June 28, 2014 · Comments Off on Enjoy Juiced.GS Volume 19, Issue 2 (June 2014)
Volume 19, Issue 2

Juiced.GS's second issue of 2014 has now shipped! In our cover story, we celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the BASIC programming language, invented in 1964 at Dartmouth College. Apple II historian Steve Weyhrich walks us through the development of the language and the role it played in the popularity of the Apple II, and how our favorite personal computer helped bring programming to the masses. With interviews from Mike Westerfield and Wade Clarke and featuring the works of Steve Wozniak, Ivan Drucker, and Jeff Fink, this feature is not to be missed.

One early BASIC programmer was Ron Graff, developer of such programs as Keyboard Organ and Supermath. While Antoine Vignau of Brutal Deluxe was archiving Apple II cassette software, he came across Graff's work, published by Innovative Computer, Magnemedia, and Innerglo. This interview looks at the early days of programming and how Graff balanced this technical pursuit with his ministry.

Just as crowdfunding (featured on the cover of our March 2012 issue) has made it easier for personal projects to come to life, so too has 3D printing made many an imagined object into a tangible product. Charles Mangin of option8 has developed several such objects inspired by the Apple II. In his Tech-torial, he walks us through how to get started with 3D printing and use it to create Apple II parts and models.

Not enough tech for you? David Schmidt takes you behind the scenes of ADTPro, which can get your Apple II up and running without a single floppy or hard disk. Learn exactly how bootstrapping works in his Connections article.

Finally, we have three reviews for you. Andy Molloy looks at Vintage Game Consoles: An Inside Look at Apple, Atari, Commodore, Nintendo, and the Greatest Gaming Platforms of All Time, by Bill Loguidice and Matt Barton. One of the book's twenty chapters focuses on the Apple II and its many great games. Meanwhile, Ken Gagne reviews two documentaries about chiptune music: 2008's Reformat the Planet, and 2014's Europe in 8 Bits. Turns out what inspires young musicians to turn their favorite 8-bit machines into musical instruments isn't much different from the spirit that drives the Apple II community to continue hacking.

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

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June 25, 2014 · Comments Off on Volume 19, Issue 2 (June 2014)

Volume 19, Issue 2

Index

PagesTypeHeadlineAuthorSummary
2My Home PageHandshake ProtocolKen GagneWhen it comes to meeting Apple II users, social networking and sales receipts are only part of the equation.
3-6MusinGSFlying SoloAntoine VignauAn interview with Ron Graff, creator of Supermath and founder of Magnemedia, Innerglo, and Innovative Computer.
7-9ConnectionsGiving your Apple the bootDavid SchmidtBehind the scenes on how ADTPro implements bootstrapping.
10-13,16Apple CoreThe Golden Age of BASICSteven WeyhrichOn the occasion of BASIC's fiftieth anniversary, Steven Weyhrich looks at what prompted the language's development, the role the Apple II played in its acceptance, and its evolution in the last half-century.
14-16Reel ][ ReelThis Is ChiptuneKen GagneReviews of two chiptune music documentaries: Reformat the Planet, about New York City's Blip Festival (or Blipfest) 2008; and Europe in 8 Bits.
17-20Tech-torialPrint on DemandCharles Mangin3D printing has become affordable enough that you can now model and create actual Apple II parts. Charles Mangin shows you how.
21,23Cover ][ CoverHigh ScoreAndy MolloyA review of the book Vintage Game Consoles: An Inside Look at Apple, Atari, Commodore, Nintendo, and the Greatest Gaming Platforms of All Time, by Bill Loguidice and Matt Barton.
22DumplinGSSerial AddictionKen GagneKansasFest 2014 sessions are go; Vince Briel's Replica 1 Ten back in stock; ADTPro updated to v2.0.0; Antoine Vignau of Brutal Deluxe is recording Apple IIGS serial numbers; Dagen Brock releases Flappy Bird clone Flapple Bird; Brian Picchi ports Surf Shooter to Android.
23Random NumbersCode GenerationEric ShepherdHyperCard IIGS is the perfect program for introducing a new generation to the concepts of programming.
24AdvertisementKansasFestKansasFest 2014

Issue Links

Musings

Ron Graff
Retired pastor and Apple II programmer of Keyboard Organ and Supermath.

Apple cassettes
Antoine Vignau's collection of cassette-based Apple II software, including that of Ron Graff's companies: Innovative Computer, Magnemedia, and Innerglo.

