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87 minutes | 3 months ago
Open Apple #79 (July 2020): KansasFest 2020 Megapodcast
Welcome to Retro Open Poly Roundtable Chicken Missile Lines Drop Museum Gruecast, the annual “megapodcast” from KansasFest, this time conducted virtually via Zoom. Scroll past the links for Open Apple‘s audio edition, or enjoy the video edition courtesy Chris Torrence’s Assembly Lines podcast: Participants: Quinn Dunki (Blondihacks, Open Apple, Retrocomputing Roundtable)Earl Evans (Retrocomputing Roundtable, Next Without For, Retrobits)Ken Gagne (Polygamer, Transporter Lock)Paul Hagstrom (Retrocomputing Roundtable, Drop III Inches)John Leake (RetroMacCast)Charles Mangin (How II)Rob McMullen (Player/Missile)Blake Patterson (Retrocomputing Roundtable)Kay Savetz (ANTIC: The Atari 8-Bit Podcast, Eaten By A Grue)Kate Szkotnicki (RetroMetal: Old Games on Old Machines)Carrington Vanston (Retrocomputing Roundtable, Eaten By A Grue) Game-related links: KansasFestKansasFest (YouTube channel)National Dairy Council Grab A ByteAncient TarotCanadian Tire Complimentary CassetteThe Missing RingSoftline Mar/Apr 1984Magic Knight RayearthGertrude’s SecretsConan: Hall of VoltaApple Cider SpiderFirebugOld Timers: MUSE Software (KansasFest 1992)Three Mile IslandSenseless Violence 1 and 2
72 minutes | 2 years ago
Open Apple #78 (September 2018) – Retro Antic Assembly Chicken Missile Talks Our Way Out Of It
This month on Open Apple, we bring you the traditional big group podcast that we record every year at KansasFest. Tune in for a casual chat with your favorite retro podcasters, and get a behind-the-scenes peek at what makes KansasFest special. This year we managed to twist the following arms into joining us: Quinn Dunki – Open Apple Carrington Vanston – Retrocomputing Roundtable, Eaten By A Grue Paul Hagstrom – Retrocomputing Roundtable, Drop III Inches Ken Gagne – Retrocomputing Roundtable, Polygamer, Transporter Lock Charles Mangin – How II Steve Weyrich – Retrocomputing Roundtable Kevin Savetz – ANTIC, Eaten By A Grue, Tech Enthusiast Hour Chris Torrence – Assembly Lines Jason Scott – Jason Scott Talks His Way Out Of It You’ll have to excuse the strained voices and general discombobulation, as we generally record this sometime in the middle of the night on what-feels-like day 400 of KFest, in a dank basement chapel. It’s way more fun than I just made it sound. You should come to the next KansasFest!
108 minutes | 2 years ago
Open Apple #77 (March 2018) – Kevin Savetz & Carrington Vanston, Eaten By A Grue
This month on Open Apple, we sit down with Kevin Savetz and Carrington Vanston of the Eaten By A Grue podcast. Eaten By A Grue is a game-by-game style of podcast where the intrepid hosts are playing every Infocom game. They both play the game, then discuss it in detail, with and without spoilers. They discuss the amount of cheating required, how mapping was done, the quality of writing and puzzles, and so on. The show has a very nice structure wherein they discuss the show with no spoilers to the halfway point, so that you can stop and go play it yourself if you are so inclined. If not, you can keep listening and hear gory details of all the puzzles. Kevin talks about getting beasts into bed, and other reasons not to play these games on real hardware. Meanwhile Carrington gets his feelies on and brags about how he has so many original copies of Infocom games that he sits on them for fun. Meanwhile Mike and Quinn debate dubious silicon valley histories, wedge computers, and competing with other 8-bits in BASIC. Tune in to hear us malign our guests, misremember important names, and get super pedantic about connector nomenclature for no conceivable reason. You won’t want to miss a moment of the drama. More information on everything discussed in this episode, after the jump. The Eaten By A Grue podcast – Listen for yourself. You won’t be disappointed. Zoom – A great way to play Infocom games on modern systems. The CPRG Book Project – A great free book that is a work-in-progress. Roger Wagner to keynote KansasFest – Accidentally timely information! WozFest DB9 -Announced, and, well… happened a while ago. Full BBS Documentary interviews – All the B-roll now online for listening. MOS Technology – The old building is entering a new chapter. Home-brew Apple /// – Chris Zuhar’s project marches on. Apple //e Intro – Harry McKracken talks about it, and shares old photos. Adventure Game Rockstars Live – Transcript of this historical event. Eamon Remastered – Another text adventure engine modernized for the web. FApple II Fest 2018 – Japanese Apple II gathering. Scart HDMI for GS – A handy solution to the IIgs’ challenging video problems. Apple 1 in Verilog – Get your own enhanced Apple I running on an FPGA. CFFA3000 Run #5 -The last(?) run is done. I hope you got one! Plasma 1.0 – Support for more chips, and ready to use. AppleWin updated – Bug fixes, administrative stuff. BASIC 10-liner contest – Was underway, but is now probably done. Javier demos WiModem232 – A really great device- get it while you can. Sneakers on BoingBoing – Sneakers on BoingBoing! IIc as a wedge – According to some folks, anyway. Rastan source – Discovered? John Brooks is unimpressed. Neat story, anyway. Silicon Valley miniseries – Maybe it happened? Is it still happening? Nobody knows. Nestle/Atari lawsuit settled – Be careful how you sell Kit Kats. Woz’s company fails – But we still love him anyway.
