Introducing NuInput: A superior INPUT

Posted Sun, Aug. 26th 2012 in Echoes of KFest (video)

If you’ve programmed in Applesoft, then you know that its INPUT command is not very capable. But now you don’t need it! NuInput, by Ivan Drucker, is a powerful and flexible replacement for INPUT which makes it easy for any Applesoft programmer to specify maximum entry length and permitted keys, automatically convert lowercase, refuse blank entry, provide an ESCape, and much more! Download your copy at http://ivanx.com/appleii/

Recorded on 7/24/2010 by Ken Gagne and made available under a ,Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0) Creative Commons license.

Apple’s Growing Divide Between Users and Programmers

Posted Fri, Aug. 24th 2012 in Echoes of KFest (video)

The incredibly open nature of the Apple II for development, down to the inclusion of schematics in every box, encouraged a generation of users who were also programmers. By contrast, today we have the walled garden of iPhone OS, where Apple judges all. Between these polar positions is the Macintosh. How have Apple – and Apple users – evolved over the years? Has using computers become more or less creative? What tradeoffs have we made between accessibility and empowerment? How do the Apple II and its users measure up in modern times? Panelists: Ivan Drucker (IvanExpert), Martin Haye (California Digital Library), Mike Maginnis (The Computist Project). Moderator: Ken Gagne (Juiced.GS).

Recorded on 7/22/2010 by Ken Gagne and made available under a ,Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC 3.0) Creative Commons license.

Apple III: A Closer Look

Posted Sat, Aug. 11th 2012 in Echoes of KFest (video)

Mike Maginnis provides an overview of the Apple III and a look at all those nasty rumors about its allegedly poor design and engineering. Download the slides at http://kansasfest.org/downloads/ and read clarifications from the presenter at http://wp.me/pJsxq-43

Recorded on 7/22/2010 by Ken Gagne and made available under a ,Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported (CC BY-ND 3.0) Creative Commons license.

iPhone 4.0 and iPad

Posted Fri, Aug. 10th 2012 in Echoes of KFest (video)

In April, Apple released the iPad, a tablet computer compatible with the iPhone’s App Store. In June, the iPhone and iPod Touch received the iOS 4 firmware upgrade. Rob Walch of the Today in iOS (formerly Today in iPhone) podcast, brings us both these devices with tips, tricks, and critiques of Apple’s new mobile hardware and software. The slides Rob used are available for download at kansasfest.org/downloads/

Recorded on 7/21/2010 by Ken Gagne and made available under a ,Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0) Creative Commons license.

Apple’s Growing Divide Between Users and Programmers

Posted Thu, Jul. 22nd 2010 in

The incredibly open nature of the Apple II for development, down to the inclusion of schematics in every box, encouraged a generation of users who were also program mers. By contrast, today we have the walled garden of iPhone OS, where Apple judges all. Between these polar positions is the Macintosh. How have Apple ? and Apple users ? evolved over the years? Has using computers become more or less creative? What tradeoffs have we made between accessibility and empowerment? How do the Apple II and its users measure up in modern times?

Panelists: Ivan Drucker (IvanExpert), Martin Haye (California Digital Library), Mike Maginnis (The Computist Project).

Moderator: Ken Gagne (Juiced.GS).