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vTech Laser 128EX:

September 24, 2020 FinApple

Latest acquisition to my collection is finally here: the vTech Laser 128EX ! Compared to the 128E that i already have, the EX is slightly different, internally. It have added 64k of Video RAM on board as well the the board design itself is slightly diffrent. It have …

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Mitac MATE-1 (AD-1) floppy drive:

September 23, 2020 FinApple

This is a clone of the Apple DISK II drive made in Taiwan based on the same early Shugart 390 mechanism with their own analog board design. MITAC MATE-1 (Model: AD-1)Shugart 390 mechanismMade in Taiwan Stamped date: JUL 20 1982 Mitac analog board.   Underneath.   …

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My Nordic Apple /// : Part ///

September 18, 2020 FinApple

These two ///’s are latest additions to my ///-herd. What made this super interesting was that the other /// had different keyboard with not just symbols on it, but TEXT. I’ve never seen such. Might be replacement for some program specifially or something? If you have information about this, let me …

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WOzFest 17 Oct/QFest 17 Announcement

September 16, 2020 europlus

I’m very happy to announce the date for the next WOzFest: WOzFest 17 Oct will be held on Saturday 17 October 2020, starting at midday Sydney time (UTC+11:00). An easy date to remember! And Steve in Brisbane has confirmed QFest 17 will be held at the same time – double …

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Paul Witte and Herb Flower, creators of Thieves’ Guild

September 15, 2020 Break Into Chat

Paul Witte and Herb Flower were friends who collaborated from 1988-93 to create the BBS door game Thieves’ Guild and its graphical front-end client for the Atari ST under the “Mythyn Software” banner. Flower went on to found the Rewolf Entertainment studio, which produced Gunman Chronicles. Witte and Flower teamed …

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I completed my 7-year quest to play Thieves’ Guild

September 15, 2020 Break Into Chat

The sky is clear, the breeze is strong. A perfect day to make the long sea voyage to Mythyn. You prepare your galley, hire a crew of sailors, and cast off. But a few hours into your trip, the dreaded words appear: “Thou seest rippling waters…” Sea serpent? Giant squid? …

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A different way to play, part 5: TWTerm

September 9, 2020 Break Into Chat

This is the fifth installment in my series “A different way to play” about front-end clients for BBS door games. TWTerm I was never a very good TradeWars 2002 player. Sure I would trade, hunt for the StarDock, and fight other players — but I was probably just cannon fodder …