101 minutes | 3 years ago
Open Apple #76 (January 2018) – Ken Gagne & Andy Molloy, Juiced.GS, Nukes
This month on Open Apple, we sit down with Ken Gagne and Andy Molloy of Juiced.GS, the longest running continuously published Apple II magazine (that you can still get in your mailbox to this day!). Juiced.GS is in its 23rd year, which has to be a record for magazines of almost any type. Ken and Andy talk about the bloodless coup of the magazine, the long history of same, where things are headed, and why they hates trees. Meanwhile, Quinn and Mike chat about FPGAs, nuclear weapons, and BBSes. What do you do when you need a mathematically provably correct piece of hardware to verify nuclear weapons compliance? Why, you grab your Apple II, of course! Duh! Here’s a time sensitive news item that didn’t make it into the show- vote for Nox Archaist and Lawless Legends for your favorite Ultima-inspired indie games of 2017! Stay tuned for a Tech segment where we follow up on last episode and go even deeper on fast IIgs graphics. There’s always more to know about the intricacies of squeezing performance out of this unique and beautiful machine. More information on everything discussed in this episode, after the jump. Juiced.GS – Subscribe here and get Apple II goodness direct to your mailbox every quarter! Tiger Learning Computer – Andy’s photo gallery of this fascinating artifact. Juiced.GS FAQ – Find out why there’s no PDF, and stop asking Ken about it. Byteworks Tools – Now for sale from Juiced.GS. IIgs Build Pipeline – Jeremy Rand’s ORCA/GoldenGate-based tool chain. Apple II+ FPGA – All the cool kids are doing it. Apple I on an ESP8266 – A very unique torturing of a commodity device. Apple II for Nukes – What to do when you need to really verify something. Ready Player ][ – A BBS scavenger hunt! With prizes! Jeremy Barr-Hyde’s Collection – More goodies here and here! CFFA Run 5! – This is great news!! DOS 4.4 – A skunkworks project from Brutal Deluxe. Virtual II Updated – The best emulator keeps getting better. Call A.P.P.L.E – 2017 winter magazine released. Apple IIe is 35 – Happy birthday to the letter ‘E’. ADT Pro 2.0.2 – Not compatible with High Sierra? Be careful. ProDOS 2.4.2 – Now in Beta! Nox Archaist Kickstarter – It’s rebooting. Stay tuned! Prince of Persia – It changed the way game animation is done. Jason Scott and Benj Edwards – They both have new podcasts. Give a listen! Apple Time Warp – A rare gem of a podcast. Worth your patience. Eaten By A Grue – The best internationally co-hosted Infocom podcast. Kevin Savetz
120 minutes | 3 years ago
Open Apple #75 (October 2017) – Seth Sternberger, Class Apples, GS Graphics
We’re baaaack! Sorry for the unscheduled hiatus folks, but your intrepid hosts had some family matters to attend to. This month on Open Apple, we sit down with Seth Steinberger of 8-bit Weapon. We talk about their new album Class Apples, which was made entirely on an Apple II. Yes, every sound on the album is generated by real Apple II hardware with no add-on cards. Apple IIs can make good sound with the right software and in the hands of a talented musician. After the amazement of Class Apples wears off, we get into Seth’s background with Apple IIs, how he got interested in electronic music, how 8-bit Weapon came to be, and where they’re headed next. We touch a little bit on his work as the main artist on the upcoming RPG Lawless Legends, and Seth explains how much better keyboards are as compared to proms. Furthermore, we all agree that the primary value of the internet is to find pictures of Devo. Michelle wasn’t able to be on the show, but you won’t want to miss the story of how she got to work with Mark Mothersbaugh. Mike and Quinn then get into augmented reality, alternative operating systems, and of course Richard Garriot. Can’t have an Apple II show without mentioning Richard Garriot. Stay tuned to hear about accelerator control, new magazines, and making your own memory cards. Lastly, Quinn goes deep on how to program fast graphics on the notoriously “crippled” Apple IIgs. Yes, you can do big beautiful sprites at high frame rates. Learn all about the deep dark secrets that the best games and demos used. Help keep the Garage Giveaway running at KansasFest! Donate here to keep it a thing. It’s one of the greatest services the Apple II community has, and we’re going to lose it this year if we don’t get donations. More information on everything discussed in this episode, after the jump. 8-bit Weapon – The greatest chiptunes group around. Class Apples – The greatest (read: only) pure Apple II album. 4Play List – All the software for the four-player joystick card. Checkpoint – An Augmented-Reality-ish game project for Apple II. A2OSX – A new multitasking OS for Apple II, with discussion. KansasFest HackFest – The judging videos are finally online for 2017. Better late than never. Homebrew Club AR – Yes, a second Apple II-related augmented reality item! TechCrunch analyzes Apple’s IPO – Back when tech IPOs were shiny and new. Breakout – A very reasonable book claiming Apple II’s starting of various revolutions. Carmen Sandiego – The making of! A great story. Richard Garriot – Another telling of his getting-started story. Timezone for Apple II – Yes, it exists, but maybe only in Akihabara. NORMFAST – A handy accelerator controller. SAFE2 on High Sierra – A note on compatibility with this FTP client. CiderPress 4.0.2 – A nice little update of the best disk image manager. Web-based assembler – 6502 on the web. Why not? Antoine’s IIx project – Adult software collection- not so family-friendly, but historical. Latest Call A.P.P.L.E – Get it while you can! Latest Juiced.GS – Magazines for all! DIY Memory – Make your own memory card for you two GS. Here’s one way. Jeremy Rand’s GS build pipeline – He showed it at KansasFest, now you can have it. Merlin32 – Brutal Deluxe’s build pipeline for Windows. The fast GS graphics path. These links will help you understand fast GS graphics: https://apple2.gs/technotes/tn/iigs/TN.IIGS.070.txt https://archive.org/details/IIGS_epluche_French http://www.brutaldeluxe.fr/products/crossdevtools/mrspritetech/index.html https://apple2.gs/library.php X10 on Apple II – You can still them, if you want. Donate HERE to keep the Garage Giveaway going at KansasFest!
