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An Apple II podcast


#78 (September 2018) – Retro Antic Assembly Chicken Missile Talks Our Way Out Of It
Sep 11, 2018 • 71 min
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…
#77 (March 2018) – Kevin Savetz & Carrington Vanston, Eaten By A Grue
Jul 17, 2018 • 107 min
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…
#76 (January 2018) – Ken Gagne & Andy Molloy, Juiced.GS, Nukes
Feb 18, 2018 • 100 min
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…
#75 (October 2017) – Seth Sternberger, Class Apples, GS Graphics
Dec 24, 2017 • 119 min
We’re baaaack! Sorry for the unscheduled hiatus folks, but your intrepid hosts had some family matters to attend to. This month on Open Apple, we sit down with Seth Steinberger of 8-bit Weapon. We talk about their new album Class Apples, which was made…
#74 (September 2017) – Mark Lemmert, Nox Archaist Kickstarter, Fake Quinn, and Softalk #5
Sep 19, 2017 • 156 min
This month on Open Apple, the part of Quinn Dunki is played by RCR Podcast co-host Carrington “Fake Quinn” Vanston. A post-KansasFest Mark Lemmert of 6502 Workshop returns to the show to promote the new Nox Archaist Kickstarter. You should contribute…
#73 (August 2017) – Assembly Chicken PolyANTICast Roundtable
Aug 9, 2017 • 60 min
This month on Open Apple, we run the annual group megapodcast that is recorded live at KansasFest! This is a four-year-old tradition whereby all the attending retro podcasters get together and do one big silly show together. It’s clunky, it’s pointless,…
#72 (June 2017) – Peter Neubauer, KansasFest, Last Jedi
Jul 16, 2017 • 87 min
This month on Open Apple, we sit down with KansasFest committee member and lifelong Apple II user Peter Neubauer. We talk lots about the upcoming KansasFest, of course, but also Peter’s own experiences with the machine. He has a passion for Logo, and a…
#71 (May 2017) – Michael Packard, Alien Downpour, Kermit (The Frog)
May 30, 2017 • 100 min
This month on Open Apple, we sit down with Michael Packard, author of the upcoming new game Alien Downpour. Michael has gone back to teach himself assembly language and make the kinds of games he wished he had made back in the day. The results are indeed…
#70 (April 2017) – 6502 Workshop, 1st-Person Lo-Res, Softalk #4
Apr 18, 2017 • 104 min
This month on Open Apple, we sit down with Mark Lemmert, co-founder of 6502 Workshop. Him and his partners (Mike Reimer, Bill Giggie, Robert Padovan, Gordon Mackay, and Galactagog) have been building Nox Archaist, a brand new story-driven tile-based…
#69 (March 2017) – Craig Peterson, KansasFest, Computer Show!
Apr 4, 2017 • 94 min
This month on Open Apple, we sit down with Craig Peterson, who got involved with hardware and software development very early in the life of the Apple II. Craig integrated Apple II computers with a numerical control manufacturing system, producing G-code…
#68 (February 2017) : Emulator Updates, EDD, Softalk #3
Mar 4, 2017 • 113 min
This month on Open Apple, Mike and Quinn sit down with each other and catch up on all the news they’ve been neglecting lately. Mike and Quinn discuss the disappointing 8BitDo controller, get excited about remanufactured printer ribbons, and pretend to…
#67 (January 2017) : Year End Roundtable!
Feb 2, 2017 • 56 min
This month on Open Apple, we round out the year with our annual tradition of sitting around a virtual table with some friends of the show, discussing whatever comes to mind. Mike and Quinn are joined by Jeremy Barr-Hyde, Jorma Honkanen, Kate Szkotnicki &…
#66 (December 2016) : Glenda “The Atom” Adams
Dec 28, 2016 • 101 min
This month on Open Apple, we sit down with Glenda Adams, better known on the Apple II as The Atom. She was a cracker of some note back in the 1980s, and she shares great stories with us of her exploits in boot tracing, cracking, and distributing software…
#65.5 (December 2016) : Mike Whalen At KansasFest
Dec 12, 2016 • 80 min
This week on Open Apple, we run a special piece of extra content, courtesy of friend-of-the-show Mike Whalen. Mike brought his mobile audio production gear to KansasFest back in July, and he captured a series of interviews and biographies during the…
#65 (November 2016) : Alex Lee, What Is The Apple IIgs?
