May 31st, 2007

Jobs & Gates on the Apple II

At this week’s All Things Digital conference, Walt Mossberg emceed a joint interview with Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. The entire session is captured in seven videos at the site AllThingsD and begins with the two icons reminiscing about their companies’ origins. Specifically, the first video segment, from time indices 6:53 to 9:11, the contributions of Gates and Apple co-founder Stephen Wozniak to the Apple II’s various versions of BASIC are outlined.

May 30th, 2007

A.P.P.L.E. launches Baudville Take-1 fan site

Fans of Apple II animation are sure to remember the classic Take-1 from Baudville. A.P.P.L.E.’s site has the complete Take-1 package for download, documentation and several movies created by users.

May 28th, 2007

A2Unplugged show #0010 released

Ryan Suenaga presents A2Unplugged, show #0010. In this episode, Ryan takes a look at Samurai, an Internet Relay Chat client for the Apple IIGS from Ninjaforce, and SAFE2, an FTP client written by Ewen “Speccie” Wannop. Also, you’ll hear the latest on events of interest in the Apple II community. A2Unplugged can be freely downloaded from the podcast’s web site, or subscribed to from the Apple iTunes store. Tune in and get unplugged.

May 25th, 2007

Syndicomm, SheppyWare and KFest sites down temporarily

Due to a serious breach in customer service at web hosting company DreamHost, Syndicomm, SheppyWare and the KansasFest (KFest) web sites are down. Efforts are underway to restore service as soon as possible. Watch this article for future updates announcing when the sites have been restored.

Update: An alternate site for KFest registrations has been set up at

May 25th, 2007

Significant IT contributions since 1967 survey

Computerworld magazine, which turns 40 years old this year, is surveying its readers to determine the most significant IT people and products of the last four decades. Among the product candidates are both the Apple II and VisiCalc, the world’s first electronic spreadsheet; and VisiCalc creator Dan Bricklin is among the choices of people who mattered. Be sure to help these contenders get the recognition they deserve by casting your vote!


The results of this survey are now in. Of the Top Ten Reader’s Choice of People Who Mattered, Dan Bricklin was #1. Featured in the print edition of Computerworld but not on their Web site is the Apple II, which was #4 in the Top Ten Products of the last forty years.

May 21st, 2007

KansasFest 2007 early bird prices expiring soon

KansasFest 2007 — the annual Apple II expo of sessions, contests, great stories, tips and tricks, fun and games, and things that “just can’t be done on an Apple II” — is offering its traditional “Early Bird” discounted registration rates through May 31st. Though attendees can register as late as on-site when the event opens in Kansas City on July 17th, prices go up after next week, so be sure to get your registration in soon!

To register, visit the official KFest Web site and follow the instructions there. If you need help registering or have questions, please email or call Jerry Cline at 602-992-1345.

May 18th, 2007

An evening with Apple II industrial designer Jerry Manock

The Computer History Museum of Mountain View, California, USA, will host an evening with former Apple industrial designers Jerry Manock and Robert Brunner. This is “a unique opportunity to hear fascinating personal stories and perspectives from Jerry Manock, designer of the Apple II, Apple III and the original Mac, and Robert Brunner, head of Apple’s newly-formed Industrial Design Group (IDg) in 1990 that produced the PowerBook, Color Classic, and LC 520. Moderated by famed industrial designer and IDEO co-founder Bill Moggridge.” The event will be held June 4th, 2007, at 6:00 PM at 1401 N. Shoreline Boulevard and is free to the general public. Click the above link for more details.

May 16th, 2007

A2Central to donate all Cafepress sales to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Back when the original A2Central site was operated by Eric “Sheppy” Shepherd, and somewhat affiliated with Syndicomm, A2Central had a Cafepress store to sell A2Central branded merchandise. Since the changeover to me (Sean Fahey), nothing has been done with it… until now.

Effective today and for as long as I operate A2Central, I’m pledging ALL net income collected through our Cafepress store to charity. For now, that charity will be St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis TN, USA. All patients accepted for treatment at St. Jude are treated without regard to the family’s ability to pay, and is frequently the last hope for children fighting cancer and other catastrophic diseases.

We hope you’ll consider purchasing our fashionable Apple II geek-wares, and help support this worthy cause.

We’re also looking for interesting new graphics and slogans worthy of the Apple II and A2Central to broaden our Cafepress offerings. Do you have original artwork or a slogan that you’d like to donate to A2Central’s charity projects? Send your material to Thank you very much.

May 15th, 2007

Chop Shop Apple II t-shirt (it’s softwear, get it?)

Ryan Suenaga of A2Unplugged gave us the heads up on this one. Check out this great t-shirt; it looks like a template of plastic model parts, but if it were assembled, it would be an Apple II. It’s just the right kind of geek pop-culture we can appreciate here at A2Central. At only $15 USD, we’ll buy one or two!

Update: A2Central will be giving away 2 of these shirts (size large) at KFest 2007. Better hurry, discounted early bird registration rates expire May 31st!

May 15th, 2007

May 2007 edition of The Lamp! available

Lyle Syverson has published the May 2007 edition of The Lamp!, a monthly collection of postings and news from A2Central’s message areas. Our FTP server contains text, Appleworks and Hypercard versions of The Lamp! for your convenience.

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