Juiced.GS Volume 24, Issue 2 (June 2019)

This issue features a look at PLATO, a 1960s mainframe program being used to create a modern online retrocomputing community; a comparison of BASIC alternatives to Applesoft; reflections on an interview with Steve Meretzky of Infocom fame; a tutorial for converting MP3s to Apple IIGS rSound format; and much, much more!

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June 26, 2019 · Comments Off on Volume 24, Issue 2 (June 2019)
Juiced.GS Volume 24, Issue 2 (June 2019)


2My Home PageBalancing ActKen GagneKansasFest can be exhausting if you don't know how to say no to things you want to do.
3Letters from the Land of ROMBrian MilesAn editorial about Mammoth Cave brings back memories of a childhood school assignment.
4-7Apple CoreBuilding with PLATOPeter NeubauerThom Cherryhomes has build IRATA.ONLINE, an online, cross-platform community based on PLATO, a mainframe computer system that was ahead of its time.
8-9Event CoverageA Real-Life Infocom AdventureKevin SavetzKevin Savetz reflects on Game On: The Great Quest for Imagination, a GitHub-sponsored event at which he interviewed Steve Meretzky of Infocom fame.
9AdvertisementEaten by a GrueA podcast of Infocom games, text adventures, and interactive fiction.
10-14ProgrammingA Flight of BASICsMichael SternbergA comparison and contrast of three Applesoft BASIC alternatives: Integer BASIC; Blankenship BASIC, and Micol Advanced BASIC.
15-17ConnectionsIt Sounds So GoodGeoff WeissHow to convert MP3 and WAV files to the Apple IIGS rSound format.
18-19DumplinGSRummaging for ReleasesKen GagneKansasFest 2019 sessions are go; Chris Vavruska releases GSummer; Ewen Wannop releases Versions; Andy McFadden releases 6502bench; Nox Archaist meets its Kickstarter crowdfunding goal; Jesse LaFleur releases Raccoon City; John Romero interviews Jordan Mechner on the Apple Time Warp podcast; Kevin Savetz opens the Vintage Tech Stickers store; Mark Munz updates the Deja IIx website.
19Pop the StackThe Library RulesKevin SavetzThe library was a haven of novels for Kevin as a kid and a source of retrocomputing theses as an adult.

Issue Links

Apple Core

Thom Cherryhomes' PLATO-based online, cross-platform retrocomputing community.

A mainframe-based CYBIS system.

Event Coverage

Game On: The Great Quest for Imagination
Kevin Savetz interviews Steve Meretzky of Infocom fame at GitHub HQ.

Historical Source
A GitHub repository of Infocom source code.

A Z-Machine compiler.

Jason Scott Talks His Way Out of It
The Infocom Source Code Episode.

Infocom: The Documentary
Excerpted from Jason Scott's GET LAMP documentary.


Integer BASIC
Steve Wozniak's own BASIC for the Apple II computer.

Apple-1 Basic Manual
A manual for Integer BASIC on the Apple-1.

Apple II BASIC Programming Manual
A manual for Integer BASIC on the Apple II.

Apple Commands
Beagle Bros' reference poster for Integer BASIC commands.

Blankenship BASIC
A disk image of Prof. John Blankenship's BASIC.

Blankenship BASIC manual
A paperback manual sold by Call-A.P.P.L.E.

Michael Sternberg's implementation of the Sieve of Eratosthenes algorithm in various languages, used as a benchmarking tool.

Micol Advanced BASIC 4.5
Micol Systems' BASIC for the Apple IIe/IIc.

Micol Advanced BASIC
A PDF manual.


Sound eXchange, for converting sound files on modern computers.

An MP3 encoder library.

AudioZap 2.0
Ian Schmidt's audio editor for the Apple IIGS.

Paul Benson's sound conversion utility for the IIGS.

A display-oriented editor for binary files (hex editor).

A IIGS program that can play audio files larger than the available RAM.


The annual Apple II convention, occurring July 15-21, 2019, at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri.

Chris Vavruska's MD5 checksum utility for the IIGS.

Ewen Wannop's version tracker tool for IIGS applications.

Andy McFadden's disassembly tool.

Nox Archaist
6502 Workshop's original 8-bit RPG that recently succeeded in its Kickstarter crowdfunding.

Raccoon City
Jesse LaFleur's game of exploring Toronto at night as a raccoon.

Apple Time Warp
John Romero's podcast interview of Jordan Mechner.

Vintage Tech Stickers
Kevin Savetz's new online store, with Elephant Memory Systems and Beagle Bros Software logo reproductions.

Deja IIx
Mark Munz's AppleWorks Classic emulator.