Dec 6, 2016 • 133 min
This month on Open Apple, we sit down with Alex Lee, purveyor of the canonical IIgs reference site What Is The Apple IIgs? We talk about what it was like being one of the brave few with this machine, and that feeling of living in a secret world of…
#64 (October 2016) : John Brooks, Tiger Learning Computer, Softalk
Oct 29, 2016 • 91 min
This month on Open Apple, we share an excerpt of an interview with John Brooks, courtesy of Juiced.GS. John talks about how and why he updated ProDOS, and his experiences getting back into the community. Tune in to hear Quinn lose 20 years of time…
#63 (September 2016) : Kate Szkotnicki, ProDOS 2.4, KansasFest
Sep 25, 2016 • 100 min
This month on Open Apple, we sit down with Kate Szkotnicki, long time Apple II fan and new addition to the retro community. We chat about her first impressions as a newcomer to the community, and the big splash she made at her first KansasFest. Kate is a…
#62 (August 2016) : Mark Pilgrim, Passport, Ancient Legends
Aug 24, 2016 • 88 min
This month on Open Apple, we sit down with Mark Pilgrim, one of the most active software preservationists in the Apple II community. Mark has been spending his free time working on Passport, an automated cracking tool. It automatically detects and defeats…
#61 (July 2016) : KansasFest 2016, Chicken Missile Megapodcast
Jul 27, 2016 • 85 min
This month on Open Apple, as is tradition, we present the megapodcast recorded live at KansasFest. Most of your favorite retrocomputing podcasters attend KansasFest each year, and we all get together in a basement room to record a giant group podcast.…
#60 (June 2016) : Sean Fahey, KansasFest 2016 Warmup
Jun 22, 2016 • 78 min
This month on Open Apple, we sit down with Sean Fahey of A2Central, major league collector, and member of the KansasFest Committee. It’s not too late to register! Go to kansasfest.org right now. If you listen to this show, you should definitely be there.…
#59 (May 2016) : Amy Kefauver, Lorri Hopping, Stuff4YourGS
Jun 1, 2016 • 100 min
This month on Open Apple, Kevin Savetz sits down with Amy Kefauver and Lorri Hopping. Amy was the editor of Scholastic Microzine, an educational magazine focused on the Apple II. Lorri was a writer and editor for Microzine. They share many great memories…
#58 (April 2016) : Huibert Aalbers, IIGS Stuff, Taiwanese Ham
May 4, 2016 • 127 min
This month on Open Apple, we sit down with Huibert Aalbers, author of Soundsmith. It’s hard to overstate what a platform-defining piece of software this was for the Apple IIgs. Few people appreciated what the audio system in this computer was capable of,…
#57 (March 2016) : Bill Budge!
Mar 12, 2016 • 92 min
This month on Open Apple, we sit down with legendary Apple II programmer, Bill Budge. In addition to being an icon of Apple II gaming and graphics, he is the number-one-requested guest by listeners of the show. Mike and Quinn are very excited he was able…
#56 (February 2016) : Peter Lount, Gemstone Warrior, KansasFest
Feb 22, 2016 • 92 min
This month on Open Apple we sit down with Peter Lount, co-developer of Gemstone Warrior and Gemstone Healer for the Apple II. Canadian programmer Peter and his partner Trouba broke new ground in video games by combining fast action combat with…
#55 (January 2016) : Henry Courbis, UltimateMicro, ProDOS conversions
Jan 31, 2016 • 104 min
This month on Open Apple we sit down with Henry Courbis, co-proprietor of Ultimate Micro, serial entrepreneur, and Open Source guy. Henry is boldly going where no hobbyist has gone before, by making Apple II hardware his real day job. If anyone can do it,…
#54 (December 2015) : Year End Roundtable!
