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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.