Monthly Archives: August 2010




I was browsing the great photos over at RetroMacCast today when I came across this:




It kind of reminds me of those Apple III key cufflinks that came out a while back.  (Sadly, they seem to be out of stock).  Assuming this isn’t a mockup or nice Photoshop job, I want one.  Really, really want one.  Here’s a link to the full page.

Apple: Touch the Screen

Here’s a fun set of videos that were captured from a 1984 Apple Kiosk Laser Disc.  Designed to be used in a touch screen kiosk, the disc goes over the latest offerings from Apple Computer, including the Apple IIe, III Plus, Macintosh, Lisa 2/10 and the brand new, portable Apple IIc.  Other items covered include the ProFile 10 MB Hard Disk, the DuoDisk, Apple’s line of printers, Apple credit cards, and the AppleCare Extended Warranty program.

Interestingly, this is one of the only pieces of Apple III advertising, other than scanned magazine print ads, that I’ve been able to find.


Part 1 of 3


Part 2 of 3


Part 3 of 3

KansasFest 2011 Announced

Apple II Forever!

The dates for next year’s “Summer Camp for Geeks”, KansasFest 2011 were announced today.  The annual celebration of all things Apple II will once again take place at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri.  Make sure you mark off your calendar for July 19 – 24.  No further details have been announced yet – hey, it’s still 11 months away – but stay tuned!  KansasFest has happened every summer now for more than 20 years and is still going strong, and as an Apple II hobbyist and lover, you really have no excuse not to be there.

Prices haven’t been posted, but if KansasFests past are any indication, saving for registration will cost you just over a dollar a day, if you start  putting your pennies away now.  And really, what can you buy these days for a dollar?  Not much, that’s what.  Where else will you have the opportunity to rub shoulders with your fellow Apple II geeks and luminaries past and present?  Nowhere, that’s where.  So start saving today, so you won’t have to come up with empty excuses next July.

Need more convincing? Take a look through the KansasFest Photo Galleries for a peek at what you’ve already missed.

To paraphrase one of my favorite Apple II geeks, there won’t always been a KansasFest, so make sure you get there!

Apple Graphics Tablet

The pictures of the Apple Graphics Tablet next to an iPad, taken by Ken Gagne at KansasFest and intended as a tongue-in-cheek look at Apple’s design trends, have certainly been making the rounds.  It’s a great photo essay and you should definitely take a look.  I just wanted to take a moment to point out that Tony Diaz’s AGT wasn’t the only one to make an appearance at KFest.  This one, generously donated to me by another KFest’er, was also there.  The overlay is part of the Designer’s Toolkit, an option add-on that Apple sold.

AGT AGT-serial

Designer's Tool Kit

Tuesday Trivia

One of the problems with coming up with a trivia item for something like the Apple II is that it’s been out for more than 30 years.  Quite possibly, everything that can be known about it, already is and by a lot of people.  This makes finding interesting, obscure information a bit tricky to say the least.  That’s one of the reasons I’ve been posting Apple /// trivia instead.  It wasn’t on the market long, and was largely ignored even then.  Still, coming up with fun questions for it has been difficult.  So, Tuesday Trivia this week will be a bit late.  I’ll post it as soon as I can find something interesting.