Jan 2, 2016 • 87 min
This month on Open Apple, we round out the year with our annual tradition of sitting around a virtual table with some friends of the show, discussing whatever comes to mind. Mike and Quinn are joined by Randy Brandt of Beagle Bros fame, Charles Mangin of…
#53 (November 2015) : David Schroeder, Phreaking, 8-bit Mice
Nov 28, 2015 • 98 min
This month on Open Apple we sit down with David Schroeder, author of classic Apple II games such as Crisis Mountain, Dino Eggs, and Short Circuit. We talk about the randomness of our passionate brand-loyalty, the logistical realities of early Apple II…
#52 (October 2015) : GEOS! Robert Bowdidge, and more GEOS!
Oct 31, 2015 • 162 min
This month on Open Apple we sit down with Robert Bowdidge, one of three interns at Berkeley Softworks who ported GEOS to the best line of 8-bit computers. We talk about what a great place Berkeley Softworks was, along with the power of good tools and…
#51 (September 2015) : Mike Westerfield, Opus ][, The Byte Works, Merlin 32
Oct 1, 2015 • 132 min
This month on Open Apple we sit down with Mike Westerfield, of The Byte Works’ fame. We talk about his adventures writing assemblers & compilers for 8/16 bit computers, and we see what he’s up to nowadays. We talk about small-system compilers, Logo, the…
#50 (August 2015) : Rebecca Heineman, Plamen’s Clones, GS/OS Updates
Sep 1, 2015 • 120 min
This month on Open Apple, we sit down with Rebecca “Burger Becky” Heineman. Becky is a legendary Apple II developer (not to mention many other platforms), and was the keynote speaker at KansasFest 2015. We discuss Becky’s KansasFest experiences then and…
#49 (July 2015) : Laine Nooney, Technowarp, 4am
Aug 2, 2015 • 173 min
This month on Open Apple, we sit down with Laine Nooney, researcher of early computer and software companies. She has been digging into the history of such greats as Brøderbund and Sierra On-Line. In particular, she has done some awesome research on the…
#48 (June 2015) : Tony Diaz, KansasFest Memories, Prototypes, and 8-bit DNS
Jul 12, 2015 • 153 min
This month on Open Apple, we sit down with Tony Diaz- KansasFest committee member, and consummate Apple II collector. With KansasFest just days away, we go deep on Tony’s amazing collection of unique prototypes, documents, peripherals, and the stories…
#47.5 (June 2015) : John Brooks via Matt Ownby
May 31, 2015 • 87 min
Welcome to a special extra episode of Open Apple! Fellow Apple II enthusiast Matt Ownby recently sat down for a chat with John Brooks, author of Rastan on the IIgs. It’s a fascinating conversation with tons of technical detail that you won’t want to miss.…
#47 (May 2015) : Jason Scott, Kaboom!, Infocom Secrets
May 28, 2015 • 137 min
This month on Open Apple, we sit down with Jason Scott, documentary filmmaker, historian, public speaker, and archivist. We talk about the importance of a nuanced appreciation of history, the flavors of sadness in comment threads, whom not to trust with…
#46 (April 2015): Paul Lutus, ReactiveMicro, and KansasFest Keynote
Apr 19, 2015 • 128 min
This month on Open Apple, we sit down with Paul Lutus, author of seminal early Apple II software such as AppleWriter and GraFORTH. We talk about the impacts of software development on society, the value of the individual in the process, and the trials of…
#45 (March 2015): Mark Kriegsman, FastLED, Transwarp GS Clone, and Newsapalooza
Mar 28, 2015 • 189 min
This month on Open Apple, we sit down with Mark Kriegsman, author of Star Blaster, and a modern Apple II hacker. He has ported the awesome FastLED driver library to the Apple II, so you can drive many hundreds of 32-bit RGB LEDs with your Apple II.…
#44 (February 2015) : Beagle Bros Reunion Roundtable, Andrew Roughan
Feb 28, 2015 • 129 min
This month on Open Apple, we sit down with Beagles Bros Randy Brandt, Mark Simonsen Tom Weishaar, and Alan Bird. We share stories of Beagle’s development, poke lots of fun at each other, and check in on where everyone is now. We spread the love for Oz…
#43 (January 2015) : Happy New Year with Ben Heck!
