Apple II Bits
Apple II

MAD Magazine’s Spy vs. Spy

July 8, 2019 Apple II Bits

I grew up reading MAD Magazine, having inherited a collection of back issues from my oldest brother. I was sometimes too young to get the humor, but I always enjoyed the comics, especially Spy vs. Spy.

With every new #MAD as a kid I always flipped to Spy vs.

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Old-school Dark Mode

July 1, 2019 Apple II Bits

Last year, Apple introduced a new display option in macOS Mojave: Dark Mode, an alternative color scheme that emphasizes dark tones and minimizes white light. Reading on backlit screens is hard on the eyes — just compare an iPad to an e-ink Kindle. Apple’s theorizes that essentially inverting the default

Apple II Bits
Apple II

Activating HTTPS for Apple II Bits

June 24, 2019 Apple II Bits

In 2016, I mused how the Web’s move toward encryption — specifically, free Let’s Encrypt SSL certificates — was leaving retrocomputers behind.

In 2017, I installed a Let’s Encrypt certificate on this website, but configured the domain to be a “dual front-end”, accessible via both HTTP and HTTPS. Other than

Apple II Bits
Apple II

Shirts & game crossovers

June 17, 2019 Apple II Bits

Chris Torrence, host of the Assembly Lines video podcast and volunteer at the Media Archaeology Lab, recently added an e-commerce store to his online offerings.

T-shirts based on 8-bit franchises and artwork are nothing new; my closet is full of KansasFest, A2Central.com, and even InTrec shirts. But one item

Apple II Bits
Apple II

A VisiCalc time capsule

June 10, 2019 Apple II Bits

When I was in sixth grade, my class created personal time capsules. We took various pop culture artifacts, put then in a shoebox, and then applied newspapers to decoupage the assembled work. There was no coordinated effort to bury the capsules, though — we brought them home and did whatever

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Rainbows adorn Apple Park campus

June 3, 2019 Apple II Bits

Apple’s logo has had many variations through the years: while always the same shape, it’s gone from multicolored to monochromatic, 2D to 3D and back to 2D. But Rob Janoff‘s original rainbow scheme remains in the hearts of old-school Apple enthusiasts, with its appearance instantly striking a nostalgic chord.

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Apple II Bits
Apple II

An adventure in Rocky’s Boots

April 22, 2019 Apple II Bits

My reputation as any workplace’s resident (and only) Apple II expert began at my first salaried job as a high-school teacher. I’d often annoy the computer-science teacher, Ms. Lang, by extolling the virtues of BASIC as a programming language (she preferred Scheme); and when I had to substitute for her