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RetroChallenge 2021/10 “1786!”

September 8, 2021 RetroRetrospective

Well here we are again. I’t’s RetroChallenge time and my project will be a strategy game in the 1980s style in the likes of SSI or Avalon Hill. So why the picture of ol’ George Washington?  He’s going to be the central character of the game, the Commander-in-Chief has …

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CEC “Basic Skills Software Resource Collection”

June 12, 2018 RetroRetrospective

Computer Education Centre

It’s not every day an Australian Educational software set appears on eBay just begging to be imaged.  This is the “Basic Skills Software Resource Collection” by the Computer Education Centre (CEC).  This is the main collection of 16 single-sided 5.25″ diskettes, and the bonus double-sided 17th diskette.

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SUNBURST – Learning To Cope With Pressure

May 2, 2017 RetroRetrospective

Saturday 29th April 2017 was WOzFest PR#6 where the theme was preservation, so I had the perfect candidate for the project in a recent acquisition of Sunburst’s “Learning To Cope With Pressure”, of course it comes with a 5.25″ floppy with protection, but they did generously include a second

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“Week of the Kfest”

October 8, 2016 RetroRetrospective

Greetings Kfest fans,  my good friend Mike has produced an audio travelogue about KansasFest 2016 called “Week of The KFest.”

In the presentation Mike includes sound bites from many of the attendees of this year’s (2016) week-long KansasFest Apple II event.

It was published to Floppy Days this week.

If you’d

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RetroChallenge 2016/10 – Applesoft Enhanced

September 21, 2016 RetroRetrospective

Way back in the day on of my favourite programming tools was Nibble BASIC from the Nibble Magazine.  It allowed you to write Applesoft programs without line numbers, and added additional commands such as If/ElseIf/Else, and Loop/EndLoop, as well as Goto and Gosub labels rather than using line numbers.


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WW2014 Update 1 – Back to the Drawing Board :(

January 8, 2014 RetroRetrospective

Thought I’d get a jump on the rewriting of S-Basic in S-Basic by dumping the S-Basic Applesoft code to a text file, then reformatting it as S-Basic, then running it through S-Basic5.3 on my disk image.

Great idea, but . . . . .

The code is just too unstructured.

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“2014 Winter Warmup”?

January 2, 2014 RetroRetrospective

Nibble Programmer 1983 Issue 06

OK, so it’s summer here in Australia, so what is this “Winter Warmup” thing.  2014WW is the Retrochallenge and to quote the site:

“In a nutshell, the RetroChallenge is a loosely disorganised gathering of RetroComputing enthusiasts who collectively do stuff with old computers for a month.


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The AppleII Monitor Peeled

August 23, 2013 RetroRetrospective

You never quite know what you will find when you go browsing on eBay.  A couple of weeks ago I came across “The Apple II Monitor Peeled” and the old style presentation of it intrigued me, so I put a bid on it, and won it for pretty much the

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What Do You Do On New Years Day?

January 1, 2013 RetroRetrospective

What do you do on New Years Day when you’ve got too many unfinished projects?

Start another one of course!

I’d been meaning to try out on my Apple//c the video convertor box I’d bought for my wife to connect an old PVR with only composite and component video-out