Jan 22, 2015 • 113 min
This month on Open Apple, we sit down with Ben Heck, one of our most-requested interviews. We talk about his Apple I replica, his Apple IIgs laptop, and Adam Sandler for some reason. Meanwhile, Mike and Quinn talk about Apple Porsches, Pinball…
#42 (December 2014) : 2014 Year-End Roundtable, Eric Shepherd, Sarah W., Carrington Vanston
Jan 1, 2015 • 113 min
This month on Open Apple, we close out the year with our traditional Year-End Roundtable discussion. We’re joined by Eric ‘Sheppy’ Shepherd, Sarah W., and Carrington Vanston. We talk about alternate universes, our collective love of the IIgs, and Quinn…
#41 (November 2014) : Randy Brandt, Neuromancer, Bob Bishop
Nov 30, 2014 • 181 min
This month on Open Apple we present an early holiday gift, in the form of an epic three hour episode. We sit down for a great conversation with Apple II legend Randy Brandt, perhaps best known for his work at Beagle Bros. We go deep on Beagle Bros,…
#40.5 (November 2014) : Mike and Quinn Watch ‘The Goldbergs’
Nov 7, 2014 • 25 min
Now for something completely different. We have a bit of a gap between shows here on Open Apple, due to the timing of some interviews we have lined up. Rather than keep you waiting, we thought we’d try something wacky. In this “episode” of Open Apple,…
#40 (October 2014) : Chris Torrence, Printers, Celebrating Lode Runner
Oct 19, 2014 • 90 min
This month on Open Apple, we talk to Chris Torrence, the new Roger Wagner Volunteer Archivist on behalf of Softalk magazine. Chris is a lifelong Apple II fan, and has recently undertaken the valuable effort of producing a book containing all of Roger…
#39 (September 2014) : Gary B. Little, New Segments, Apple IIc Cards
Sep 30, 2014 • 103 min
This month on Open Apple, we talk to Gary Little, prolific author of many technical reference books about various models in the Apple ][ line. In addition to writing great books that go deep on the hardware, Gary also wrote lots of great software,…
#38 (August 2014) : The Lawless Legends Team
Aug 30, 2014 • 91 min
This month on Open Apple, we go deep on Lawless Legends with most of the team building it. We’ve managed to corner Seth Sternberger (of 8-bit Weapon fame), Martin Haye, and Brendan Robert (Dave Schmenk, we’re coming for you…) to grill them on this amazing…
#37 (July 2014): Quinn Dunki, Veronica, Halt and Catch Fire, KansasFest 2014
Jul 19, 2014 • 84 min
This month on Open Apple, Mike chats with Quinn Dunki about her early programming experiences, and she gives us a brief overview of the development of her 6502-based homebrew computer, Veronica. Other topics this month: Apple IIc clones, KansasFest,…
#36 (Mar 2014): Evan Koblentz, VCF East, Softalk, and Apple2pi
Mar 10, 2014 • 86 min
This month on Open Apple, Mike and Ken chat with Evan Koblentz, producer of Vintage Computer Festival East. VCF East 9.1 is happening this spring, and Evan has an inside look at the event’s founding, growth, and lineup. Margot Comstock has been announced…
#35 (Feb 2014): Sean Fahey, Uthernet, Silvern Castle, and the Mac’s 30th
Feb 5, 2014 • 89 min
This month on Open Apple, Mike and Ken chat with Sean Fahey, proprietor of A2Central.com and KansasFest committee member. Sean and James Littlejohn distribute a plethora of Apple II hardware and software every year to KansasFest attendees, and next year’s…
#34 (Jan 2014): 2013 end-of-year roundtable
Jan 2, 2014 • 87 min
At the dawn of 2014, Open Apple engages in its annual tradition of reflecting on all that has transpired in the Apple II community in the past year. Ken Gagne moderates a panel of Mike Maginnis, Andy Molloy, Ivan Drucker, and David Schmenk to look at…
