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Welcome to the Open Apple podcast, where we share news and memories of the Apple II, Steve Wozniak's most famous personal computer.

Open Apple Mike Maginnis & Quinn Dunki

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    • 4.7 • 27 Ratings

Welcome to the Open Apple podcast, where we share news and memories of the Apple II, Steve Wozniak's most famous personal computer.

    Open Apple #81: Remembering Tony Diaz

    Open Apple #81: Remembering Tony Diaz

    For decades, Tony Diaz held the record of the only person to have attended every KansasFest. Whether at that convention, on the comp.sys.apple2 Usenet newsgroup, or on his livestreams, he would share his comprehensive knowledge of Apple II hardware and demo the rare prototypes in his vast collection. When KansasFest lost its home at Avila University, Tony, then the head of the KansasFest committee, helped find the event its new home at Rockhurst. And as a member of the Juiced.GS staff, he would respond to reader queries about how to restore their vintage equipment.

    In memory of Tony, who passed away in October 2021, Open Apple‘s original co-hosts, Em Maginnis and Ken Gagne, reunite to remember their friend and his passions, accomplishments, quirks, and foibles.

    If you or someone you know needs help, please call the crisis hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

    * Tony’s websites* Apple2.org* Apple II wiki* FlyingThingz* 16Sector.com* Syndicomm* ResetVector* LinkedIn* Twitter* Tony’s plane* WIRED: “The Geeks Who Saved Prince of Persia’s Source Code From Digital Death“* Jason Scott’s Facebook tribute* Juiced.GS staff photo covers* Alltech Electronics* Open Apple #48 (June 2015) : Tony Diaz, KansasFest Memories, Prototypes, and 8-bit DNS

    • 40 min
    Open Apple #80 (July 2021): KansasFest 2021 Megapodcast

    Open Apple #80 (July 2021): KansasFest 2021 Megapodcast

    Welcome to Poly Retro Assembly Cast Chicken Missile Drop Grue Museum, the annual “megapodcast” from KansasFest, hosted again via Zoom.


    * Charles Mangin (Chicken Missile)* Carrington Vanston (Retro Computing Roundtable & Eaten by a Grue)* Chris Torrence (Assembly Lines)* Joe Strosnider (Joe’s Computer Museum)* John Leake (RetroMacCast)* Kate the Cat (Chicken Missile & RetroMetal)* Ken Gagne (Polygamer & Transporter Lock)* Kay Savetz (ANTIC & Eaten by a Grue)* Mark Pilgrim (Chicken Missile)* Michael Mulhern (Retro Computing Roundtable)* Paul Hagstrom (Retro Computing Roundtable & Chicken Missile)* Quinn Dunki (Retro Computing Roundtable)

    The original video edition was livestreamed to a href="https://youtu.be/ar4f0s_aOEY?

    • 54 min
    Open Apple #79 (July 2020): KansasFest 2020 Megapodcast

    Open Apple #79 (July 2020): KansasFest 2020 Megapodcast

    Welcome to Retro Open Poly Roundtable Chicken Missile Lines Drop Museum Gruecast, the annual “megapodcast” from KansasFest, this time conducted virtually via Zoom. Scroll past the links for Open Apple‘s audio edition, or enjoy the video edition courtesy Chris Torrence’s Assembly Lines podcast:


    * Quinn Dunki (Blondihacks, Open Apple, Retrocomputing Roundtable)* Earl Evans (Retrocomputing Roundtable, Next Without For, Retrobits)* Ken Gagne (Polygamer, Transporter Lock)* Paul Hagstrom (Retrocomputing Roundtable, Drop III Inches)* John Leake (RetroMacCast)* Charles Mangin (How II)* Rob McMullen (Player/Missile)* Blake Patterson (Retrocomputing Roundtable)* Kay Savetz (ANTIC: The Atari 8-Bit Podcast, Eaten By A Grue)* Kate Szkotnicki (RetroMetal: Old Games on Old Machines)* Carrington Vanston (Retrocomputing Roundtable, Eaten By A Grue)

    Game-related links:

    * KansasFest* KansasFest (YouTube channel)* National Dairy Council Grab A Byte* Ancient Tarot* Canadian Tire Complimentary Cassette* a href="https://www.mobygames.com/game/missing-ring" data-wpel-link="external" target="_blank" rel="extern...

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Open Apple #78 (September 2018) – Retro Antic Assembly Chicken Missile Talks Our Way Out Of It

    Open Apple #78 (September 2018) – Retro Antic Assembly Chicken Missile Talks Our Way Out Of It

    This month on Open Apple, we bring you the traditional big group podcast that we record every year at KansasFest. Tune in for a casual chat with your favorite retro podcasters, and get a behind-the-scenes peek at what makes KansasFest special. This year we managed to twist the following arms into joining us:

    * Quinn Dunki – Open Apple* Carrington Vanston – Retrocomputing Roundtable, Eaten By A Grue* Paul Hagstrom – Retrocomputing Roundtable, Drop III Inches* Ken Gagne – Retrocomputing Roundtable, Polygamer, Transporter Lock* Charles Mangin – How II* Steve Weyrich – Retrocomputing Roundtable* Kevin Savetz – ANTIC, Eaten By A Grue, Tech Enthusiast Hour* Chris Torrence – Assembly Lines* Jason Scott – Jason Scott Talks His Way Out Of It

    You’ll have to excuse the strained voices and general discombobulation, as we generally record this sometime in the middle of the night on what-feels-like day 400 of KFest, in a dank basement chapel. It’s way more fun than I just made it sound. You should come to the next KansasFest!

