Drop III Inches
By Paul Hagstrom & Mike Maginnis
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Drop /// Inches is a podcast devoted to Apple's other 8-bit computer, the Apple ///. We cover the history, the people, hardware, software, literature, usage, tricks, repair, and even news.
||CleanEpisode 19: May Wait No August||As August 2017 draws to a close, here is an episode we recorded in May with a lead-in we recorded earlier in August. It’s been a busy summer. Topics include: Martin Haye’s Satan Mode disk, Reactive Micro’s universal power supply,||8/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 18: Don Burtis||We’re back, with an episode that was three months in the making. Mike and Paul talk (in November 2016) about the state of things in our Apple /// worlds, and then speak at some length with Don Burtis (in December 2016),||1/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 17: PSUs, KPIs, RPS, and more!||In this episode, Mike and Paul chat about various things that were newsworthy when the recording was made. Replacement power supplies, insights from the last Apple /// product manager, Apple ///-themed iPhone cases, drivers,||8/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 16: Taylor Pohlman||In this episode, we interview Taylor Pohlman, who joined Apple in 1979 and became the Apple /// Product Marketing Manager in 1981, managing the “Reintroduction” of the Apple ///. He is also well known for the series of columns in Softalk magazine (||3/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 15: Baseball and Business BASIC||Mike came across a reference to “The greatest baseball game never played”, a well-hyped simulated baseball game broadcast in July 1982, pitting National League and American League stars of diverse eras against each other in an ultimate fictitious||3/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14: Daniel Kottke, Diving into SOS.DRIVER, Misc., and Etc.||We begin 2016 discussing the “Driv3rs” python script with its author, Mike Whalen, some miscellaneous topics, and a phone interview with Daniel Kottke, from some years ago. Mike Whalen’s Driv3rs script will take an SOS.||1/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13: Wendell Sander||This month, Paul’s Apple /// has trouble connecting with the world outside, so he speculates on possibilities for WiFi connectivity, and Mike’s Apple /// has trouble connecting with any worlds at all. So, we turn our attention to literature,||10/31/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12: Martin Haye has created a M0N5T3R||On this episode, we talk with Martin Haye about his experience writing an assembler/disassembler for the Apple /// as his HackFest entry at KansasFest 2015. Martin is an experienced Apple II programmer, who decided to spend KansasFest familiarizing him.||9/8/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11: Fort Stanford, b/w Phase III: Dr. Melvin Astrahan||We’re back for Episode 11. This time, we talk about really very small advances in booting a /// from a flash drive, the Cursor /// joystick and the history of The Keyboard Company, and a visit to the Stanford archives of Apple materials to get the rea||6/27/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: III Drives Diverged||In this episode, Paul and Mike talk about the wooden Apple /// sculpture featured on the cover of Apple Magazine v2n2 and an email interview with Tom Eckert, the artist who created it. Other topics include the issues and ultimate success in booting an .||4/10/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: Bob Consorti||In this episode, we talk with Bob Consorti, who was president of On Three. Among the notable achievements of On Three were the long-running On Three magazine, Desktop Manager, BOS (Bob’s Operating System), a 512K RAM expansion card, device drivers,||12/14/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: Colette Askeland||This episode consists of a telephone interview with Colette Askeland, the board layout designer who did all of the layout work on the Apple /// motherboard. We learn about the incredible challenges and accomplishments that went into creating this layou.||10/26/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: Don Williams at Phase III||The Phase III conference was organized by the Third Apple User Group in Chicago, held October 2-4, 1987. Dave Ottalini located and digitized his audio recordings of some of the sessions at that conference, and provided them to us.||10/1/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: Dave Ottalini||In this episode, Mike and Paul had the opportunity to speak with Dave Ottalini, co-founder of the Apple /// Special Interest Group of the Washington Apple Pi user group. The entire episode is devoted to this conversation.||9/25/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: WAPster Diving||This month, Paul performs Pascal programming and plays games, while Mike mines the WAP DVD and finds hidden treasure. We discuss the latest MESS emulator developments as they apply to the Apple /// core, music and sound, driver and much more.||9/16/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: Dream machines, with Egan Ford (apple3rtr)||In this episode, we talk about some introductory and demo materials, consider some Apple /// “dream systems” and talk with Egan Ford about the work he has done preparing the Apple /// “Ready-to-Run” quick start package for the MESS apple3 emulat||8/23/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: MESSing with drivers||In this episode, we walk through getting the MESS emulator started with the assistance of Egan Ford’s Apple /// RTR, discuss the System Configuration Program, and the Apple /// Dimensions newsletter. Apple /// Ready-to-Run SDL version 1.2 (for MESS||6/22/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: Until the Cows Come Home||Welcome to the show notes from the premiere episode of what is undoubtedly the premiere Apple /// podcast on the internet today. Your hosts: Mike Maginnis 6502lane.net apple2scans.net The Open Apple podcast The No Quarter podcast @6502lane Paul Hagstro.||5/18/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
As an Apple II fan and history buff, I’ve always been aware of the basic story about the Apple III. However, what I knew was based on publications of the day, who didn’t necessarily get the story right. With this podcast, the accumulated CORRECT stories about the Apple III, its origins, and how to use it, can finally be told.
I am excited to hear what Paul and Mike will have to say in coming episodes! If you have any interest in this fascinating 8-bit wonder, this is the place to come.
Excellent show about a misunderstood machine
It’s great to hear a podcast dedicated to one of the most misunderstood systems of all time. Paul and Mike do a great job of conveying their enthusiasm for a machine I’ve long been interested in, but have never actually owned.
This podcast is getting better and better. The interview with Colette Askeland was top-notch, giving me some insight into the challenges of creating the III's hardware, an area that I really had no awareness of before. Guys, keep up the good work. It would be great to track down the other folks who helped create the III, or who wrote software for it. I'd love to hear their stories!