#33 (Dec 2013): Andrew Schultz, interactive fiction, JSMESS, and SCOTTEVEST
Dec 20, 2013 • 105 min
This month on Open Apple, Mike and Ken chat with Andrew Schultz — gamer, FAQ author, and Interactive Fiction Competition participant. Text adventures are enjoying a resurgence in popularity and access, and Andrew guides us through the tools and resources…
#32 (Nov 2013): Bill Martens, history, Apple founders, and WOZPAK
Nov 2, 2013 • 119 min
This month on Open Apple, Mike and Ken chat with Bill Martens of Call-A.P.P.L.E. Preserving our community’s software and documentation is important not just to the users, but to the people doing the preserving; Bill explains why. We look at how the media…
#31 (Oct 2013): Brendan Robert, Lawless Legends, Texas, and Wayne Green
Oct 11, 2013 • 90 min
This month on Open Apple, Mike and Ken chat with Brendan Robert of the Java Apple Computer Emulator (JACE) and Apple Game Server. Innovative cross-platform tools are being used to bring Lawless Legends, an original 8-bit RPG, to the Apple II and Commodore…
#30 (Sep 2013): Charles Mangin, Jobs movie, Tetris, and S-Prize
Sep 2, 2013 • 109 min
This month on Open Apple, Mike and Ken chat with Charles Mangin, the mad scientist who puts Mac Minis inside Apple II cases and inventor of the RetroConnector. It’s our first show since KansasFest, and we share our highlights and favorite products and…
Video: Speaking with Steve Wozniak at KansasFest 2013
Aug 11, 2013
Happy 63rd birthday, Steve Wozniak! And thank you again not only for taking the time to attend KansasFest 2013, but to speak with Open Apple. If you haven’t already heard our 20-minute interview with Woz, go listen now. But some things are better seen…
Speaking with Steve Wozniak at KansasFest 2013
Aug 2, 2013 • 21 min
While attending KansasFest 2013, Steve Wozniak — inventor of the Apple-1 and Apple II and co-founder of Apple Computer Inc. — takes a moment to speak with the Open Apple podcast about Steve Jobs, Randy Wigginton, and the Apple II. Be sure to listen to the…
Open ANTIChertz at KansasFest 2013
Aug 2, 2013 • 48 min
Mike Maginnis and Ken Gagne, the hosts of Open Apple, join forces with Carrington Vanston of 1 MHz and Kevin Savetz of ANTIC, for one massive retro computing roundtable at KansasFest 2013. We chat about the convention’s two surprise guests — Steve Wozniak…
#29 (July 2013): Mike Willegal, Apple-1, cons, and films
Jul 4, 2013 • 105 min
This month on Open Apple, Mike and Ken chat with Mike Willegal, Apple-1 and Apple II reproduction expert extraordinaire. His topic is hot this month: five Apple-1 computers were simultaneously on display at the History San Jose museum; one is being…
#28 (June 2013): Lon Seidman, BBSs, Steve Wozniak, and documentaries
Jun 5, 2013 • 99 min
This month on Open Apple, Mike and Ken chat with Lon Seidman, sysop of the Matrix Returns BBS and co-host of Behind the Video. The dial-up bulletin board is making a comeback, thanks to Warp Six and the Raspberry Pi! It’s so easy, anyone can do it —…
#27 (May 2013): Daniel Kruszyna, demoparties, iSteve, and clones
May 8, 2013 • 87 min
This month on Open Apple, Mike and Ken chat with famed demo programmer Daniel Kruszyna, aka krüe. We chat about @party, the upcoming fourth annual demoparty to be held in recently beleaguered Boston, and how even non-programmers will find plenty to like.…
#26 (Apr 2013): Earl Evans, Z80, Zephyr, and LucasArts
Apr 15, 2013 • 92 min