157 minutes | 3 years ago
Open Apple #74 (September 2017) – Mark Lemmert, Nox Archaist Kickstarter, Fake Quinn, and Softalk #5
This month on Open Apple, the part of Quinn Dunki is played by RCR Podcast co-host Carrington “Fake Quinn” Vanston. A post-KansasFest Mark Lemmert of 6502 Workshop returns to the show to promote the new Nox Archaist Kickstarter. You should contribute because it’s awesome to support those still developing for the Apple II and not just because you get cool stuff when you do (though that’s a thing that happens too!). There’s lots of news to cover and Carrington has opinions on all of it. Only on Open Apple can you hear him trash clones, accelerators, ProDOS, retro BBSes, and a random assortment of other topics! Fun for the whole family! We also chat about Apple II music and there’s general confusion about Australian Apple II conferences (when is there not on Open Apple?) eBay isn’t talked about (because we don’t talk about eBay) and we deconstruct Softalk #5. RCR Podcast – Listen to this show! (but only after you listen to Open Apple) Monsterfeet – All things Carrington Nox Archaist – 6502 Workshop’s upcoming RPG for the Apple II Nox Archaist Kickstarter Nox Archaist on YouTube – Keep up with all the latest development news ANTIC – Mike goes all Atari in this episode of ANTIC, the Atari Podcast Nox Archaist Demo at KansasFest 2017 FlexiDisc – All your Apple II software needs. Now on bendy vinyl! Tech Republic’s Evan Koblentz visits KansasFest KansasFest YouTube channel KansasFest 2018 dates announced – Be there! Another Apple-1 auction – This time at Charitybuzz Woz talks about the Zaltair ad Rainbow Apple logo retired 18 years ago PCWeek visits the Living Computers Museum Elk Cloner wasn’t the first computer virus Retro Roundup MultiTech Micro Professor III (MPF-III) clone WOzFest S7,D2 Oz Kfest a2.click – A URL shortener for Apple II sites FASTChip //e accelerator – Currently out of stock Quinn fixes the beep Captain’s Quarters BBS resurrected Adventures in Flatland isn’t just a book John Brooks’ Bitsy Rip preview Introducing DSKalyzer, a command-line disk tool written in Go RIP French Touch Review:‘The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs’ at Santa Fe Opera New 8 Bit Weapon Album: Class Apples Harry Spragens’ Apple II music memories Portal on an Apple II – Not Apple II Portal. Confused yet? A musical performance sync’d to Apple II animation Stynx’s Vintage Micro Music channel on Soundcloud The Octalyzer – 3D video on your Apple II Paleotronic Magazine – Retro-technology for today’s world! Albert Computer Apple II clone – We don’t talk about eBay Softalk #5
61 minutes | 3 years ago
Open Apple #73 (August 2017) – Assembly Chicken PolyANTICast Roundtable
This month on Open Apple, we run the annual group megapodcast that is recorded live at KansasFest! This is a four-year-old tradition whereby all the attending retro podcasters get together and do one big silly show together. It’s clunky, it’s pointless, and the audio quality is terrible because we’re all crowded one microphone in a grungy old basement chapel. Yet it’s one of our favorite things to do every year, so we hope you enjoy listening! Around the table this year we have Quinn Dunki, Paul Hagstrom, John Leake, Chris Torrence, Kevin Savetz, Ken Gagne, Charles Mangin, and Carrington Vanston, and Michael Mulhern. Find links to all the podcasts mentioned in this show, after the jump! Feel like you’re missing out on all this fun? Come to KansasFest in 2018 and join in! We’d all love to meet you. Open Apple – Hurr hurr Retrocomputing Roundtable – A revolving discussion group of all things retrocomputing Drop III Inches – The Apple III podcast. Don’t drop it! Retro MacCast – Where great old Macs live again! Assembly Lines – A video channel with all sorts of Apple II projects. ANTIC – The Atari 8-bit podcast. It’s so good that Quinn won’t even boo it. Eaten By A Grue – The Infocom podcast. Gotta play ’em all! PolyGamer – All about equality and diversity in gaming. How II – The video channel for learning how to work with your Apple II.
87 minutes | 3 years ago
Open Apple #72 (June 2017) – Peter Neubauer, KansasFest, Last Jedi
This month on Open Apple, we sit down with KansasFest committee member and lifelong Apple II user Peter Neubauer. We talk lots about the upcoming KansasFest, of course, but also Peter’s own experiences with the machine. He has a passion for Logo, and a special place in his heart reserved for the Apple IIc Plus. I think many of us can relate to that. We talk KansasFest, KansasFest, and more KansasFest. Then we talk about KansasFest, followed conversation about a fruit-based retrocomputing conference that takes place in Missouri every July. We have plenty of regular news to catch up on as well, so stay tuned for updates from 6502 Workshop, NinjaForce, and more. We have graphics talk, Bluetooth talk, and exciting new accelerators from the mad Bulgarian. It’s already too late to register for KansasFest, but if you’re going to be there, make sure to say hi! We love to meet our listeners. More information on everything discussed in this episode, after the jump. KansasFest – It’s that time of year! BrutalDeluxe – This year’s keynote speakers, all the way from France! Hi-Res Graphics and Animation In Assembly Language – Finally scanned! 6502 Workshop Expanding – Their empire building continues. Wade Clarke Plays His Own – Does your own work hold up 30 years later? NinjaForce at Revision – The IIgs is back in the limelight of the demo scene. NinjaForce Demo – Here’s the actual disk image, with some bug fixes. Lo-Res Graphics in Assembly – Tom Porter shows how it’s done. New books from Call A.P.P.L.E – Synergistic and more. Alex Lukazi explores Bluetooth – The Apple II dongle heard round the world. Battlestations teaches DHGR– A great tutorial on the most difficult graphics mode. The Last Jedi trailer on a //c – Rendered the hard way. Don’t miss the making of. FASTchip review – The hottest new 8-bit accelerator, reviewed by Jorma. FTP Tool set for IIgs – Unlock real file transfer power with this new tools. Apple II Pi 2.2 – An update for the niftiest way to get modern hardware inside your II. Palm-sized Apple II – Yes, it works! More information here. New BBS running on real hardware – Apple IIs still make the best BBS hosts. WOzFest Slot 7 announced – They still have a few clever numbering ideas. Golden Gate Compatibility Layer – Kelvin Sherlock has been busy. Jorma acquires a rare Chinese clone – Great pictures of a rare (in the west) beast. Lemonade Stand lives on – Microsoft ports it to modern platforms for some reason. Apple Employee #3 selling his ranch – If you have a few dozen million to throw around. Yet another Apple I auction – They continue to decline in price. Meh. Where the first Apple was built – Someone found the actual apartment. KansasFest Offers and Deals – Too late to register, but bring your wallets! Woz says Apple is too big – To innovate, anyway. WeeGUI – Quinn’s MouseText-based GUI library.
