March 14th, 2016

Vintage Computer Festivals Spring/Summer 2016

Vintage Computer Festivals are like no other events! Come join us for a few days of family-friendly historic computing awesomeness. Each event has a hands-on exhibition hall where you can see and try computers from the 1960s-1980s. There are also keynote lectures, technical classes, special attractions, and much more.

There are four U.S. editions of the Vintage Computer Festival scheduled for 2016.

VCF Southeast — April 2-3, Atlanta region
contact: earl@baugh.org

VCF East — April 15-17, central New Jersey
Online ticketing and exhibit registration is open!
contact: evan@vcfed.org

VCF West — August 6-7, Silicon Valley
Online ticketing and exhibit registration is open!
contact: erik@vintage-computer.com

VCF Midwest — September 10-11, Chicago region
contact: silent700@gmail.com

Want a VCF show in your area? Let us know! – Contact info@vcfed.org
Be sure to check out the Vintage Computer Forums!

March 7th, 2016

Drop /// Inches #16: Taylor Pohlman

In this episode of Drop /// Inches, we interview Taylor Pohlman, who joined Apple in 1979 and became the Apple /// Product Marketing Manager in 1981, managing the “Reintroduction” of the Apple ///. He is also well known for the series of columns in Softalk magazine (“The Third BASIC”) introducing concepts in Business BASIC programming. Later, he left Apple to found Forethought (the company responsible for FileMaker and PowerPoint), co-founded Regent Systems, managed the development of GS-BASIC for the Apple IIGS, and then returned to Apple from 1986 to 1992, and is currently principal at Rohner & Associates, having worked with Sybase and Autodesk along the way.

We talked with Taylor about the innovations the Apple /// and SOS brought to the computing landscape, the launch at Disneyland, frustrations and missed opportunities with the Apple ///. We also heard about several other things, not specific to the Apple ///, such as the early days at Apple, interactions with Steve Jobs, launching the black Bell & Howell Apple II, using an Apple II to rock a baby cradle triggered by sound, Apple employees storming the Lisa building in Halloween costumes, the short-lived Apple IV, and lots more.

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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

Java on the Apple IIGS?

Miraculously, Java on the Apple II isn’t something new. But Mike Kohn is taking a different approach and experimenting with Java Grinder (which recently added support for the W65C816 CPU) to produce code that will execute on an Apple IIGS.



November 9th, 2015

A2Heaven opens its gates at last


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Plamen Vayssilov has opened A2Heaven.com, a new Apple II site to sell his Apple II products. The site will also host a blog and forums for technical support.

Plamen, a Bulgarian retro-computing enthusiast, has been prolific in cloning and reverse-engineering and even modernizing several Apple II peripheral products, such as the Mockingboard, AE RAMWorks and RAM Express, Apple SCSI card and many more.

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.



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