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Charles Mangin's Apple IIe newsletter signup station

In July 2011, Ryan Vesler of retail store Homage found the site Apple II Bits and contacted its owner, Open Apple co-host Ken Gagne with a request:

I have a retail store in Columbus that sells classic t-shirts with
nostalgic artwork.

I would like to build some kind of Apple II looking computer that
collects email address for our mailing list (and maybe allows people
to sign up for a free prize pack)

Thinking about having some kind of Mac Mini operate inside an old
shell.  I was wondering if you would be interested in working with us.
We could price something out and see if it's worth your while…

Ken put Ryan in touch with Charles Mangin, about whom Ken had blogged back in 2010. Years later, on the September 2013 episode of Open Apple, Charles related the product of the resulting collaboration.

Charles did indeed embed a Mac mini inside an Apple IIe for Ryan's store in Columbus, Ohio. The display screen for signing up for Homage's newsletter, though powered by a Mac mini, is designed to look like it belongs on the green phosphor screen. It fits right in with the store's variety of nostalgic memorabilia, from an NBA Jam arcade cabinet to a Hulk Hogan cardboard standup.

Photos are courtesy Ryan; see more shots of his store at Columbus Underground.

Nice work to all parties involved in reminding the the public of Apple's roots!

Charles ManginThis month on Open Apple, Mike and Ken chat with Charles Mangin, the mad scientist who puts Mac Minis inside Apple II cases and inventor of the RetroConnector. It's our first show since KansasFest, and we share our highlights and favorite products and announcements from the show. The Steve Jobs film is now out, and Ashton Kutcher and Steve Wozniak have words while critics publish their own mixed reviews. However, we have nothing but praise for Walter Isaacson's biography, and Steve Wozniak gets his own moment in the spotlight courtesy interviews with the Verge and Game Informer. We're super-psyched that Eric Shepherd has established the S-Prize — how big will the pot grow before some enterprising programmer claims it?

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Video: Speaking with Steve Wozniak at KansasFest 2013

Happy 63rd birthday, Steve Wozniak! And thank you again not only for taking the time to attend KansasFest 2013, but to speak with Open Apple.

If you haven't already heard our 20-minute interview with Woz, go listen now. But some things are better seen than heard, which is why we're now offering a ten-minute video excerpt from the interview. In this video, taken from the second half of our interview, Woz talks about how he left Hewlett-Packard to found Apple, how he acquired the chips for his early inventions, and how impressed he is by what KansasFest attendees are doing with the Apple II.

You can watch the video on YouTube, stream it below, or download it as part of your iTunes subscription to our podcast. Enjoy!

While attending KansasFest 2013, Steve Wozniak — inventor of the Apple-1 and Apple II and co-founder of Apple Computer Inc. — takes a moment to speak with the Open Apple podcast about Steve Jobs, Randy Wigginton, and the Apple II.
Steve Wozniak speaks to Open Apple

Be sure to listen to the story of how we got Woz to KansasFest!

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Mike Maginnis and Ken Gagne, the hosts of Open Apple, join forces with Carrington Vanston of 1 MHz and Kevin Savetz of ANTIC, for one massive retro computing roundtable at KansasFest 2013. We chat about the convention's two surprise guests — Steve Wozniak and a working Apple-1 — and how both came to be there, as well as our favorite sessions and games of the week, including Michael Sternberg's tournament of Martin Haye's Structris.

It wasn't long before Mike and Ken ditched the two other guys for the most amazing guest ever. Be sure to listen to our interview with Steve Wozniak!

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Convention corrections for July 2013 episode

We hope everyone has enjoyed listening to the July episode of Open Apple. Unfortunately, we got a few facts wrong during the "II News" segment of that show. Since some of the affected events will be occurring before our August show airs, we want to issue the following two corrections immediately.

First, we discussed that none of the show's hosts or guests would be attending Vintage Computer Festival Southwest 3.0. It turned out there's a good reason for that: VCF Southwest 3.0 is not being held. VCF SW 3.0 occurred in August 2012, and there is no VCF SW 4.0. We did not realize that the information we were referring to was a year old. Our apologies to anyone we misled into thinking there is a retrocomputing event in Arlington, Texas, next month, when there is in fact none. Any Open Apple listeners who nonetheless try to attend will find little to report. Thanks to Michael Sternberg and David Greelish for the heads-up.

Second, OzKFest is occurring exactly as detailed in our episode, but we want to give credit where due. Andrew Roughan has done a great job promoting OzKFest, and as a result of his marketing efforts, we have associated his name with the event — but, as he points out, he is not the prime coordinator. OzKFest would not be possible without the leadership of Steven Kazoullis and the assistance of Alex Lukacz and Jon Co, as detailed on the site's "About Us" page. Organizing such a gathering is a great undertaking, and every contributor deserves to be acknowledged.

Fun fact: OzKFest is being held in Brisbane — specifically, Kurilpa Hall. And Mt. Keira Fest, the gathering of Apple II users in 2009, was named after its venue, which also began with a 'K'. That makes OzKFest the second Australian 'K' Fest!

We apologize for these oversights and extend our thanks to our eagle-eared listeners for keeping us accurate.

Mike WillegalThis month on Open Apple, Mike and Ken chat with Mike Willegal, Apple-1 and Apple II reproduction expert extraordinaire. His topic is hot this month: five Apple-1 computers were simultaneously on display at the History San Jose museum; one is being auctioned online; Willegal was interviewed for a Kickstarter-funded book about the Apple-1; and his clones are appearing in a feature-length film about Steve Jobs — what a guy! He even went to Vintage Computer Festival Southeast this spring, though he'll be absent from VCF Southwest, KansasFest, and Oz KFest, all occurring this summer. We watch the trailer for the Jobs movie and find we all have different reasons to see (or skip) Ashton Kutcher in the title role. We may or may not have dressed up to see the recent Star Trek and Man of Steel films; maybe we'll fit the part by wearing some Apple t-shirts from 1986 to see Jobs.

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Podcasting 101 at MIT

At KansasFest 2011, Open Apple took you behind the scenes to show you how sausage podcasts get made. The audio and video of that session was published shortly thereafter, but we've learned plenty more since then. Both Mike and Ken have applied those lessons to the launch of new podcasts: Challenge Talk, No Quarter, and The Pubcast.

Ken recently had the opportunity to share those experiences with MIT's Social Media Working Group. Despite the academic audience, the session was aimed at anyone who wants to do podcasting: what your topic should be (niche and target), what you need (hardware, software, time, and a co-host!), where to get royalty-free intro music, and more.

Although the presentation was not specifically about Open Apple, much of the material was derived from and is applicable to the Apple II community's only monthly podcast. Ken's key points were succinctly outlined by Robyn Fizz, MIT Information Services & Technology News Coordinator, in the article "Podcasting 101: A guide to getting started". If you want to hear the entire show, the audio (with follow-up Q&A), set to Keynote slides, in this 38-minute TechTV video.

Thanks to Rob Walch and Mike Maginnis for the advice and assets that went into this presentation!

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