100 minutes | 3 years ago
Open Apple #71 (May 2017) – Michael Packard, Alien Downpour, Kermit (The Frog)
This month on Open Apple, we sit down with Michael Packard, author of the upcoming new game Alien Downpour. Michael has gone back to teach himself assembly language and make the kinds of games he wished he had made back in the day. The results are indeed impressive, and his first foray into solo Apple II game production is shaping up great. He’s also been very encouraging to the community, having set up the Facebook group Apple Graphics and Arcade Game Design Enthusiasts, dedicated to the book by the same name. This group is a place for Michael to share his progress on his games, as well as for other people to jump in with their own projects. As of this recording, you can still pre-order Alien Downpour over at Michael’s site. Remarkably, you can order it on floppy or cassette! It comes with a retro-style baggie and insert as well. Michael is writing a book on his experiences (re)learning all this, so keep an eye out for that as well. He’ll also be at KansasFest this year with a presentation on Alien Downpour. Register now so you can see that! You won’t want to miss Michael’s perfect re-impersonation of the Egghead Discount Software answering message. Meanwhile, Mike and Quinn get stuff wrong on a great many topics, but have fun doing it. If you want to try using a IIgs as your daily driver, launch cows with extreme prejudice, or run GEOS on a weird piece of hardware, you’ve come to the right podcast. Register for KansasFest while you still can! More information on everything discussed in this episode, after the jump. Alien Downpour – Pre-order it now! Michael’s first solo Apple II game is looking great. Apple Graphics and Arcade Game Design – A great FB group about a great book! Apple II+ Prototype? – A rare-looking machine found by John Romero. Leigh Alexander on archiving – She sits down with 4am and Jason Scott. Apple II viruses – There’s more than just Elk Cloner! Educational games are under appreciated – Check out the premiere muppet-based GUI. Cow-a-pult – A great new vignette from 6502 Workshop. 8-Bit-Do firmware – It has been 8-bit-updated, and Chris Torrence reports. Caverns of Mordia – Improved coverage of this great story. Apple IIgs resurrected – Onsite action at the most recent WozFest. WozFest PR#6 – Lots of cool announcements from Oz this year. AFP Bridge – TCP/IP and AppleShare getting easier (no more LocalTalk). Using a IIgs in 2017 – A well-meaning dude takes a shot at it. GeoBook for sale – An auction for one of the rare GEOS-based laptops. GeoBooks are a thing – They have fans, because of course they do. Might & Magic – Mike and Quinn like it, and you will too (especially on Apple II) HowardSoft – It still exists! Take that, Microsoft Word.
104 minutes | 4 years ago
Open Apple #70 (April 2017) – 6502 Workshop, 1st-Person Lo-Res, Softalk #4
This month on Open Apple, we sit down with Mark Lemmert, co-founder of 6502 Workshop. Him and his partners (Mike Reimer, Bill Giggie, Robert Padovan, Gordon Mackay, and Galactagog) have been building Nox Archaist, a brand new story-driven tile-based role-playing game in the classical Ultima style. They’re pushing the hardware as far as they can with this new engine, working to break new ground in scope, story, animation, sound, and music. Early builds look great, and we’re really excited to see more! Mark’s journey with the Apple II parallels a lot of us. The machine sparked an interest in programming, and a fascination with RPGs and tile engines in particular. Nox Archaist is the fulfillment of that childhood dream to build such a game from scratch. Mark shares his war stories (that many of us can relate to) of strewing our childhood computers with half-baked game engines that were doomed from the start. As he and his team are proving, it’s never too late to revive and achieve that dream. KansasFest 2017 registration is now open! Early bird rates in effect as of this posting, so don’t wait. Attendance is limited to 100 this year. Sign up now! Mark will be there and likely demonstrating Nox Archaist, so you won’t want to miss that. Meanwhile, Mike and Quinn yammer on about new hardware, new old games, old new games, and of course Woz. Also back this month is the controversial Softalk segment. Read along with us in issue #4! More information on everything discussed in this episode, after the jump. 6502 Workshop – The team building Nox Archaist. Using Assembly Language (PDF) – By Randy Hyde, the book that got Mark started. Hi-Res Graphics and Animation Using Assembly Language – Does not appear to be online. Dogfighters of Mars 2 (demo) – Get it now before his dropbox limit is hit! Manila Gear 2soniq – Now distributed by ReactiveMicro. KansasFest Registration – Early bird rates in effect. 100 person limit! Go now! WozFest PR#6 announced – If you’re on the bottom of our blue rock, you should go. Light Cycles 3D – A game killed in 1977 is finally released! Better late than never. MIDI to Mockingboard – Tom Porter has a nifty conversion tool. Woz on why he likes computers – It’s Woz! He’s saying stuff! Softalk #4 – Follow along with us as we re-live 1980 one periodical at a time. SFX Audio – Promo for Tom Porter’s Apple II sound library.