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Open Apple #77 (March 2018) – Kevin Savetz & Carrington Vanston, Eaten By A Grue

    Open Apple #77 (March 2018) – Kevin Savetz & Carrington Vanston, Eaten By A Grue

    This month on Open Apple, we sit down with Kevin Savetz and Carrington Vanston of the Eaten By A Grue podcast. Eaten By A Grue is a game-by-game style of podcast where the intrepid hosts are playing every Infocom game. They both play the game, then discuss it in detail, with and without spoilers. They discuss the amount of cheating required, how mapping was done, the quality of writing and puzzles, and so on. The show has a very nice structure wherein they discuss the show with no spoilers to the halfway point, so that you can stop and go play it yourself if you are so inclined. If not, you can keep listening and hear gory details of all the puzzles.

    Kevin talks about getting beasts into bed, and other reasons not to play these games on real hardware. Meanwhile Carrington gets his feelies on and brags about how he has so many original copies of Infocom games that he sits on them for fun.

    Meanwhile Mike and Quinn debate dubious silicon valley histories, wedge computers, and competing with other 8-bits in BASIC. Tune in to hear us malign our guests, misremember important names, and get super pedantic about connector nomenclature for no conceivable reason. You won’t want to miss a moment of the drama.

    More information on everything discussed in this episode, after the jump.

    * The Eaten By A Grue podcast – Listen for yourself. You won’t be disappointed.* Zoom – A great way to play Infocom games on modern systems.* The CPRG Book Project – A great free book that is a work-in-progress.* Roger Wagner to keynote KansasFest – Accidentally timely information!* WozFest DB9 -Announced, and, well… happened a while ago.* Full BBS Documentary interviews – All the B-roll now online for listening.* MOS Technology – The old building is entering a new chapter.* Home-brew Apple /// – Chris Zuhar’s project marches on.* Apple //e Intro – Harry McKracken talks about it, and shares old photos.* Adventure Game Rockstars Live – Transcript of this historical event.* Eamon Remastered – Another text adventure engine modernized for the web.* FApple II Fest 2018 – Japanese Apple II ga...

    • 1 hr 47 min
    Open Apple #76 (January 2018) – Ken Gagne & Andy Molloy, Juiced.GS, Nukes

    Open Apple #76 (January 2018) – Ken Gagne & Andy Molloy, Juiced.GS, Nukes

    This month on Open Apple, we sit down with Ken Gagne and Andy Molloy of Juiced.GS, the longest running continuously published Apple II magazine (that you can still get in your mailbox to this day!). Juiced.GS is in its 23rd year, which has to be a record for magazines of almost any type.

    Ken and Andy talk about the bloodless coup of the magazine, the long history of same, where things are headed, and why they hates trees.

    Meanwhile, Quinn and Mike chat about FPGAs, nuclear weapons, and BBSes. What do you do when you need a mathematically provably correct piece of hardware to verify nuclear weapons compliance? Why, you grab your Apple II, of course! Duh!

    Here’s a time sensitive news item that didn’t make it into the show- vote for Nox Archaist and Lawless Legends for your favorite Ultima-inspired indie games of 2017!

    Stay tuned for a Tech segment where we follow up on last episode and go even deeper on fast IIgs graphics. There’s always more to know about the intricacies of squeezing performance out of this unique and beautiful machine.

    More information on everything discussed in this episode, after the jump.

    * Juiced.GS – Subscribe here and get Apple II goodness direct to your mailbox every quarter!* Tiger Learning Computer – Andy’s photo gallery of this fascinating artifact.* Juiced.GS FAQ – Find out why there’s no PDF, and stop asking Ken about it.* Byteworks Tools – Now for sale from Juiced.GS.* IIgs Build Pipeline – Jeremy Rand’s ORCA/GoldenGate-based tool chain.* Apple II+ FPGA – All the cool kids are doing it.* Apple I on an ESP8266 – A very unique torturing of a commodity device.* Apple II for Nukes – What to do when you need to really verify something.* Ready Player ][ – A BBS scavenger hunt! With prizes!* Jeremy Barr-Hyde’s Collection – More goodies here and here!* CFFA Run 5! – This is great news!!* a href="http://www.

    • 1 hr 40 min

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27 Ratings

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A great listen

A wonderful show that I look forward to each and every month. If you are into the retro computer scene it's worth your time. Special thanks to the hosts for their time and effort.

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Awesome podcast

Apple II, Apple II, Apple II - did I mention Apple II? This is an awesome podcast. Keep of the great work.

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