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.
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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.
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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.