95 minutes | 4 years ago
Open Apple #69 (March 2017) – Craig Peterson, KansasFest, Computer Show!
This month on Open Apple, we sit down with Craig Peterson, who got involved with hardware and software development very early in the life of the Apple II. Craig integrated Apple II computers with a numerical control manufacturing system, producing G-code for the cutting machines in a factory. He was a pioneer in using the Apple II for what computers are actually good at- moving data around in an automated fashion and abstracting away sources of human error in a complex process. Craig wrote technical articles for all the major Apple magazines, which led to him getting involved with Chinook. Craig wrote diagnostic and utility software for Chinook drives in the then exciting burgeoning new field of SCSI devices. Necessity is the mother of invention, and the need to precisely time SCSI drive interleavings prompted Craig to create a universal driver for the No Slot Clock. KansasFest Early Registration is now open! Sign up now, because attendance is limited to 100 this year. Meanwhile, listen as Quinn confirms that French people are from France, Mike spots the only Apple III in a hundred mile radius, and another boring Apple I auction happens. There’s double-hires, there’s outgoing preservationists, and there are lots of Australians. So many Australians. A new episode of Computer Show! A new episode of Computer Show! A new episode of Computer Show! A new episode of Computer Show! A new episode of Computer Show! A new episode of Computer Show! More information on everything discussed in this episode, after the jump. KansasFest early registration – Sign up now before the price goes up! Floppy Emu B enclosure – A community effort. Elk Cloner turns 35 – The author would really like us all to forget it. Apple I auction – Yup, another one. Blah de blah. Alien Downpour – Michael Packard is now taking pre-orders. Get yours now! GSPlus and more – Dagen Brock has been releasing his projects. Apple explores DRM – The infamous copy protection memos that are in the news. Nox Archaist updates – The Ultima-like continues to make strong progress. Oz KFest gets dates – Sign up if your country has spiders that eat birds! Brutal Deluxe to keynote – Come to KFest and meet the French legends. Dos 3.3 Sector Viewer – John Brooks builds it small. Virtual II updated – Full screen support is back. Apple IIc launch photos – New media turns up from the big 1984 event. Go go gadget preservation – Jason Scott makes things happen in the news. Exploring DHGR – Alex Lukazi plays with color theory. A new episode of Computer Show! – Go watch it now. Think iPhones cost too little? – Here’s a way to spend a lot more for some reason. Transputers revisited – A listener link that explains it much better than we did. Atari Transputing – Our listeners love these things, as it turns out.
114 minutes | 4 years ago
Open Apple #68 (February 2017) : Emulator Updates, EDD, Softalk #3
This month on Open Apple, Mike and Quinn sit down with each other and catch up on all the news they’ve been neglecting lately. Mike and Quinn discuss the disappointing 8BitDo controller, get excited about remanufactured printer ribbons, and pretend to know anything about EDD. Follow along as we review Softalk volume 1, number 3. The ads are always the best part! Meanwhile, we manage to sneak in one more Kevin Savetz reference, and a Boo Atari in the same breath. That’s the Open Apple Way. You won’t want to miss this month’s Apology to Call A.P.P.L.E segment. We’re going to need a bumper for that (and the Australians) soon. Despite all this terribleness, please give us money. Because costs. More information on everything discussed in this episode, after the jump. Gingerbread Apple II – Delicious, if not nutritious. Eight-Bit-No – Turns out the controller we were all excited about is kinda meh. Assembly Lines #42 – Chris Torrence reviews the 8BitDo controller. Assembly Lines #43 – Another follow-up on the 8BitDo. Apple II on an AVR – Emulating a small system on another small system. The new Portal on the old II – That Kerbal guy strikes again. Imagewriter II lives again – Yes, you CAN still get those color ribbons! Virtual II updated – The best OS X emulator is now even better. Some guy buys a Porsche – At least he spent too much. Lemonade Stand as a chatbot – A very modern way to play a very old game. GBBS Pro now GPL – All the gees, bees, and pees. Wade Clark saves a teenage legacy – You should do this with your stuff too. Quinn saves her own legacy – In two parts. More Burroughs on Apple II – Michael Mahon continues to update his nifty toy. WOzFest PR#6 – The Australians are doin’ stuff again. Sweet16 status – Sheppy let’s us know what’s up. Teen collector extraordinaire – Sells his collection to keep a dream alive. Apple II on a C.H.I.P. – No, not the Mega II. A different “chip”. RetroConnector – The presumed source for the enclosure on the above project. Transputer for the Apple II – It turns out “transputing” is a thing. Origin of the Transputer story – A2Central, as always, gets the scoop. Fixing Three Mile Island – The game, not the infamous power plant. I’m fEDD Up 2.2 – An update to the floppy archival tool of choice. The EDD Project – Paul Hagstrom tells the story of trying to save floppies at high-res. Tony Diaz speaks – He tells the story of the GS/OS 6.0.3 file typing bug. Ryan Suenaga’s software – A valuable archive, preserved! Rare 13MHz UltraWarp – The accelerator that nobody has heard of. Softalk Vol 1 No 3 – Follow along with us! John Romero’s Alien Attack – A great writeup on this early production. Floppy Days podcast – The HP85 series is especially interesting.
57 minutes | 4 years ago
Open Apple #67 (January 2017) : Year End Roundtable!