This month on Open Apple, Mike and Ken chat with Earl Evans, Retrobits podcast host and Commodore 64 enthusiast — but we don’t hold that against him. Registration for KansasFest 2013 is open, and we all want to go, but Earl has another destination in…
#25 (Mar 2013): Egan Ford, 8088, Voyager, and abandonware
Mar 12, 2013 • 100 min
This month on Open Apple, Mike and Ken chat with Egan Ford, aka the datajerk, the Apple-1 and II programmer extraordinaire responsible for the Apple II Game Server Online! Egan expertly demonstrates which CPU is faster, the 6502 or 8088, running circles…
#24 (Feb 2013): Jimmy Maher, book publishing, jOBS, and C64
Feb 7, 2013 • 102 min
This month on Open Apple, Mike and Ken chat with Jimmy Maher, the historian behind the renowned blog The Digital Antiquarian. A published author, Jimmy provides us with his perspective on the pros and cons of going with a publishing house over the recent…
#23 (Jan 2013): 2012 year-end roundtable
Jan 1, 2013 • 106 min
Having gathered the treasures of 2012 and being tempted by the promises of 2013, the hosts of Open Apple are joined by Andy Molloy of Juiced.GS, Peter Neubauer of KansasFest, Vince Briel of Briel Computers, and Antoine Vignau of Brutal Deluxe to reflect…
#22 (Dec 2012): Kevin Savetz, 10 PRINT, Polaroids, and Microzine
Dec 7, 2012 • 79 min
This month on Open Apple, Mike and Ken chat with Kevin Savetz, Internet publisher and author of the memoir Terrible Nerd. We cross enemy lines to review a book about the cultural, scientific, and philosophical implications of Commodore 64 programming,…
#21 (Nov 2012): Geoff Weiss, SIS, Apple-1 auctions, and Web hosting
Nov 11, 2012 • 51 min
This month on Open Apple, Ken takes the month off as Mike chats with Apple IIGS programmer Geoff Weiss, who does double-duty as both guest and co-host. Geoff discusses his work on the Spectrum Internet Suite and debuts some new Classic Desk Accessories…
#20 (Oct 2012): Ewen Wannop, Spectrum, the next Apple II, and Mac Mini
Oct 11, 2012 • 97 min
This month on Open Apple, Mike and Ken chat with Ewen Wannop, British programmer of 16-bit telecommunications programs such as Spectrum, SAM, SNAP, and SAFE. The hosts share feedback galore from the last episode and contemplate how to record a live show.…
#19 (Sep 2012): David Schmidt, iOS games, Apple III, and IMSAI
Sep 3, 2012 • 102 min
This month on Open Apple, Mike and Ken chat with David Schmidt, the programmer responsible for ADTPro. Beyond his own program, David has also contributed to the development of Davex, GSport, AppleCommander, CiderPress, OpenEmulator, DiscFerret, CFFA3000 —…
#18 (August 2012): Wayne Arthurton, Paul Hagstrom, Jeremy Rand, and KansasFest
Aug 14, 2012 • 86 min
This month on Open Apple, Ken Gagne speaks with Wayne Arthurton, who recently attended his first KansasFest since 2004, and Paul Hagstrom and Jeremy Rand, both first-time attendees at the world’s premier annual Apple II convention. In this panel-format…
#17 (July 2012): Rich Dreher, Apple-1, Atari, and Robert Tripp
Jul 8, 2012 • 138 min
This month on Open Apple, Mike and Ken speak with Rich Dreher, developer of the CompactFlash For Apple (CFFA) card. The first batch of CFFA3000 cards sold out in 2011, and the second batch is now shipping with similar sales numbers. Rich takes us behind…
#16 (Jun 2012): Martin Haye, demoparty, Leisure Suit Larry, and clones
Jun 4, 2012 • 93 min
This month on Open Apple, Mike and Ken speak with Martin Haye, 8-bit programmer extraordinare. We love us some conventions, be they KansasFest, the Vintage Computer Festival, @party, ROFLCon, or WordCamp. We wonder why video games have abandoned humor and…
