March 23rd, 2019

Juiced.GS Volume 24, Issue 1 now available

Juiced.GS Volume 24, Issue 1 (March 2019)Volume 24, Issue 1 (March 2019) of Juiced.GS, the longest-running Apple II publication in print, has now shipped.

This issue features a review of the VidHD card; a tutorial for exporting Apple IIGS files in PostScript format; a behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming Kickstarter for Nox Archaist; an interview with Randy Ubillos, developer of the II in a Mac emulator; a comparison of the Apple-1 to the Apple II; and much, much more!

This is Juiced.GS‘s first quarterly issue of 2019, its twenty-fourth year in print. Subscriptions for 2019 are available for $20 each for United States customers, $25 for readers in Canada and Mexico, and $28 for international customers.

March 8th, 2019

Mark Pelczarski to keynote KansasFest 2019

Mark Pelczarski – 1983

KansasFest 2019, the 31st annual Apple II convention, is scheduled for July 16 – 21 in Kansas City, Missouri. Mark Pelczarski of Penguin Software, well-known for numerous graphics utilities, books, and games, will join us with a keynote presentation to celebrate the Apple II.

Pelczarski began publishing graphics-related Apple II software in 1978 while in his early 20’s under the brands Penguin Software and Polarware.  He is an entrepreneur, author, programmer, consultant, and professional educator.  Mark is well known for the Graphics Magician software, a toolkit for creating graphics that includes over 50 major software publishers as customers including Random House, Sierra Online, Spinnaker, and Mattel.  He wrote monthly columns for Softalk and the book Graphically Speaking.  Besides pioneering computer graphics, Polarware published numerous games including Transylvania, The Coveted Mirror, and Spy’s Demise.  After leaving Polarware in 1987, Mark turned his attention to computer music and to online courses.  Mark once said “I like to make computers do things,” so he’ll surely fit in at KansasFest.

KansasFest is an annual convention offering Apple II users and retrocomputing enthusiasts the opportunity to engage in beginner and technical sessions, programming contests, exhibition halls, and camaraderie. KansasFest was originally hosted by Resource Central and has been brought to you by the KFest committee since 1995. Any and all Apple II users, fans, and friends are invited to attend this year’s event. Registration details will be announced on the KansasFest Web site, and registration will open on March 31. For photos, videos, and presentations from past KansasFests, please visit the event’s official Website.

March 4th, 2019

Nox Archaist Kickstarter: May 2nd

6502 Workshop is launching a Kickstarter campaign on May 2, 2019 to produce a collector’s edition of Nox Archaist!

Pledge rewards will include lots of cool feelies with professional artwork, such as:

  • Full color collector’s game box
  • Cloth map
  • Printed manual
  • Unique game artifacts
  • 5.25″ Floppy disks and a USB stick for emulators

Their goal is to give you the experience of buying a game off the shelf of your local computer store in the late 80s, and also give you the chance to be involved in the game design and success of a modern Apple II game!

February 27th, 2019

GORF registration is now open

The website is now live for taking registrations: https://gorf.org.au/

Early bird pricing ends 15th March.
Registrations close 1st April.

February 17th, 2019

QFest 12 Announcement [Updated]

UPDATE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, I unfortunately have to postpone WOzFest 12:00 – the new date is Saturday 25 May 2019, all other details remain the same. Steve in Brisbane has decided to also postpone QFest 12 to the same date.

From the europlus zone blog:

From our Northern Apple ][ Compadres comes the following announcement:

I am very happy to announce QFest 12, to be held in Brisbane on Saturday 27 April 2019, concurrent with WOzFest 12:00 and GORF, starting around midday Brisbane time (UTC+10:00).

As with previous QFests, there will be projects to work on, and an Applesauce on hand. We will enjoy video hook-ups with our Apple II brothers and sisters at other events around Australia. All food and drink will be provided.

Steven Kazoullis

Further details on the announcement post, and updates will be posted under the europlus zone’s WOzFest tag.

February 16th, 2019

WOzFest 12:00 Announcement [Updated]

UPDATE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, I unfortunately have to postpone WOzFest 12:00 – the new date is Saturday 25 May 2019, all other details remain the same. Steve in Brisbane has decided to also postpone QFest 12 to the same date.

From the europlus zone blog:

I’m very happy to announce the date for the next WOzFestWOzFest 12:00 – Saturday 27 April 2019, starting around midday Sydney time (UTC+10:00).

The primary theme for WOzFest 12:00 is “time” – encompassing, among other things, time-related hardware and software, the ravages of time and what we might (or might not) do about them, and strategies for finding time to have fun with our retrocomputers.

Something new this WOzFest is a theme-related hardware project for attendees – it’ll be a treat to have the first WOzFest-branded product for attendees to work on, and the first product release at a WOzFest for some time. It’s an international collaboration which spans the timezones, and all I can say about the release of this particular product is: it’s about time!

For several reasons, there’ll be a secondary theme this time, and one not unrelated to prior WOzFests – preservation with the ApplesauceApplesauce is John Morris’ phenomenal USB interface for Apple ][ disk drives which takes Apple ][ software preservation to new heights by capturing magnetic flux-level images of disks. My interest in such devices goes back a way.