This month on Open Apple, we round out the year with our annual tradition of sitting around a virtual table with some friends of the show, discussing whatever comes to mind. Mike and Quinn are joined by Jeremy Barr-Hyde, Jorma Honkanen, Kate Szkotnicki & Chris Torrence. We have a really fun mix of Apple II fans from all walks of life and all parts of the world this month. Sit down with us as we discuss our history with the machines and how they fit into our lives today. Can retrocomputers be teaching tools for kids today? Can an Apple II serve a practical role in modern life? What was your unicorn accessory or software package back in the day? How do we get new faces to KansasFest? We chat about all this and more, so don’t miss it! More information on everything discussed in this episode, after the jump. Jeremy – Retro Blog and Google Drive full of Apple II scans. Jorma – The FinApple, source of all things Apple II in Finland. Kate – Streaming console gaming and soon Apple II, on Twitch. Chris – The Assembly Lines video podcast, and the Hyperduino project with Roger Wagner. Mike – As always, his scanned document site is a great resource. Quinn – Blondihacks blog, with Apple II projects and crazy otherness.
101 minutes | 4 years ago
Open Apple #66 (December 2016) : Glenda “The Atom” Adams
This month on Open Apple, we sit down with Glenda Adams, better known on the Apple II as The Atom. She was a cracker of some note back in the 1980s, and she shares great stories with us of her exploits in boot tracing, cracking, and distributing software in the glory days of the Apple II BBS scene. We talk about the journey from programming to cracking, and back to programming again. We talk about the politics of the Apple II scene, and the unique experience of cracking software remotely. Think fixing your grandparents’ printer over the phone is hard? Trying cracking a game! Can you deduce the release date of Fontrix by time-lining Apple II crack screens? We leave that as an exercise to the listener. Meanwhile, Glenda shares stories of porting Space Rogue, parties at Lord British’s house, and the old-school feel of early iOS development. More information on everything discussed in this episode, after the jump. Apple II Crack Screens – A list that includes many greats, including The Atom. Fontrix – You can play with this still-neat tool on Internet Archive. Call A.P.P.L.E Books – Here they are! Buckshot – Dagen Brock’s GUI for Bill Buckels’ image converter. SD MIDI II+ – Ian Kim’s clone of a classic MIDI card. Open A.P.P.L.E. – We accidentally wrote a column for a magazine. Magazine scans – Jeremy Barr-Hyde scans A2 Central and Open Apple (not us). WozFest 5.25″ recap – It happened! Fun was had! It was recapped! Caverns of Mordia re-released – Play it again, Sam! Or Quinn or Mike! Apple training videos – A great archive of rips of internal VHS materials. 80’s hair! Applesoft webserver – Thanks to the untapped potential of the Uthernet II. Uthernet II – buy one and put your Apple II on the internet. Alien Downpour – Work continues on Michael Packard’s upcoming game. Apple Graphics And Arcade Game Design Enthusiasts – A good book despite the name. Apple’s abandoned businesses – The things Apple doesn’t love anymore. Corey Cohen takes over Apple I clone support – Mike Willegal is frying bigger fish. Blake Patterson’s holiday demos – An annual retro tradition. Repairing Convict – Recording lost floppy data the hard way. Rev 0 Apple II #0025 – Some photos of a verrrry early II. Analysis of Apple II game rankings – A great state of the industry on the Apple II. AppleSoft BASIC book in BlindSpot – Turns out it’s this book (Cover photo). Apple IIc Introduction to AppleSoft – Slightly more modern version of above book. CFFA 3000 ordering – Get your name on this list so he will make more of them! Halt & Catch Fire online – Watch on AMC’s website. Season 4 will be the end of it. Don’t copy that floppy!
80 minutes | 4 years ago
Open Apple #65.5 (December 2016) : Mike Whalen At KansasFest
This week on Open Apple, we run a special piece of extra content, courtesy of friend-of-the-show Mike Whalen. Mike brought his mobile audio production gear to KansasFest back in July, and he captured a series of interviews and biographies during the event. He has graciously agreed to let us run it here on our feed. It’s wonderfully produced, and a great way to get a feel for what KansasFest is all about. If you’re on the fence about attending KFest in 2017, this will certainly sway you into joining us for all the Apple II fun.
133 minutes | 4 years ago
Open Apple #65 (November 2016) : Alex Lee, What Is The Apple IIgs?
This month on Open Apple, we sit down with Alex Lee, purveyor of the canonical IIgs reference site What Is The Apple IIgs? We talk about what it was like being one of the brave few with this machine, and that feeling of living in a secret world of incredible graphics and sound that nobody else seemed to know about. Alex walks us through the history of IIgs emulators, and all the ways that the IIgs Finder was actually better than the Mac. He also talks about the legal challenges of running an archive site like this, which luckily are not too serious for this obscure machine. We finish up with talk of the future of the site, and the difficulty of finding some really rare software packages- help contribute content! Alex is also working on an Apple IIgs coffee table book. Help encourage him to finish it, because we all want to buy it very very badly. Just saying. Keep listening, because you won’t want to miss Alex casually dropping the phrase “Late nineties and early naughties” in his charming Australian accent. Tune in as well to pine along with Quinn for the never-to-be Ultima VI. Our apologies for this episode being a bit late. Combinations of illness, holiday commitments, and technical difficulties all conspired against us this month. More information on everything discussed in this episode, after the jump. Apple II Scans – Mike’s repository of Apple II documentation and related media. What Is The Apple IIgs? – Alex Lee’s wonderful site, including all the games we discuss. Retro Hour with Lord British – An interview on how he loved the II a bit II much. Simulating a Burroughs 220 on an Apple II – Michael Mahon expands his KFest showing. Nox Archaist: Shattered Sword – Vignettes showing off their engine progress. New editions – This and this are fresh from Call A.P.P.L.E. ADTPro 2.0.2 – A new update to everyone’s favorite imager and bootstrapper. System 6.0.3 bug – Antoine Vigneau identifies a big auxtype problem. Huibert Aalbers – Recovered software, and the story behind it. Brutal Deluxe tapes – Somehow they keep finding new Apple tapes. New System Disk – John Brooks updates System Master with ProDOS 2.4.1. DOS 3.1 – It has been compiled from source and reborn! Apple Commander – Now living on Maven, great for cloud-assisted build pipelines. VCF Zurich – It’s a thing that happens and happened. Computer Pirate Shirt – The shirt that twitter hath wrought. FinApple – A new Finnish site for our favorite fruits. Hackaday 1kb challenge – An Apple II is a shoe-in to win this. Veronica – Because can’t resist a chance to link to this. Jimmy on Willy – Digital Antiquarian goes deep on Neuromancer and William Gibson. UltimateApple2 now Facebook – The latest on IDEA2C and other projects. Apple II manager interview – Computer History Museum sits down with a veteran. Washington Apple Pi online – Most of their newsletters are now scanned. Kickstarter for Woz – Help make a documentary about Woz’s music festivals. Softalk V1N2 – Read along with us through the back catalog of this magazine.