#15 (May 2012): David Finnigan, new books, CRPGs, and prototypes
May 7, 2012 • 93 min
This month on Open Apple, Mike and Ken chat with David Finnigan, proprietor of the Mac GUI Web site and author of the upcoming book, The New Apple II User’s Guide. Our eyes are caught by another new book release, The Best of Creative Computing: Volume 3,…
Talking with Brutal Deluxe
Apr 30, 2012 • 74 min
Join us as Open Apple celebrates the 20th anniversary of the founding of premier Apple II programming group, Brutal Deluxe, developers of such famous games as LemminGS, The Tinies, Cogito, and Blockade; utilities including Fishhead, T40, and Convert 3200;…
#14 (Apr 2012): Brian Picchi, GameFest, Prince of Persia, and gadgets
Apr 5, 2012 • 87 min
This month on the Open Apple podcast, our hosts chat with world video game record holder and Apple II game critic Brian Picchi, whose YouTube channel showcases the best and worst of Apple II entertainment. It’s a good time to be a convention-goer:…
#13 (Mar 2012): Andrew Roughan, Marinetti, Karateka, and e-books
Mar 7, 2012 • 86 min
This month on the Open Apple podcast, Mike and Ken chat with Andrew Roughan, Australian Apple II user and curator of the Marinetti Open Source Project. From Jordan Mechner at PAX East 2012 to John Romero at KansasFest 2012 to Nolan Bushnell at GameFest,…
#12 (Feb 2012): Michael J Mahon, chiptune, source code, and demodulation
Feb 6, 2012 • 117 min
This month on the Open Apple podcast, Mike and Ken chat with Michael J Mahon, software and hardware developer extraordinaire and creative genius behind both recent DMS Drummer software and the ever-popular AppleCrate parallel processing computer. We talk…
#11 (Jan 2012): David Greelish, Steve Weyhrich, John Sculley, and Steve Jobs
Jan 11, 2012 • 98 min
This month on the Open Apple podcast, Mike and Ken chat with David Greelish, co-host of the Retro Computing Roundtable podcast and recently published author of the book The Complete Historically Brewed. In the news is the Retrochallenge Winter Warm-up,…
2011 year-end roundtable
Dec 31, 2011 • 104 min
As 2011 fades into memory and 2012 shines bright, the hosts of Open Apple are joined by Tony Diaz of Syndicomm, Sean Fahey of A2Central.com, Andy Molloy of Juiced.GS, and Eric Shepherd of Sheppyware to reflect on all that has happened with the Apple II…
#10 (Dec 2011): Rob Kenyon, HyperCard, IFComp, and authenticity
Dec 6, 2011 • 85 min
This month on the Open Apple podcast, Mike and Ken are joined by Rob Kenyon, a two-time KansasFest attendee as well as a professional programmer and 30-year veteran of the Apple II. We talk about how great it is to be a part of the international community…
Show #9 (Nov 2011): Melissa Barron, Britannia Manor, floppy drives, and iOS
Nov 14, 2011 • 106 min
This month in Open Apple, Mike and Ken talk with Melissa Barron, the Apple II community’s famed tapestry artist. The three relate their experiences exploring the past and future of computer media at conventions and museums in Chicago and Rochester,…
Special Show: Remembering Steve Jobs
Oct 7, 2011 • 16 min
Apple co-founder, chairman, and former CEO Steve Jobs has passed away. In this special episode, Mike and Ken remember an industry leader, visionary, and rascal. Links mentioned in this episode: Bill Corbett responds to Steve Jobs’ death Woz responds…
Show #8 (Oct 2011): Kelvin Sherlock, Kickstarter, BASIC, and BCS
Oct 3, 2011 • 96 min
