December 30, 2011 · Comments Off on The making of an Apple II holiday ornament

Subscribers to Juiced.GS are now receiving the December 2011 issue, which features a back-cover photo of a unique holiday creation: an original, miniature Apple IIe ornament. My quarterly editorial details how it came into my possession — but there's much more to know about this gift than can be found in that issue.

For one, this ornament is exquisitely detailed. The monitor features a single stitch of a different color, representing the on/off button. What appears to be a loose thread on the back is in fact the power cord. And the keyboard has a larger stitch for the spacebar (even if the correct number of rows couldn't fit, this feature did!). Some of these details are more visible in these additional photos — take a look, then keep reading for more info.

The ornament's creator, Sarah, has allowed Juiced.GS to debut the ornament's design document under Creative Commons. She writes:

I chose to make this in plastic canvas because my mom always made projects out of it when I was growing up, it's relatively easy to make almost any shape you want, and the grid-like nature of it was perfect for old-style graphics. I used to map out my graphics programs on graph paper (like the tree) and mapped out this pattern as well before I put it into the pattern program. I found out that plastic canvas started being used in the '70s as well, so it seems like a very appropriate medium.

This same artist was mentioned in the December episode of the Open Apple podcast as once having experimented with programming an Apple II. Podcast guest Rob Kenyon asked for some of those efforts to be released. Fulfilling his wish and in keeping with the theme of the above ornament, Juiced.GS is now also publishing a disk image with two of Sarah's Applesoft BASIC programs: one each for Christmas and New Year's.

I wrote these programs in junior high when I was learning about graphics. I used to map out drawings on graph paper. I believe I found the technique for using a variable to change colors from a book of programs. My computer teacher used to let me run these as "screen savers" before computer class.

It was really fun to view my old programs again. I was happy to see that they still worked, and it was fun to see them in color on an emulator. We only had a green monochrome monitor at home; I had to rely on books for color codes and tested them at school.

It might be a fun "reader challenge" to update the new year program since it's now 20 years old! (YIKES)

These programs may be fairly typical of a nascent Apple II user, but they are also wonderful reminders of the possibilities that early computing awakened in many of us. Our thanks to Sarah for opening this part of her childhood to us — and for keeping the spirit alive through her embroidery work and sharing it with the world!

December 24, 2011 · Comments Off on Enjoy Juiced.GS Volume 16, Issue 4 (December 2011)

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The December issue of Juiced.GS is now available!

This 24-page issue features reviews of the CFFA3000, the Steve Jobs biography, and the Tiger Learning Computer; an interview with Kristi Petters, the former Apple employee who licensed the Apple IIe technology for the TLC; a behind-the-scenes look at David Schmenk's Escape! From The Homebrew Computer Club; a tribute to Steve Jobs by the colleagues who knew him in the Apple II days, including Bob Bishop, Paul Terrell, and Lane Roathe; and much, much more!

Check out this issue's index, as well as links to online resources for more related content.

Now available: the entire 2011 volume at a discounted rate!

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September 28, 2011 · Comments Off on Enjoy Juiced.GS Volume 16, Issue 3 (September 2011)

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The September issue of Juiced.GS is now available!
This issue features our annual KansasFest coverage; reviews of Mike Willegal's Brain Board and Vince Briel's A2MP3 card; a tutorial for getting started with the Apple IIGS; and some stunning news about KansasFest 2012.

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September 15, 2011 · Comments Off on Win a $20 Juiced.GS credit from Open Apple

This summer, Juiced.GS announced that we would be publishing again in 2012, with subscriptions for the new year currently being accepted.

But wait! Why pay now when you can get a subscription for free? All you have to do is listen to the latest episode of Open Apple, the Apple II community's only co-hosted podcast. Email the show's hosts with the information provided in the "Name the Game" segment of the show, and you'll be entered to win a $20 credit, good for anything in the Juiced.GS store — subscriptions, back issues, and Concentrates.

The contest closes at 9 AM MDT on Saturday, October 1 — so tune in and enter today!

[Full disclosure: the editor-in-chief of Juiced.GS is a co-host of Open Apple.]

July 23, 2011 · Comments Off on Juiced.GS in 2012, new Concentrate, and custom ads

Juiced.GS, the longest-running and last remaining Apple II publication in print, will continue its historical streak for another year, with subscriptions for the 2012 volume now being accepted.

"2011 marks the fourth consecutive year when our subscription base has not shrunk, not stabilized, but actually grown," says Ken Gagne, the magazine's editor and publisher. "With so much interest in a thirty-year-old computer, and so many stories still to tell, there's enthusiasm among both readers and writers to keep Juiced.GS going for as long as possible."

Subscriptions to the 2012 volume, which will include the traditional four quarterly issues, cost $19 for customers in the United States, representing no change in price. International customers will experience a $1 price increase, up to $27 per year, the first price hike after nine years at $26, in which time international postage went up $1.35. Back issues and other non-subscription products will also incur an international shipping fee, discounted from the standard United States Postal Service charge.

Juiced.GS's library of digital products, launched at KansasFest 2010, has also grown with the addition of a new Concentrate. The File Transfer PDF consists of five articles that were originally printed in Juiced.GS from March 2010 through March 2011, describing a variety of methods for extracting files from an Apple II onto a modern computer, as well as exchanging files in the opposite direction and translating them to ensure accessibility and usability. The 27-page File Transfer Concentrate costs $14.

Finally, Juiced.GS is expanding its services to target vendors. Apple II businesses have always been invited to advertise in Juiced.GS, but few have had their own ads available to be submitted for publication. With Juiced.GS now offering full-color back-page ads, as most recently demonstrated by the KansasFest flyer, Juiced.GS is helping any and all vendors take advantage of this opportunity by offering full-service advertisement design, courtesy of Peter Neubauer, artist of the aforementioned KansasFest ad as well as the album artwork for the Open Apple podcast. Fees in addition to advertising rates apply, with the vendor receiving the final ad for use in other marketing materials; please contact Juiced.GS publisher Gamebits for full details.

"Every year since the discontinuation of the Apple II presents a new challenge for the community that has developed around the machine," says Gagne. "These changes will make Juiced.GS the robust and agile publication it needs to be to continue to serve this amazing audience and give them the best magazine they deserve."