Connections

ADTPro
Transfer physical disks and disk images between Apple II-era computers and the modern world.

Beneath Apple DOS
By Don Worth and Pieter Lechner.

Beneath Apple ProDOS
By Don Worth and Pieter Lechner.

Supplement to Beneath Apple ProDOS
For ProDOS 8, Versions 1.2 and 1.3 — by Don D. Worth and Pieter M. Lechner.

Apple Core

BASIC at 50
Dartmouth College's official homepage for the fiftieth anniversary of their innovative programming language.

The History of Creative Computing
Creative Computing, Vol 10, No.11, November 1984, p 66.

How Steve Wozniak Wrote BASIC for the Original Apple II From Scratch
Steve Wozniak shares with Gizmodo's readership his memories of BASIC.

Making Wizardry
Jimmy Maher's history of the RPG.

Reel ][ Reel

ChatterBox Video Game Radio
Show #087 (2005) interview with 8 Bit Weapon.

Reformat the Planet
2 Player Productions' documentary about the 2006 premiere of New York City's Blip Festival of chiptune concerts.

Europe in 8 Bits
Turanga Films' documentary about the chiptune scene in Europe.

Tech-torial

MakerBot's Bre Pettis: 3-D Printers Are for 'Everyone'
MakerBot CEO references the Apple II to The Wall Street Journal's Geoffrey A. Fowler.

Autodesk 123D
Autodesk, makers of high-end CAD software, have released a number of apps for beginners and tinkerers under their "123D" brand, including the modeling software 123D Design.

SketchUp
Formerly owned by Google, SketchUp Make is a free 3D modeling program used to add buildings to Google Earth.

Thingiverse
MakerBot's Thingiverse is a site for uploading, sharing and remixing user-created models.

100kGarages
If you are looking for a place to build your project, 100kGarages can connect you to a local "fabber" that has the equipment or tools you need.

Shapeways
Upload your files to Shapeways to have them fabricated in plastic, ceramic, wax, or metal. The site is also a storefront for buying other users' creations.

Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing 2014
Make magazine published their results from putting 23 printers through their paces.

price compare 3D printers
3D printing news site 3Ders.org maintains this list of 200+ (and growing) printers, sorted by everything from price, resolution, build size and more.

RepRap
With the goal of creating "humanity's first general-purpose self-replicating manufacturing machine" RepRap publishes open source plans for a variety of printers, capable of printing the parts necessary to make another 3D printer.

MakerBot
The leader in the "prosumer" market, MakerBot manufactures their Replicator line of printers as well as digitizers to scan objects into 3D files. They also maintain the Thingiverse sharing site.

Printrbot
Printrbot focuses on making their printers less expensive and a better value for the DIY consumer.

RetroConnector
3D printed Apple II models and devices by Charles Mangin of Option8.

Option8 on Thingiverse
Download Mangin's 3D models.

Instant 3D Gratification
An assortment of 3D-printed Apple II cases for sale.

Cover ][ Cover

Vintage Game Consoles
An inside look at Apple, Atari, Commodore, Nintendo, and the greatest gaming platforms of all time, by Bill Loguidice and Matt Barton.

DumplinGS

KansasFest
Annual Apple II expo held in Kansas City, Missouri.

Briel Computers
Vince Briel's Replica-1 Ten.

ADTProTransfer physical disks and disk images between Apple II-era computers and the modern world.

Apple IIGS serial numbers
Antoine Vignau's metadata collection of Apple IIGS production runs.

Flapple Bird
Dagen Brock's port of the Flappy Bird game.

TanRuNomad
Brian Picchi's Android games in the Google Play store.

March 27, 2014 · Comments Off on Enjoy Juiced.GS Volume 19, Issue 1 (March 2014)

Volume 19, Issue 1

This issue features an interview with Al Lowe of Leisure Suit Larry; reviews of Option8's RetroConnector joystick adapters; a behind-the-scenes look at the development of Brian Picchi's Retro Fever game; musings on why the Mac's recent 30th anniversary matters to the Apple II; and much, much more!