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Juiced.GS Volume 24, Issue 1 (March 2019)

This issue features a review of the VidHD card; a tutorial for exporting Apple IIGS files in PostScript format; a behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming Kickstarter for Nox Archaist; an interview with Randy Ubillos, developer of the II in a Mac emulator; a comparison of the Apple-1 to the Apple II; and much, much more!

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Juiced.GS Volume 24, Issue 1 (March 2019)


2My Home PageCave of WondersKen GagneA trip to Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky brings to mind Colossal Cave Adventure and the Apple II community.
3Letters from the Land of ROMMark DeckerWhen teachers and parents didn't have Mark's back, the Apple II provided a way out.
4-6ReviewRedefining VideoAndrew RoughanA review of the VidHD HDMI card by Blue Shift Inc.
7-9Tech-torialLaser TransmutationGeoff WeissHow to export Apple IIGS files as PostScript and open/convert them using Ghostscript.
9AdvertisementGamebitsSophistication & Simplicity by Steve Weyhrich.
10-11RetrospectiveBetter With AgeVince BrielA breakdown of the many ways the Apple-1 evolved into the Apple II—and some surprising features that were better in the original.
12-14MusinGSEmulation's First CutAndy MolloyAn interview with Randy Ubillos, developer of II in a Mac as well as later programs such as Final Cut Pro and iMovie.
15-16Behind the ScenesFantastical InvestmentChris TorrenceWhat 6502 Workshop learned in their failed Kickstarter for Nox Archaist, and how the second crowdfunding campaign coming in May 2019 will be even better.
17-19DumplinGSA Cold Day in Kansas CityKen GagneMark Pelczarski of Polarware & Penguin Software to keynote KansasFest 2019; VCF announces 2019 event dates; GORF, WOzFest, and QFest come to Australia; 8bit-Dude releases Slicks 'n' Slide; Vince "deater" Weaver releases Out of This World 8-bit demake; Steve Chamberlin updates Floppy Emu to Model C; ReActiveMicro partners with Fabien Bénattou to sell Disk ][+ kit; Michael Packard announces Darkstar Unhinged game; Roby Sherman releases The Sparkstone: Tales of Florb, an Interchoice game; 4am releases Anti-M; Antoine Vignau patches WordPerfect GS to v2.1b; Ewen Wannop announces end of Spectrum Internet Suite (SIS) support; Chris Torrence releases Motter Tektura font.
19Random NumbersSeptember 1986Eric ShepherdSheppy recalls the day he met Greg Templeman and John Dukehart and was introduced to the Apple IIGS.

Issue Links

Review: VidHD

The official page for manuals and firmware for Blue Shift Inc.'s HDMI card.

Ultimate Universal Power Supply
ReActiveMicro's PSU for IIGS computers with power-hungry accessories.

Michael Guidero's Apple II port of the late Lee Davison's EhBASIC.

Pitch Dark
4am's frontend for exploring and playing Infocom text adventures on an 8-bit Apple II.

Mind Blown
A video demo by Charles Mangin.

Tech-torial: PostScript

An interpreter for the PostScript language and for PDF, for modern computers.

An office suite that can be used for editing PDFs on modern computers.

A professional vector graphics editor for Windows, macOS and Linux.

LaserWriter driver
An updated GS/OS driver released at KansasFest 2018.

MusinGS: Randy Ubillos

II in a Mac
Disk images, user manuals, and archived articles about the first Apple II emulator.

Behind the Scenes

Nox Archaist
Homepage for an original 8-bit RPG, launching on Kickstarter on May 2, 2019.


Apple II convention being held in Kansas City, Missouri, on July 15–21, 2019, and keynoted by Mark Pelczarski of Penguin Software and Polarware.

Vintage Computer Festival
A series of retrocomputing events being held across the USA in 2019.

The premiere Great Oz Retro-Technology Festival, being held April 24–28 in Melbourne, Australia.

An Apple II gathering being held May 25 in Sydney, AUstralia.

An Apple II gathering being held May 25 in Brisbane, AUstralia.

8-bit Slicks
An Apple II port of the classic MS-DOS game Slicks 'n' Slide.

Out of This World
Vince "deater" Weaver's 8-bit "demake" of the Apple IIGS game.

Floppy Emu
Model C of Steve Chamberlin's floppy and hard disk emulator.

Disk ][+ Kit
Fabien Bénattou's hardware kit, now sold by ReActiveMicro.

Darkstar Unhinged
The latest game from Michael Packard of Snacking On! Software.

The Sparkstone: Tales of Florb
An Interchoice game by Roby Sherman of Infinite Blern.

4am's bootloader for copyrighted games.

Spectrum Internet SuiteSIS, a IIGS graphical web browser no longer supported by Ewen Wannop and Geoff Weiss.

Motter Tektura
Apple's font, recreated by Chris Torrence of the Assembly Lines podcast.

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