92 minutes | 4 years ago
Open Apple #64 (October 2016) : John Brooks, Tiger Learning Computer, Softalk
This month on Open Apple, we share an excerpt of an interview with John Brooks, courtesy of Juiced.GS. John talks about how and why he updated ProDOS, and his experiences getting back into the community. Tune in to hear Quinn lose 20 years of time perception around the Tiger Learning Computer, then pretend to know stuff about power supplies. Meanwhile, Mike waxes nostalgic about high school computer labs and tries to unload his excess Apple IIs on unsuspecting community members. We try out a new segment this month, and we hope you like it! No spoilers- you’ll just have to listen and see what we’re up to. More information on everything discussed in this episode, after the jump. Juiced.GS interview – Ken Gagne chats up John Brooks about ProDOS 2.4. ProDOS 2.4 – The “official” home of John’s update. Tiger Learning Computer – The educational toy with an Apple II under the hood. Tanru Nomad – Brian Picchi’s Apple-II-centric YouTube channel. Steve Jobs in images – Images of Steve Jobs. No, really. A2Heaven’s Apple II VGA Scaler – Finally, a VGA solution for people with slots. Bluetooth controller with Apple II theme – With a 9-pin dongle for Apple II use! Quinn’s Apple II gamepad – Make your own modern style controller. Dynacomp 240V dissection – Find out how that Aussie power supply works. ReactiveMicro Docs – Henry Corbis shares all his reverse engineering. The Goldbergs go deep – A fantastic Apple II classroom callback that gets it right. Chris Zuhar’s Apple /// clone – Step 1: make a blog! Retrochallenge 2016/10 – Happening now! Apple II projects expected to win. Egan “Datajerk” Ford – Update to Apple II Disk Server! Terry “Tezza” Stewart – The Kiwi with the cool videos. Cider Press rewrite – Andrew Wells rewriting it in C#. Apple II canned – A very unique tribute. Vintage BBS List updated – For all your redialing pleasure. Quinn’s digital archeology – Includes her sad attempt at a BBS. Plamen needs a IIc Plus – Lend him one for awesome product development. Rack mount portable IIgs – You probably can’t get one, but neat! Ben Heck’s IIgs – The gold standard of IIgs portables. That’s not all – Other IIgs portable efforts. Softalk Vol 1, No 1 – Follow along as we dig through the classic magazines.
101 minutes | 4 years ago
Open Apple #63 (September 2016) : Kate Szkotnicki, ProDOS 2.4, KansasFest
This month on Open Apple, we sit down with Kate Szkotnicki, long time Apple II fan and new addition to the retro community. We chat about her first impressions as a newcomer to the community, and the big splash she made at her first KansasFest. Kate is a cosplayer and frequent attendee of anime and comic cons, so she brought a very fresh set of skills and perspectives to KansasFest. Her presentation on making plastic parts (and candy!) with silicone moulding was very popular. Throw away your 3D printers- this is easier and better. We also talk lots about John Brooks’ excellent work on updating ProDOS, Quinn says a bunch of stuff about Commodore that probably isn’t true, and Mike falls on his sword for getting everything wrong about Australian Apple II gatherings. Mike gets a record number of Apple /// references into this episode, so be sure to tune in and ignore that. Breaking news! Between us recording and releasing this show, John Brooks has updated ProDOS to 2.4.1. Also, we worked out that the MegaBeep ROM is in fact compatible with it, contrary to the opening of the show. Listener James reported an issue that we believe was actually a bad ROM. If you are a MegaBeep owner, don’t hesitate to use it with any version of ProDOS, including John Brooks’ excellent new 2.4 updates. Thanks to Brian Wiser of Call A.P.P.L.E. for permission to use the interview clip with Mike Harvey and John Leake. Happy 30th birthday, Apple IIgs! Kate on Cult of Mac – Kate’s shiny new GS makes an appearance as well. Silicone Moulding and Resin Casting – Kate’s KansasFest presentation. Kate’s Apple II dress from BaltiCon – More photos here and here! Kate’s victory in the tie contest – A tough act to follow. VCF West photos – Holding out for a H.E.R.O. Cauzin SoftStrip – Reverse engineered, so… neat. Inventor of Cauzin – A great interview over on ANTIC. Halt & Catch Fire sets – Lots of cool 80s tech in the background. Apple I auction – Rare example sold to people you won’t like. ProDOS 2.4 – John Brooks updates the classic OS (2.4.1, now!) Manila Gear IIgs VGA – Careful- may not be what you think. ByteBoosters Transwarp enhancements – Juice up your juicer. 4Play Joystick card – You can now actually buy one. VNCView GS updated – Remote desktop for your 16 bitter. ADTPro to the rescue – Is there anything it can’t do? Mike Harvey of Nibble – Interviewed by Call A.P.P.L.E. Mike Harvey on RetroMacCast – Audio of the above interview. Thanks John & Brian! Bejeweled update – Jeremy Rand’s HackFest entry, now with more features! NuShrinkItX updated – Now swiftier. WozFest, OzKFest, etc – Mike and Quinn get it all wrong again. Patching DOS 3.3 – Yes, you can boot it on an external IIc drive. Possible Apple /// clone – Or at least, a neat way to start a home-brew project. Veronica – Quinn’s home-brew computer which inspired the Apple /// clone. Steve Jobs quits & returns – Cult Of Mac says stuff about it. Rev 0 Apple II – Market engineering at its finest. WeeGUI – Quinn’s mouse text-based GUI library for Apple II. Roland Gustafsson – The co-author of Gumball’s operating system and copy protection. ReactiveMicro news – A new way to keep up to date on their progress. Apple Graphics and Arcade Game Design Enthusiasts – For fans of a great book Apple Graphics and Arcade Game Design – That would be this book.
