February 12th, 2016

ZDNet posts article on how communist-era clones of the Apple II influenced today’s technologists

ZDNet has posted an interesting story on how clones of popular computers (notably, copies of the Apple II) built during the communist era have influenced today’s technologists in Bulgaria, Romania and other former Soviet Bloc countries. Even today, the Apple II Community is benefiting; Plamen Vayssilov’s A2Heaven.com is a great example.

February 8th, 2016

“Classic Computing: The Complete Historically Brewed” now a free download

Back in 2011, David Greelish ran a successful Kickstarter to republish “Historically Brewed”, a series of ‘zines for fans of retro-computing. It was one of the first Kickstarter projects I’ve backed, and I was pleased with the results. It’s not an Apple II-specific ‘zine, but there are plenty of articles of interest for the Apple II user to make for a pleasant, nostalgic experience. I recommend it.

David has generously made the 446MB PDF version free for everyone. You can download it HERE.

January 5th, 2016

Berlin GeekFest 2015 recordings (how did we miss these?) with Andy Hertzfeld, Randy Wigginton, Daniel Kotke and more


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Seriously, how did we miss these cool recordings? You can listen to them here.

January 4th, 2016

Apple Time Warp episode 2 released, featuring an interview with Chuck Sommerville


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Apple Time Warp episode 2 with John Romero and Craig Johnston has been released.

Check out their Facebook page, libsyn page or subscribe via iTunes.

December 8th, 2015

Bob Bishop’s Apple II for sale (via eBay)

The estate of Bob Bishop has been selling off his various collections, and have now posted Bob’s modified Apple II (serial #13) to eBay. It’s not completely original but no one should care. This is the machine that Mr. Bishop used to program all of the nifty software we know so well, like APPLE-VISION, APPLE-TALKER and DUNG BEETLES. UPDATE (Dec 15, 2015, 4:58 PM EST): The computer sold for 1$7,877.00 USD + $18.80 S&H.

November 24th, 2015

Call-A.P.P.L.E. announces availability of historic 1978 Call-A.P.P.L.E. Magazine Compendium

Press Release

Seattle, Washington — November 23, 2015 — Apple Pugetsound Program Library Exchange is proud to announce the immediate availability of the Call-A.P.P.L.E. Magazine 1978 Compendium.

The Call-A.P.P.L.E. 1978 Compendium is a complete collection of Call-A.P.P.L.E. magazine issues originally published in 1978 by Val Golding and the members of A.P.P.L.E. The 1978 Compendium is a fully enhanced version of the issues giving the reader a window into the past of the Apple computing revolution as it was happening. All 10 issues from the first year of Call-A.P.P.L.E. magazine are included. Over 100 pages of material, enhanced and restored in high-quality grayscale, complete with the advertisements and program listings from those issues.

With articles and programs by a number of Apple computing legends, there are unique items such as the introduction of DOS 3.1, the Disk II, and a brief history of Apple as given by Michael Scott, former CEO of Apple at a meeting of A.P.P.L.E. members.

Introduced by Bill Martens of A.P.P.L.E., with a forward by the founder Val Golding, the Call-A.P.P.LE. Magazine 1978 Compendium represents a nostalgic look back at the early years of the Apple computing revolution through the eyes of the Apple Pugetsound Program Library Exchange (A.P.P.L.E.) User Group.

Key Features:

  • Forward by A.P.P.L.E. Founder Val Golding.
  • All of the 1978 issues including the articles and programs written by a number of Apple computing legends including: Darrell Aldrich, Ron Aldrich, John Backman, Dan Chapman, Robert Clardy, John Cook, John Covington, Jeffrey Finn, Val Golding, Alan Hill, Dick Hubert, Bob Huelsdonk, Gene Jackson, Neil Konzen, S.H. Lam, Steve Paulson, Dana Redington, Michael Scott, Dick Sedgewick, Michael Thyng, Roger Wagner, Michael Weinstock, Randy Wigginton, Don Williams, and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.
  • A brief history of Apple by former Apple Inc. CEO Michael Scott.
  • The first documentation of Integer and Applesoft outside of Apple.
  • Programs and tips provided but the people who became leaders in the Apple community.
  • Reviews of the Disk II, DOS 3.1, Applesoft, the first printer for the Apple II, and many other revolutionary products.
  • 120 perfect bound 8.5 x 11 pages.
  • All issues enhanced and restored in high-quality grayscale.
  • Produced by long-time Apple historians Brian Wiser and Bill Martens.

Pricing:
The book is available in softcover for $19.95 and hardcover for $29.95 through the Lulu bookstore.

Production Editors:
Brian Wiser — Apple historian and archivist, Producer of the documentary film Done The Impossible: The Fans’ Tale of Firefly & Serenity, Beagle Bros and Applied Engineering webmaster, co-producer of The WOZPAK Special Edition and Call-A.P.P.L.E. magazine.

Bill Martens — Apple historian and enthusiast, Programmer, President of Apple Pugetsound Program Library Exchange (A.P.P.L.E.) and co-producer of Call-A.P.P.L.E. magazine.

About Apple Pugetsound Program Library Exchange:
A.P.P.L.E. has been a global Apple user group since 1978, with membership peaking near 50,000 in 1985. Offering many services, A.P.P.L.E. is also a book publisher and game developer. In 2013, the “The WOZPAK Special Edition” book was released containing Steve Wozniak’s restored hand-written notes and printouts about his Apple II computer, as well as a forward from Steve Wozniak and other Apple legends.

Press information is available at: www.callapple.org/press

This would make an excellent Christmas gift for the Apple II enthusiast, just saying.

October 31st, 2015

8 Bit Weapon posts tribute to Fallout 4

Using the Lawless Legends engine, 8 Bit Weapon posts a fun tribute to the upcoming Fallout 4.



October 2nd, 2015

MacGUI announces prize winners for Apple II photo contest

Prize Winners for Apple II Photo Contest

At last, the 14 photo entries for last month’s Retro Apple II Photo Contest have been judged, leaving us with a first prize winner for an Uthernet II, a second prize winner for free shipping on the same, and three honorable mentions.

To keep everything fair, the judge was someone who is not a part of the Apple II community, but who has a BFA degree and has a basic familiarity with the Apple II. Entries were judged based on composition, elements from the chosen time period, and overall retro feel.

Speaking personally, there were a lot of really good photos. I love looking at Apple II setups, as I’m sure a lot of other people in the community do. The idea for this contest came to me around January or so, and I’m glad that I brought it to execution and that the community made so many good photos for it.

And now, here are the winners.

September 24th, 2015

Remembering Crisis Mountain

In his latest Gamasutra blog entry, David H. Schroeder discusses his days developing Crisis Mountain, the classic Apple II game eventually published by Synergistic Software.


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September 22nd, 2015

The lost Apple Logo…

Fast Company has posted an article The Lost Apple Logo You’ve Never Seen which clearly doesn’t apply to most long-term Apple II users (but maybe to most Macintosh users).

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