in a secret world of incredible graphics and sound that nobody else seemed to know about.

Alex walks us through the history of IIgs emulators, and all the ways that the IIgs Finder was actually better than the Mac. He also talks about the legal challenges of running an archive site like this, which luckily are not too serious for this obscure machine. We finish up with talk of the future of the site, and the difficulty of finding some really rare software packages- help contribute content!

Alex is also working on an Apple IIgs coffee table book. Help encourage him to finish it, because we all want to buy it very very badly. Just saying.

Keep listening, because you won’t want to miss Alex casually dropping the phrase “Late nineties and early naughties” in his charming Australian accent. Tune in as well to pine along with Quinn for the never-to-be Ultima VI.

Our apologies for this episode being a bit late. Combinations of illness, holiday commitments, and technical difficulties all conspired against us this month.


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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.

burroughs220

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.

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