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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I’ve recorded and uploaded to YouTube several movies of classic Apple II programs from the old DOS 3.2 and 3.3 disks. You can view of movie of THE INFINITE NO. OF MONKEYS, APPLE-VISION, and COLOR DEMO in Chapter 14 (about DOS), and a movie of BRIAN’S THEME in Chapter 6 (about the Apple II Plus). Here is the movie of APPLE-VISION:
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:
I don’t expect it will back up like this again!
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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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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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.