This month in Open Apple, Mike and Ken talk with Kelvin Sherlock, prolific Apple II programmer of GShisen, Silver Platter, ProFUSE, and more. Ken builds the suspense before revealing the identity of KansasFest 2012’s keynote speaker before we look at the…
Open Apple: Behind the Scenes
Sep 2, 2011 • 45 min
Mike and Ken are on the road instead of in the studio this month, so in lieu of a full episode, you’re invited to enjoy the audio from our KansasFest 2011 session, in which we detail the production methods, tricks, and secrets of Open Apple. We’ll be back…
Show #7 (August 2011): David Schmenk, KansasFest 2011, CFFA3000, and buttons
Aug 10, 2011 • 91 min
This month in Open Apple, Mike and Ken keep the KansasFest vibe going with first-time attendee David Schmenk, getting his perspective on the greatest products, sessions, and experiences of last month’s Apple II convention, from the CFFA3000 to Sweet16 and…
Open Megahertz: Live from KansasFest 2011
Jul 23, 2011
In this episode of Open Megahertz, KansasFest attendees Mike Maginnis, Ken Gagne, and Carrington Vanston join forces to reflect on the world’s greatest Apple II convention, as well as review a classic edutainment title. Links Felicia Day’s guide to…
Show #6 (July 2011): User groups, Beautiful Boot, KFest memories, and game tournaments
Jul 15, 2011 • 103 min
This month in Open Apple, Mike and Ken share the studio for a one-on-one recording session. We look at user groups, museums, and academic classes that celebrate the Apple II, as well as the growing collection of the Internet Archive, courtesy Jason Scott.…
Show #5 (June 2011): Brian Wiser, museums, magazines, and Ultima
Jun 6, 2011 • 98 min
This month in Open Apple, Mike and Ken are joined by Brian Wiser, an unsung hero of the Apple II archivist movement, as well as a director and producer of films related to Joss Whedon’s Firefly television show and Serenity movie. Ken reports on his trip…
Show #4 (May 2011): Steve Weyhrich, archiving history, humanism, and Outland
May 11, 2011 • 80 min
This month in Open Apple, Mike and Ken chat with Apple II historian Steve Weyhrich about strategies and philosophies for scanning, preserving, and publishing the story of the Apple II. Hardware hacks for the Apple IIc and expansion cards making their…
Special Show #1: Remembering Ryan Suenaga
Apr 29, 2011 • 20 min
Apple II podcaster, programmer, writer, editor, and event coordinator Ryan Suenaga has passed away. In this special episode, Mike and Ken remember their friend. Click past the jump for links mentioned in this episode. Ryan’s last LiveJournal entry Ryan’s…
Show #3 (Apr 2011): Peter Neubauer, waiting for KansasFest, and edutainment
Apr 11, 2011 • 60 min
The third monthly episode of Open Apple, recorded on April 3, 2011, has Mike and Ken joined by KansasFest committee member Peter Neubauer. The three look forward to attending KansasFest and VCF and reading Juiced.GS, 300 Baud, Twisty Little Passages, and…
Show #2 (Mar 2011): IvanX, VCF, VNC & GPLE
Mar 7, 2011 • 66 min
In the second monthly episode of Open Apple, Mike and Ken are joined by Ivan Drucker: two-time KansasFest alumnus, Juiced.GS staff writer, and Mac consultant based out of New York City. News this month includes a look forward to Vintage Computer Festival…
Show #1 (Feb 2011): Welcome to Open Apple
Feb 7, 2011 • 37 min
Welcome to the inaugural episode of Open Apple, the Apple II community’s first co-hosted podcast. In this show, hosts Mike Maginnis and Ken Gagne reflect on their Apple II history before welcoming guest Andy Molloy. Segments include “II News”, a roundup…