Archive for tag 'Bob Bishop'

Melissa BarronThis month in Open Apple, Mike and Ken talk with Melissa Barron, the Apple II community's famed tapestry artist. The three relate their experiences exploring the past and future of computer media at conventions and museums in Chicago and Rochester, exploring the methods used to create and preserve history. Further tributes are made to Steve Jobs, while Mike Westerfield reclassifies old BASIC tools and releases new ones. Lord British's Texas mansion is up for sale — a fitting home for Vintage Computer Festival Southwest? We debate various models of floppy drives and are wary of fake and expensive Apple II computers on eBay but excited about new e-books and iOS apps of interest to retrocomputing enthusiasts.

Congratulations to Todd Holcomb, who named the game as Spy's Demise! He won an autographed copy of Bob Bishop's Bomber on cassette, courtesy Mike Maginnis.

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Escape from the Homebrew Computer ClubThis month in Open Apple, Mike and Ken keep the KansasFest vibe going with first-time attendee David Schmenk, getting his perspective on the greatest products, sessions, and experiences of last month's Apple II convention, from the CFFA3000 to Sweet16 and more. Ewen Wannop's publication of an online magazine archive leads to a brief discussion on the creation and consumption of PDF scans, after which we get Tony Diaz on the line to clarify a hardware matter. On eBay, we like pins, buttons, and games, before getting ready for a special guest at this month's Denver Apple Pi user group meeting.

Congratulations to Antony Mauget, who named the game as Hard Hat Mack! He won a complete collection of 300 Baud magazine. Next month's winner of the easiest Name the Game contest ever gets a $20 gift certificate to the Juiced.GS store.

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Brian WiserThis month in Open Apple, Mike and Ken are joined by Brian Wiser, an unsung hero of the Apple II archivist movement, as well as a director and producer of films related to Joss Whedon's Firefly television show and Serenity movie. Ken reports on his trip to the Vintage Computer Festival East 7.0, Mike notes the changing of the guard at Syndicomm, and Brian brags about the Apple employees he's met and the museums he's visited, after which Mike and Brian chat about their favorite Apple II publications. We all lusted after the Ultima trilogy on eBay but were dismayed by two other auctions that were not what they seemed. Classics that need to be remade, those that are being remade, and those that were and failed are our gaming topics of the month.

Congratulations to Brian Sturk, who named the game as Lode Runner! He won a 20% or $50 discount off one ReactiveMicro.com order. Next month's winner gets a $20 credit at the RetroFloppy store, courtesy David Schmidt.

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Show #3 eBay auction results

In the April episode of the Open Apple podcast, Mike, Ken, and Peter reviewed several eBay auctions. The results of those auctions are below, in the order in which they ended. (Some "Buy It Now" auctions are not included.)

TitleStarting bidEnd date# BidsSold
Apple IIGS Woz Signature Edition$3,000 (Buy It Now)This listing was ended by the seller because the item is no longer available.
Sammy Lightfoot$0.99Mar 28, 201116:56:29 PDT6$208.05 + $30.92 S&H
Bob Bishop's Bomber$0.99Mar 28, 201119:53:39 PDT6$20.45 + $5 S&H
Apple Adventure (disk only)$1.00Apr 08, 201121:23:40 PDT2$10.50 + $4.95 S&H
5.25" Kraft Disk Notcher$58.99 (Buy It Now)Apr 16, 201106:56:08 PDT0relisted

Peter NeubauerThe third monthly episode of Open Apple, recorded on April 3, 2011, has Mike and Ken joined by KansasFest committee member Peter Neubauer. The three look forward to attending KansasFest and VCF and reading Juiced.GS, 300 Baud, Twisty Little Passages, and Don Lancaster's Assembly Cookbook; review favorite edutainment software; gawk at outrageous eBay "Buy It Now" prices; and discover remakes of classic games Ultima, King's Quest, SimCity, Lode Runner, Wizardry, Choplifter, and more.

Winning a two-day pass to VCF East is Marvin Malkowski Jr., who correctly named the game from last month's episode! The prize for this month's contest is a $25 discount off KansasFest registration or a free KansasFest 2011 t-shirt, both courtesy KansasFest sponsor 16Sector.

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Andy MolloyWelcome to the inaugural episode of Open Apple, the Apple II community's first co-hosted podcast. In this show, hosts Mike Maginnis and Ken Gagne reflect on their Apple II history before welcoming guest Andy Molloy. Segments include "II News", a roundup of the latest events in the Apple II community, such as a CompactFlash adapter for the Apple IIc, the downsizing of the Apple II's Usenet newsgroups, public appearances by Bill Budge, Bob Bishop, and Steve Wozniak, and a classic game now available for iOS; "Apple Pickings", a review of Apple II software, hardware, and accessories on eBay and Craigslist; and the audio trivia challenge "Name the Game".

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