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This month on Open Apple, the part of Quinn Dunki is played by RCR Podcast co-host Carrington “Fake Quinn” Vanston. A post-KansasFest Mark Lemmert of 6502 Workshop returns to the show to promote the new Nox Archaist Kickstarter. You should contribute because it’s awesome to support those still developing for the Apple II and not just because you get cool stuff when you do (though that’s a thing that happens too!).

There’s lots of news to cover and Carrington has opinions on all of it. Only on Open Apple can you hear him trash clones, accelerators, ProDOS, retro BBSes, and a random assortment of other topics! Fun for the whole family! We also chat about Apple II music and there’s general confusion about Australian Apple II conferences (when is there not on Open Apple?)

eBay isn’t talked about (because we don’t talk about eBay) and we deconstruct Softalk #5.


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Open Apple #65 (November 2016) : Alex Lee, What Is The Apple IIgs?

This month on Open Apple, we sit down with Alex Lee, purveyor of the canonical IIgs reference site What Is The Apple IIgs?  We talk about what it was like being one of the brave few with this machine, and that feeling of living in a secret world of incredible graphics and sound that nobody else seemed to know about.

Alex walks us through the history of IIgs emulators, and all the ways that the IIgs Finder was actually better than the Mac. He also talks about the legal challenges of running an archive site like this, which luckily are not too serious for this obscure machine. We finish up with talk of the future of the site, and the difficulty of finding some really rare software packages- help contribute content!

Alex is also working on an Apple IIgs coffee table book. Help encourage him to finish it, because we all want to buy it very very badly. Just saying.

Keep listening, because you won’t want to miss Alex casually dropping the phrase “Late nineties and early naughties” in his charming Australian accent. Tune in as well to pine along with Quinn for the never-to-be Ultima VI.

Our apologies for this episode being a bit late. Combinations of illness, holiday commitments, and technical difficulties all conspired against us this month.

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This month on Open Apple, we sit down with legendary Apple II programmer, Bill Budge. In addition to being an icon of Apple II gaming and graphics, he is the number-one-requested guest by listeners of the show. Mike and Quinn are very excited he was able to make some time to talk to them, and hope you agree it was worth the effort. Bill is, of course, the author of such seminal classics as Raster Blaster, Pinball Construction Set, and MousePaint. He was an influential force in the golden years of Electronic Arts, and did many good works with early Apple as well.

After chatting with Bill, Mike and Quinn chew the fat about Soviet Apple II clones, slowing down the IIc Plus, and documenting rare II models. Meanwhile, Quinn constructs an impromptu sound studio in a conference room, and Mike waxes nostalgic about harpsichords. Also, this episode marks the most Apple III references snuck in to date. Mike even manages to goad the guest into bringing it up. Don’t miss Quinn struggling to remember the word “Dacta”, and Mike taking a cheap shot at Elevator Action.

A quick update to Quinn’s Floppy Emu Model B review- since this was recorded, Steve has updated the firmware so it now remembers the last disk image you used.

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This month on Open Apple we sit down with Robert Bowdidge, one of three interns at Berkeley Softworks who ported GEOS to the best line of 8-bit computers. We talk about what a great place Berkeley Softworks was, along with the power of good tools and proper software engineering. Robert has great memories of the culture there, the GUI technology they had built, and the brilliant people who built it. Apparently GEOS existed for some other 8-bit computer as well, but we imagine it was slow and child-like. Users probably bought it at K-Mart or something.

After the interview, Mike and Quinn delve into their personal memories of GEOS, along with a couple of new projects they both did with the environment. Mike works on GEOS file conversion, and Quinn sorts out all the drivers so you don’t have to. We’re even having a contest this month! Download Quinn’s Ultimate GEOS disk image and find the secret phrase. First person to do so and email us at feedback (at) open-apple (dot) net wins nothing at all!

We also talk some news- lots of really great hardware is coming down the pipe. You won’t want to miss Javier Rivera’s hands-on with Plamen’s IIc VGA adapter, and the Uthernet II is now available. Don’t miss out! We talk some Woz, we talk some French Touch, and we revisit KansasFest yet again.

Celebrate GEOS with Quinn and Mike this Hallowe’en!