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March 26, 2014 · Comments Off on Volume 19, Issue 1 (March 2014)

Volume 19, Issue 1

Index

PagesTypeHeadlineAuthorSummary
2My Home PageStories Worth TellingKen GagneWhen The Moth storyslam came to Boston, Ken began drawing connections to the Apple II throughout his life, making for some surprising stories.
3-5Behind the ScenesBrian PicchiThe development of a programmer, from Applesoft Action to the assembly-powered Lamb Chops to Retro Fever.
6-10MusinGSProgrammed for LaughsKen GagneAl Lowe, formerly of Sierra On-Line, reflects on developing the Leisure Suit Larry point-and-click adventure franchise and its return in 2013 via Replay Games and Kickstarter.
10AdvertisementOpen Apple
11-13ReviewThe Joy of SticksBrian WiserA review of the RetroConnector Joystick Shield and RetroConnector Joystick Interface adapters from Charles Mangin of Option8.
14-15Cover ][ CoverReviewing the PastPeter NeubauerA review of Sophistication & Simplicity, Steve Weyhrich's hardcover book detailing the history of the Apple II.
16,19TidinGSThe More Things Change...Ivan DruckerThe Macintosh, introduced in 1984, is not as different from the philosophy of the Apple II as pundits like to think.
17-18DumplinGSExpanded OpportunitiesKen GagneMargot Comstock of Softalk to keynote KansasFest 2014; VCF 9.1; Swyft, Drew ][ TDX, Nishida Radio VGA, Apple II Pi, and Uthernet II cards; Silvern Castle and Dangerous Dave; stitch; Electric Duet and Penguin Software; CiderPress; Patrick McGovern; Steve Jobs stamp
19Random NumbersYou Learn Something NewEric ShepherdVisiting Antoine Vignau in France revealed previously unknown Apple II software.
20AdvertisementKansasFest

Issue Links

My Home Page

The Moth
A public radio and podcast storyslam.

Behind the Scenes

Brian Picchi
Official homepage of Brian Picchi, developer of Lamb Chops!, Retro Fever, and other games.

MusinGS

Al LoweFormer Sierra On-Line employee and creator of the Leisure Suit Larry franchise.

Make Leisure Suit Larry come again!
The 2012 Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to remake the original Larry game.

Leisure Suit Larry Reloaded
A 2013 remake of the original Larry game.

Adventure Gamers
An interview with Al Lowe by Ingmar Böke, referenced in Juiced.GS.

MAGFest
Al Lowe at the Music and Gaming Festival, held in National Harbor, Maryland, Jan 2–5, 2014.

Review: RetroConnector Joystick Shield & Interface

Option8
Charles Mangin's online store for RetroConnector keyboard and joystick adapters.

RetroConnector Joystick Shield documentation and source code
Hosted on GitHub.

Joystick Show
Chibata Creations' Mac app for testing and calibrating joysticks.

RetroConnector Joystick Interface source code & documentation
Hosted on GitHub.

Cover ][ Cover

Sophistication & Simplicity
Steve Weyhrich's history of the Apple II, published as a hardcover book by Variant Press.

Apple II History
Steve Weyhrich's website and the basis for his book.

Apple II History book musings
Steve Weyhrich's blog about adapting his website into a book.

TidinGS

Thirty Years of Mac
Apple's homepage dedicated to the thirtieth anniversary of the Apple Macintosh.

MusinGS

KansasFest
Annual Apple II convention, keynoted by Margot Comstock of Softalk and hosted July 22–27 in Kansas City, Missouri.

VCF East 9.1
The Vintage Computer Festival, held April 4–6 in Wall Township, New Jersey.

SwyftCard
Mike Willegal's reproduction of Jef Raskin's Canon Cat predecessor.

Drew ][ TDX
Andrew Webber's stereo sound card.

Nishida Radio
Koichi Nishida's development of VGA adapters for the Apple IIe and IIc.

Apple II Pi
Developed by David Schmenk and sold by Ultimate Apple 2.

A2RetroSystems
Home of the Uthernet II network card.

Silvern Castle
Jeff Fink's fantasy role-playing game.

Dangerous Dave
Sign-up list to test John Romero's iOS and Android ports of his classic Apple II game.

The Saga of Dangerous Dave
The history of Dangerous Dave, from UpTime to Softdisk and beyond.

stitch
Daniel Kruszyna's four-channel, 1-bit music tracker.

Paul Lutus
Developer of Electric Duet, whose music player routine is now available under GNU GPL.

Penguin Software
Now freeware, including games Transylvania and Spy's Demise.

CiderPress
Andy McFadden's Swiss Army knife for manipulating Apple II disk images and files in a Windows environment.

Pat McGovern
Founder of International Data Group, publisher of inCider/A+.

Steve Jobs postage stamp
Coming in 2015, as reported by The Washington Post.