89 minutes | 4 years ago
Open Apple #62 (August 2016) : Mark Pilgrim, Passport, Ancient Legends
This month on Open Apple, we sit down with Mark Pilgrim, one of the most active software preservationists in the Apple II community. Mark has been spending his free time working on Passport, an automated cracking tool. It automatically detects and defeats copy protection schemes on Apple II disks, producing copyable disks that are otherwise completely intact. This is a boon for preservation of software that has only been (poorly) cracked by hoodlums of the past, or is previously uncracked. The latter is very common with educational software, business packages, and other things that the old crackers weren’t interested in. Mark’s skills and perseverance are making it possible to use more and more Apple II software on sites like Archive.org and VirtualApple. KansasFest 2017 will be July 18th-23rd at Rockhurst University! Meanwhile, tune in to this show and listen to Quinn and Mike bumble through news of various festivals, discuss lots of new hardware, and utterly fail to be respectful of the passing of a computer science legend. We’re sorry, Mr. Papert- you will be missed, and Logo touched all our lives. There are a record number of amazing announcements of hardware and software this month. You won’t want to miss Passport, Ancient Legends, 4soniq, CP/M Turbo 7, SD-MIDI, and more. It’s an incredible month for spending money on your Apple II. Go download Passport and archive all your floppies. Start now, or you’ll be up very late. More information on everything discussed in this episode, after the jump. Mike Willegal : Home of the Apple 1 Registry, among many other things. Mark Pilgrim : Cracker, writer, preservationist extraordinaire. Passport : Mark’s automated cracking and preservation tool. Passport Intro : Mark’s amazing presentation at KansasFest 2016 MECC : The educational software consortium that is a target of Passport for preservation Ship of Theseus: The most literary (and Quinn’s favorite) guest-uttered metaphor. Passport workflow : A great sample of how to use this powerful utility. GEnie and Delphi : Archived for all time. KansasFest 2017 : Next year’s dates already announced. Book it now! KansasFest 2016 : This year’s sessions and notes now online. Cult of Mac does KFest : The mainstream is all up in our business again. WOzFest $04 : It happened! Read more about it. Apple II Festival France : It also happened! VCF West : Guess what? It happened! Space 4048 : A charming lo-res vertical shooter in production now. Call A.P.P.L.E books : More reprints from ye olde user group. Marina IP : Perhaps the final update to this remarkable piece of TCP/IP software. GitHub Collation : A nice round-up of every Apple II project on github. Great reference! Logo Inventor Passed Away : Seymour Papert’s pen has gone down for the final time. Ancient Legends – Brand new, finished game by the Lawless Legends team. Yes, really. Halt And Catch Fire Season 3 : It’s baaaaa-ack. Play spot-the-Commodore. Inner Circle : Former member of a hacker group tells all. Again. MIDI, VGA, RAM, oh my! : Plamen is at it again with great new hardware. SD-MIDI : Ian Kim’s MIDI card. CP/M Turbo 7 : Another marvel from Ian Kim, coming soon. 4Soniq : Manila Gear’s marvelous IIgs sound card now available. Mugs and stuff : Retrobright guru Javier has made mugs and stuff. French Touch : Playing music while loading from a floppy disk. Yes, really. Kaboom! updated : Now supports 4-PLAY joystick card. Nox Archaist contest : Winners of the tile art contest have been announced. Woz-autographed Apple I : Up for auction. Get out your chequebooks. Don’t forget to join our Patreon. If you like the show, help keep it going! Will podcast for gazzoline!
86 minutes | 4 years ago
Open Apple #61 (July 2016) : KansasFest 2016, Chicken Missile Megapodcast
This month on Open Apple, as is tradition, we present the megapodcast recorded live at KansasFest. Most of your favorite retrocomputing podcasters attend KansasFest each year, and we all get together in a basement room to record a giant group podcast. This year’s recording includes, in no particular order: Quinn Dunki of Open Apple Paul Hagstrom of Retrocomputing Roundtable and Drop /// Inches Michael Mulhern and Carrington Vanston of Retrocomputing Roundtable Kevin Savetz of Antic Rob McMullen of Player/Missile Ken Gagne of Polygamer and Indiesider John Leake of RetroMacCast Todd George of Chicken Lips Radio Charles Mangin of How II Jeff Salzman of The History Of Personal Computing In this megapodcast, we talk about our experiences at this year’s KFest, and play a form of Liar’s Dice with each other’s personal computing histories. A note on audio quality- it’s difficult to get 11 people recorded simultaneously in a room without a lot of fancy equipment that we can’t carry on airplanes, so we hope you’ll bear with us. We have a ton of fun recording these as a group, and we hope you enjoy listening to it. Many many thanks to Paul Hagstrom for doing the editing on this one!
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