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Volume 15, Issue 2 now shipping

Volume 15, Issue 2 (June 2010)
Volume 15, Issue 2 (June 2010)

It’s the last day of second quarter, which means if this news hasn’t come out by now, it has to be today: the June 2010 issue of Juiced.GS is now shipping!

The cover story of this twenty-page issue is a review of the FC5025, a controller card that lets a 5.25″ floppy disk be connected to a modern computer via a USB interface. Given that this storage medium was phased out around the same time USB was created (1996), it’s amazing that it’s only in 2010 that a commercial product bridging the two technologies has become available. Mike Maginnis looks at the strengths and weaknesses of this new device.

I didn’t want to represent this story on our cover with a shot of the actual hardware, as we’d published a similar cover in March when Mike reviewed the iDisk. Mike and I both had some great and creative ideas for the cover, but life conspired against us. I think what we ended up using is pretty fun, though I’m wondering how many readers will notice the floating laptop.

Other stories in this issue include Martin Haye’s tutorial for using his Super-Mon programming utility; Ivan Drucker’s opinion piece on the growing divide between users and programmers of Apple products; and the second in a five-part series on transferring files between the Apple II and other computers. Our thanks to Cabel Sasser at Panic for letting us use a still from a cool video they shot last month. (Their FTP client is pretty sweet, too!)

Despite having only four feature articles, this issue’s content was contributed by seven staff writers and seven readers โ€” the latter in the form of letters to the editor. I can’t remember the last time we had this much feedback to publish, which probably means it hasn’t been during my four-year watch as editor. I’ve enjoyed getting to know Juiced.GS‘s readers more personally and hope to continue hearing from you, either on the blog, via mail or email, or next month at KansasFest.

Enjoy the issue, and check out the online issue links for related online content and resources!

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Volume 15, Issue 1 now shipping

Volume 15, Issue 1 (March 2010)

Volume 15, Issue 1 coverIt’s nearly the end of the calendar year’s first quarter, which can mean only one thing: another issue of Juiced.GS has shipped to all domestic and international subscribers!

The 24-page March issue features several in-depth articles, including Mike Maginnis’ review of the iDisk card; the first of a four-part tutorial on transferring files to and from an Apple II; the conclusion to Ivan Drucker’s guidelines for programming in Structured Applesoft; and more. There were more engrossing articles than could fit into our usual 20-page format; I hope nobody minds the extra content.

One of this issue’s articles is a collaborative effort by members of the Apple II community who came together to commemorate Joe Kohn, who passed away earlier this year. If you’re a subscriber who can’t wait for your issue, this tribute is being offered as a free PDF download; if you aren’t a subscriber, then I invite you to share these memories of Joe.

There will be additional online content posted soon, as Ivan’s Structured Applesoft article touches upon some complex concepts that will be elaborated upon in bonus material he’s crafting for our Web site. Look for his sample code to be listed in the issue links as soon as it’s ready.

The Juiced.GS staff worked hard and had fun putting together this issue. I regret only that their hard work in helping ensure the issue is as accurate and polished as possible means they won’t have the pleasure of reading it for the first time when it arrives in the mailboxes later this week. The least I can do is buy them a drink at KansasFest โ€” though in the case of associate editor Andy Molloy, I’ll pay that debt sooner than that. With our deadlines behind us, we can focus on having fun on the PAX show floor when we meet up in Boston tomorrow for a weekend of fun and games.

Enjoy the issue! Questions, comments, suggestions, or concerns? Please email us, or leave a comment on the blog!

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Volume 14, Issue 4 now shipping

Volume 14, Issue 4 (December 2009)

The December 2009 issue of Juiced.GS has been mailed to all domestic and international subscribers โ€” just in time to make its way into your stocking this holiday week! If the season is too busy for you to enjoy twenty pages of Apple II goodness, then place it on your coffee table and remember to read it during your vacation. And when you’re done, come back here, as the online issue links include exclusive companion content to this issue’s tech-torial.

The December issue is so packed with content from so many authors, we couldn’t fit many pictures. Since text suffers far less than graphics in a black-and-white medium, I hope you’ll find the lack of visual variety is offset by the in-depth news, reviews, and interviews.

This issue completes our 2009 volume, meaning all four issues can be purchased as a bundle for $16. If you haven’t renewed yet for 2010, subscriptions are available in our online store.

Questions, comments, suggestions, or concerns? Please email us!

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Volume 14, Issue 3 now shipping

Volume 14, Issue 3 (September 2009)

The September 2009 issue of Juiced.GS was mailed this morning to all domestic and international subscribers. This 20-page issue features coverage of not one but two Apple II conventions: KansasFest and Mt. Keira Fest, held the same week in July but a half a world apart. KansasFest also led to two other of this issue’s articles. Peter Neubauer looks at how and why he wrote his HackFest entry, with judge Eric Shepherd offering his insight into what made Peter’s program win the competition; while Ivan Drucker reviews his favorite model of Apple II, which isn’t an Apple II at all.

In the time since our last issue, Juiced.GS announced it would be publishing another four issues in 2010. The September issue usually follows that announcement with a half-page subscription renewal form on the back cover. But who wants to rip that out and mail it in, thus defiling the issue? No need face such a conundrum this year, as the renewal form is now a separate flyer inserted into the issue. This separation also means none of Juiced.GS‘s 20 pages are used up by the subscription form. It’s a winning combo!

As always, every Web site and product mentioned in this issue is linked to from this site’s issue links.

If you have any questions or comments about this issue or Juiced.GS, please email me, or leave a comment below.