When the September issue of Juiced.GS shipped, it featured a fast-breaking story: an interview with John Brooks, who just that month had released ProDOS v2.4, the first update to the operating system since Apple's last official release on May 6, 1993. In the interview, which was recorded on Sunday, September 18, Brooks and Juiced.GS editor Ken Gagne discussed the impetus for this update; why it's called v2.4 and not v2.0.4; how this 8-bit operating system benefits 16-bit Apple II users; the potential for copyright infringement; the significance of its release in a year that also saw the debut of Windows 10 and iOS 10; and much, much more. The conversation ran a half-hour long and was published as a 4.5-page, 3,627-word transcript.
Like many Apple II users, the staff of Juiced.GS never throws anything away. Though the magazine is available in hardcopy only, it seemed a waste to let the original audio recording of Brooks' interview sit unheard in our vault. So, with Brooks' permission and in collaboration with Quinn Dunki and Mike Maginnis, an excerpt of that interview can now be heard in episode #64 of the Open Apple podcast:
Knowing that both Juiced.GS readers and Open Apple listeners alike would benefit from an easy-to-remember Web address at which to find Brooks' updated ProDOS, we registered this URL, which will always point to the latest ProDOS release at Call-A.P.P.L.E.:
JULY 22, 2016 — KANSAS CITY, MO — Juiced.GS, the world's last remaining and longest-running Apple II print publication, will live up to subscribers' expectations by publishing its 22nd volume in 2017.
"For Juiced.GS to publish each year requires three components: writers, readers, and content," reflected publisher and editor-in-chief Ken Gagne. "Our community is strong in all three: the submission policy we unveiled last July has introduced us to many new writers; the 'automatic renewal' feature we introduced last December has allowed subscribers to vote with their wallets for the continued existence of Juiced.GS; and we have so much content that, last September, we published our first-ever 28-page issue. Juiced.GS in 2017? How can we say no?"
Upcoming issues of Juiced.GS will include coverage of KansasFest 2016 and Apple II Festival France; reviews of the 4play and 4soniq expansion cards; programming tutorials from 6502 Workshop, the developers of Nox Archaist; a retrocomputing enthusiast's guide to eBay; a review of accessibility tools and features for the Apple II; and much, much more!
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This issue features coverage of WOzFest ///, where the 4play and 4soniq cards were revealed alongside an updated version of KABOOM!; reviews of the 1983 game Dino Eggs and its 2016 sequel, Dino Eggs: Rebirth; a review of Tulip House's VGA Adapter for Apple IIGS ROM 3; David Schmenk's tutorial on creating an auto-updating chat client using PLASMA and Python; Charles Mangin's detailed analysis of mice bearing the M0100 model number; and much, much more!
APRIL 1, 2016 — LEOMINSTER, MA — In a rare show of support for modern-day Apple Inc., Juiced.GS has come out on the side of encryption in the ongoing battle between the former manufacturer of the Apple II and the FBI.
"It is every developer's and every publisher's right to communicate with their customers without the government eavesdropping," said magazine editor Ken Gagne. "That goes for Juiced.GS as well. But with a number of Juiced.GS issues addressed to Australia being inexplicably delayed or intercepted, we can only assume agents within the USPS are funneling our magazines to the FBI for analysis. This is a gross breach of our customers' confidentiality: our hacker interviews, programming tutorials, and game reviews are for subscribers' eyes only."
To defeat this latest threat to our intrinsic freedom and national security, all issues of Juiced.GS will now come with AES 128-bit encryption. The encoded text can be typed into an Apple II running The Byte Works' Crypto software, available from the Juiced.GS store, resulting in a seamless, integrated reading experience. An accelerator card is recommended to allow each issue to be decrypted before the next quarter's Juiced.GS arrives. Other compatible hardware includes the Quickie handheld scanner for faster input and the CFFA3000 for optional two-factor authentication via a USB dongle.
Juiced.GS readers have long requested a digital edition of the magazine, so to produce this new format, the longest-running Apple II print publication is taking a cue from a successful predecessor. "We're big fans of Nibble and know our readers will appreciate this return to typing in programs from magazine—except this time, the program is the magazine," said Gagne. Supporting this new initiative, Juiced.GS will begin publishing 'one-liner' articles, starting with movie reviews by Eric 'Sheppy' Shepherd.
"Although we traditionally are a politically neutral publication, we felt this stance was an important one to take," affirmed Gagne. "And a safe one: we bet not even the All Writs Act of 1789 will know what to do with an Apple II."