Minecraft Déjà vu – Haven’t we been here before??

Waaaay back in 2011, I got started playing this fascinating game, Minecraft. And it didn’t take long for me to decide to do a build that looked like a giant Apple II Plus (see the link at the end of this article).

With time, the game evolved and improved, and more diverse blocks were added. But for the longest time, I didn’t really do anything with my Apple II. Then in 2014 I decided to attack the project again, this time with a larger scale Apple IIe. I did the entire computer, an Apple Modem 1200, and a telephone, all built in Survival mode; for those who have not played the game, that’s where you have to obtain the blocks you build with manually, but mining them and crafting them. I set the project aside for another three years, and then earlier this year I went back to it, but decided to complete it by using Creative mode, where you can just give yourself all the blocks you want; it makes the process faster.

The result is the above video, which includes not just the computer, modem, and telephone, but also an ImageWriter I printer (producing a Print Shop-style banner), a joystick, a DuoDisk drive, and a Monitor II, with blocky lo-res-style graphics displayed. And to complete the project, I built my old favorite stereo system from college in the 1970s.

Why did I do it? I don’t know, except that it was satisfying to complete the project I’d started long ago, and do it better than the old one I did back in the early days of Minecraft. I may not be doing any programming on the Apple II these days, but this game gave me a chance to be creative in a different fashion.

BTW, here is the link to the original 2011 video. If you live in a part of the world that doesn’t allow the background music I picked back then, which was copyrighted music, you may not be allowed to view this.

KFest 2015 is coming!

That annual Apple II conference is only a month away, and yes, I’ve got another music parody for it:

Come down and help me make it better with live action!


YouTube overload

I’ve combed YouTube looking for videos about the Apple II series, and have found additional movies to add to the Museum. There are now two categories for videos: A general category, for videos like the dealer video I mentioned in my last post, and one for commercials about the Apple II series.

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The commercials I’ve found are:

With spokesman Dick Cavett:

Extolling the virtues of the new Apple IIc:

Apple IIs included in Apple’s “The Power To Be Your Best” ad campaign:

Commercials about the Apple IIGS:

Apple promotional video, fall 1984

Thanks to the abilities of WordPress to easily post links to videos, I have a new Museum section specifically for Apple II-related videos. This page shows links to three segments of a promotional video for use by Apple dealers in preparation for the 1984 Christmas shopping season.

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Updates! We has updates!

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!