Juiced.GS Volume 24, Issue 2 (June 2019)

This issue features a look at PLATO, a 1960s mainframe program being used to create a modern online retrocomputing community; a comparison of BASIC alternatives to Applesoft; reflections on an interview with Steve Meretzky of Infocom fame; a tutorial for converting MP3s to Apple IIGS rSound format; and much, much more!

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APRIL 1, 2019 — LEOMINSTER, MA — Gamebits, renowned publisher of Juiced.GS and retailer of Apple II books and software, is introducing a new cryptocurrency for use exclusively in retrocomputing transactions.

Juicybits™ will be a groundbreaking payment method powered by blockchain technology, adapted to run on 8-bit machines. Apple II users, known to hoard more vintage machines than they could ever possibly use, can finally set their collections to the task of recouping the investment in this expensive and otherwise purely nostalgic hobby.

A tower of 16 networked Apple II computers

The AppleCrate can mine as much as one Juicybit™ per month.

As with any cryptocurrency, the more processing power available, the more Juicybits™ can be mined. As Juicybits™ can be produced only on Apple II hardware, Juiced.GS publisher Gamebits has partnered with Michael J. Mahon to sell AppleCrates to any parties interested in getting in on the ground floor. These towers of sixteen networked Apple II motherboards are expected to initially mine one Juicybit™ per month. An AppleCrate server farm is also currently being constructed at Rockhurst University, where KansasFest attendees can lease time on additional processors. Negotiations are ongoing to provide the school's Corcoran Hall with additional air-conditioning units.

Individual users are welcome to participate using their existing retrocomputing hardware via a broadband Internet connection. Consistent with the decentralized nature of cryptocurrency, blocks will be scattered across a number of telnet BBS message boards, waiting to be found and verified. Spectrum Internet Suite, the graphical web browser for which support was recently discontinued, will also be updated. When paired with the web-hosting software Silver Platter, Apple IIGS users will be able to deliver and engage in cryptojacking.

Apple II users without an Uthernet card can elect for their next issue of Juiced.GS to be bundled with an encrypted block on a 5.25" floppy disk. When the block is verified, it can be mailed back to Gamebits to be added to the blockchain. Limited editions of Juiced.GS will also include printed blocks that can be typed into an Apple II to be verified.

Juicybits™ logoWhether the blocks are delivered digitally or via physical media, Juicybits™' encryption and privacy are as strong as any other cryptocurrency, as the Apple II flies below the radar of most malevolent hackers. Mysterious cracker 4am has promised to set his sights on Juicybits™ as soon as the Internet Archive contains all Apple II floppies ever made — a threat ameliorated through judicious application of Zeno's dichotomy paradox.

Juicybits™ will prove an exciting financial opportunity for Apple II users. Other cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, Dogecoin, and Ethereum, can be exchanged for Juicybits™ on the free market. Due to the limited pool of Apple II computers available, Juicybits™ will have a high initial value, with an exchange rate of a dozen Juicybits™ per Bitcoin. Each Juicybit™ can then be used to extend a Juiced.GS subscription for one month.

As Juicybits™ gain momentum, widespread market penetration is expected to occur by mid-2020. ReActiveMicro will not only be the second store to adopt Juicybits™, but will do so exclusively, abandoning other payment methods. Said an enthusiastic Henry Courbis, "If you thought our TransWarp processors were impressive, wait until you see our payment processors!"

March 23, 2019 · Comments Off on Enjoy Juiced.GS Volume 24, Issue 1 (March 2019)

Juiced.GS Volume 24, Issue 1 (March 2019)

This issue features a review of the VidHD card; a tutorial for exporting Apple IIGS files in PostScript format; a behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming Kickstarter for Nox Archaist; an interview with Randy Ubillos, developer of the II in a Mac emulator; a comparison of the Apple-1 to the Apple II; and much, much more!

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February 10, 2019 · Comments Off on Juiced.GS at the Media Archaeology Lab

Ten years ago, the Media Archaeology Lab was founded at University of Colorado at Boulder as "a place for cross-disciplinary experimental research and teaching using obsolete tools, hardware, software and platforms". This mission is very much in line with that of the Apple II community: our hobby of using ancient equipment in modern contexts is dependent on preserving hardware and software and maintaining its functionality.

The MAL didn't land on Juiced.GS's radar until 2017, when Juiced.GS contributing writer Chris Torrence of the Assembly Lines podcast began volunteering there. When he invited Juiced.GS editor-in-chief Ken Gagne for a tour earlier this month, it was a perfect opportunity to make a donation, establishing a formal relationship between the two kindred institutions.

The Media Archaeology Lab is now home to a complete collection of Juiced.GS, consisting of all 92 issues published to date, making it the tenth such organization to house the Juiced.GS archive. This collection will be kept current with future issues as they are published. A copy of Steven Weyhrich's Sophistication & Simplicity has also been added to the lab's library.

It's an honor to partner with such a like-minded organization in our mission to preserve the story of the Apple II and its community. We look forward to continuing to collaborate with the Media Archaeology Lab for many volumes of Juiced.GS to come! Until then, please enjoy this photo gallery from our recent visit to their space, showcasing the many Apples and other retrocomputing and retrogaming equipment in the lab's collection.
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