Going through the emails that I have accumulated in the past ten years, I’ve mined some gold that has been languishing in my archive:
- Update to Chapter 17, by adding a little more information about the Logo language on the Apple II and IIGS. Thanks to Todd Nathan!
- Update to Chapter 4, adding information from Gordon French about one of the early of the Apple II case.
- An addition to the Clones exhibit in the Museum, specifically the ITT 2020 from the UK. Also added an ad for the ITT 2020 and for the Pear-II to the Ads: Hardware exhibit. Thanks to Yves de Ryckel for the photos.
- Fixed two very old typos in Chapter 19. Thanks to Ryan Schmidt!
- Jerry Fellows had donated not only a photo of the II Infinitum button, but also a copy of the letter that was used in the campaign to convince Apple to give the Apple II more attention. That letter is now in the Miscellaneous gallery in the Museum.
- In Chapter 12, made a correction in the section about accelerator cards regarding equivalent chip speeds. Thanks to Tonio for the information!
- Added image of first issue of inCider magazine to the Magazines gallery in the Museum. Thanks to Dan Nugent!
- Put a better image of the Apple II Europlus logo in Chapter 12. Thanks to Gerard Putter!
- Information about the three versions of DOS 3.3 released by Apple was included in Chapter 15. Thanks to Brucifer!
- Added brief info listing in Chapter 14 mentioning the versions of Apple Pascal that were released. Thanks to David Wilson!
- Pictures of the Microdigital TK-3000, an Apple IIe clone sold in Brazil from 1985 to 1988 is now in the Computers: Clones gallery in the Museum. Thanks to Mario Sergio for the photos!
- Picture of an Apple System tag, from John Woodall of VintageMicros, in the Miscellaneous section of the Museum.
- Pictures of the Bell & Howell Apple II, from the collection of David Hodge, in a new category in the Museum, Computers: Bell & Howell
- Pictures of an early Apple II order form (in the Miscellaneous gallery) and of the first Disk II manual (in the Books: Manuals gallery). Thanks to Ed Rose!
I don’t expect it will back up like this again!
Bill Martens and his friends at the Apple Archive page have uploaded another great collection. The full run of Micro, from 1977 to 1984 is now available to download and view. You can read a short synopsis of it from my history here, but take time to read some of the issues.
Thanks to the dedicated efforts of Gerry Doire, I’ve had a beautiful copy of the classic Apple II “Red Book” manual available for download for quite a while. He actually re-tooled most of the pages in that book to make it look classic, but actually be more legible than it ever was.
I have not take the extra, careful time that Gerry did, but I have scanned in my prized copy of the Apple II “Blue Book”, the first Applesoft manual released by Apple Computer, Inc., and thanks to the help of Bill Martens and his Apple Archives project for A.P.P.L.E., the scanned pages were assembled into a beautiful PDF copy of this rare manual.
Both are available for download in the Downloads section (see the top links to get there).
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Also completed the start of ads for classic Apple II hardware from the early 1980s! See the page here.
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Another group of pictures are ready for viewing. If you were reading Softalk back in the early 1980s, you saw some of these ads repeated constantly. Enjoy the nostalgia, and view the page here.
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Trying to follow through on my promise of offering some new content, I have now begun a project of scanning interesting information from Softalk magazine. My collection starts in September 1981 and (with only a couple of missing issues) runs through the very end in August 1984. I plan to offer all of the covers here, as well as information about their best columns. You can view it in the Museum here.
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I was unable to attend, but I had a brief opportunity to announce this newly revised website to the attendees at KansasFest 2010. The keynote speech was done by Mark Simonsen of Beagle Bros, and is available to view at A2Central.com.
After nearly ten years of managing this site with standard tools, I’ve got it translated into a different platform. WordPress will provide the flexibility to do updates and additions more easily than in the past.
For previous visitors to the Apple II History site, some things have moved. The major sections have links along the top and the left side. I’ve moved some of the minor sections into the Appendix:
WATN? (Where Are They Now?) is now found here.
The Song Parodies section is now found here.
In preparation for this update, I have actually re-read the text of the History chapters completely, probably for the first time in many years, and have updated the point of view from 1991 to the present. I will continue to reviewing content on the rest of the site in the near future, and try to make sure that it also reads properly for the 21st century.
The Museum has a new look, and the pictures are (hopefully) easier to see.
If you have pictures to contribute, contact me via the link in the About section.