GEOS Disk Image guide:

  • D1S1: Boot / Desktop disk
  • D1S2: Demos
  • D2S1: Drivers
  • D2S2: More Drivers
  • D3S1: GeoWrite
  • D3S2: GeoPaint / Desk Accessories
  • D4S1: GeoSpell / LaserWriter tools
  • D4S2: GeoDictionary


A quick sidebar on show length- yes, this episode is almost 3 hours again, but we really did try to make it shorter. We’ll continue to try and compromise a bit on this, so thanks for your patience!

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Welcome to Open Apple, a podcast dedicated to the Apple II. Join us each month as we share news and memories of Steve Wozniak’s most famous personal computer. Meet the hosts of Open Apple:


Mike Maginnis Mike Maginnis Mike has been an Apple II user since 1982. In 1998, he began the Computist Project to scan and post the entire run of Computist magazine.  This effort has since evolved into the Apple II Scans website, an extensive and ever-growing collection of Apple II and /// related documentation.  He has written for Juiced.GS and was the lead technical editor for A2Central.  Mike created and co-hosted No Quarter, a now-defunct weekly podcast dedicated to classic arcade gaming, and occasionally blogs about his Apple II passions at 6502Lane. Mike is a former United States Marine and now lives in Colorado where he works as a technical writer for DISH Network.
 QD_HeadshotQuinn Dunki Quinn has been an Apple II user since 1981. She’s an active hacker of all things retrocomputing, in both hardware and software. She blogs these efforts over at Blondihacks. When she’s not obsessively shaving cycles out of 6502 code, Quinn is writing apps on mobile devices for her consulting company, One Girl One Laptop Productions. Prior to that, she had a long career in AAA video game development, including stops at Bungie, 3DO, and Pandemic Studios. If she’s not in front of the computer, you can find her behind the wheel of (or lying underneath) a janky race car with her 24 Hours of LeMons team.


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A Brief History of Open Apple

Open Apple first aired in February 2011 with its original hosts and co-creators, Ken Gagne and Mike Maginnis, and broadcast monthly until March 2014, when Gagne left the show. After a brief hiatus Open Apple returned in July with Quinn Dunki, who appeared as a guest that month before joining us in August as our new co-host.

Want more? Read Ken’s telling of our origin story here.  And here’s what Mike remembers.

Credits & Acknowledgements

All songs in this podcast are used under license from OverClocked ReMix or under Creative Commons license from the Free Music Archive:

The (now-retired) “Name the Game” segment was stolen frominspired by a similar feature on Xbox Live’s Major Nelson podcast.

Voiceovers for shows #1 through #43 are provided by Emily Kahm, an alumna of Rockhurst University, home of KansasFest. Beginning with show #44, voiceovers are provided by Kelly.

The show’s album artwork is an original creation designed for Open Apple by Peter Neubauer. A modified version of the artwork is featured as the banner for this website.

Mike’s recording hardware consists of an AT2035 Cardioid Condenser Microphone and Blue Microphones Icicle USB pre-amp with shock mount, desktop microphone stand, and pop filter.  Rogue Amoeba’s Audio Hijack is used to capture his audio stream.

Quinn kicks her rhymes for the ages on a Samson Go Mic, and records her audio using Rogue Amoeba’s Piezo utility ($15).

Discussions are held over Skype, recorded and edited with Audacity, Audio Hijack, Piezo, and Levelator, and published with WordPress, Blubrry, and Feedburner.

Over the years, the site’s content has been created and maintained using a variety of software, including Dark Room, TextWrangler, Windows Live Writer, MarsEdit, GraphicConverter, Transmit, and Safari.  These days, we mostly just use the WordPress dashboard.

This site’s favicon and RSS image use this Flickr photo with express permission from photographer Julio Martinez.

The site was created and largely maintained by Ken Gagne until his departure in April 2014.  Since then Mike and Quinn have assumed site administration duties.

Open Apple is an independent publication that is not affiliated with Resource Central, Gamebits, Juiced.GS, KansasFest, Syndicomm, 16Sector, A2Central, One Girl One Laptop Production or its subsidiary BlondiHacks, or any other organization. The views and opinions expressed on Open Apple are solely those of its hosts and guests.