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This month on Open Apple, we sit down with Tony Diaz- KansasFest committee member, and consummate Apple II collector. With KansasFest just days away, we go deep on Tony’s amazing collection of unique prototypes, documents, peripherals, and the stories that go with them. If there’s a person with deeper knowledge of the early history of Apple Hardware, we haven’t met them.
Thanks for your patience in June, everyone! Some technical and logistical difficulties kept us from posting this episode as soon as we would have liked. We hope the show is worth the wait. We dive into lots of new hardware toys, KansasFest-like events around the world, lots of software updates, and one of the best Apple II games ever made.
How many times does Quinn boo Atari this month? What can we learn about Mike’s dark, mysterious past? How many tedious Jobs movie news items can the world produce? Listen and find out!
KansasFest 2015 is just days away. Hope to see you all in Kansas City this week!
More information on everything discussed in this episode after the jump.
- KansasFest – Registration closed by the time you read this, but come next year!
- Halt & Catch Fire – The fast-and-loose-with-the-facts retro romp is back.
- SpriteCastle – Flack expresses his secret jealousy for the Apple II.
- The IT Crowd Manual – Retro hardware hiding in everyone’s favorite IT-centric comedy.
- Orphan Black – An Apple II (ish) sighting in one of the best shows on television.
- UltimateMicro – Mike reviews the Transwarp GS clone and RamWorks III.
- Wasteland – A mainstream portal reviews the classic. The lame MS-DOS version, but still.
- Wasteland II – The kickstarted decades-later sequel.
- Minority Report – Futuristic UI was better when it was an AppleSoft BASIC prompt.
- MakerFaire Apples – Hack-a-day shares some great photos of odd Apples.
- Swyft Card – Still odd, still neat. Could have been what we’re all using now.
- Guy Kawasaki – Area man goes on bizarre rant. Film at never.
- Marina IP – The coolest 8-bit thing ever, now with DNS support!
- Jobs Trailer – Can’t wait ’til we can stop talking about these movies.
- French “KFest” – Apple II gathering in Toulouse. Six days in retro style.
- Mockingboard Clone – From the up-and-comer in Korea continues to impress.
- Bride of the Wizard King – Kids picture book, Apple II style.
- Kaboom update – The coolest IIgs game in years gets some bug fixes.
- NinjaTracker – The music player from the MegaDemo is now open for all. Amazing!
- GGLabs IIgs video – An awesome component video converter for the 16-bitters.
- Merlin Macros – New GS/OS System 6 assembly macros from Sheppy.
- Dung Beetles remake – A tribute to Bob Bishop right in your browser.
- Assembly Lines videocast – Chris Torrence shows you all sorts of great Apple II stuff.
- Senior PROM – The infamous cracking board has been..cracked? Copied, anyway.
- Apple IIoz – As in, “Australia”. Not “ounces”. Honest.
- Apple II video streaming – Like Airplay, but for Apples that are still fun.
- NTSC on an iPad – It can be a display for your Apple II, with some patience.
- Early Apple Photos – They surface again and again. What’s old is new again, I guess.
- Blake Patterson – He did it first, four years ago.
- Zorkduino – Zork on an Arduino. Because Zork and because Arduino.
- Nishida Radio – On hiatus again, probably for a while this time. Sad face.
- Bob Bishop’s Language Card – The inevitable auctioning of his estate has begun.
- Sundog – Way better than Elite. Most underrated Apple II game ever?
- Sundog Ressurection – The probably-lapsed attempt to reproduce, and/or open-source Sundog.