I’m still to organise any Skype calls but I am hoping we’ll be able to organise some sort of video hookup to GORF – The Great Oz Retro-Technology Festival – being held in Melbourne 24-28 April 2019 and organised by frequent WOzFest attendees Melody and April. There’ll definitely be another video hookup, which I hope to share details of shortly.

Further details on the announcement post, and updates will be posted under the europlus zone’s WOzFest tag.

February 7th, 2019

Retro computing event in Melbourne Australia April 2019

The Great Oz Retro-Fest, (GORF) is a multi-day event celebrating the personal computing platforms of the 1970s, 80s and 90s including the Apple, Microbee, Commodore, Atari, Sinclair and other 8- and 16-bit computer lines. GORF is being produced by Teaching Electronics and Computing History (TECH) Inc. which is an Australian not-for-profit association.

GORF is happening from April 24th-28th 2019 at Urban Camp in Melbourne, Australia. Similar to KansasFest there is bunk-style accommodation provided on-site and participants are encouraged to live-in for the duration of the event.

Keynote speakers include Owen Hill, an original employee of Microbee Systems; Ewan Wordsworth Director of Microbee Technology Pty Ltd; as well as retro-technology researcher Dr. Melanie Swalwell from the Play It Again project.

Participants are also encouraged to give sessions, so the format will be very similar to the well known KansasFest and OzKFest events.

The cost of the event will be AU$360 (~USD$260) which includes 4 nights bunk style accommodation and most meals. Day passes will also be available.
Registrations are not yet open, but keep the dates free and plan your holidays and airfares now.

The GORF organizing committee includes Melody Ayres-Griffiths, the editor of Paleotronic Magazine, and past participant at Kansasfest and OzKFest events.

While in Melbourne, visit the Play-It-Again exhibition of a playable history of Australasian games at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.

About TECH Inc
Teaching Electronics and Computing History (TECH) Inc. is an Australian not-for-profit association incorporated in the state of Victoria. The purposes of the association are to promote awareness and understanding of the fundamentals and history of electronics-based technologies such as computers through various means, including the creation of software, print and web-based materials, the holding of events and exhibitions, acquisition of items of historical significance for restoration and display, and any other activities as deemed appropriate by its members.

December 21st, 2018

Juiced.GS Volume 23, Issue 4 now available

Juiced.GS Volume 23, Issue 4 (December 2018)Volume 23, Issue 4 (December 2018) of Juiced.GS, the longest-running Apple II publication in print, has now shipped.

This issue features a review of John Keoni-Morris’ Applesauce floppy disk controller; five visitors’ perspectives on the Living Computers: Museum + Labs; a tutorial for using Arduino with the Apple II; Kevin Savetz’s adventure in reviving a laserdisc game for the Apple II; news of of the discovery of MIT Logo’s source code; reviews of The Bard’s Tale Trilogy remastered and All About Applesoft: Enhanced Edition—and much, much more!

This is Juiced.GS‘s fourth quarterly issue of 2018, its twenty-third year in print. Subscriptions for 2019 are available for $20 each for United States customers, $25 for readers in Canada and Mexico, and $28 for international customers.

November 23rd, 2018

Sophistication & Simplicity now available from Juiced.GS

Sophistication & SimplicitySophistication & Simplicity, Dr. Steve Weyhrich's definitive history of the Apple II, is now available from Juiced.GS publisher Gamebits for the new low price of $20.

First published in 2013 by Variant Press, Sophistication & Simplicity: The Life and Times of the Apple II Computer is an updated and revised history of Steve Wozniak and Steve Job's most famous personal computer. The book's 47 chapters are updated and revised from Weyhrich's online history of the Apple II, which he has maintained since 1991. The book includes an entirely new chapter about KansasFest, the annual Apple II convention that has kept the community alive for over 30 years. Hundreds of black-and-white photos and an extensive index contribute to making Weyhrich's book an exhaustive history of the Apple II.

"Print publications from Nibble to Computist have long told the story of the Apple II," said Weyhrich. "Collaborating with Juiced.GS, the longest-running Apple II magazine, to share the printed history of the Apple II was a natural match."

Each hardcover edition of Sophistication & Simplicity comes signed by the author. Customers also receive a PDF featuring Juiced.GS's interviews with the author in May 2003 and March 2013, as well as the magazine's review of his book in March 2014. As part of our Black Friday–Cyber Monday 2018 sale, you also get one free PDF of your choice from the Juiced.GS Concentrate line!

All this for $20 plus shipping — such a deal! Quantities are limited, so order yours today to receive it in time for the holidays!

September 20th, 2018

Juiced.GS Volume 23, Issue 3 now available

Juiced.GS Volume 23, Issue 3 (September 2018)Volume 23, Issue 3 (Sep 2018) of Juiced.GS, the longest-running Apple II publication in print, has now shipped.

This issue features coverage of two events: KansasFest 2018 and the Fourth Annual Oregon Trail Game 5K; reviews of two books: Tome of Copy Protection and A History of Video Games in 64 Objects; how to program for Applied Engineering’s Phasor sound card; a behind-the-scenes look at HackFest winning entry Rush; and much, much more!

This is Juiced.GS‘s third quarterly issue of 2018, its twenty-third year in print. Subscriptions for 2019 are available for $20 each for United States customers, $25 for readers in Canada and Mexico, and $28 for international customers.

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