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Juiced.GS announces hand delivery

Speedy delivery!

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.

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Encryption comes to Juiced.GS

Juiced.GS V21I1 (Encrypted)

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.

FBI vs. Juiced.GS
It’s on.

“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.”

Juiced.GS V21I1 (Encrypted)

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.”

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Juiced.GS to cover classic Macintosh

Juiced.GS April 2014

UPDATE: The publisher of Juiced.GS has retracted the press release of April 1, 2014, which included a typo.

The section which indicated that Juiced.GS would be expanding to cover the Macintosh computer was supposed to read, “Juiced.GS is doing better than ever. It has always been, and will always be, exclusively an Apple II publication, serving the community that still believes in ‘Apple II Forever’.”

“I regret that our proofreaders did not catch this minor typo,” said Ken Gagne, the magazine’s editor. “The keys are, like, right next to each other.”

APRIL 1, 2014 — LEOMINSTER, MA — Juiced.GS announced today an expansion of coverage that will ensure the magazine continues breaking records as the longest-running Apple II print publication.

Juiced.GS April 2014

“I’ve previously gone on record as saying that Juiced.GS will stop printing the day there’s nothing left to write about,” says Ken Gagne, publisher since 2007. “That day has finally arrived when we must make a difficult decision.”

With hardware like the Uthernet II, CFFA3000, Apple II Pi, and Replica-1 Ten; software such as Sweet16, A2CLOUD, stitch, and Retro Fever; events like KansasFest, OzKFest, and Vintage Computer Fest; and books such as Sophistication & Simplicity, The WOZPAK, and Jobs, the Apple II community is experiencing a drought of innovation, resulting in the shrinkage of Juiced.GS from 24 pages to a mere 20.

But, says Gagne, “Rather than admit defeat, we’re demonstrating the innovation that Apple users are known for. Stealing a play from the inCider/A+ handbook, Juiced.GS is expanding to provide coverage of classic Macintosh computers.”

Starting with the April 1 issue, Juiced.GS will feature retro Macs, defined as those computers produced from January 1984 through March 1991. The news, reviews, interviews, tips, and tricks Juiced.GS has become known for will be applied to this new platform, encouraging Apple II users to upgrade to the next generation of Apple computer, eventually evolving the publication’s name to Juiced.LC.

“In this way, Apple II users can express their trademark belligerence at refusing to upgrade by doing so — but on our own time,” boasts Gagne. “Let’s see Apple claim this as a victory!”

With the new focus, Juiced.LC will bump up its length to 22 pages per issue. Subscriptions will continue to be available for $19 for customers in the United States, $24 in Canada, and $27 elsewhere in the world. New with this volume is a PDF-only option, available for $99/issue, offsetting the carbon footprint of delivering millions of bits per issue as opposed to a mere 22 pages in hardcopy.

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Juiced.GS goes 3D

Apple 3D

APRIL 1, 2011 — WORCESTER, MA — Hot on the heels of having published its first-ever full-color cover, Juiced.GS publisher Gamebits has announced the next step in the evolution of the longest running Apple II publication in print.

Apple 3D
See the Apple logo from angles
never before witnessed in

“Starting with the June 2011 issue, Juiced.GS will be in 3D,” said Ken Gagne, the magazine’s editor and publisher. “Retrocomputing enthusiasts will enjoy the special effect of watching images of their favorite computers come to life like never before.”

This three-dimensional accomplishment capitalizes on an emerging trend in home entertainment but without the need for filters, glasses, or other cumbersome and expensive accessories. Courtesy a patented technique Gagne isn’t yet revealing, readers need simply turn the pages of Juiced.GS and watch as the enclosed imagery practically “pops up” before their eyes.

The 3D effect, which will imbue all the magazine’s hardcopy pages, is one of many features representative of Juiced.GS‘s commitment to its format.  “With so many print publications moving online, we’re dedicated to going in the opposite direction,” said Gagne.  “In fact, we’re just going to get printier and printier.”

Starting at KansasFest 2011, subscriptions to Juiced.GS will be available for the low cost of $20 per issue. Readers can ensure a life-long supply of news, reviews, interviews, and how-tos by making an endowment to Juiced.GS, with prices varying based on the reader’s age. A Juiced.GS app for the Apple II-phone is also in development.