March 30, 2018 · Comments Off on Enjoy Juiced.GS Volume 23, Issue 1 (March 2018)
This issue features reviews of the WiModem232 modem emulator and the Oregon Trail electronic handheld game; Quinn Dunki's tutorial for using git and GitHub version control with Apple II source code; an interview with Robert Freedman of HLS Duplication; coverage of the inaugural Vintage Computer Festival Pacific Northwest; a day in the life of an Apple II detective; and much, much more!
UPDATE: Upon further forensic analysis, it has been determined that no data breach did in fact occur.
"Advertisers and data brokers have returned our subscriber information to us intact and unopened," said Gagne. "None of them had the hardware or software with which to decipher our AppleWorks database format on 5.25" floppy, rendering the files useless to them."
APRIL 1, 2018 — LEOMINSTER, MA —Juiced.GS, the world's last and longest-running print publication dedicated to the Apple II, is the latest victim of a grievous and unlikely data breach.
"Our subscribers' privacy is sacrosanct, and their information will never be traded, sold, or shared," said publisher Ken Gagne. "Unfortunately, no security is impregnable. There was simply no way to know that trying to connect with my friends in FarmVille would give Facebook access to our customer database."
As a result of this breach, personally identifiable information (PII) about Apple II users has been made accessible to advertisers, data brokers, and political influencers, including the notorious Kansas Analytica. Among this PII are detailed subscriber demographics, including Apple II model, CPU speed, KansasFest roommate preference, and position on waiting lists for CFFA3000 and Uthernet II cards.
As a preventive measure against identity theft, Juiced.GS publisher Gamebits will offer subscribers a two-year subscription to data protection service LifeLock. Or, at least, it would like to. "When I called LifeLock and explained that I was concerned unscrupulous individuals would claim to be owners of 40-year-old Apple computers with 64 KB of RAM and a 140K floppy drive, they laughed and hung up," a confused Gagne related.
The repercussions of this breach have been immediate, as experienced by subscriber Kirk Millwood. "Previously, my web browsing would be plagued by advertisements for mattresses, web hosting, toenail fungus removal, and more," complained Millwood. "Now I'm being targeted with ads for 65816 accelerators, CompactFlash readers, modem emulators, and Pascal compilers. This is GREAT!"
Do you like applesauce? Then Amazon recommends you also try Juiced.GS.
"This breach is the best thing to happen to the retrocomputing community in a long time," agreed Evan Koblentz, organizer of the Vintage Computer Festival (VCF). "I never knew which, if any, Apple II users would show up to our events. Now I know exactly who they are — and what varieties of Krispy Kreme donuts will lure them here."
Gamebits will continue to investigate how to reclaim its data and prevent further dissemination. One drastic measure is already on the horizon: after this coming May's implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Juiced.GS will be banned from the European Union. Former subscribers should instead register for Juiced.FR, a new, French-language quarterly Apple II journal published by Brutal Deluxe.
Assured Brutal Deluxe's Antoine Vignau: "Brutal Deluxe will protect the data of its subscribers as thoroughly as the Maginot line."
Golden Gate — Kelvin Sherlock's compatibility layer that allows modern computers to run ORCA and GNO/ME shell programs as if they were native — has been updated from v1.1.2 to v2.0.2. This major revision not only doubles the speed of the 65816 emulator, but it also includes a source-level debugger shell for ORCA-compatible high-level languages, similar to Splat!, PRIZM, or ORCA/Debugger. The following screencast demonstrates the debugger in action:
This update is free to all previous customers. New users are invited to purchase Golden Gate for a mere $10, which includes macOS and Windows installers, documentation, source code, and future updates.
For more details about Golden Gate, please visit its new home on the web, where you can find its manual, an FAQ, and more.
This issue features reviews of a2heaven's FASTChip //e accelerator card, the Game Port Interface Board, and the book Break Out; tutorials for expanding Applesoft BASIC by creating your own ampersand commands, and for activating the Apple III's "Satan Mode"; a look at how Kelvin Sherlock ported the ProLine BBS software to be a cloud-based telnet service; and much, much more!
This issue features Charles Mangin's coverage of KansasFest 2017; an interview with Sean Fahey of the Garage Giveaway; an overview of ampersand programming packages for Applesoft BASIC; reviews of Alien Downpour and Cyber Jack; a behind-the-scenes look at Fujirun, Rob McMullen's winning HackFest entry; and much, much more!