APRIL 1, 2017 — LEOMINSTER, MA — Juiced.GS, the world's last and longest-running print publication dedicated to the Apple II, is finally eliminating traditional hardcopy delivery in favor of a more reliable distribution method.

"Relying on the United States Postal Service to deliver our magazine has resulted in several cantankerous subscribers, especially in Australia," grumbled publisher Ken Gagne. "We've explored alternative carriers — UPS, FedEx, DHL — and not one offered the the satisfaction guarantee that Apple II customers deserve."

Concluded Gagne: "Sometimes, if you want it done right, you have to do it yourself."

Starting immediately, all Juiced.GS subscribers will enjoy personal hand delivery of their issues. As a preliminary trial run, customers in select test markets received their March issues directly from Gagne, resulting in glowing praise. Carrington Vanston, host of the prolific 1 MHz podcast, gushed:

I don't know if I'm supposed to give away the secrets of the 8-bit publishing star chamber, but I can tell you non-subscribers something you might not know about Juiced.GS: when you subscribe, every issue you receive has been hand-lettered in gold-flaked ink by ex-Apple employees. And then — then, Ken Gagne puts it in his car and he drives it to you anywhere in the world (he's got like a Chitty Chitty Bang Bang kind of car) and he hand-delivers your copy. He comes right into your house — you know, breaks in or whatever — and then he places it right on your coffee table, squares it up all nice and neat with a t-bar. The presentation is amazing. I mean, okay, sure, he usually, you know, goes through your fridge or whatever, but this is the kind of service you just don't see anymore from the mainstream press. You really only see it from a publisher who's had the foresight and the dedication to collect the wisdom and the, you know, the actual brains of the great magazine publishers of the eighties. You should see his collection! It's — it's … it's frankly terrifying.

Juiced.GS subscribers will know their issue is en route when they spot the magazine's unique branded vehicle coming down the street.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

The official Juiced.GS delivery wagon.

"I look forward to visiting our loyal subscribers wherever they may live, day or night — whatever it takes to ensure every customer, everywhere, is reading every single word and sentence we slaved over," Gagne menaced. "Apple II… FOREVER!!"

As a consequence of this improved service, Juiced.GS is changing its publication frequency from quarterly to annually, to allow time for delivery. The last customer is scheduled to receive their next issue in March 2018. Renewals are now being accepted.

March 1, 2017 · Comments Off on Enjoy Juiced.GS Volume 22, Issue 1 (Mar 2017)

Juiced.GS Volume 22, Issue 1 (Mar 2017)

This issue features a tutorial for telnetting to bulletin board systems from your Apple II; reviews of the AP40 wireless Bluetooth game controller and the Floppy Emu storage device; an interview with Joe Santulli, co-founder of the National Videogame Museum of Frisco, Texas; a behind-the-scenes look at ProRWTS, the filesystem controller by Peter Ferrie being used in the game Nox Archaist; and much, much more!

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

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January 21, 2017 · Comments Off on Happy birthday, Ryan Suenaga

Six years after Max Jones founded Juiced.GS, a promotion at work limited his energy to commit to the Apple II magazine. Max wanted his publication to continue without him, and he didn't have to look far for someone to bear the torch. Ryan Suenaga, who had written for all 24 issues Max had edited, became the new editor-in-chief, a position he held for the next four years.

Ryan would've turned 50 today. Had he not passed away in 2011, he likely would be pleased and even surprised at how his contributions to the community have resonated (had his humility allowed him to admit such a thing). Juiced.GS and the Apple II community have enjoyed remarkable growth and innovation the past few years.

But we also carry with us the knowledge of how much richer we would be if Ryan were still with us. At the annual convention in Kansas City, a Krispy Kreme night celebrates his memory by raising funds for the @rsuenaga scholarship fund.

Another KansasFest tradition is the Juiced.GS staff photo, in anticipation of gracing our September cover. Anyone who has written for the magazine in the past year is invited to join the regular writers and editors for this special occasion. In 2013, the event was especially poignant when the cast received a special gift. Valentino Valdez had created a Remembering Ryan t-shirt, adapting a photo of Ryan playing basketball to a silhouette of colors evocative of Ryan's infamous shorts. All Juiced.GS writers were given a shirt, with 100% of the sales benefiting Ryan's scholarship.

Ryan Suenaga staff photo

Photo by Loren Damewood.

Happy birthday, Ryan. Your friends in the Apple II community and beyond remember you today and always.
Ryan Suenaga's last birthday party

Photo courtesy Ricky Li

(Originally published Jan 21, 2014)

December 31, 2016 · Comments Off on Shipping fees now charged on back issues & software

Juiced.GS has several business practices that make us unique. One is that our subscriptions follow the calendar year: instead of starting when you subscribe, they begin in March of the year you've subscribed to. Although not an industry-standard model, synchronizing everyone's subscriptions makes them easier to manage — which is especially important when the magazine's editorial staff, publisher, sales & advertising team, and circulation department are all just one person!

We have another practice that was also intended to make life easier, but over time, has had just the opposite effect: we've never charged shipping fees on our back issues, instead selling them at a flat rate to all customers, regardless of where they live. This policy was created twenty years ago to avoid the complexity of calculating and charging rates based on weight and destination.

However, postage rates have increased faster than production costs, to the point where shipping internationally is now a break-even ordeal at best. And with last year's introduction of the Opus ][ product line, we're shipping more products than ever before. Fortunately, with the rise in popularity of e-commerce, as well as our transition last year to the WooCommerce platform, it's become easier to anticipate and calculate those shipping fees.

USPS logoTherefore, beginning today, all tangible, non-subscription products will incur USPS shipping fees in addition to their base value. Annual subscriptions will continue to be charged a flat fee based on their destination. For all other products, whether you live in the United States, Canada, France, Australia, or elsewhere, separate shipping costs will be itemized, displayed, and charged during checkout. Back issues, bundles, Opus ][, and Friends for Life are all affected; subscriptions, Concentrates, disk images, and PDFs are not.

Since we previously included the cost of domestic shipping in our prices, we're compensating for this change by lowering the price of our bundles. We've even discounted the PDF editions proportionately. Whether you want the first six volumes in the Early Years, the next four volumes in the Middle Years, or the latest 11 volumes in The Modern Years, you can now get these issues at their lowest non-sale price ever.

We apologize for the need to pass these costs along to you, our loyal customers, but we hope that years of online commerce have acquainted you with the practice of being charged for shipping. If you miss our old way of doing things, be sure to sign up for our email newsletter, where we'll occasionally offer coupons for free shipping.

Thank you for your patience and support. We look forward to serving you in 2017!

December 22, 2016 · Comments Off on Enjoy Juiced.GS Volume 21, Issue 4 (Dec 2016)

Juiced.GS Volume 21, Issue 4 (Dec 2016)

This issue features coverage of Apple II Festival France; an interview with Italian programmer Daniele Liverani; reviews of the 4soniq sound card from Manila Gear, the classic stealth game Castle Wolfenstein, and a stage production based on The Oregon Trail; a tutorial for finding and interviewing historical figures in the computer industry; a guide to buying and selling on eBay; a day in the life of an Apple II consultant; and much, much more!

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