Pretty much as it says on the box, should Apple /// paraphernalia be part of an Apple II collection?
Trying to determine a final disposition of all my Apple /// stuff. 2 good standard consoles. 1 shit-junker console. 1 good ///+ console. 3 monitor ///. Several profiles. A box of cards. Original manuals for the /// and some original apple software. Various cable and fittings.
Wondering if I should "integrate" and "welcome" it into my Apple II collection, or keep it separate? Or maybe do away with it entirely?
Like the tin says, who would be your favorite Apple II programmer. You know, the one where when you saw the name you automatically knew you were getting some good. Might as well throw in some of their hit titles too.
Your personal Whiz-Bang moments in Apple II computing, what were they? What made you stand up and go ohhh wowwww! What totally amazed you about the Apple II in its day & age?
One of my moments was plugging in setting up my a Sider HDD. A whopping 10Meg jobber too! I was quite taken with how fast all my single-file "brun" games loaded. And I didn't have to swap floppies to do it either! I could put millions of these games on it and have room to spare!! I swear I was entering into the realm of mainframe computing back then.
After the gaming stint, and less "oh wow" but equally impressive was transferring BBS operations to a fixed disk. This opened up enormous speed improvements in log processing and program editing. I'm one to make 20 changes to program then save it. And repeat. So the savings in load/save times were great.
Another magic moment in Apple II computing was adding in a clock card. After hours and hours (no pun intended) of fussing and mussing I decided on the Applied Engineering TimeMaster II H.O. I felt (however stupid it might seem) that I increased the intelligence factor of my rig. It was now aware of the passage of time. And incorporating it into BBS activities was a real hoot! I had time and date stamps everywhere it seemed.
And a user could now only spend X amount of time in this or that section unless they upload to gain more time. Great stuff! But I mostly let that slide when I tallied up the logs.
I always wondered where the H.O. (high-output) designation came from. I understand it was a generic marketing term used by General Motors to trump up anemic V6 or V8 engines in the Camaro lineup. The Ford Taurus IIRC went beyond that with S.H.O.