Apple IIgs Fire Demo

I finally got around to hammering out a little demo to keep me warm on these cold winter nights.

The code is a bit of a mess but it was mostly a test to see if I could do it and pull off a convincing version of the classic Fire Effect so prevalent in 1990’s demos. It uses 16 bit registers and maybe a few 65816 opcodes but it should be pretty easy to port it to the IIe.

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KFest ’08 Redux

For those who don’t know (99.999% of the population) KansasFest (a.k.a. KFest) is a yearly Apple Computer themed conference that takes place in Kansas City, Missouri. When I say Apple, I mean Apple II. There are the occasional Mac/iPhone topics but really who cares about that? I went in 1993 which was probably close to the last big one, when Apple Computer was still sending employees.

I honestly had no idea it was still going on until I found out from an old friend in 2007 that indeed they still were holding it every year. I decided that not only would I go, but I would present NEW Apple II software! Indeed, I made it, albeit only for part of the sessions and I didn’t really finish my software on time but it was still wholly worthwhile for an old nerd like me.

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Retro Apple Bonanza

Family Portrait II
Family Portrait II

I decided as a birthday present to myself that I would finally get an older Apple II computer. I have a couple of old IIgs’es I play with regularly these days as well a IIc that was missing the power brick. I did the whole “items wanted” thing on Craigslist in hopes that someone nearby would sell me one on the cheap.

The first two replies were promising but their descriptions of the systems were a little vague and when I asked for more information I got no response. The third response sounded great: an Apple II+, Apple IIe and Apple IIc all with monitors and all “quite clean”. She was willing to let them go for $80. Not a great price and not a horrible price. Either way, I couldn’t get a deal like that through eBay because the shipping on the monitors alone would have to be at least $50.

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