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 by KansasFest, Inc., under an Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC 3.0) Creative Commons license.

The Golden Age of the Apple II

Posted Thu, Jul. 21st 2011 in

The Apple II was in production from 1977 to 1993. From early interest to broad adoption to being over shadowed by the Mac, followed by cancellation, diehard support, and retrocomputing revitalization, the machine has survived many eras and purposes. What was the golden age of the Apple II? What constituted its heyday, and how long did it last — assuming it’s already over, or has even happened? Jason Scott will moderate this panel consisting of Bob Bishop (Apple Computer Inc.), Steve Weyhrich (Apple II History), and Geoff Weiss (Juiced.GS).

Apple’s Growing Divide Between Users and Programmers

Posted Sun, Oct. 31st 2010 in Echoes of KFest

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).

Recorded Thursday, July 22, 2010, by Ken Gagne.

A video of this session is also available.

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