May 24th, 2011

Business Insider interviews Apple’s first CEO Michael Scott

Business Insider has posted an interesting interview with Michael Scott, the first CEO of Apple Computer. In the article, Michael discusses the early years at the fledgling company and some of the business and technical challenges they faced (and had to keep secret at the time).

Also, check out the companion article The First 10 Apple Employees: Where Are They Now

May 17th, 2011

Syndicomm Changes Management, Maintains Catalog and Commitment to Apple II

Syndicomm, the distributor of the largest catalog of Apple II products in the world, has been operated by Eric Shepherd since the fall of 2000. Recently, growing family commitments and expanding full time employment responsibilities have sharply limited the amount of time he has available for developing new software. For that reason, he set out to find someone new to take over operating Syndicomm so that he can dedicate those resources toward other Apple II and Macintosh projects.

As a result, after months of discussion and planning, on Friday, April 29, 2011, Shepherd transferred ownership of Syndicomm to Tony Diaz. Currently outstanding orders are being processed as expected alongside the transition and should ship very soon.

Shepherd’s own products currently available through the Syndicomm store will will have their ownership shifted away from Syndicomm and will be available under the SheppyWare banner. These include OK-Writer, DiskMaker, and ImageMaker. Information on these titles, among others, is available on the SheppyWare site (

Tony Diaz will combine his years of Apple II involvement, product creation and manufacturing experience to the Syndicomm product line to carry the products and distribution forward.

Syndicomm carries a broad assortment of software and other products from companies including EGO Systems®, Parkhurst Micro Products, and The Byte Works. In addition, Syndicomm is the only licensed distributor of the entire line of APDA software, tools, and manuals from Apple®, Inc.

May 17th, 2011

Wishing I’d been there… VCF East 7.0

It appears VCF East 7.0 had a lot more vintage 8-bit Apple representation this year than at previous fests. Check out the slideshow, courtesy Jason Scott. I spotted Apple II enthusiasts Ken Gagne, Mike Willegal, Andy Molloy and Jim O’Reilly. Were you also there and have pics to share? Let us know and we’ll add the links to this post!

May 15th, 2011

The Ryan Suenaga Scholarship Fund

In memory of Ryan Suenaga, a scholarship has been established at the Kapiolani Community College of Hawai’i. Those wishing to donate to the @rsuenaga Scholarship Fund may do so online or via check mailed to:

University of Hawaii Foundation
P.O. Box 11270
Honolulu, HI 96828-0270

More details, including how to donate in person at KansasFest, are available at

May 11th, 2011

Open Apple podcast #4 now available

The May 2011 episode of Open Apple, the only co-hosted Apple II podcast, is now available. This month, Mike and Ken chat with Apple II History curator Steve Weyhrich and former KansasFest logo designer Chris Lackey about scanning, Steve Wozniak, and gaming.

Find the episode on the Open Apple Web site or at iTunes.

May 2nd, 2011

Brutal Deluxe wants beta testers!

Dear All,

In order to beta-test Brutal Deluxe Software’s latest IIgs software, we would like to work with some volunteers.

In order to apply, you should have a networked (AppleShare, AppleTalk and other means) Apple IIgs linked to a Macintosh or other machine.

The IIgs machine, either a ROM 01, 03 or 04 should use System 6.0.1. The host machine should be based on Mac OS (System 6, 7, 8 or 9) or Mac OSX.

What is requested? A check of the folders and files preservation from the source (IIgs) to the host machine (a Mac or compatible machine). A more complete beta-test sheet will be provided to you.

You may apply until the 15th of May, 2011 and your requests to join must be sent to Please provide me with your networked environment.

I thank you for your help,

Antoine Vignau & Olivier Zardini
Brutal Deluxe Software