Volume 16, Issue 1 (March 2011)

Volume 16, Issue 1 (March 2011)
2My Home PageA colorful turn of eventsKen GagneJuiced.GS now prints its covers in color; the end of Ewen's series and the beginning of Martin's
3-5II the MaxGetting Started with the Apple IIMartin HayeWhy use an Apple II? Here's where to find the hardware and software to get you started.
6-10Apple CoreA Leading LightKen Gagne, Ivan DruckerSurvival horror arrives on the Apple II with Leadlight, an award-winning text adventure from Wade Clarke. This work of interactive fiction shows the potential and challenges of an aging medium faced with evolving hardware and player expectations.
10-13MusinGSThe Magician Behind MacrosoftPeter NeubauerAn interview with Alan Floeter, creator of Macrosoft and The Assembler.
14-17ConnectionsNative LanguageTony Diaz, Ken Gagne, Ewen Wannop, Geoff WeissHow to create, manipulate, and access Apple II files, archives, and disk images on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.
18-19DumplinGSEvents on the HorizonKen GagneKansasFest 2011 sessions; Mike Willegal to sell the Brain Board at VCF; Robert Justice's CompactFlash adapter for the Iic Smartport; A2Command; Open Apple podcast debuts; Antoine Vignau's photo gallery; Jason Scott to shoot 6502 documentary.
19Random NumbersLearning to Think by Learning to ProgramEric ShepherdBASIC and Pascal are great languages to teach programming structures and concepts.

Getting Started

An index of Apple II vendors and publishers of hardware and software.

B&R Computer Services
Great for printers, keyboards, mice, and an extensive software catalog, including AppleWorks.

Catalog includes magazines, manuals, keyboards, and controller cards.

MC Price Breakers
Sells CPUs, cables, RAM cards, and cables.

Usenet newsgroup csa2m is one of the oldest online Apple II marketplaces.

Apple II Classifieds
Part of A2-Web.

The online equivalent of the classifieds.

Give away and collect stuff for free.

KansasFest Vendor Fair
An open market held at each year’s KansasFest convention.

Seller of starter kits and software archives.

GNO Apple II Archive
An FTP archive of free Apple II software.

Apple Core

Survival horror comes to the Apple II in this Eamon text adventure from Wade Clark.

Eamon Adventurer’s Guild Online
Every adventure for and piece of information about Eamon, curated by Matthew Clark.

Zarf’s Interactive Fiction
Andrew Plotkin’s guide to IF.

Learn Inform
Learn the popular Inform 7 programming language for interactive fiction.

Text Adventure Development System
TADS 3, a popular alternative to Inform.

Computer History Museum
Additional photos of the Infocom display, courtesy Brian Wiser.


Photo gallery
Additional photos of Alan Floeter not seen in the print edition!

The MindCraft Assembler and Macrosoft
Alan Floeter’s popular programming language.

Magic with Macrosoft
Peter Neubauer’s KansasFest 2010 presentation (PDF).

Adagio Concepts
Alan and Valerie Floeter’s music studio.


IIGS System 6.0.1 and ProDOS 4.0.2
Bootable system disks for the 8-bit and 16-bit Apple II.

Bernie ][ the Rescue
A powerful Apple IIGS emulator for Mac OS Classic, no longer supported.

Eric Shepherd’s incomparable Apple IIGS emulator for Mac OS X.

An 8-bit FTP-capable operating system for the Apple II.

A TCP/IP stack for the Apple IIGS.

A standalone FTP client for the Apple IIGS.

Kent’s Emulated GS, an open-source, cross-platform Apple IIGS emulator.

A Windows-based Apple II file and archive utility.

An open-source Apple II file and disk image viewer and translator for Windows.

An open-source, cross-platform Apple II file and disk image utility.

Kelvin Sherlock’s utility for mounting ProDOS disk images in Mac & Linux.

An Apple IIGS NDA for converting files.


Annual Apple II convention in Kansas City, Missouri

Brain Board
Mike Willegal’s expansion card to turn an 8-bit Apple II into an Apple-1.

VCF East 7.0
The annual Vintage Computer Festival at New Jersey’s InfoAge Museum.

Apple IIc Smartport CompactFlash Adapter
Robert Justice’s prototype CF reader.

A Norton Commander-like file manager.

Open Apple
A monthly podcast by Mike Maginnis and Ken Gagne.

Antoine Vignau’s photo gallery
Thousands of original photographs of Apple II hardware, software, and accessories.

ASCII by Jason Scott
Blog of Jason Scott, director of BBS: The Documentary and Get Lamp (occasionally NSFW).